Laminate countertops have been around forever and are still a great option for any DIY kitchen renovation.
Now before you roll your eyes because you want something more high end, hear me out. Laminate has come a long way in design options and color choices while keeping the cost affordable.
By the way, I am always going to promote style and beauty while attempting to keep within a price range that fits your budget. Each of us has different end goals in mind of where we are willing to spend. That is the beauty of options!!! Laminate countertops are a great option if you are looking for budget-friendly yet stylish in design.
House for Sale
We recently renovated a house and installed stock black laminate countertops from Lowes. You can click HERE to see what they look like. They are beautiful, resemble granite, and the kitchen is amazing. It leaves the buyer with the option to change the countertops later if they desire.
My philosophy is if a potential homeowner doesn’t like the higher end countertops because of design or color, that could pause or end the sale because it is an additional cost for the buyer to change the countertops. With laminate, it could be an easier sell and it also gives the owner something to personalize when they buy the house.
Today’s discussion will compare laminate countertops to other materials.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS SERIES
We are reviewing the top five countertop materials and comparing them. You may want to go back and watch the videos for Granite Countertops HERE or Quartz Countertops HERE or Concrete Countertops HERE
I ask each homeowner the top questions people want answers for before they purchase one of the biggest ticket items in a home renovation.
The videos are broken down into small segments discussing:
- Design Consistency
Download your checklist HERE to keep track of what style of countertops you are leaning towards.
**This is the same download for our countertop series.**
It is my hope that after you watch each of the videos, you will have a clearer picture of what type of countertop will work for you and your family in your kitchen.
If you are interested in learning more about installing concrete countertops in your kitchen, click HERE to get additional information about our upcoming course that will be released later this year.
1. Cost of Laminate Countertops
We are approaching this section as if you are doing it as a DIY project. There is no labor or installation fee included. You, my friend, are the one doing the manual labor.
As usual, this section is a tad tricky because every kitchen size is different. Joanne’s kitchen needed two 10 foot sections of the laminate off the shelf at a big box store.
Her total for both pieces of laminate and matching endcaps was less than $500.00
2. Cleaning Laminate Countertops
Joanne has three daughters which are not necessarily known for being messy (like my boys) but none the less, she has raised kids in this kitchen. Her laminate countertops have been tested over nine years and they still clean up well. She uses a homemade cleaning solution. Click HERE for other homemade cleaners. Most likely, you will have these ingredients in your home.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup alcohol
- 2-3 drops of dish soap (Dawn is my favorite)
- Spray Bottle
You can add essential oils. I like one of the following:
- 5 drops of lavender
- 5 drops of lemon
- 5 drops of tea tree
For a downloadable recipe, CLICK HERE.
3. Design Consistency
For the most part, I thought buying laminate was straightforward. I learned something from my friend during this interview.
Laminate countertops, like granite, have lot numbers. Be aware of this when you are buying countertops off the shelf.
4. Maintenance of Laminate Countertops
Laminate countertops are easy to maintain. There really is nothing to do annually to keep them protected or shiny. If you use a hot pad or cutting board to protect the surface, then you should have great looking countertops for several years.
5. Customizing Your Laminate Countertops
Finally, I love how this family creatively customized their countertops.
First, the kitchen is small but needed as much countertop space as possible. They used an extra piece of laminate to create a coffee bar. This is a brilliant idea.
Second, by cutting the laminate in half, it fits on top of a traditional wall unit which gives them plenty of space to walk into the kitchen.
As a rule, I believe that each house is unique and often needs to be customized just to fit the space that is given. Adding an extra area for coffee was brilliant!
Pink Party Tip: If you love coffee or tea, try your hand at a DIY project and convert a table or stand into your own personal coffee stand. It can be your oasis each morning or evening.
My friends added a tilt-out drawer in front of the sink. They installed a drawer to keep the little brushes and scrapers within reach. I love this and now I want it in my own kitchen. Click HERE for the Rev A Shelf kit.
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