Hey, I have new counters!

>> 12.11.2009

Before I gush about my brand new countertops, I'd like to congratulate LizzieBeth at Lizzie in Progress and Karrie at The Brick Cottage for winning gift cards in my Save-A-Lot giveaway (I pulled their numbers using Random.org this morning)!

Before, I had a gunk trap (aka overmount sink) installed on some seriously beat up (knife marks and stains galore) off-white laminates...

...and now, although there's still some work to do (hello, backsplash and faucet) I have a much more sleek (and clean!) workspace to make those holiday cookies on! And yes, the new sink is a good 2-3 inches deeper than my old one.
Cross your fingers for Nate this weekend- I'm hoping that he can pull off installing the faucet, disposal, etc. and save me $275 in plumbing fees!

Okay, so here's where the Renozilla comes out in me... As you can see below, the new counters (on the right) look TOTALLY different from the sample I chose from (left). I was going for a completely black look and wasn't so happy to see all of the veining that the "absolute black" came with. I know that each slab is different, but seriously?

It's not actually as noticeable from farther away, it's just that I wasn't expecting what the final product turned out to be.
I'm happy with the transformation and my decision, but have a lot more work to to to get the kitchen the way I really want it (backsplash, paint cabinets, appliances...).

What do you think, is the difference between the sample and counter worth a renozilla moment? Were you ever surprised in the difference between a sample and product when doing a project in your home?


The Brick Cottage December 11, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

Well, first I think the countertops look gorgeous and I'm loving the new sink. BUT, I would have had a renozilla moment too if it looked so different from the sample. Especially for such a big decision. But your new coutertops look so fabulous and I hope they grow on you quickly!

Second, thanks again for the giveaway! I like to make a gift basket of necessities each year for my Granny (with some fun stuff thrown in for good measure) so that gift card will be a great addition to her basket.

Kate December 11, 2009 at 11:00 AM  

I would have had a renozilla moment about those countertops too. That said, they look great!

Meg December 11, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

There's just no feeling like when you pick something, visualize it that way for weeks or months in giddy anticipation and then lay your eyes on something way different. No matter how good it looks, you can't help but have that sinking feeling.

Let me assure you, though, that your counters are gorgeous and once you get used to the adjustment of what they look like compared to what you thought you were getting, I think you'll absolutely adore them. I think they're fabulous!!

micah @ the yellow front door December 11, 2009 at 12:21 PM  

I would have freaked out too BUT they still look awesome!! Can't wait to see everything come together!

Danielle and Clint December 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM  

That would of made me mad also. That is a HUGE difference and you would of thought they would of notified you before of the difference. Meaning, given you a call and say, wanna look before we cut? But in the end, it does look great! I just love the undermount sinks! It's hard to be mad after you see the difference.

Jamie Lee December 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM  

Kasey, they look awesome! They might not have been exactly what you were expecting but they're gorgeous!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno December 11, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

Yeah, I would definitely give them a piece of my mind about the difference. The difference is significant, and maybe they will give you some money back or throw in something for your trouble! GO RENOZILLA ON THEM! And then enjoy your lovely countertops, because they are just gorgeous...even though they aren't exactly what you thought you were getting. I'm so excited for you!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog December 11, 2009 at 12:42 PM  

Yeah, I do think they're nice, but like Meg said- I didn't visualize the speckles. It really helped that Nate walked in and loooooved them.

@D&C- Funny you say that, I did actually ask if I could go see the slabs, but I decided that the 1 hour drive wouldn't be worth it when I ended up going with black. Who knew that black could differ so much?!

Lauren December 11, 2009 at 12:54 PM  

They do look very different I think I would have freaked out as well. That is why when we had things down in our house (new carpet, flooring, etc) Chris was home with the workers instead of my OCD self..

The counters do look awesome though! I am very jealous! We will get there eventually...

WhimsAndInconsistencies December 11, 2009 at 1:16 PM  

I love it! The sink is especially exciting!

dolores @ "Welcome to My Humble Ablog" December 11, 2009 at 1:52 PM  

I would be thrilled to do dishes in that new sink! Everything looks amazing, but, I would have freaked out once I saw the larger speckles on the granite, too.

