I have often found myself thinking, when looking at beautiful NEW kitchens in magazines and on blogs….on Instagram and Pinterest…
“Yeah, but how will THIS hold up over time?” so….I thought….what better place to start answering those questions than on my OWN BLOG about my OWN
What changes are still working and what purchases have not held up as well….
LET’S START WITH THE #1 QUESTION I GET:
“DO YOU STILL LIKE YOUR COUNTERTOPS?”
WE STILL LOVE our FORMICA 180X CALACATTA MARBLE counter tops.
They still look fantastic and are mistaken for real marble every time.
We have had the countertops in two different edge profiles …AMORE and AEGEAN (often called PENCIL) If you have ever had formica you know that the laminate lays upon a base of pressed wood. With many edge profiles the laminate wraps AROUND the edge completely and continues on the underside(AMORE) AND others , the laminate stops at the bottom.
When the laminate does NOT wrap around this can allow water to gather under the counter top, especially right by the sink. For this reason, I would choose a WRAP AROUND EDGE . To combat swelling of the wood, we primed and painted the underside of the counter in front of the sink with kitchen paint but still, it has absorbed some moisture.
The cabinets were the first stage of the two-year multi-stage kitchen makeover. After 4 years they do show some wear and tear, especially the cabinet that houses the trash can and the under sink cabinets…On the whole they look great and I would choose them all over again.
We have ALL KitchenAid appliances except we went with a Maytag dishwasher. We have loved our Double Oven and Cooktop. We had to replace our MAYTAG dishwasher and did so with an inexpensive FRIDGIDARE which cost LESS than the NEW PART we needed to FIX the MAYTAG! The other disappointment has been the KITCHENAID REFRIGERATOR
I PAINTED THE vinyl FLOOR with Benjamin Moore Porch and Floor paint.
MY ONLY REGRET IS THAT I DID NOT DO IT SOONER!!!! IT HAS HELD UP GREAT WITH ONE RETOUCH LAST FALL WHEN WE WERE THINKING ABOUT PUTTING THE HOUSE ON THE MARKET.
LOVE them both still but I will say this…the sink does not drain as well as I think it should. I have blamed it on our crooked floors but I have nothing to compare it to. STILL I love the look, it has held up beautifully, I wash my paint brushes and dump paint in it daily and it washes out perfectly!!! I love all the brass that is around these days and might choose a faucet like my friend Suzanne did in here NYC cottage kitchen.
I am REALLY liking the trend of navy and darker bottom cabinets,
….but in THIS KITCHEN, MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE KITCHEN I would do the EXACT same colors if I were starting from scratch . The room tends toward small, in that there are four walls, and no open floor plan , and the white cabinets keep the room feeling light and open and NOW.
THE KITCHEN ISLAND STILL ROCKS …(AND ROLLS!!!) SOMETIMES I WISH THE TOP WERE A TAD LARGER BUT THEN THAT WOULD CAUSE OTHER ISSUES, SO ALL IN ALL, FOR THAT SPACE…IT WORKS. ONE DAY A WHEEL FELL OFF…BUT POPPED RIGHT BACK ON AND ALL IS STILL ROLLING!!!!!
OVERALL I STILL LOVE MY KITCHEN, YES, I still dream of a GUT RENOVATION but with one child heading to college and another Fall of 2016…I think my money will be (better) spent elsewhere.