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Great counters. We recently did Wilsonart as well. Inexpensive and beautiful. We get unsolicited, positive comments on the counters ALL the time. My only regret is that we did a four-inch backsplash in the counter material. I like your idea--makes it look very high end!

Posted by been_there on 2007-01-03, 01:07:32 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Beautiful!!

Posted by debra_c on 2007-01-05, 14:34:03 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Gorgeous, I so wish I had a kitchen like that!

Posted by darkhaven80 on 2007-01-08, 18:06:31 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Looks great!

Posted by jackie_in_tx on 2007-01-20, 20:54:23 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Looks great!

Posted by jackie_in_tx on 2007-01-20, 20:54:28 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

very pretty. love the warm colors. NE

Posted by evnan111 on 2007-02-01, 12:34:21 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Amazing transformation. I love the colorful containers holding cooking utensils. You are so fortunate to have timeless cabinets, too. Great job.

Posted by amcofar on 2007-02-15, 19:31:53 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Does anyone recall what the price per sq ft. was for the material?

Posted by jfrazier on 2007-02-26, 14:23:10 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Jfrazier -- the cost per square foot also had some add on prices. They add on for special edges, add on for the peninsula edges, actually added on for having the counters fabricated without the 4 inch backsplash, add on for cut outs like the stove or sink. So I think the price per square foot got lost in all the add ons. We had 52 square feet fabricated for us and our cost was $900. We did the install ourselves. Our quote to have it installed was $2200 if we took out our old countertops ourselves.

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-02-26, 18:30:30 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Your kitchen update is beautiful! I am in the process of updating my kitchen and I have selected the same counter as yours. I was pleased to see that the quote for the high definition laminate is much less than other high end options.

Posted by tnshadylady on 2007-03-01, 09:25:56 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

thank you everyone for your kind comments about my kitchen. It was a cheap alternative to granite and it looks great. tnshadylady -- hope you like your kitchen as much as I like mine, good luck!!

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-03-01, 16:25:50 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Your kitchen looks great.

We recently updated our cabinets and countertop. The cabinets are an oak with Tuscan bronze hardware and we chose Deepstar Fossil for the countertop. I love the tile you chose, but what did you put down for a floor?

Posted by mariechiz on 2007-03-04, 14:32:06 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Our floor is hardwood -- red oak. It was the existing floor, runs through the kitchen, breakfast nook, dining room and den.

The tile is Dal Tile - Village Bend, in ocre and mushroom. it's a glazed porcelain that has the look of tumbled marble, but not the upkeep.

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-03-05, 22:59:00 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Wow... beautiful kitchen!

Posted by barbi_jo on 2007-03-12, 19:57:21 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Cordovamom!!!!

Coud you elaborate a little more on how you installed the countertops yourself?

Some sort of step by step would help alot. We are looking at the wilsonart as well and got a quote of $3000 including install etc. I am very handy, and if I can get the counter tops for about $1,000 and install myself that would be worth it to me.

Please help : )

Posted by remi180 on 2007-04-11, 07:42:28 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Remi180 -- The first step was to have precise measurements, they actually have a form at Lowes that guides you in how to measure everything correctly.

We then took the measurements to Lowes and they had someone fabricate the pieces to our exact measurements -- this took 5 weeks. In our case the countertop was in 4 pieces (island, long piece that runs from peninsula to corner by rangetop, the corner piece next to the rangetop and then the peninsula) . All the pieces were pre mitered on the underside of the countertop to have these special mitre bolts put in place. It's very important that your fabricator does this part for you.

To take off your existing laminate countertops -- you should first score along the backsplash if you have that pre formed backsplash. That will prevent you from pulling the wallboard off with the countertops. Next look under your counters to see if they have the anchor miter bolts installed, remove them if you have them. They're usually holding together any corner pieces you have, so look under where your current seams are. Then take a slim jim or something thin and break the seal between your countertops and the base cabinets. The counters should lift right off.

