How to Paint Laminate Kitchen Countertops

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Bahtroom vanity with white countertops

Many people start their day in the kitchen and having a beautiful kitchen can greatly lift your mood. If you’re looking to install new countertops, our professional and trusted Colorado Springs granite company can help take your kitchen to the next level. If an installation isn’t an option for you at the moment, painting your countertops is another option you may consider.

What Do You Require for Painting?

You may want to choose a color that goes well with the floor and wall. Ensure that your countertops are in good shape. Remove everything that is on the countertop and ensure there is adequate ventilation either from a window or a fan. Turn off the gas cooker. For excellent results, ensure that you are minimally distracted that day.

Requirements

  • Gloves, mask or goggles to prevent touching or inhaling paint
  • Cleaner, water and soap
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Paint roller and foam roller cover
  • Painter’s tape to protect walls and sinks
  • Paint primer – helps paint to stick
  • Paint

How Do You Paint?

Step 1: Clean the counter surface with soap and water

Step 2: Use the sand paper to smoothen, then wipe with a wet cloth and let it dry

Step 3: Apply 2 thin coats of primer evenly on the entire surface and allow them to dry for 4 hours

Step 4: Apply the first coat of paint and don’t allow it to dry as you from one side to the other

Step 5: Apply the 2nd coat of paint 4 hours after the first one and allow it to dry

Step 6: Apply the top coat and allow 4 hours to dry

Do not put anything on the counter before 24 hours. It takes 2 weeks for the paint to dry completely. Avoid using abrasive cleaners thereafter.

Conclusion

Beautiful countertops make a beautiful kitchen. Painting countertops also enhances beauty. To find out which countertops are ideal for your kitchen, bar, or vanity, you can contact Planet Granite and we will advise you on what option is best for you.

Even the Toughest Countertops Need Care: 3 Tips

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While your gorgeous countertop is transforming the look and feel of your kitchen or bathroom, it’s also supremely functional. Quartz, granite, and other stones stand up to all kinds of activities. Stone counters are investments that last through the decades, putting them among the most cost-effective upgrades you can ever make for your home.

Still, even a rock can be sensitive to the elements eventually! So, here are the very best of our tips for treating your countertops with care.

 

Keep Your Counter Cool. Avoid setting hot pots and fresh-from-the-oven baked dishes directly on the stone countertop. Placing a trivet or a potholder between a piping hot dish and that stunning quartz countertop is a great habit to keep. Sparing your countertop unnecessary stress is a good long-term strategy for maintaining its lasting brilliance. In bathrooms, avoid leaving heat styling equipment on your counter surfaces.

Wipe Your Countertop Down. Clean up spills as they occur. As a routine, wipe the surface well with sudsy water and a sponge or soft cloth every evening. For best results, don’t forget the edges and corners. Although quartz and other stone materials are non-porous, the perfect shine of your countertop benefits from a regular wipedown. Choose natural soaps, never harsh chemicals. Chemical cleaners can wear on marble and other stone, creating opportunities for stains.

Cut on a Cutting Board. Avert the remote possibility of scratching or dulling the shine of your counter, and avoid damaging your knives. It’s simple to do, by using a cutting board every time. A granite, quartz, or other stone countertop does not substitute for your regular cutting equipment.

Durable stone countertops will outlast your home. With the simplest care routine, you can keep your countertops looking their best for decades to come.

Need More Tips?

We’d be delighted to converse with you! The lasting beauty of your kitchen or bathroom is our passion.

And when you’re ready to put your new countertop in your Colorado Springs home, drop a line to our pros at Planet Granite. We’re committed to working on your terms, with your schedule.

Best Countertops for a Clean and Healthy Kitchen

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picture of countertop and sink

Looking forward to some springtime renovating of your Colorado Springs home? Then you’ve come to the right place. At Planet Granite, many of our clients are keen on spring cleaning, and they’re asking how to select the best countertops for a germ-free kitchen. If selecting a countertop for ease of cleaning and disinfecting is an art, your kitchen can be a masterpiece. True, there are some differences among stone choices. Let’s take a look.

Granite

Granite is not only beautiful; it’s heroically scratch-resistant, making it a breeze to sanitize. Your new granite countertop is sealed to reduce porosity. While granite can stand up to harsh chemicals, we don’t recommend putting it to the test! Soapy water washes off germs. Like any natural stone surface, granite is susceptible to seepage, so it’s a good idea to seal a granite countertop yearly to be sure it’s completely bacteria-resistant, with a brilliant shine.

Marble

It’s sleek, cool, and beautiful. Yet marble is a softer stone than other countertop choices. A new marble countertop is sealed, shielded from common kitchen acids including citrus juices, vinegar, and condiments. And, like granite, marble needs to be sealed regularly, using stone sealer intended for marble countertops. Correctly sealed and regularly wiped down, marble offers lasting and classic beauty.

Quartz

This is the winner if your top criterion is hygienic perfection. Quartz is the best-in-class choice for a pristine countertop surface, as bacteria cannot lodge in its tough, impermeable surface. Nor is seepage or staining an issue with quartz. Germs can be easily wiped away with a soapy, wet cloth.

To your health!

Of course, it’s essential to banish viruses and bacteria from the place you prepare nourishing meals. Have sudsy water on hand, and remember to change your sponge or wash your dish towels regularly.

Looking for the perfect countertop? Need advice on sealing your current surfaces? We’d love to help. Please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

His and Hers Divided Vanity

Trending for 2020: Bathroom Countertops

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His and Hers Divided Vanity

Whether you’re planning to refresh your bathroom or are doing a full remodel, one of the largest changes you can make to the bathroom is the countertop. Often the bathroom countertop becomes the main focal point in the room. Let’s take a look at some of the latest trends for bathroom countertops in Colorado Springs.

