This is the first post in the “you help me design my kitchen” series — today’s installment: COUNTERTOP.
You’ve seen my countertop.
oh, that’s right, no you haven’t. Because I’m always hiding it with my cool butcher block cutting board or taking pictures in the dining room on the table or sideboard.
Well let me just tell you. It’s plain jane blah off-white ugly. And tough to clean too.
Probably some sort of laminate that also functions as a backsplash.. yay!
Makes me miss my old house, where I replaced the laminate with some beautiful limestone tile.
Oh wait. While that was really pretty, I found out the hard way that coffee, ketchup or any other acidic food/juice/condiment would leave a permanent mark on my countertop. Not exactly the budding cook’s dream. No amount of stone sealer could combat the juice of a lemon.
What countertop or work surface (s) do you have in your kitchen?
Do you like, love, or hate them? Why?
What would you love to see in a house you purchased?
Some things I’m thinking are important in the decision:
- Cost. Looking for something not out-of-this-world expensive (where are some good places to shop???)
- Practicality. No plate-breaking, oops-don’t-put-your-lemon-there countertop.
- Beauty. But by gosh let’s not have the countertop be so ugly that I don’t even want to be in the kitchen.
- Function. Can I put my hot pasta water right on the countertop without fear? Can I use it as a cutting surface?
- Cleanability. I don’t want to have to invest in some obscure, expensive counter cleaner to keep ‘er clean.
What say you? What should I put on my short list, and what should I avoid???
3/8/12: Colette linked a great article on her FB page: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1623075?utm_source=Houzz