To install the counters, you should first dry fit them to make sure everything was measured correctly and will fit in place. (I'm assuming you've already disconnected sinks and range tops etc. by this time). If everything looks like it will fit correctly, you can use either construction adhesive or caulk. Run a bead on the top of your base cabinets so that you get good adhesion between the countertop and the cabinets. Place the new countertop on the base cabinets, we did the large piece first. To put in the pieces to be joined you'll first put some glue inbetween the two pieces to be joined and then using the miter anchor bolts (you can purchase them at Lowes) you'll get under the countertops and tighten the anchor bolts til your seam is tight and level. Clean off any excess glue and enjoy!!

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-04-11, 10:31:45 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

P.S. -- we dropped the sink in after the countertops were in place but I have seen it done where the sink was attached to the bottom of the countertop first and then the whole piece, sink attached, was dropped into place.

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-04-11, 10:44:52 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thanks Cordova!!!

I will look into this further at Lowe's you are my hero right now : )

Posted by remi180 on 2007-04-14, 12:35:46 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Remi -- good luck!! If you're pretty handy I think this is a job you can handle. We're avid DIY ers and my hubby didn't hesitate to tackle this job. We also did the backsplash ourselves and saved a bundle on that as well. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-04-14, 17:37:44 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Beautiful!

Posted by hydrangealvr on 2007-06-27, 15:31:56 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Beautiful!

Posted by hydrangealvr on 2007-06-27, 15:32:41 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

It looks very nice.

Posted by patricia43 on 2007-09-22, 22:01:17 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

We have been looking at this countertop but are a little worried that over time it would scratch, because of the high gloss portion of the design. Now that you have had yours awhile, how do you find it is holding up?

Posted by sheryl_gardener on 2007-09-25, 16:01:18 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Sheryl -- I've had the counters in since Thanksgiving weekend 2006 and they still look as new as the day they were put in. I do use a cutting board when cutting on them, but that's something I'd always do no matter what counter was installed.

I'm a very busy "cooking" mom and the kitchen is well used and still looking great.

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-09-26, 09:31:07 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

I just wanted to say your kitchen is really beautiful!

Posted by sandi6 on 2007-10-09, 00:42:18 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

i live the tilework and the counters but the kitchen is missing some oomph. Have you ever considered painting or glazing your cabinets?

Posted by msjay2u on 2007-10-12, 21:17:57 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

i live the tilework and the counters but the kitchen is missing some oomph. Have you ever considered painting or glazing your cabinets?

Posted by msjay2u on 2007-10-12, 21:18:29 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

msjay,

The cabinets are solid oak, not cheap cabinets. Something about well made solid oak cabinets says don't paint or glaze or otherwise mess with them. I like them the way they are.

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-10-12, 21:45:01 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Lovely! You did a great job. We are deciding (99%sure) to install Wilsonart HD Bella Capri and am glad you like the surface of the Deepstar which I believe is the same as Bella. Hopefully our little remodle will come out as well. Not DIYers so hiring a contractor. We were planning on the attached backsplash but now after seeing the tile you fif we may go that route as well. Thanks for the inspiration. I had been searching everywhere for user reviews of the Wilsonart HD countertops and was so happy to find your post.
Thanks!

Posted by choochnbob on 2007-12-12, 11:39:53 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Lovely! You did a great job. We are deciding (99%sure) to install Wilsonart HD Bella Capri and am glad you like the surface of the Deepstar which I believe is the same as Bella. Hopefully our little remodle will come out as well. Not DIYers so hiring a contractor. We were planning on the attached backsplash but now after seeing the tile you fif we may go that route as well. Thanks for the inspiration. I had been searching everywhere for user reviews of the Wilsonart HD countertops and was so happy to find your post.
Thanks!

