The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

Nothing makes me happier than a trip to the granite warehouse.

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

Same with Jason – sometimes he gets so overwhelmed he wants to hug the granite.

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

Just kidding, but isn’t he cute? Even though I’m pretty sure he’s not supposed to be sandwiched between tons of slabs of granite, but whatev . . .

Anyhoo, this was our second trip to the granite warehouse – and we were bound and determined to pick something out for the kitchen (we had already picked out the counters for the bathrooms). But we did occasionally get distracted by touching things . . .

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

. . . and marveling over the “VIP section” at the warehouse.

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

( There was a velvet rope and everything but I forgot to get it in the shot. )

Once we finally buckled down we were actually quite productive. Since the walls throughout the house will be a soft tan, we knew we needed counters that leans towards browns rather than grays. We quickly narrowed down the vast selection to 7 choices:

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Countertops

Once we had them all rounded up together, it was easy to pick the final 4:

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

Then we took another tour around the warehouse to take another gander at the giant slabs – there’s only so much you can tell from the tiny samples. One contender was knocked out for being too white, and another for having a random section with lots of red in it. In the end we fell in love with these two guys:

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

( Kodiak )

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

( Bianco Antico )

They both had everything that we like in a granite – lots of large chunks, some sparkle, oodles of movement, and a big dose of white. We put both types of granite on hold in case one turned out to be out of our budget (the annoying thing about warehouses like this is that they will give the prices to your fabricator but not to you.)

Once we got the samples home we laughed over exactly how predictable we are:

The Flip: Choosing Kitchen Counters

They both look almost exactly like the granite in our kitchen. Sigh. Oh well, I guess you like what you like, right?

What do you look for in a countertop?

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  1. Irene says:

    Granite warehouses asre evil. When I’ve gone, I wanted almost everything they had. I am surpsied you were able to narrow things down so quickly. It would have taken me weeks.

  2. Meredith says:

    I love the Kodiak slab. And you are right, it is very similar to your existing granite!

    Interested in learn more about the leather finish. It sounds cool!

  3. christy says:

    That is really, really funny Liz! I love that picture of you – you look fab! And the one with Jason made me laugh out loud. Literally. So funny. I looked for the same things you did when we were shopping for our granite – but price was first! There were running a special on a certain grade, so we restricted ourselves to only those options, and we’re super happy with the results!

  4. Joan says:

    Really amazing that you picked virtually identical granite samples! Yes, Jason definitely looked cute! (Though I am relieved he was not squished by shifting granite slabs!) What kind of edge are you going to use on your counters? When the fabricators cut the holes for the sink and stove top, will you do something clever with the cutouts? Love reading your blog, so don’t stop including us in the loop!

    • Liz says:


      We’re thinking of sticking with clean-lined edges in this house and just doing a simple straight edge on all of the countertops – possibly a half bevel in some bathrooms. We love the look, which is great since it’s one of the “free” edges! As for the cut outs, we will likely have them made into cutting boards by adding little rubber feet. So easy!

      ~ Liz