MONDAY MAKEOVER -KITCHEN PART ONE – The MARBLE Countertops?


This is a very exiting day for me….I have waited for two years to be able to SAY

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE…

“the KITCHEN IS DONE!!!”

cabinets3There are still odds and ends and then one really big “ODD” the floor…but MOST of this makeover, which started in 2011 with the replacement of the doors and drawer fronts…AND HERE is DONE!!!.

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before kitchen

BEFORE THE before

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before cabs

BEFORE…UGHHH

JUST A REMINDER OF THE “BEFORE”

and the the OTHER BEFORE…

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 and then one more BEFORE.IMG_8001

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Each NEW feature of this room; the countertops, the appliances, the hardware….  represents hours and hours of price matching and figuring out…weighing the cost benefit of this versus that….etc etc…and mostly SAVING money….

THE BIGGEST WAY I SAVED MONEY…. WAS ON THE COUNTERTOPS…

HOW? You ask? “How did you save with Marble?”

I saved because these countertops ARE ACTUALLY NOT MARBLE….

actually I have NICK-named it “FAURBLE”- FAUX MARBLE

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THEY ARE FORMICA! CALACATTA MARBLE IN THE ” AMORE” EDGE From the 180x line

….and instead of costing upwards of $5000 to do my 60 square feet of countertops

…it was $850!!!

That’s $14 a square foot for you MATH whizzes…you can also get them for $30/sq foot installed, but then again, I thought” that means the installation adds almost $1000 to the cost? I am certain that I CAN GET these countertops in for much less than that!!!”

and I they did!

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Here is how my thinking went…”this kitchen is 45 years old. In order to save money, we have decided to MAINTAIN the original footprint. We kept the cabinet bodies and replaced the doors and drawer fronts with an updated look. I also have done most of the work myself. My ULTIMATE dream is to EVENTUALLY TAKE DOWN the wall between the Kitchen and Dining room and GUT renovate the space one day….so right now, I am going to choose to spend my BIG dollars on items that could be moved to a new space: appliances, faucets…even hardware.”

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There is not a doubt in my mind that we could have saved an additional HUGE chunk of change had I gone with BUDGET hardware, LOW end inexpensive appliances, and an inexpensive knock off faucet. But we have DONE that and so this time my goal was to GET THE BEST (within reason) FOR LESS!!! and l challenge you to find any price LOWER than the ones I found for each of my purchases.

kitchen4On my blog this week…I am going to break down each step/purchase of this makeover…and focus on each individual expenditure and process …tell you my thinking behind each choice…and where I got the DEALS!!!!

kitchen2but, FOR NOW, I am going to finish up the grouting of the backsplash which I am so proud to say …  ”I Did all by myself” and enjoy my bright happy kitchen!!!!

phoebekitchenNow, GO SPREAD THE WORD about “FAURBLE” , it truly is amazing..!!!!

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HAMPTON PENDANT AND SHADE FROM SCHOOLHOUSE ELECTRIC

…..AND COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE

“SPRING CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY!!!”

SEE YOU TOMORROW!!!

THANKS OR STOPPING BY!!!

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46 thoughts on “MONDAY MAKEOVER -KITCHEN PART ONE – The MARBLE Countertops?

  1. Gaylord

    Lesli – the finishing touch is magic! Such a light, airy, absolutely lovely room. Love your rationale for the formica – makes so much sense and it looks perfect. Hard to believe it’s the same space. You certainly have sweat equity in this place. Love love love.

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  2. Ceci Bean

    Wow! It really is all formica?? The island has the boxier edge which I could imagine being formica, but the counters have such a fancy edge on them, it’s hard to believe. Congrats, it’s lovely.

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  3. Kristin

    The kitchen is gorgeous! I applaud your decision on the Formica. We too used a laminate on our countertops, rationalizing that we could change them oodles of times before reaching the cost of granite or marble.

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  4. Dixie Redmond

    I love those countertops. I have 25 year old black laminate countertops that I want to replace. Please repost in 6 months or so how you are liking the countertops. :-)

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  5. TracieB.

    WOW! The before/after is incredible, Leslie! I love the “Faurble” & it looks like real marble…gonna pass this along to my gals on my DIY Facebook group!

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  6. Edie Trageser

    So inspiring…your make-over is amazing. This will be forwarded to everyone I know thinking of making changes to their kitchens— it’s a real kick in the pants! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  7. michelle

    so great, I’m saving your kitchen for inspiration and going to tell my guy I want the same exact one! I thought I wanted a super color of formica, but now i want FAURBLE!

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  9. Stacey

    Your kitchen is beautiful! The faurble is brilliant!! My MIL has real marble and it drives her crazy with stains….I wouldn’t want to deal with that.

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  10. Laura

    Leslie – I love your kitchen renovation and am curious if you’d mind if we (I work with Formica) feature your before-and-after photos on our Before & After Pinterest board (linking back to this post). Let me know. Thanks!

