Almost There!

After getting what I thought was going to be the hard part out of the way in pretty much no time at all, we were ready to move on to the next step: countertops.

We were pretty open minded going into the whole picking and choosing process and didn’t have our hearts set on anything. So we ended up looking at everything from laminate (yes laminate) to Ikea butcher block to granite to Solid Surface. Pretty much anything was better than these.

Kitchen Before

Or even these


They all had their pros and cons. Even the granite. And we actually loved some of the laminate options we looked at but we figured since we were doing a complete overhaul of the kitchen and saving so much money by going with the Ikea cabinets we could/should do things right on the surface that will see the most use.

So… drum roll please …. we fell for LG Hi Macs – Solid Surface countertops with an integrated white single basin sink. Great! but what is solid surface? Well –

The solid surface material is like a man made granite that is actually just as durable with very little maintenance. It is also pretty easily repairable and scratches and dings can be sanded out.

Here’s a great little chart from that should give you an idea of how it stacks up against the competition.


And according to Home Depot it:

  • Resists stains, moisture, sunlight and heat.
  • Offers a wide assortment of colors, patterns and finishes.
  • Repairs easily with light buffing.
  • Molds to any shape and is the only material that can include an integrated sink with seamless installation.
  • Repels moisture and inhibits growth of mold and bacteria.
  • Meets industry standards for fire resistance and GreenGuard® Indoor Air Quality certification.

In addition to that, it is completely seamless. Including the sink.  And we love that. From order to install it took a little over 3 weeks so needless to say we were pretty pumped when the truck showed up yesterday!

Truck Arriving

The counters shipped in 4 pieces. 2 of those were stand alone pieces (the half bar and to the left of the stove) but 2 of them were going to need to be turned into 1 (the sink counter to the peninsula). The process was actually surprisingly quick. The guys had the majority of the install completed within 45 minutes and then got down to business on blending the seam.


They had this awesome AED looking device that stuck down to either side of the seam. They then added in glue and flipped the switch. Approx 30 minutes later the glue was dry and they got down to sanding which I unfortunately didn’t get any good pictures of. But enjoy these:

Solid Surface Frame Blending



And now try to find the seam… Crazy!


They also gave us 2 cutting boards that were re-purposed scrap from the hole cut for the sink. From what we hear, that is pretty standard but what we didn’t know is that if the counter is ever damaged they can use pieces of the cutting board to make a seamless repair. And this is where we are today!


And here’s a new angle for you guys



Chestnut is already getting into trouble with them. Loves himself some ripe cotton I guess.

FYI – that bottle in the left side of the frame is our spray bottle of wrath. Loaded with room temperature water and extremely threatening. You can see the fear his eyes:


Anyway, needless to say, we are happy with our decision. We are making more and more progress every day(ish) and finally can hook up the sink and the dishwasher and begin normal(ish) life again… We’re getting there!

Whatta ya think?

Feel free to catch up if you’ve missed anything at the links below!

The First PlanThe Revised PlanThe DeliveryAnd So It BeginsUpper CabinetsCounterslower cabinetsovenhalf wallthe listdrywall, last second changesdrop the basehigh and mighty, hidden soffit.

10 Comments on “Almost There!

  1. I had never heard of these countertops but they look awesome! And I find it interesting that quartz doesn’t appear to be too pricy – it’s the almost the most expensive option here (just behind corian) and the one I lust after… sigh.

  2. I love this! My fiance and I are currently house shopping and we have been less than impressed with most kitchens out there. Your remodel is more on the lines of what we are looking for. Now I am seeing that it can be done! Thanks.

    • We were in the same boat! It seemed that every house that had a kitchen we loved had a pricetag we just couldn’t swallow. So, instead, we settled for a solid house with great bones (such an overused phrase but true) and decided to make it our own. Not too shabby, eh?

      Glad we could be a bit of an inspiration! We’ll be posting more as the project continues to progress 🙂


      The transformation has taken awhile but has actually been pretty darn awesome.

  3. I’m in the middle of kitchen reno right now too, so I studied your countertop comparison chart carefully! Your kitty reminds me of mine too. 🙂

    • Nice! Are you guys doing it yourselves? Would love to see pictures!
      Hopefully you’re able to find some of the overabundance of info that we post here to be helpful.

      So glad we’re not alone in the whole kitten-getting-into-trouble thing! :p


  4. Looks great!! I can’t wait until we can rip out the old ones we have! For now we painted them – just so they werent so darn…pink. I love how bright and clean your kitchen is looking! You guys are doing a great job!

    • Thanks! It has taken awhile but we’re getting there.

      We know people who have painted old laminate countertops that now look great! So it can be a great interim solution. Do you have pics on your blog?

      Also, not sure if they have these all over the country but granite transformations are pretty dang sweet too.

      Check it out here:

  5. Hi! What color did you paint your walls? and cabinets? We’re considering this exact stone – just love the colors you have! Thanks!

    • The walls are Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles. The cabinets are ikea off-white.

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