I've been lurking for months, trying to get ideas for a soon-to-be done kitchen renovation. We've been changing our ideas daily, it seems, and are now decided on a minor renovation (painting cupboards, new counters, backsplash and hardware) instead of the complete gut we were originally contemplating.
We'll be painting our 60 year old cabinets Cloud White (currently painted a deep off-white) and are looking at either soapstone ($$$) or laminate that looks like soapstone.
There are many great posts about the use of Wilsonart's Oiled Soapstone or Black Alicante or Formica's Jet Sequoia. But I don't like the samples I've received.
Wilsonart will only send samples in a flat, textureless finish. Oiled Soapstone and Black Alicante are available in something called an Antique finish, which does apparently have some texture, but they won't send samples with that finish. Does anyone who has either of these products have the Antique finish, and if so, do you like it. Comments, please!
The Formica Jet Sequoia only comes in an etchings finish, which from the sample I have, looks too glossy.
There are so many great comments about honed or leathered Jet Mist, which seems like it would be perfect, too, but it doesn't seem to be available in my neck of the woods (Waterloo, Ontario).
Comments or suggestions about these or other soapstone-like countertops would really be appreciated