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  11. Lisa

    Love the kitchen! How did you get the desk to countertop height? After seeing your kitchen, I measured my antique library table, commode and desk and they are all only 29 inches. Also, was the formica glued right to the desk top or is there particle board between the desk top and formica?
    Thanks!

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Hi Lisa,

      The desk was 30″ prior to the makeover. The casters with wheels add about 2-3 inches and the Island top adds about 2 more. I am not at home so I cant measure it but it is a very comfortable height and works great with our barstools.
      The desk had a removable top to begin with. The original wooden top was screwed on with 6 screws – 3 on each under-side. It is hard to describe the hardware, I should and WILLntake a photo and out that on the blog.

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  12. Lisa

    Thanks so much for your reply!
    Have you had any issues with staining on the countertop? I have solid white formica from 1995 and it stains easily-I think some of the finish wore off in the high traffic areas, making it susceptible to staining. It also shows everything, being solid white. Does the faurble pattern help camouflage at all?
    Thanks!
    Lisa

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Hi Lisa, the only staining we have experienced is red colored juice, my sons gatorade stains, but it washes off with an all natural spray I use. I have not found the Faurble to be very camoflaged , but it looks very clean.

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  13. Stephanie

    I have been thinking about using these countertops in my kitchen, but the husband isn’t sold on the idea. They look great in pictures, but I am curious about how they look and feel in person. My fear is that they will look fake/cheap in person. Do you think most people that see them in person think they are laminate countertops right away? Also, you mentioned you might be getting a new island top, that was one thing I was worried about. The person who helped me when I was looking at them said my island would have to have the corner seams on two sides. Did you say your new top will have all finished edges with no seams? Thanks for help with making this decision! Oh, your kitchen makeover looks fabulous!!

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      I would never tell anyone what to do, but I think these counter tops look amazing. They feel great, but are not cold to the touch like marble. My Island top does have the flat side, on two sides, but I actually heard from Formica this week that starting June 1, HOME DEPOT is supposed to be working with their fabricators to make the IDEAL EDGE available in all locations. I hope this is the case. I think the more the public is educated regarding their choices, the better they can make an informed decision. Ultimately it comes down to cost really. If you have money to get real stone, and real stone is what you really want, they get real stone. I wanted pretty countertops, and these ARE pretty, 99.9% of the people that come in my kitchen think they are real and when they find out they are not, love them even more.

      A commenter on Apartment Therapy said “Getting the fake stone makes it look like you can’t afford the real thing!” I was dumbfounded by this comment. What is he saying? That those of us who do not have or want to spend $5000 on countertops should settle for something that LOOKS as cheap as it is? I really don’t go too deep into it. They look good, we saved money. Period.

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  14. Stephanie

    Thank you for the response. We definitely dont have the money to splurge on real stone, my husband was wanting to try DIY concrete countertops. After showing him your post I think I may win! Thanks again for the insight. It is good to hear from somebody who has them.

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  15. Lisa

    I now have “faurble” countertops with a breadboard backsplash and I LOVE the look! Stephanie-I had people over this past weekend and they thought it looked like real marble. It is not cold to the touch but I think that is a bonus as my hands are always cold. Plus I am clumsy and glass won’t break falling on formica like it would on marble. I have Ideal edge except on one edge of my “peninsula” bar counter-I painted the seam white and now it does not scream “Formica”. It does, however, make me think of fudge shops since they make the fudge on marble counters!!

    Leslie, what is the name of your all natural cleaner or the recipe if you make it? Formica told me to use something like 409 or Fantastic but I try to avoid chemicals.
    Thanks!

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      How exciting!!! I hope you will email me some photos!!!
      I use the Meyers products usually and sometimes windex if it is sticky…I am so happy for your new counters!!!
      where did you have them made if you don’t mind me asking, I am interested in the ordering process…and glad to hear you got the ideal edge!

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  16. Lisa

    Thanks for the info!
    I ordered the counters and had them installed through Lowes. We removed and disposed of our old countertops which saved us about $700.00. We put up and painted the beadboard (There was a learning curve but we only ruined one panel in the process :) I couldn’t find your e-mail address to send photos….

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  17. Mandy

    I love your blog! I just stumbled upon it after seeing these countertops in a magazine. You said you installed yourself, can you tell me more about that? I didn’t see it in any of your other blog posts.
    Thanks!

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Oh my gosh…installing countertops myself would have probably killed me! If it says that then I think it means, we measured and ordered the countertops and then we had a friend install countertops all in one day when they put the sink and appliances in. If electrical and plumbing are involved…I call in the experts! When we bought the counter tops we had a choice..buy them “installed” by Home Depot or one price…or buy them and we get them installed for less than half that price. I knew I could get them installed for so much less and in the end…that is exactly what we did!

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  23. Jen

    Love the countertops! I was thinking about an undermount sink (but it requires a Karran and suggested professional install). Can you tell me which sink you used? It has such a great profile over the countertop.
    THANKS!

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