A Quick Flip

Hey guys!  A few weeks ago we bought a great little townhouse near a community college – our plans are to do a quick “spruce up” and then put it on the market for sale.

The townhouse is in pretty good shape, and in a great location for people that want to be near the community college, but it needs a little love before it’s market ready.  (And when I say “a little love” I mean just paint, hardware, kitchen counters, and cleaning the carpets – no big renovations.)

The kitchen is the space that needs the most help – the cabinets and appliances are in great condition, but the paint color is questionable, the cabinets need to be painted (in person they’re terrible), the hardware needs updating, and the dated Formica counter tops have got to go.


The painters are busy over there right now, and we’re in the process of picking out counter tops.  Typically when we flip a house we need to replace counters throughout the entire house, so we buy a few slabs of material.  But in this case we just need about 18 linear feet of counter tops – not nearly enough to justify buying an entire slab.

We shopped around town a bit, hitting up a big box hardware store, Floor and Decor, and a few other places.  At the big box hardware store, the cheapest granite or quartz that we actually liked was between $45-$48 per square foot installed, and we haven’t found any remnants that we like at the fabricator’s.  Finally, at Floor and Decor, we found our likely solution – tada!!

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What you’re seeing are pre-fabricated lengths of counter top, complete with backsplash – and for pretty great prices.  Typically when you buy marble, granite or quartz counters you have to buy the entire slab, even if you’re only using a portion of it.  That’s the beauty of these pre-fabricated lengths – you have basically no waste since you can just buy what you need!

I have my eye on these three contenders:

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From left to right: Moon White Granite; Ice White Quartz; River White Granite

They come in lengths just over 9 feet and are each around $19.50/square foot – a steal!  (Although they have a few options under $10/square foot.)

Have you guys ever bought pre-fab counters?  I think I’m on to something good here…  ;)

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  1. Anni says:

    I’m usually not a huge granite fan but that river white looks really pretty! We just had Silestone’s lagoon installed in our kitchen and I’m totally in love with it. :)
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  2. WHAT!? Floor & Decor has prefab stone and quartz countertops!? This changes EVERYTHING. Like, for real!

  3. Aimee says:

    Long time, no see! Great to have you back! You certainly stay busy!

  4. Hey Liz!
    I really liked your idea of “spruce-up” and sale. I was planning a coffeehouse for myself and your ideas felt quite innovative to me. Keep up the good work.
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  5. What kind of paint is going in the kitchen? Sometimes, small spaces like that can be really ideal for a patch of textured paint! It adds some dimension so a small wall, or gives it a ‘classed up’ feel. Especially when paired with something really simple, like the plain white quartz. Just discovered your blog, can’t wait to read more.

  6. Ben Verdi says:

    Granite, marble are among the best choices for kitchen countertops and backsplash. They are easy to clean, maintain and have a much longer life span than others.

  7. Why am I not seeing the “after” image in the post? I wish I could see how it turned out…

  8. roofer says:

    I’d love to see the finished product too! Hoping you went with the River White Granite! The suspense is killing us!

  9. The place looks very nice, with some minor renovations it will look amazing and you’ll be able to sell it for a very good price. And from the counters, I would pick the last one – the pattern is pretty nice and looks classical, so it will fit with everything perfectly.
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  11. We redid our kitchen 4 years ago and back then I was crazy about medium brown…Eh…I would give anything for a white kitchen today! You guys did an amazing job pulling this kitchen together! And your photogrpahy and styling is stunning:-)) Xo