Last week we had new countertops installed! Originally I was leaning toward quartz, but wasn't thrilled with the options in our price range. We had a goal of staying around $2,000-$2,500 and after measuring our square footage I knew I needed to stay under $45/sq ft.
We ended up selecting leathered granite in steel grey. Scroll down for details on cost, which sink and faucet we purchased, and photos of our island going from a 2-tier to one solid piece of granite.
We ended up ordering with Home Depot, mostly because I could walk in there without making an appointment and get samples and ask questions. The guys in the store were really knowledgable and patient.
On the day we picked our material I spotted a small sample of steel grey leathered granite (brushed and polished are also used to describe leathered granite). I really liked its quirky finish (it has texture, and isn't glossy like typical granite). And I liked that it had a more consistent, modern texture than typical granite. I knew we would go light/white or dark and was surprised how much I liked the steel grey color.
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One thing worth mentioning is that I did get to pick my slab working with Home Depot. I thought I would have to base my selection off a tiny sample. So it was a huge relief that I got to select the slab before fabrication.
Now I’m going to talk numbers with you....because when I researched granite countertops it was a challenge to find details!
On the day we ordered, the brushed/leathered granite in steel grey was on sale for $42/sq ft. We were also able to get 10% off with a sale they were having that day on countertops. All in all the material cost with install was around $2,000 (we removed our old laminate ourselves to save $). We don't have a big kitchen and I'm pretty sure they used 1 slab to cut our granite--the size of our countertops kept the cost down.
In addition to the material/install cost, we purchased a new sink and faucet. The stainless steel undermount sink was $299. I LOVE how huge it feels and that it is 1 big single sink with clean lines. We jokingly say we can now fit a lot of dishes in it. And the Kohler Rubicon faucet was $199. What really won me over with the faucet was the weight & sturdiness of the faucet handle. As a product designer touch points are so important to me!
We also paid a contractor to cut off our 2nd tier to the island, rewire outlets & disposal, and for plumbing work (going from 2 hole to 1 hole sink), add brackets & add trim. That cost us $750. So right now we've got about $3,200 invested in the kitchen refresh project.
What is next for our kitchen refresh?
-Paint our island now that it has been repaired. Either dark grey or bright white.
-Order barstools for our new 11" island overhang.
-Select and install a backsplash. Update: we added a faux subway tile backsplash for $110! Pictures here.
Everyone asks us what we plan to do with our cabinets. Honestly, the oak doesn't bother us. Our leather sectional in the adjacent living room is tan and they blend with each other. Eventually I do think we will have them painted but I could live with them this way another year.
So that is the kitchen update! We picked leathered granite because it has a great feel, has a modern look, and was in budget (so important for us!). I am thrilled we narrowed down our options and found a material we are happy with. And it is a HUGE upgrade from our 20 year old laminate.