Posted by choochnbob on 2007-12-12, 11:40:03 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Lovely! You did a great job. We are deciding (99%sure) to install Wilsonart HD Bella Capri and am glad you like the surface of the Deepstar which I believe is the same as Bella. Hopefully our little remodle will come out as well. Not DIYers so hiring a contractor. We were planning on the attached backsplash but now after seeing the tile you fif we may go that route as well. Thanks for the inspiration. I had been searching everywhere for user reviews of the Wilsonart HD countertops and was so happy to find your post.
Thanks!

Posted by choochnbob on 2007-12-12, 11:45:04 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

choochnbob -- thank you for your kind comments. You're going to abaolutely love the HD laminate. I've see someone's pictures of the bella capri and it was stunning. Everyone that sees the backsplash thinks it gives the laminate a more high end look, so if you can swing it, i think it looks better. Good luck with your remodel and have fun with it!!!

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-12-13, 13:33:18 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Beautiful kitchen, very warm looking. I like the light fixture hanging over the island. We're going to install the HD laminate also, and with your instructions on how to install we may tackle it ourselves, too. Can you tell me about the diagonal tile accent pieces you have hanging over the sink and cooktop? Did you do those yourselves also? If so, how was that done?

Posted by colliervillemom on 2007-12-29, 21:04:18 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Colliervillemom -- thank you neighbor for your comments about my kitchen. Yes we did the backsplash ourselves as well. If you'd like to see how, you can see the entire process at the following link. It was fairly easy and very inexpensive, we picked up the tile at Home Depot and the cost was around $150.00. We already had a tile saw, but if you don't want to go to the expense of buying one, you can rent one. The tile is a Dal-Tile, in ocre and mushroom with the ocre listello forming the border. Hopefully the following link will work.

http://ericandhelen.smugmug.com/gallery/2170848#112751844

Posted by cordovamom on 2007-12-29, 22:38:21 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Beautiful. I have seen the Wilsonart HD counters, and they look gorgeous.

Posted by laurap_2007 on 2008-02-05, 15:44:11 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Your kitchen is beautiful! We are going to remodel our kichen with Wilsonart HD and would also like to do a ceramic tile backsplash. I feel confident I can do this myself except I can't figure out how to cut out around the outlets. Yours were perfect! How'd you do that???

Posted by liberty2k4 on 2008-02-23, 00:13:54 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thank you liberty !! I think you'll enjoy your HD, I'm still loving mine after over a year. As for cutting out the outlets, my hubby did it of course and all I did was watch. It's important to rent or buy a wet saw. From what I saw, my hubby would put in the tile up to the place where there was an outlet. He'd then position a whole tile over the place where an outlet would be and mark with a pencil where to cut. Sometimes they were fancy cuts where a notch would be taken out of it, sometimes pretty straight forward cuts. He'd try to get it as perfect as possible, but keep in mind you have a little bit to play with because the outlet cover will cover minor mistakes.

Good luck with your kitchen!!!

Posted by cordovamom on 2008-02-23, 08:16:06 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

We were going to buy granite tiles to upgrade our kitchen, and then I saw a commercial on TV for Wilsonart HD and then found this thread. Awesome kitchen, and the price can't be beat, so I think we'll do this instead. Do you have a strip of wood or something running along the back of the countertop against the wall to finish that seam?

Posted by sueindy on 2008-02-23, 13:53:59 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thank you Sueindy -- I think you'll like the HD....my hubby put a bead of caulk where the tile meets the countertop. Don't use grout. That's one part I'm not crazy about though, I told him to use an antique white caulk to match the tile grout and he decided to use a chocolate caulk to match the countertops more closely. I can't complain though, because he did an amazing job, but do use caulk and not grout on that seam.

Posted by cordovamom on 2008-02-23, 14:40:24 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

I am planning a remodel and right now it looks like your setup. Counter corner, then sink, dishwasher, range, corner counter. What are you doing in the corners. Do you find the plan convenient. How wide is the corner to the left of the sink? Looks nice. Thinks for sharing.
Janice

Posted by janicedallas on 2008-03-29, 19:43:02 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thanks Janice -- the corner to the left of the sink is about 30 inches. The set up works for us, lots of counter space, convenient to sink, stove, fridge and island. Good luck with your space.

