Getting New Quartz Countertops

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, everyone. Hope y'all are well. The knee is three weeks post surgery and was doing well. Then, for a few days, it was horribly painful. I slipped with my other leg and it painfully wrenched the sore knee. I noticed, though, that it started to feel better. My guess is that it tore through some scar tissue which had been making it hurt. I'm seeing the doc just in case tomorrow but it's feeling better. I guess this time, it will take a little longer to heal. But, I digress...

    As y'all know, I've been updating my condo and recently redid my baths. I've replaced my appliances. The only thing left needing replacing was the old kitchen countertops. I am getting new stone countertops which are a combination of quartz and a man-made substance. It looks like stone but is more durable than the granite I used in the baths. It is from LG, the same company which makes my cell phone :) I think there is a lifetime guarantee on it. I got it at Lowe's.

    It is gray speckled with a little black, a little white, and just a touch of terra cotta. It will look good with the gray speckled glass cooktop on the stove. The countertop was on sale and they threw in a free stainless sink which mounts under the countertop. I upgraded to a nicer sink that is a 60/40 with a shallower depth on the smaller side. I'm not a big fan of stainless sinks but this one is really a beauty.

    I'm getting excited to get it done. I have some light terra cotta tiles I'm going to use on the backsplash. I'll do the tiling myself. I'm paying to have the old countertop removed and am using my plumber to hook everything up afterward. I'm used to doing that stuff myself but this time, I'm going to enjoy the luxury of just having someone else do the hard work. The tile will be a fun project for me when all else is done.

    This will be the first time ever that I feel my home is just the way I want it. It is so gratifying and I am feeling so blessed and grateful.

    Sending good thoughts and prayers everyone's way.

    Love, Mikie
  2. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I am jealous, I am still working on paint colors for my place which is just an apartment but I want it to look as homey as possible. It sounds like you have really been busy with the decorating.

    Today on HGTV, I believe they showed the kind of counter tops you are talking about. Do they have to be sprayed with a sealer (?) every six months or so? If so they are beautiful.

    I love Lowes. I like walking around, getting decorating ideas, pretending I am building a house and what things I would put in it. Not that I will ever get that, which is okay, but fun thinking of all the combinations of stuff you can get.

    Do you have any suggestions for getting projects done without exhausting yourself? I was thinking you had just done some decorating without any help. Having someone else do it, is great!! Ah, I just saw that you are doing some things yourself.

    Have fun and keep us updated as well as any decorating tips!!


  3. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    I want so much , along with some other things to have new countertops, granite or something similar in my kitchen. However, who know when that will get done and I would never do the tiling or any of it myself. You brave girl! How about coming and doing mine :) ??

    You are brave just doing the tile. I would wreck it I am sure. All we need is money and I know you can save alot o if you do sny of it yourself but forget the both of us. If I get it done it will be by something else. When are you getting your kitchen done and will be starting on the tile?

    Good luck ! It sounds really great and we want to see a pic when you are all done!


  4. bigmama2

    bigmama2 New Member

    i love and hate decorating. i love it for all the obvious reasons. and hate i because i am kinda ocd/perfectionist so i get all crazy about "it has to be perfect"!!!!!! i have been picking paint colors out- and it is taking me so so very long (weeks), but i finally found some colors i think i will love. painting starts tomorrow! a taupe for living room, lilac for my bedroom, blue for guest rm.

    living room theme will be- exotic, like from india or bali.
    my bedrm theme will be feminine and elegant but comfortable.
    guest bedroom theme- not sure- probably beach cottage or beach retreat or something.

    if i didnt have cfs- i wish i could have been an interior designer. (or maybe that was just a fantasy- its probably not as fun as it seems. ) i did used to work in a high end furniture and accesories showroom "open to the trade only". i saw alot of fancy schmancy outrageously expensive stuff!

    so much can be done and look great in a cheap version of the fancy stuff. just look thru magazines or books (library) and imitate the designer look. best places for inexp decorating- second hand furn shops, yard sales in upscale neighborhoods, tjmaxx.

    good luck mikie with the quartz- it sounds awesome! and the tile! post photos!

    keep decorating, ladies!

