New Member-Kitchen reno
I read the sticky. I sweeby'd. I've houzz'd. I've pinned.
We are planning a kitchen renovation.
Cabinets, fridge, DW.
countertops, sink, faucet, range, pulls
Hood over range (currently a microwave)
cabinets/countertop added/extending where fridge is currently living
Fridge to empty wall with pantry surround.
My sweeby vibe is this: If a sweet little seashell could have a love-child with a classy sailboat, and it was born as a kitchen, that's what I want. I like soft pearl whites, sea green, neutral, nautical (without anchors or actual seashells). I love sand colors for surfaces, etc.
Bottom cabs will be Revere Pewter, tops White Dove. Applicances are already stainless, so range will be as well. Hoping for a slide-in. Pulls will be steel boat cleats or something silly since those are easily changed. Backsplash will be a small scale tile in something soft and sand colored. Warm, but without too much color.
I was hoping to not be "that girl" but my oh my, am I stuck at countertops.
I've lived in a lot of houses and have experienced Corian, Granite, Laminate, butcher block and Tile (current #killme). My mother has soapstone and I cook alot in there and love it.
Budget restrictions and a personal affections sent me straight back to laminate. The minute I started researching it, I found this sort of "laminate shame" to be abundant!
I am a hardcore cook. But I'm not clumsy and I'm a big fan of rules. So, I use hot pads, etc. My husband and I eat most meals at home. We might get dinner out once every other week. Bfast, lunch, dinner and dog food are all made at home.
Why is laminate such a scarlet letter? I've lived with it twice and it was easy to clean and I never considered that it was "low end".
I love my mother's soapstone, but that's just out of reach and too dark for my seashell/sailboat lovechild kitchen goals.
I like Formica Travertine Silver with Ideal edge and an undermount sink. If there is something else I should be look at, please tell me. I'm open to other things but I just can't spend 6k on countertops.
Sorry for the rant, but I am a little perplexed and want to be sure I'm not missing something? Is there something modestly priced that would be better? The granite I've seen in my price range look pimp-ish and blingy to me. The corian in my price range looks like the check out counter at my dogs' veterinary office. It's funny, people describe laminate the same way, but I can't seem to find this "look" (the travertine silver formica) in a moderate price bracket.
I will accept hand slapping and lectures. ;-)