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Kitchen countertop material was a very hot topic here….. and This Old House just put a great article up on their site. The end of the article features a great snapshot of costs and highlights for easy comparison. Thought some of you might find it helpful!,16417,213801-1,00.html

We still haven’t decided what we’re doing with ours…. so many choices, so little time to implement any of them.

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Beth had this to say on 03.02.05:

I forgot to tell you that we went to Ikea recently and saw the wood countertops you’d been asking about.

They’re pretty nice — nice thickness, decent quality.

Nick had this to say on 03.02.05:

So little time? What’s the rush?

Have you considered making your own concrete counters? I poured two small counters for our wine cellar, and it was relatively easy – and fun! And it was pretty darn cheap, about $20. Pictures of the process on our site…

Oh, and there’s a great Taunton book on the subject.


mindy had this to say on 03.03.05:

Nick – I suppose you’re right, there is no real rush for counters. We could spraypaint them like Alex did and do the cement ones when we have some time. I really do love the look of cement, as does Teague.

I did some research on it, and got mixed messages. Some people said it was easy, others said hard. My friend Mark owns the Taunton book and has always wanted to work with concrete, so he’d be a good helper.

I guess we’re just not ready to decide. Part of me really wants the concrete, but part of me is worried that it’ll turn into a huge, pain in the ass project…… and since the kitchen certainly isn’t designed well, at some point we will want to do extensive renovations in there. I don’t want us putting tons of energy into a countertop that we may trash in 5 years.

Beth – thanks for the info. I still like the idea of wood, too!

Kristin had this to say on 03.03.05:

Hey, it said on there that granite is cheaper in Alabama than elsewhere. That’s probably true of a lot of things. Lucky us!

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