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

posted 1 week ago in Home
  • poll: What would you do?
    Keep the granite, even though it is dated, granite is more appealing. : (64 votes)
    81 %
    Get rid of the granite, and put in a nice laminate : (15 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 16
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    892 posts
    Busy bee

    Agree with lovey dovey’s suggestion! That photo is so pretty! It’s all about the decor 😉 

    Post # 17
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    2604 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2006

    Keep the granite!!! I loathe laminate. Even if it’s a pretty faux marble look, it’s still laminate. If you plan on selling eventually, go with a neutral color palette so the new owners can change it if they want. That’s the same color in our rental house, and with off white cabinets and neutral floors and walls it’s really tolerable. Not my style either (I love everything gray/white as opposed to brown/tan) but if done right, it can be really pretty. 

    Post # 18
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    935 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

    I agree with PP – keep the granite and work it into the room.  I would much rather have granite and just repaint or drop in a new sink, etc. to update things rather than change the countertop.  I actually think that granite is really nice if put in the right room!

    Post # 19
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    2181 posts
    Buzzing bee

     It’s very strange to think of formica/laminate being stylish and granite looking dated. It’s like I’ve taken a trip to opposite world. Natural stone is always better, at least in my opinion. I’m not fond of artificial materials. I would have it refinished and work from there.

    I don’t think it’s ugly at all.

    Post # 20
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    6220 posts
    Bee Keeper

    sollyb :  if you plan on reselling soon then leave the granite. It will appeal to more buyers than the laminate and why spend money you don’t need to? I personally hate most granite too (although I did find one little remnant for a bathroom vanity that’s pretty) but it’s a thing for a lot of people. 

    In terms of durability, idk what the current laminate is like but we just ripped out 1970s formica and that shit was indestructible. I would take a pan out of a 450 degree overn and put it right on the counter with no burns or warping. I didn’t want to deal with sealing granite in my kitchen every 6 months so I went with quartz. 

    Post # 21
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    5590 posts
    Bee Keeper

    From a resale perspecective absolutely find a way to make the granite work–from a functional standpoint it’s far superior to laminate.

    Post # 22
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    2072 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

    sollyb :  If you were planning to stay in the house, I would say replace the granite – though preferably with something like quartz; beautiful. less expensive, AND more durable than granite. 

    However, as everyone else has already said, buyers will be much happier to see stone counters, even if it’s not the best color. You’d probably lose some value on resale if you were to take them out. 

    When I had to live with ugly countertops, I actually went and bought Contac paper that had a marble pattern similar to the one you showed in your laminate example. If you prep your surface carefully and apply it properly, it’s pretty effective at covering counters. You have to be sure not to set anything hot on it, or use a knife right on the counter, but that would be true of granite as well.

    Home Depot has the stuff for like $13 a roll.

    For a temporary fix, this might work for you.  

    D-C-Fix 26 in. x 78 in. Marble White Self-adhesive Vinyl Film for Furniture and Door Renovation/Decoration

    Post # 23
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    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    loveydove :  Keep the granite for now; maybe change out the wall color, cabinet color, general decor.

    We had granite that was almost that exact color at our previous house and it looked very dated with the honey-colored cabinets. Very 1995. Had we stayed in that house, we would have kept the countertops as-is and refinished the cabinets to either a soft white (similar to the photo a PP included) for a modern, clean look; or a deep cherry brown finish (more traditional) to bring out the burgandy flecks in the granite:

     

    Post # 24
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    5559 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’d keep granite. Laminite might *look* ok, but its really not going to perform nearly as well. That shit will melt, crack, peel and just not last. 

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