  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Sounds as though I'm not the only fan of HGTV and Lowe's. I get "Architectual Digest" because they had a special offer for $2 an issue. I could never even afford the appliances they feature but it never hurts to dream. Also, sometimes, there are ways to achieve the same high-priced look on a budget.

    Gap, There were several products available and I can't remember whether I have to seal this quartz product or not. Sealing only involves wiping some stuff on it and wiping it off. I do it weekly on the granite. That's why granite isn't ideal for kitchens. It does stain. Either this product only has to be sealed a couple of times a year, or never--can't remember. I chose it for the colors mostly. As for completing projects without exhausting myself, I only work on them when I know I have enough energy. I don't push myself to the point of total exhaustion and I don't set deadlines. It takes as long as it takes. I painted my bedroom and it took a month. I would set aside a section of wall and do the wall and the trim at the same time and then move on to the next section. Apartments can be very homey and well decorated. This is just your basic FL vanilla condo. I haven't spent that much on many of the projects I've done. My favorite shows on HGTV are where they get homes ready to sell with only $2,000. They have some really neat tricks to get great results. Paint is still the best bang for the buck when it comes to decorating. I'll bet your home is lovely and inviting.

    Granni, I paid Lowe's yesterday and the stone man left a message that they are starting the process; it usually takes 7-10 days once they start. Then, they will call to set up a time to tear out the old countertops and install the new ones. Normally, I would tear them out myself and do the plumbing to hook up everything afterward. With this knee still on the mend, however, it's well worth it to just let someone else do it. Plumbing is my least favorite thing to do and it's uncomfortable being under a sink in a confined space. The cost came in under the original estimate, so it doesn't seem like much to pay to spare myself the pain and trouble. Tiling is relatively easy and a bit artistic. I think I'll enjoy doing that part. I did it years ago with my ex (tiling, that is :) I still can't put pics in my profile until I get some software, or download some, to resize my pics. You'll get your countertops. Desire is the first step which makes things happen. I hope and pray that you will get them.

    Glen, you sound so artistic. I've never been able to do any of the faux finishes or sponge on paint. I would love to see a pic of what you have done. As I've mentioned, this place really isn't anything special; it's just special to me. One thing I'm careful about is not overdoing anything which is out of line with what my condo is worth. As you know, SW FL took one of the biggest hits in the bubble burst for housing. The good news is that our neighborhood is in an excellent location and it is very well kept up. A lot of my neighbors are redoing kitchens here. Keep us updated on your projects. What you described sounds so interesting.

    Bigmamma, you are so right about being able to achieve the same looks as the expensive stuff at bargain prices. That's what I love about HGTV. They do it all the time. Some of the shows go a bit too far and look cheap but some of the clients on there want their homes to look like casinos or circuses. Nothing wrong with that but it's just not my taste. I can't really describe my taste except I like natural fabrics and distressed furniture. I have some antiques and blend them in with the rest of my furnishings. My taste is a lot like what one finds in the Ballard Designs catalogs; they also sell online. I guess "cottage" best describes my decor. I like to live comfortably and use my place without worrying about damaging it. I'll bet you really saw some nice things where you worked. Just seeing things like that can be a real inspiration.

    Thank you all so much for your interest and sharing with us what you like. I'm a big believer in Feng Shui and try to apply the principles to my home. I think we all need a safe haven from the outside world where we can relax and refresh.

    Love, Mikie

  6. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I love the shows were they redo the house for $2,000. How do they do it.

    I read an article that said the designers can get furniture and other things at a discount plus they do not add in the labor.

    I am blanking out on the show but I think you are talking about the one with Clive? I love Clive, he has such a droll sense of humor. I was thinking of downsizing my cable as I do not watch that much TV, but I would not get HGTV.

    I like anything that shows the before and after.

    You and others should put your pictures of your redoes on PH, though you can also do that on the HGTV website.

