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5 Reasons to Choose Laminate Kitchen Countertops

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

With all the options out there for kitchen remodels, most people are eyeing smooth surface countertops for their beauty and practicality. The choices are numerous from high end stone products that come from a quarry to wood and recycled materials to the budget friendly laminates. Laminate has gotten a bad rap for a lot of the products from the past decades, but times have changed. I’m a fan of laminate countertops in kitchens for these five reasons.

1. Low Maintenance & Easy to Clean.  When we were growing up my mom had ceramic tile countertops and I remember her saying she couldn’t wait for the day to rip them out. I also remember her scrubbing (and making us scrub!) the grout to keep it clean and bright. Laminate offers an easy to clean solution with a household cleaner, a sponge, and some hot water, cleaning them is a breeze and maintaining them is a cinch since you don’t need to seal them.

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Wilsonart Perla Piazza installed in this kitchen

 

2. Budget Friendly.  Compared to stone and other solid surface countertops, laminate wins in the price war. Starting as low as $15 per square foot, they are far more affordable than quartz, marble, or granite which are often $50 to $100 per square foot depending on the material. You do have to be careful of sharp objects, abrasive cleaners, or extremely high heat. Here is a brief and interesting read about how laminates are made.

3. Stylish. Laminate countertops are looking so good! The new patterns complement dark and light, painted and wood cabinets, but do you notice how they’re installed?

wilsonart laminate kitchen counter

wilsonart laminate counter

wilsonart laminate dark cabinets

 

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Powder Room Three Ways + The Passion Project

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Do you know what you’re passionate about? Have you identified it, wrapped your heart and soul around it, and decided to act upon it?

find something youre passionate about

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My passion is great home design and improving lives through improving spaces. The thing that wakes me up in the morning is the idea of renovation and home decorating to fit personalities and lifestyles – it’s effect on the qualify of life is profound. Sure it’s fun to make spaces pretty, but it goes beyond that.  Great home design matters – it’s how we express ourselves and shows how we live in a meaningful way by making our homes a reflection of who we are and what we love.

I see a plain bathroom like this one that I spied in a home on our list for possible purchase and all I can think of is “that bathroom could be amazing if I ever get my hands on it.”

bathroom before

I see plenty of beige but sooooo much potential for a stunning space with some stylish fixtures and pattern combinations (and a few weekend DIY projects!)  

Introduce classic style and high drama with a black and white palette…

dramatic black and white powder room

  floor tile / vanity / wallpaper / mirror / sconces/ charcoal print

   

… or a cool it down with a soothing coastal vibe…

coastal powder room

whitewash wood tile / vanity / mirror / sconces / print

  

… or warm it up with a contemporary vanity and mixed metal finishes.  

modern metallics and wood tones powder room

  floor tile / vanity / mirror / pencil sconces / stencil / abstract art

    

Home renovation and improvement is my passion. What’s yours?

 

  diy passion projectWhatever it is, the team at American Express wants to hear about it today as part of the Passion Project.  Are DIY and home improvement your passion like me?  Are you an artist, a creator, an innovator. a mold breaker? 

Share your passion for a chance to win $500 gift cards to Home Depot. Tweet about your passion project today and include the hashtag #PassionProjectTHD.  All the contest details are here and entry is simple! 

 

Oh and my four tips on how to become great at DIY are shared on the American Express Tumblr page today.

  

*This post sponsored by American Express Rewards. I was awarded with a Home Depot gift card. All opinions are my own.

 

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