I’m so excited to share some photos of Kevin’s mom’s and dad’s ‘White Carrara’ laminate countertops today! They’re made by Wilsonart, but we had a local fabricating company (Montgomery Cabinet and Trim) cut and adhere them. We went with a crescent style front edge to minimize the size of the seam where the front and top piece meet. They also went with an undermount (stainless steel) sink from Karran.com to give the surface a cleaner look and to make for easier clean up when it comes to pushing things into the sink.
Jim and Katie’s sheet of laminate was given to them by the folks at Wilsonart (in exchange for an honest review) but a 4’x8′ sheet of the White Carrara is only $58.56 at Lowes, and it was a little over $350 for the fabrication part of the job, which included the backsplash piece along the back and sides of the counter. It may not be real carrara marble, but it sure looks a lot like it, and it’s a heck of a lot easier for Katie to care for. She’s only had it for a couple of weeks, and the sink *still* isn’t hooked up so she’s still anxious to use that part of her kitchen whenever the plumber gets back over here to finish that too.
As for the Ikea cabinets, Katie is LOVING them! Even though she has fewer cabinets than she did in her other home, she feels like she has much more and better storage space in these. She has big, pull-out drawers (vs. regular base cabinets with doors) and it’s so much easier to see what’s in them all the way to the back.
Here’s a list of some of the other things we used in their kitchen:
Drawer Pulls – Home Depot
Cabinet Knobs – Home Depot
Cutting Board – Cloth + Cabin
Faux snowball stems – Cloth + Cabin
Canisters – vintage
Galvanized Chargers – Hobby Lobby
Hyacinth Placemats – Ikea
Salt + Pepper Shakers – vintage
“3” Tray – antique store and decal from Leen the Graphics Queen
Faucet – Home Depot
Laminate Flooring – Lowes
And since many of these pictures had limes in them, here’s a link to Katie’s FABULOUS key lime cake recipe. It’s SO good!
Thank you for this post. I’ve been wondering how you like them! I really like the ones by Wilsonart, but the Formica version match my paint colors a little better. Some of their edges have a full roll so the laminate sheet rolls over the edge and covers underneath about 3 inches. There’s no seam at all that way and it looks so real! We bought classic subway tiles from Menards when they were on sale for $.17 each and hope to tile all the way to the counter.
What a beautiful woman, Katie is!
The counter looks great and I love the cabinets! I wish I had big pull out drawers rather than the standard cabinet bases!
Love her counter and cabinets! Wish I had the big pull out drawers! Katie is a beautiful woman!
WOW the kitchen looks FABULOUS!!!!!
You all did a amazing job! AND that Katie…..
SHE is the cutest ever, I’m looking so forward to trying her recipe !
Lisa W. 💟
Katie is so attractive! Love the countertop! Wish I could do a walk through of the barn
Amazing job Layla!! You’re post “stopped me in my scroll”!! I love the edging that you chose, you’re right, it does a great job of making the seem less obvious!! The place looks amazing!!
Thank you for posting on laminate countertops. For many of us, laminate is the more affordable option–it’s what I chose for our kitchen re-do. The kitchen is beautiful and Katie is attractive and classy looking. 🙂
Oh, they moved in a few months ago and we’ve been sharing a kitchen (on our side of the house) this whole time. Two more weeks without running water seems like nothing now that we’ve come this far- LOL! 😀
I’m a big fan of laminate too, Kris. And the cherry on top is that it just happens to be less expensive too! 🙂
What a beautiful mother in Law! Her kitchen is nice and once I went. Back and read “laminate” then how the sink looks made sense. But two. Weeks for a plumber? Is that typical? I don’t not be very happy having to wait on a sink in my kitchen!im guessing that’s means the dishwasher isn’t hooked up yet either.
Ok done with the rant. Thanks for sharing.
Katie is the prettiest part of the kitchen! I am so thrilled she will have a beautiful place to cook and enjoy your family. 🙂
Marianne in Mo.
Y’all have created such a cozy and classy place for Jim and Katie. I can envision how joyful it is to be one combined happy family but still have your own spaces. Are they enjoying the neighborhood, getting out and wandering around? Making any new friends?
I always love every design decision you make! You’ve been my number one designer inspiration for years! Thanks for sharing all the details. When I saw the cute salt & pepper shakes (S P), I thought “Steevenson Palmer,” lol. That little guy is always near to my heart as I read your posts. I always expect a cute picture of him peeking out from somewhere. 🙂
Oh my goodness, beauty everywhere! The kitchen is so pretty, but Katie is the prize winner! 🙂 What is the name of the wilsonart laminate you used? I’d love to use it in our re-do! Thanks, Layla!
I am convinced that under mount sinks are the only way to go. Just wish I had one. 😉
We have these same counter tops and they have been going strong for 3+ years! Mine have the extra “texture” to make them seem a little more real.
The only thing I would change is getting an under mount sink after seeing the one in Katie’s kitchen. The space is beautiful!
Thank you, Caroline! 😀
We are building a new home and chose the Wilsonart laminate for our counters as well!
I so wanted Marble without the expense and upkeep and the laminate fit the bill! We invested in a beveled edge and it looks gorgeous. We are happy with our choice and since seeing it installed, we are delighted with how authentic it looks.
Thank you so much for this post. Your words and photos validated our decision!
As always, your life and designs radiate such warmth and light! LOVED this sweet kitchen. May I ask where the lights were purchased from? We’re redoing our cabin and would love those above the open shelving. Thank you!!
Thank you, Maureen! The lights are from Barn Light Electric! 🙂