Four months ago I shared with you guys the progress we were making in our kitchen renovation. We thought that we were nearly done with it at the time, but got held up with counter tops.
Check out my makeshift plywood “counter top” that I had for far too long while we tried to decide what we wanted to do for permanent counter tops.
You see, we have Corian counter tops and when we added the extra cabinet space we found a perfect match to the Corian we already had. “Hooray!” we thought. Except not really. Because we couldn’t find anyone who would sell just a small slab of it to us. We kept calling around for scraps, but no one had a small piece. And we didn’t want to buy an enormous slab of Corian when we only need a small part of it. So my carpenter husband built a counter top instead. I was a little unsure of how I would feel about two different surfaces side by side in the kitchen, but for the massive cost difference ($800+ vs $70), I was willing to at least give it a try.
You guys, I love it. Maybe because the rustic wood look is so in right now. But somehow it works. It’s not quite as bright as it appears in the photos here (see the first photo up there with my makeshift counter top for a better idea of the actual color). It’s a dark espresso color that perfectly matches the other cabinets in our kitchen. I took these shots this morning when the sunlight was streaming in so it makes them look brighter than they really are.
Side by side. I was worried that it would really bother me to have such different colors (one so light and one so dark) and different textures (wood & Corian), but I really do love it. And the good news is that if I ever decide that I don’t love it anymore, we can easily remove it and replace the counter tops with something different.
Christopher really loves the wood counter top. He actually suggested that it be wood long before we knew that continuing our Corian wasn’t going to be a good option. He thought the two toned look would be cool. I took a bit of convincing, but now that we have them, I am smitten!
We’ve actually had counter tops for a couple of months now, but I kept waiting to update you guys until we had the rest of the kitchen complete. But then the holidays and Christopher’s crazy work schedule hit. So I think I’ll just keep updating you guys in pieces as it comes together! We’re hoping to get a bit more done this weekend! 🙂
Would you try two-toned surfaces in your kitchen? If it weren’t for the $800 that it saved us, I never would have even considered it. But I love it now (partially because my husband hand-crafted it and partially because it just really does look cool)! 🙂