When we started our restoration project, we decided to hold off on doing a full kitchen renovation. The kitchen does not necessarily have a look or layout that we would choose, but it is functional and, for now, that’s what’s important. So we wanted to spend as little money as possible in this space until we do a full renovation down the road. We have done a few easy upgrades that we think have really made an impact in that space. We painted the walls (Sherwin Williams Morning Fog) and trim (glossy white), painted the cabinets white, installed new engineered hardwoods, installed a new sink faucet and garbage disposal, installed a 5-burner gas range we found on Craigslist, and bought a new fridge. With the exception of the fridge, which was our big splurge (although still a bargain), we’ve spent less than $700 in the kitchen.
But there’s still one glaring problem area: the countertops. They are ugly and cheap laminate countertops with lots of stains–paint stains, burn stains, food stains, etc. And no amount of cleaning is going to make them look better. So I’ve been exploring some options…
2. Concrete – This would be an inexpensive and durable option, but it could prove difficult to do ourselves. Also, to my knowledge there isn’t a food-safe concrete sealer available. We could get around this by always using cutting boards, etc. but it may become a nuisance. Examples here and here.
3. Buy New – We could purchase new, inexpensive countertops from somewhere like Ikea. This would probably be the easiest option for us, but the most expensive of the three.
We have less than 25 square feet of counter space, which would make any of these options pretty economical.
Does anyone have experience with any of these methods? Is there another option we should look into? What are your thoughts?