Would you rather ugly, dated granite, or nice "trendy" laminate

posted 6 months ago in Home
  • poll: What would you do?
    Keep the granite, even though it is dated, granite is more appealing. : (66 votes)
    81 %
    Get rid of the granite, and put in a nice laminate : (15 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 2
    378 posts
    Helper bee

    It is hard to tell without seeing the counters in context.  Would this be for the kitchen or bathroom or both?

    Post # 3
    1353 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would try to keep the granite and make it work with a really light neutral color, like this example. Maybe try to tie in the lightest color from the piece. I think you could go very light without going stark white And who knows, it could very well surface back again in later trends.

    Post # 6
    378 posts
    Helper bee

    sollyb :  Got it.  I agree with loveydove about trying to make the granite work.  If you are going to sell, granite will probably be more appealing to buyers.

    We are house hunting and I’ve seen a lot of kitchens lately…I’d rather have the old granite than a new laminate because the granite is a higher quality surface and will last longer, especially in the kitchen.

    Post # 7
    2408 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I really dislike laminate.  Bordering on gage, even.

    I’d rather have a granite that might not be my personal taste, and then redo the countertops with a new surface of my own choosing. (which would probably be granite or concrete)

    Post # 9
    3210 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    sollyb :  we just bought a house and our new granite is that ugly color you posted 😂 I also find it pretty ugly and prefer the look of your second pic, but we’re moving from a rental with laminate and I HATE shaving laminate. Keep the granite for sure. 

    Post # 10
    443 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2019

    sollyb :  make the granite work, whether it is your taste or not it is a quality material and better for resale than laminate. 

    Post # 11
    702 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2019

    We just bought a new home and getting granite was a huge deciding factor. I’d rather have ugly granite (I don’t mind the one you showed) than any laminate.

    Post # 12
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    You should look at granite remnants.  We discovered we’d only save $200 going with laminate because everything really adds up.  Plus our granite was MUCH cheaper and nicer going through a marble/granite warehouse than Home Depot.  There are tons of places with large remnant pieces that have crazy mark downs.

    Post # 13
    273 posts
    Helper bee

    I love the look of the laminate, however no matter how pretty it is- it will always be laminate. I would definitely leave the stone there it is much more durable and in my opinion most buyers would prefer granite over laminate.

    I also had ugly granite and painted cabinets and it made the kitchen look sooo much better! 

    Post # 14
    603 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

    sollyb :  keep the granite and take loveydoves advice above bringing out the lighter neutral tones. It will make a huge difference. Granite feels like quality, like it’s worth something. It isn’t just about aesthetics.

    Post # 15
    762 posts
    Busy bee

    Def keep the granite and work around it /work it in. It’s obviously a much much better material and will last a lifetime 

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