Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Are you ready for some laminate countertop samples??!!

Alrighty then, here we go...

First let me say type, these samples are just a sample of what I'm waiting on. So let's call this the "first batch."

L to R top row: Formica 180fx Calacatta Marble/etchings finish, Wilsonart HD Deepstar Slate/mirage finish, Formica Laminate Argento Romano/etchings finish.
L to R bottom row: Formica 180fx Jet Sequoia/etchings finish, Formica 180fx Soapstone Sequoia/honed finish.

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I really loved the Jet Sequoia. It looks like black soapstone. Perfect for this old farmhouse.

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That was until I saw the dreaded fingerprints and smudges!! See the spots?

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Heck, my fingers weren't greasy and yet they left marks!!
See more?
Double ACK!!!
I really didn't want to. But I had to 86 it.

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My second choice was the very pretty Deepstar Slate.

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That was until I read everyones complaints online with dark, shiny laminates and how it shows fingerprints, smudges, scratches, dust... more so than a lighter laminate with a matte finish.
Jeepers, you would think after living with this black, shiny Rustoleum transformations countertop I would know that by now. Hey, I was in denial.

I can't believe how difficult it is to choose a basic laminate countertop. I am torn! I love the contrast of the light cabinets with a dark countertop. But I strongly dislike trying to keep it clean, shiny and smudge free.
Man, I can't imagine trying to pick out a pricy stone countertop. My head would explode.

So that was round one. I'm waiting on two more batches of samples so I've got two more rounds to go. Hopefully in the end, I'll end up with a knockout!


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bayrayschild said...

My head is spinning just looking at these samples =)
Can't wait to see the other ones.

Best of luck to you my friend!

Dixie Redmond said...

Should I share images of how I dropped toast crumbs and coffee grounds on samples? ;-)

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

It's crazy, Audrey! Sometimes too many choices are a bad idea!
Dixie, how I laughed at your comment. Besides throwing food at the samples, I also took a serrated knife to mine. My hubs looked at me like I was crazy. Which really is nothing new to him. ;> )

Dixie Redmond said...

But did you take pictures of the samples with crumbs in them???? ;-). Somewhere I have pictures of crumbs. I like your choice, btw. It was my runner up.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

I probably should have. ((hee hee)) I'm still struggling with the busyness of the pattern. I did really like the Soapstone Sequoia. But it looked a little washed out against the white cabinets. I figure if I'm going to drop a couple of grand on a countertop, I'd like it to be a little more flashy. :> )

Dixie Redmond said...

It will look great. I loved the Soapstone Sequoia, too.

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