Posted by cordovamom on 2008-03-30, 10:46:09 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

cordovamom- Your kitchen is so beautiful! We're thinking about putting in wilsonart hd too! One question... does the finish look different during the day? I've heard it can look really shiny in daylight. Thanks!!

Posted by meghanley on 2008-03-30, 19:11:48 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thank you Meg -- the finish is a mixture of matte and shiny and different light or different angles does change the appearance. It's not all over shiny as some shiny laminates are.

Posted by cordovamom on 2008-03-30, 20:01:04 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Your update looks wonderful!! We are currently building a home and are using the HD countertops. I have been puzzled as to what kind of backsplash to do--because the tops are to busy. But, now seeing yours, I definitely see that we can use a tile that looks somewhat like travertine. Very nice!! So, Thanks!!

Posted by moore523 on 2008-05-12, 00:59:26 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Beautiful kitchen!
I have the solid oak cabinets as well, which I love, but outdated brass hardware. I am remodeling my kitchen, and the shiny brass has to go! I don't mind replacing the handles, but all those hinges will be a nightmare!
Did you replace your hardware as well during your remodel? Was it difficult?

Posted by melinda77 on 2008-06-22, 19:37:49 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Melinda thanks for your comments and good luck with your kitchen....yes I love the oak cabinets despite the fact that they're not in vogue....nothing wrong with solid oak cabinets...I wouldn't paint or replace them with the cheap garbage that's out there now....glad you like yours as well !!!

As for the hardware....I didn't replace the brass hinges nor the door hardware. Instead I tried to pick a finish that wouldn't look bad with the brass hinges. Since they were old they really weren't shiny anymore, more of an antique brass. So I found a craft paint at Michaels, they have many different colors and options. I chose an oil rubbed bronze metallic paint. I put all the door and drawer handles through the dishwasher to clean them thoroughly. Then I primed with a spray primer and hand painted all the hardware with the metallic craft paint. They've held up great over the past 1.5 years. And it only cost me 8 dollars as opposed to hundreds to replace all the hardware.

Good luck with your kitchen.

Posted by cordovamom on 2008-06-23, 09:49:21 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

It looks great! We are doing a complete kitchen remodel right now and our ordering the Deepstar Fossil as well. My Mother-In-Law has the Deepstar Bronze, and I always thought that for a laminate it looked really high-end and nice looking! I love what you did with the backsplash too. We are opting to keep the backsplash on the laminate and adding a tile backsplash as well. We are also doing it ourselves. Hopefully the finished look will turn out as well as yours did! Great job!

Posted by mikaelazmomma on 2008-07-11, 11:44:38 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Oh yeah forgot to mention, we are getting 26 lineal feet for a total cost of $559. (That includes everything but installation.) At the place we are buying ours they sell their laminate by the lineal foot. That is about $18 or so a foot. Home Depot around here sales the same exact product for $23 a square foot. It definitely helps to go to a non-major chain if you want a good price!

Posted by mikaelazmomma on 2008-07-11, 11:46:35 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thank you for the comments !! Good luck with your kitchen, I think you'll like it.

Posted by cordovamom on 2008-07-12, 11:10:15 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

I really like the light fixture. Could you please tell me where you found it?

Posted by ridgemanorgardner on 2008-09-16, 09:46:43 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thank you ridgemanor -- the island pendant is from the Madison series by Quorum International. I purchased it from LampsUsa online but don't know if they still carry it. Here's a link to Quorum International.http://www.quoruminternational.com/index.cfm?do=app.designerFamilyItem&series=167&product=6574-3-44&search

Posted by cordovamom on 2008-09-17, 10:31:59 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

I really love that look. I thought it was a granite or marble. May I ask where you purchased it? Is it readily available?

