(Closed) Island countertop suggestions?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We have a John Boos kitchen island, and we love it!  I can’t imagine not having it in my kitchen. So, while your husband may not be into the butcher block, I can attest that it is amazingly handy to have. 

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But, if he really won’t go for it, the only other thing that I think would be awesome to have is a stainless steel top. It’s also cleans up the best and is great for things like rolling dough. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Marble and stainless steel come to mind, or maybe quartzite.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My only suggestion is to not do corian. It’s another form of solid surface counter tops. We chose them when we built our home bc granite was pricey for our space size. While they are beautiful, they scratch super easy. Yes I can get them buffed out for about $100-150 but I use my kitchen way too much to have to do that upkeep every year. For such a small space I honestly would invest in something high quality like quartz.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Concrete, I am going to do concrete.  I just love the finishes that they can do with it and it is more durable than anything else with almost no upkeep.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Corian is stone, not laminate like material just an FYI.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is a really good post about a comparison of countertops used in a blogger’s kitchen. She goes over the pros and cons too. http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeandgarden/2010/03/countertops-a-comparison-redux/ 

I don’t have any real advice. We just built our home and went with cheap formica and put our money into things you can’t change. I think we’ll upgrade in a few years. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@regberadaisy: Based on what you have said, I would recommend stainless steel. It will scratch a bit, but is so durable and clean. 

I would recommend not going with butcherblock. I think the contrast of a different material for the island would look nice and be more practical. 

ETA: I love how quartz looks, but I can’t comment on the durability. Something else you might want to look into.  

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

I LOVE concrete counter tops!! They always look amazing! Plus, you can customize them to look however you want.

Post # 15
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Honey bee

We have butcher  block for our island and love it. My Fiance would love to have concrete counter tops though.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@regberadaisy: It doesn’t have to be shiny, they have and endless number of finishes they can do.  I am actually leaning towards just leaving them grey and flat finished as we will have white cabinets.

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