Ugly granite counters: Cover over or replace?
Is it possible to cover granite countertops with another material - concrete, staintless steel, zinc, anything else? And if so, is it more cost effective than getting new countertops altogether? I really do not like granite counters, and our recently purchased 1852 rowhouse came with some particularly unappealing ones.
We have unexpectedly needed to do a ton of structural work that necessitated removal of cabinets, backsplash, and countertops. Now really is the best time to re-do these elements as they have to be reinstalled anway. We had not anticipated all of these costs, so I am trying to get creative. We luckily are not pinched for cash, but why spend a ton where it is not needed? We looked in to reclaimed marble and the total cost would be $4,000 for our 34 sq ft of counter space. Though we have the money, we'd rather do something else with it, like buy less expensive counters and donate the change to a good cause!
We like a salvaged, farm house, industrial, vintage look. Our goal is to have the kitchen look more vintage as the rest of the house is quite old and beautiful. We are putting in random width reclaimed pine flooring to match the rest of the original floors in the house. The cabinets are 3 years old, maple-type wood on plywood. We intend to have them painted a cream or grey. We'd like to install subway tile backsplash. I want to pick up an old workbench to use as an island. Here is a pic from the real estate listing. Tile and pinkinsh paint are already gone!
What types of counters, or alterations to the current granite, do you invision in this space that would not break the bank and might be eco-friendly?