FX180 Laminate Blue Storm

donnasophiaOctober 24, 2013

Before/after videos online so I wouldn't have to post so many pictures. (First two of grandson, skip to videos 3 & 4) Https://vimeo.com/user12732009/videos
Blue storm laminate FX180; large pieces were costly but I had no expensive corner cuts (so no seams), saved $$ using plain edges, more realistic anyway. PS got moving packet from post office and used the included Lowes 10% off coupon (on countertop).
A friend removed and repurposed old countertop (no removal or dump fees).
Designed my backsplash and had it put over the old laminate back splash. Large tile over stove was $300 display, I paid $50. Plus I saved on glass tile that would have been used instead.
My kitchen isn't as dark as it appears in videos.

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I can't view your videos, but I considered FX180 when redoing our kitchen. How much did you pay? We ended up going with granite because it wasn't that much more.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 2:06PM
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Wow! What a change! Did you refinish your existing cabinets? Did you do it yourself, and how? I also am curious as to the cost of the laminate compared to granite. But, it would have to be the same 'high end' granite, couldn't compare this to a lower cost more common stone.

Last time I was at a kitchen place, had to do a double take to see if their laminate counter display was stone or not. Am quite amazed at how good looking they can be!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 5:40PM
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Yes I stained them myself. I gave more details in this post:
So far only one person has not been able to view the videos. These photos were taken before I painted the soffit and wall in a cinnamon pumpkin color.
The FX180 laminate cost around $1400 for material and installation after 10% discount on materials. I chose it because it looked so realistic and doesn't require upkeep. Because I didn't have mitered corners, I had to have straight edges, I love that look anyway.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 6:11PM
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I have about 25 linear feet of counter.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 6:14PM
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Thanks for the compliments everyone!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 6:19PM
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