    Interesting about painting a toilet seat as mine does not match my toilet, long story, however
    with my spaciness I would forget I had painted it and sit on it!!!


    ETA I think you are getting the kind of countertops I liked on HGTV. You only have to spray the stuff and then wipe it off.[This Message was Edited on 08/14/2009]
  7. bigmama2

    bigmama2 New Member

    mikie- i am very offended. how dare you insult "circus-style decorating". i have a big top circus theme in my dining room. and it is stunning! complete with an antique style horse carousel. and a mural full of clowns. and elephant trainers. well, if you dont appreciate my style- then i certaintly will not be inviting you to my next annual "circus/new years eve bash soiree."

    mikie- totally kiddin ya of course. i am totally into the ballard/cottage look too. its my favorite! you would have loved my old houses living room. other than the fact that it was super small. but it was CUTE!

    gap- re - designers-- yes its true they can get furniture etc at a discount (below retail)- they usually then mark it up a bit (to retail or a bit below) and then resell it to clients- this is one way they make their money. that is how it was done at the store i worked at. I got a discount too- the special designer price- but it was all so expensive that i only ever bought one thing- a beautiful wall coat rack with mirrors thingie. (mikie- it had a total ballard look!)

    glenp- your decorating and painting stories are wild! i'd love to see photos. thats cool that you are adventurous and creative.

  8. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Yes, on those shows with "Clivey," as one designer calls him, they only figure in the cost of materials. The design team labor is not included. It's like my baths. If I had not done the work myself, I could not have afforded to redo them. In large cities, there are always more options for finding less expensive materials and furniture. Designers always know where they can get the good deals and use their discount.

    The kitchen countertops will be such a luxury for me because, other than tiling the backsplash, I will not be doing any of the work myself. I saw the doc yesterday and he gave me a shot of cortisone and told me to take it easy. Working under the sink, doing plumbing, wouldn't exactly be taking it easy. At least, it's a good excuse :) If the knee isn't better in three weeks, they will have to repeat the MRI.

    I actually did have a carousel horse in my home. My ex loved them. It was just one of the large, quirky things we owned. We also had an old ship's figurehead, or whatever they are called. It's the carved figure on the front of old wooden ships. No, it wasn't a woman with her bust exposed; it was Lord Marlboro, supposedly. This one never made it to the ship. It was purchased by a pub owner in England and was part of the decor. So, I guess I shouldn't talk about circus or Vegas decor :) Actually, though, our antiques were done tastefully.

    I have a fear and loathing of clowns. In recent years, I've found I'm not the only one. It's a fairly common phobia. My kids never pass up the opportunity to point out any clowns they see. I know you were joking but after I posted, I was worried that I might offend someone who likes circus or Vegas decor.

    Every now and then, especially on "Design on a Dime," I think they really mess things up. They will put sooooo much effort into doing something on the cheap and it looks worse than before. Of course, taste is an individual thing. There are a couple of other designers whose designs are not my idea of good design. I do love Candice on "Devine Design." Her designs are a bit too formal for me but they are almost always breathtakingly beautiful. As I mentioned, I'm into practical, distressed, and natural fabrics. She is into luxury fabrics and more formal design.

    This has been fun. Not only would it be nice to be able to know each other in person, instead of just online, it would be fun if we could all get together in each other's homes for coffee.

    Love, Mikie
  9. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    I'm jealous of your energy.
    (but Glad for you). Would you bottle a little of that for me?
    Jim : )
  10. jmq

    jmq New Member

    It sounds beautiful and I am happy for you. I wish we could post pictures here!

    Enjoy it!
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    You guys are the best! I really appreciate your good wishes.

    We can post pics in our profiles but until I get the software downloaded to resize mine, it'll have to wait. There is a pic in my profile, courtesy of PH, of the bath I redid. They are too busy, though, for me to ask every time I want to post a new pic. I have fewer hours right now so perhaps I can spend some time on the puter figuring out how to resize.

    Again, thanks for your good wishes. Sending you gently hugs and prayers.

    Love, Mikie