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let’s talk: I HATE MY NEW KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS – WHAT DO I DO?!

AND WE ARE BACK! We are talking about a lesson I learned the hard way when I got back from vacation this past weekend. If you follow along on instagram, you may know where I am going with this. After 12 days away, we were SO excited to go see all of the progress made at Project Philadelphia. Our “DREAM” countertops had been installed and I could not wait to them in person…

Boy did I regret my decision on this one.

So as we do, let’s talk Real Estate, let’s talk I HATE MY BRAND NEW KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS – NOT WHAT?!…

HERE IS THE ABRIDGED STORY
I was originally going to do FORMICA countertops. They are inexpensive AND well, frankly, I was going to keep Project Philadelphia as a rental property anyway.

BUT, then the market was getting good, and the ARV (after repair value) was looking better so I deiced to look into selling the property once it was complete. In order to compete with the rest of the inventory out there, I had to do a nicer countertop. So I went with granite. Even though I decided to upgrade to granite, I wanted to be sure I still did not break the bank because after all, this is a duplex, and someone else will most likely choose to rent it out. My GC sent over photos of several different slabs and I found one I was OBSESSED with. So we went with it!

Fast forward a couple of weeks, the counters are installed and I finally get to see them! Turns out this bright white slab with light grey veins I had seen in photos was not so white in person, and honestly, kind of clashed with my bright white kitchen cabinets. I took a look at them and my eyes filled with tears. COUNTERTOPS ARE EXPENSIVE, and simply tearing them out and picking a new slab is not really an option. So, I took to instagram and sought out some solutions. Here is what we found!

SOLUTIONS TO HELP CHANGE THE LOOK ON YOUR KITCHEN COUNTERS

(1) Add a backsplash
We are looking at adding a white or grey backsplash to help fix the stark contrast that is currently there between the off white granite and the white counters. 
Currently searching at Home Depot and tilebar.com

(2) Add lighting underneath the cabinets 
Lighting underneath the kitchen cabinets can help brighten the way the counter looks!

(3) Change your wall color
Some suggested simply changing the wall color can help create a totally different look. I am not personally going to do this as I love the light grey we have in the kitchen currently, but I saw a few before / after photos of people who did this and it was amazing the difference the wall color actually made!

(4) Paint the cabinets 
Painting the cabinets was another solution that was suggested! We actually did this in my parents kitchen once and it looked great! TOTALLY changed the entire vibe of the kitchen and made it look so much more modern!

SO WHAT ARE WE DOING TO TRY AND FIX THIS?!
Us personally, we are looking at adding both a backsplash and lighting! Will share before & after photos once it is done! Has this ever happened to any of you on here?! Please feel free to comment and share your story & quick fixes on today’s post!
Feel free to comment on the blog post HERE and let us know what YOU think!

Happy Wednesday!
Erin 


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1 thought on “let’s talk: I HATE MY NEW KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS – WHAT DO I DO?!

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      Great info and post. I do a lot of work helping home flippers and real estate folks make sure they get there monies worth and achieve their desired goal.

      Prior to reading your different options I had already thought to balance out the look you would need to simply replace the counter tops OR match the kitchen cabinets to the same color of the off white in within the granite. This would actually achieve a great flow of color of both big ticket items. Adding a back splash and lightning I believe would enhance the To Busy look and add more colors to your already multi color kitchen. As I understand it your walls are grey. The counter tops are one color of white and your cabinets are another color of white THEN your about to add more colors with the back splash and lightening.

      My personal professional opinion with doing this everyday in many many different homes is to change the color of the cabinets to match the color of the off white within the granite. Have the professional painter use Sherwin Williams satin acrylic urethane with a fine finish spray tip.

      Just my humble opinion for what it’s worth.

      Carlos combs
      CombsHomeServices

      Good luck and very awesome that your doing this.

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