We've been looking at and thinking about kitchen counters for a couple of months now. I don't like the granite our home's previous owners used when they remodeled the kitchen just before selling to us. It's busy and has lots of maroon flakes. There is no color I dislike more than maroon.
So when started to think about counters for the new peninsula that we're adding to our kitchen, we weren't so keen on matching the stone. We decided to price out counters for the entire kitchen, replacing the existing granite (which we'd hopefully be able to use elsewhere.) I wanted something white, but marble isn't all that great for a kitchen - especially for one that will likely be used by renters in the future. So we looked at silestone and other engineered quartz companies.
And then we got the price quotes. Woah.
Back to the drawing board. Yesterday we went to a few stone yards to look at granite called White Fantasy and Super White. I liked them, but they were much more busy than S expected.
At the third and smallest yard where we stopped two seconds before Little M's dinner time with mere seconds 'til meltdown, we happened to see a slab of our current granite. I didn't love it any more in full slab than I do in our kitchen, but I did ask the price. It's 1/3 the price of the engineered quartz and half the price of the lowest price granites we considered. Like several thousand dollars saved if we just match the stone and only do the new peninsula.
So during nap today I went over to the granite dealer we've been working with to get a quote on the granite I don't like for our peninsula. And while I waited I saw a black granite with a leathered finish that I kinda loved.
Yesterday we thought we had a decision made - go with what we have and save money - but today I'm not so convinced anymore. Yesterday I forgot that when we take one of the kitchen walls down we're going to have an area without counters. We thought we'd just leave a bit of wall there, but it's not ideal, it's a make-do solution.