Originally, we planned to use tile over plywood for our countertops. We debated the merits of using smaller tiles (mosaic to 4") or using 12" square tiles. Then we considered butcher block countertops... we have a friend who has a great connection in Baltimore for inexpensive butcher block. Then Jay talked to one of his DCFD buddies. It turns out that said friend used to install laminate countertops, and that it is quite simple. This new stuff ain't your grandma's laminate. Gone are the old blah plasticky countertops with sparkles and weirdness on them.
I give you Formica's Golden Mascarello!
Once you touch it, I'm certain you're going to know that it's plastic. However, it's durable, stain-resistant, looks great and best of all it is CHEAP! Golden Mascarello is the color that we ordered.
We estimate that we'll spend about $400 on the countertops including all of the materials we need. I'm not sure how many square feet that will end up being, but I know that it is far less per square foot than granite would cost! One day we will have a dream kitchen with granite countertops and cabinets designed specifically for our kitchen. For now, I will be thrilled to have a functioning kitchen! I don't need a designer kitchen to bake bread or make other delicious creations.
Hopefully all will go well with the installation and we will have a finished kitchen by next week.
After that, it's on to cleaning out my dad's old workroom, then getting the drywall up in there and get that room completed with flooring and whatnot. I placed an ad on Craigslist in hopes that someone would come clean it out for me, but haven't had any takers yet.
Of course there are lots of other projects that need to be completed, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.