Can’t figure out why your kitchen appears outdated? It could be your countertop, the centerpiece of your kitchen and a key focal point of your entire home.
Manufacturers have begun creating countertops that mimic high-end granite styles.
“You can’t tell the difference until you touch it,” says Meredith Barclay, a countertops merchant for Home Depot.
Try Formica, which makes several elegant granite-esque patterns that cost around $90 for a 96-inch-long sheet, giving you the look of Calacatta marble for much, much less.
Or try Wilsonart’s textured, glossy sheets — perfect for creating your dream all-white kitchen without breaking the bank.
It’s not a difficult process (all you really need is a compass and a pencil), but done incorrectly, it can look unprofessional.
For Quinn, laminate countertops have another benefit: Instead of being committed to granite or quartz for decades, she can change up her kitchen on a whim.“If we’d spent a ton of money on granite or anything else, we would feel like we probably shouldn’t change it,” Quinn says.
“This way, we get to make changes when we’d like to.”2.
Or, try something bold — like the glossy red kitchen countertops Cincinnati homeowner Suzanne Prince Quinn and her husband installed.“It was bright-looking and sleek,” Quinn says.
“We wanted to have an uncluttered kitchen.”If you’re going to install laminate yourself, don’t be afraid to consult with experts.
Barclay bemoans customers who think their special-order laminate countertop was made incorrectly. Ten years after installation, the only durability issue is that the countertops have risen slightly around the seams, a problem caused by moisture build-up.
“But the customer really didn’t know how to install the product that we delivered to them,” she says. Common installation pitfalls include making sure the laminate fits perfectly against uneven surfaces, such as textured, tiled, or brick walls.