Help-what to do if new counters are mistake

bpollenJanuary 17, 2014

I'm fixing up my house to see if I can sell it for a good price in the spring. If I can't get what I want for it, I'll stay in it. So when fixing it up, I'm trying to do things for buyer appeal but also what I want, should I stay.

I got a new kitchen countertop. White spring granite. I went with granite because that's what buyers in my area seem to want. I went with White Spring because the different colors mesh with my house pretty well, it's pretty, and the color is generally light overall. I have white appliances. I have a white enamel drop-in sink, which I love.

Now that the counter is installed (the fabricator did a great job), I see that it is lovely. But the overall effect is not what I thought it would be. It's more of a creamy effect and looks awful with my white appliances. My walls are white, my general decorating scheme is cottage-y. My den, which is a combo with the kitchen, has camel and dark browns & muted colors (with red accents), which blend with the countertop (which is one reason I got it). I had considered black quartz or a white quartz, but went with the granite. Now I think it was a mistake. To make the kitchen look coordinated, I'll have to plunk down $$ to get new stainless appliances, and the backsplash (which will be beadboard) can't be the stark white I wanted but will have to be antiqued or soft white, which will look odd with my stark white sink.

The pattern on the counter also bothers me (I've had solid white formica for 20 years). All the patterns on it just bother me. I got a leathered finish, so that looks nice and makes it go better with my 50+ year old house, though.

I now think I should've gone with the black quartz. A simple solid color. I'm even considering getting the quartz and throwing out this granite countertop. Maybe I could get someplace to pay me something for it.

I'm pretty upset about it. I just imagined it all wrong. I thought it would be a lighter effect that would go with true colors better, but it's more muted.

Maybe once I get the beadboard backsplash up and do it true white, it'll help blend with the white appliances? Should I get new stainless appliances?

Does anyone have any suggestions? It's not like I'm this way with everything. My new door, new door handles, new hardware, other things I love. It's just this one thing.

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See what potential buyers think; theirs is the only opinion that counts.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 12:35AM
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Honestly, I think you're worrying too much about everything matching. Countertops shouldn't match appliances and I think you shouldn't be concerned about whether the white sink matches. I have a dark granite, wood cabinets, stainless appliances and a white sink. The white trim on my doors and windows make the white elsewhere work well.
I don't think you should tear out the granite but give yourself time to adjust to it......especially since you've never had anything with pattern. The White Spring granite is a lovely granite and it goes well with many colors. Post a photo here, or on the Home Decor forum, so we can see what it looks like in your home. Doing so will allow us to give you more suggestions.

Also, check out the photos below to see how homeowners use white with White Spring.

Here is a link that might be useful: White Spring Granite

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 12:08PM
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Love your granite! I did my cottagey kitchen a few years back in white and cream with SS appliances and still love it....perhaps if you add warm cream and pure white accents your mix will look deliberate. I love how mine is not all the same..

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 4:36PM
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Thanks for all your responses. Thanks, Peegee, for your comments about your color scheme. That IS reassuring that a warm or off-white mixed with pure white can be done & look fine. I looked at some pics on Houzz, and I found some pics of that. The pure white ties into the white sink and such, but the off-white on walls and cabinets keeps it from looking so stark. I think that might work and blend in better with my den, which adjoins the kitchen.

In truth, the stark white in my kitchen always was a bit jarring to walk into and didn't blend well with the warm adjoining den. I have gotten so many good ideas and thoughts from posters. Thanks so much.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 11:41PM
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