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THE COUNTERTOPS. I spent a good few years, on my regular LOWES and HOME DEPOT runs, wandering over to the Kitchen countertop section, running my fingers over the samples…dreaming of my Beautiful Marble Countertops..then for a while I had a fantasy of having Silestone…even a brief interlude with Granite. But never, EVER with Formica. Formica is what I had…and what I hoped to get rid of.
One day while I was picking the brain of the patient Kitchen Designer…now on a first name basis, I glanced sideways and saw a finished Marble countertop…probably waiting for its lucky rich owner to pick it up.
“Just for kicks…. how much would THAT marble be?” I asked.
She smiled .”THAT is NOT marble” she said with a grin. “Believe it or not, THAT is FORMICA!”
“NO WAY!!!” I said. I walked over and looked at it from all sides, and honestly could not see that it was Formica. It was wild! Then I touched it, and it was not cold like marble. That was the ONLY giveaway!!!
“Tell me more about this Formica Marble” I said…..
I learned that Formica had introduced a line of countertops, called 180X which Formica.com says “captures the true scale and visual drama of a full granite slab, recreating the dynamic sweep of its striking colorations and exquisite veining. Affordable luxury on a grand scale.”
These beautiful countertops are really just digital “prints” of the real thing, technology at its finest….that is why they look so real.
GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS
In 2012, FORMICA introduced the Ideal Edge, which eliminates the telltale brown seam line of Formica and can go around corners.That was the GOOD NEWS. The Not SO GOOD NEWS is that I ALSO FOUND OUT that there are ONLY a few Fabricators in the Whole country, I think they are in OHIO, that can do this Ideal Edge …..so in my opinion they spoke a little too soon because they put something out there that they really cannot provide wide scale.
THEN….in sleuthing a bit…, I learned that a company named Hartson Kennedy, a leader in Countertop manufacturing, can do the 4 sided countertop with A FEW EDGE profiles: The AMORE’ which is what I chose……
and the VIDA EDGE
ORIGINALLY i had chosen the AEGEAN EDGE…I like the sharp edge and thought it was what I would have chosen in REAL marble…
The countertops were ordered and due IN any day. Then, I got an email while I was at the Design Bloggers conference that began “I am so sorry…” and it turns out they can no longer DO the AEGEAN edge with the Calacatta Marble because it cracks in the bending process. I was so bummed, but went with my second choice, the AMORE and actually think it was a GREAT decision. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!
and in a few places they HAD to do the straight edge, like in my “Banjo Countertop”
But I have gotten over it. I LOVE them. and I actually think the straight edge is not totally horrible…in fact it is kind of sleek.
SO This Is why I chose Laminate over Real Marble……
1. Cost. My Formica Countertops cost me under $800.
2.And they are so beautiful.
3.And they are less maintenance.
4.And they are less fragile.
5.And in a kitchen that is 45 years old…I just did not think it was sensible to invest over $5000 on Countertops.
I think that is a ridiculous amount of money when we want to take the kids to Europe and put braces on their teeth or maybe buy some nice boots. If the LOOK were dramatically different…maybe…but honestly…These countertops are beautiful!!!
JUST PLAIN GORGEOUS!!!
AND THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE.
THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL! AND I THINK THE BEST KEPT SECRET AROUND!
Great NEWS. Since I wrote this post, FORMICA has launched a nationwide training program aimed at educating and training fabricators in the BIG BOX stores like HOME DEPOT AND LOWES on the construction of the 180X countertops in all of the edge profiles.
and to make things right…MY COUNTERTOPS are being re-DONE IN THE ORIGINAL AEGEAN edge profile I wanted…I am so excited and I cannot wait to show them to you!!!