Posted by bobbypin1 on 2008-09-24, 00:01:01 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thanks bobby -- you can purchase the Wilsonart HD products at just about any countertop fabricator. We ordered ours through Lowes, but a local countertop fabricator fabricated them for us. If you do a search online for Wilsonart HD you will find all the colors in the HD line available.

Posted by cordovamom on 2008-09-24, 09:48:46 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

I just ran across your kitchen pictures. I LOVE your new countertop and tile backsplash!!!! I also REALLY like that you kept your oak cabinets the way they were! I have almost the IDENTICAL cabinets and layout . . .we are trying to decide what to do about new countertops. You photos have given me a great visual of what we can do. How are your countertops looking now after a few years of use? Any other tips or changes you would make to what you did do? Thanks again for sharing your pictures!

Posted by jennk on 2009-07-27, 01:31:55 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thanks Jenn -- it will be 3 years this Thanksgiving since the countertops went in, still love them. Although if I was doing them today, my tastes have changed a bit and I would probably go with the Wilsonart Oiled Soapstone since i'm liking that look now. They've worn amazingly well though. Not a single scratch on them, but of course I do use hot pads and a cutting board. I have to say that the backsplash is the real crowd pleaser when people see the kitchen. It gives a lot of bang for the buck. The kitchen looks more high end without the laminate 2 or 3 inch backsplash. So if you decide to do this, put your backspash all the way to the counter, makes a huge difference. Good luck with your kitchen.

Posted by cordovamom on 2009-08-03, 11:58:33 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Looks fabulous! Just ordered my new counter in Deepstar Fossil, the cabinets will be about the same tone as yours. I read in your last post you are liking the oiled soapstone look, me too, but the great saleswoman at the countertop shop warned me to not be a slave to the countertop! Every drop of water shows, she said. I have black faux marble ceramic tile now (came with the house) and have hated it for that very reason for the last 14 years. I am pleased to hear there aren't any scratches etc, I was leery of the glossy finish. Great looking kitchen, I wouldn't paint solid oak cabinets either.

Posted by mojo23 on 2009-08-09, 17:45:09 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

mojo -- thanks for the comments. I hadn't thought about the upkeep with keeping the oiled soapstone clean. You'll find with the Deepstar Fossil that everything hides. I end up wiping down the whole countertop because it's so easy to miss a drop of spaghetti sauce or ketchup!! The good news is that if I do miss it, no one is going to notice it before I have a chance to wipe it up. Enjoy your kitchen remodel!!

Posted by cordovamom on 2009-08-10, 10:54:30 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Hi,
I love your kitchen. Your cabinet and tile color reminds me of my kitchen. Could you tell me what color paint you used for the walls. It complements the tile nicely.
Thanks

Posted by scituategirl on 2009-09-02, 10:02:28 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thank you !! -- Above the chair rail is Laura Ashley Light Copper, below the chair rail is Laura Ashley Apricot 5...

Posted by cordovamom on 2009-09-03, 09:28:34 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

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Posted by billpalm on 2009-10-09, 15:13:13 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

absolutely gorgeous.

Posted by birdie_ab on 2009-10-10, 00:58:39 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Your kitchen is beautiful! I love DIY's! We do a lot of that ourselves!

Posted by imatucker on 2009-12-04, 14:40:55 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Thanks Tucker!! This spring we're tackling our master bath, tiling the shower, floor, putting on new granite countertops, sinks, faucets.....should be fun..we're avid DIYers and love the challenge.

Posted by cordovamom on 2009-12-08, 17:17:14 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

remodeling my kitchen---love your backsplash! could u e-mail me this picture? is it tumbled marble? thanx, kathiey (yotka@optonline.net)

Posted by kathiey on 2010-04-16, 12:36:18 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Love the new look, is so inviting and homey.

Posted by titter1945 on 2010-09-11, 00:51:53 Offensive  Report this as offensive.

Nice!

Posted by shankhwareshan on 2010-12-19, 20:39:16 Offensive  Report this as offensive.




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