I'd review all the paperwork /receipts and check if there was any disclosure regarding the final products appearance. If there was no such warning, then I would give Lowe's a call and give them a heads up on their false sample advertisements. You may even get a little reimbursement for the trouble they may have caused. They're a large company...I'm sure they can afford a complimentary gift card. ^_^

Can't wait to see it all finished!!

Aimee December 11, 2009 at 5:23 PM  

So pretty! I am jealous, as I have always wanted granite. :) Beautiful choice in color, even if it wasn't exactly as you picked out, it's still stunning.

Jacquelin Seybert December 11, 2009 at 6:46 PM  

The new sink is great. I have issues with my current sink and can't wait to install an undermount! :)

Jaimie December 11, 2009 at 9:28 PM  

The countertops are great. I'd be angry too, but whatcha gonna do!

I LOVE the new sink though!

Virginia December 12, 2009 at 12:13 AM  

They look great even though they aren't what you were expecting (that is a pretty big diference). We are wanting to do new counters in the kitchen and bathrooms eventually.

alanna rose December 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM  

I'd have been surprised, but they are fabulous! If you didn't choose to inspect the slab then you probably can't ask for any compensation - spend your effort on something else (like making cookies!).

Totally jealous of your sink - we have great granite counters, and the cheapest (although very deep) plastic over-mount ever. I hate it.

I was once surprised by a paint color I had matched, it was a creamy white, and the paint they mixed was grey - I didn't leave the store with it, but imagine if I had :)

Amanda December 12, 2009 at 11:42 PM  

This looks SO good! I think considering how much of an investment counters are, you had a right to have a renozilla moment about the sample vs. real slab. However, I agree with everyone else that it's beautiful and definitely a vast improvement. So jealous of your undermount sink!

Alexis L. of One Grand Home December 13, 2009 at 3:50 AM  

Renozilla. Seriously funny.

Yeah, I would have been upset about the countertops as well. They look great--but they are definitely not a match to the sample.

Paint is always surprising me and making me want to beat my head against a still-wet wall.

TheCluelessCrafter December 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM  

Ran into you at Domesticated Bliss and must say that your ability to go with the flow, to accept something different from the sample and learn to love it is quite a good quality. Did you really not flip your lid??

We live in an NYC apartment, so sadly we cannot renovate our counters even if we wanted.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog December 14, 2009 at 11:11 AM  

@TheCluelessCrafter- Don't be too impressed with me... I went what I like to call 'renozilla' (it's like bridezilla, but with renovations). Luckily, I didn't take it out on any person (this time). I think I'm just so ready to have a livable home that I'm not willing to fight about these types of things.

LizzieBeth December 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM  

Thanks for the gift card! I can offically feed my family on New Years Day!

That is a huge difference between the two slabs, but you said it yourself- each slab of granite is different, and when investing it in, you have to be prepared for that. Either way, it is really gorgeous! So sleek and sophisticated!


Mrs. Chic December 15, 2009 at 4:21 PM  

YAY! There in, I love how it looks. Q's how long were you between Reno of Counters and New Counters?

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog December 15, 2009 at 4:26 PM  

@Mrs. Chic- Tearing apart the counters wasn't too bad! We did the sink two days before the installers came (because we were worried about being able to do the plumbing) and the rest the day before. The new sink needed to set for 24 hours once the counter were in. In total: 4 days without a sink and 1 day without counters.

Ursula Graham December 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM  

I think they're GORGEOUS! But it is terrible that you wanted something else. I hope you're able to "learn to love them" in due time. I'm sure you like them much more than the previous ones anyway. ;)

I haven't finished our floors with this soy product yet but I fear I'm visualizing something different than it'll turn out. But we'll see in a couple weeks, lol.

Jacci December 16, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

Nice choice on the countertops, Kasey. I know they aren't exactly what you were picturing (and I totally agree that it would be hard to just switch gears so quickly), but they really do look good. This is fun to read about! Looking forward to more.

~Jacci in Ohio

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