Freestanding Sinks

Often the freestanding sink does not forgo the countertop, but incorporates it into the design, with the basin sitting on top of a countertop, usually made out of marble or granite.

Console Vanities

The minimalist trend has hit bathroom vanities. Larger and more complex pieces have been replaced by clean lines. Frequently designed in an open style with a granite countertop, there might just be legs and shelves instead of doors and drawers. These console vanities are ideal for small spaces and have the added advantage of making a small bathroom appear larger.

His and Hers Divided Vanity

Installing two sinks into the master bathroom is a great way to raise property values while adding convenience to nighttime rituals. The divided vanity can incorporate the freestanding sink on the countertop, or be sunk into the stone counter.

Bathroom Fixtures

Dark fixtures with a matte finish have become one of the most popular colors. We love how the matte finish plays off of our granite countertops. Additionally, glass and gold have also become highly popular. The shine looks beautiful with our lighter shades of marble and quartz.

Keeping the Marble

Marble has officially migrated into the bathroom, and in 2020 we’re not just seeing countertops but marble walls as well.

If you’re still deciding which direction to go with your Colorado Springs bathroom countertop, we’re here to help. Get in touch, and we’ll be happy to help you choose the countertop that will be both timeless and new.

 

2020 Kitchen Trends to Think About for Your Next Kitchen Remodel

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Kitchen Countertops in Colorado Springs

The new year has been rung in, and we’re seeing some exciting trends for kitchen design this year, including some beautiful Colorado Springs kitchen countertops. Let’s take a look at what the new decade is bringing to our kitchens.

More Color

We’re not saying that all-white kitchens are going out of style, but color is being welcomed back. Whether it’s a bright accent wall (or ceiling), natural wood details, or contrasting dark countertops, bright pops and colors that draw the eye are proving a popular choice.

Quartz Is Having a Moment

We’ve seen quartz used more and more over recent years, but it’s never been more popular than right now. It’s an excellent choice for countertops for those who do want the all-white kitchen, but don’t want the care requirements of marble. The non-porous material comes in a wide array of colors and shades, so it’s proving a popular choice for kitchens with other color schemes, and we’ve been seeing it migrate beyond the countertop.

The Slab Backsplash

Eye-catching and simple at once, placing a single piece of stone behind the stove is the perfect way to create a clean center focal point around the kitchen’s “hearth.” It’s a clean solution often preferable to tiles.

Not Too Shiny

High polish so popular over the last decade has begun to give way to more muted mattes. We are seeing more stone countertops with a honed finish that is smooth and more matte than shiny.

Bold Graphics

Not unlike the bright colors, bold graphic lines and shapes are proving popular. Check out the Calacatta pattern in both quartz and marble to get some ideas for how you can introduce these lines into your kitchen.

We’re always happy to discuss design options and the wide array of stone materials available. To find out more about what we offer in beautiful kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us.

Two-Tone Countertops: How to Mix and Match Granite Colors

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The kitchen is the hub of many homes, serving not only as a functional space, but also as a gathering room where families spend a significant amount of time. It’s no surprise then that kitchens are one of the top major home remodeling projects.

Having a granite island or granite countertops installed has long been a major part of remodeling kitchens. Traditionally, the homeowners would go visit a Colorado Springs granite countertop company and choose their granite, but in the last few years, a new trend has started to take hold: Instead of picking just one color to be uniform throughout the kitchen, people are picking two, typically one for the island and one for the counters.

This deviation from tradition is a great way to add texture and depth to the kitchen. Here are some tips for how best to mix and match granite in the kitchen.

Consider Other Factors

When choosing granite colors, decide on the overall look you are going for and consider the cabinets, wall color, and lighting. You want to select colors that will complement not only each other but the rest of the room as well.

Match Colors or Patterns

One strategy is to select two types of granite with similar patterns or from the same color family. This takes some careful consideration, as you want the colors to look complementary but not too much alike. If the colors are too similar, it will seem accidental.

Mix Colors or Patterns

Another tactic is to choose very different types of granite: one dark and one light or one with a bold pattern and one with a very subtle pattern. The striking difference creates a modern, elegant look and brings balance to the room.

Selecting two different granite colors for the kitchen doesn’t have to be complicated, but professional guidance can certainly make it easier. We’re happy to help mix and match your new Colorado Springs granite countertops, so contact us today.

 

Hot Trends in Granite for 2020

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granite countertops in a bathroom

Granite is revered for its durability and beauty, and it’s arguably one of the most appealing options that home and business owners can consider for countertops. Easy to clean and highly versatile, it’s no surprise that Colorado Springs granite countertops are widely popular. However, times are changing, so those considering remodeling or a new installation should know about these inspiring granite characteristics for 2020.

Popular Color Options for the New Decade

Whether you’re looking for bathroom granite countertops or new surfaces for the kitchen or other spaces, gear up for bold colors to dominate this decade. The hue of countertops can bring life to a room, so trending colors from nature such as petrol-green and deep blues are predicted to be popular. Hot choices in the future are also likely to include brilliant oranges.

Diversity in Granite Patterns

The immense diversity of patterns amid the realm of countertop granite can be explored at Planet Granite in Colorado Springs. Some designs expected to surpass past favorites include marbleized veining, highly dominant swirls, and interesting characteristics. With the blues and greens expected to surge in demand, interior professionals are likely to lean heavily toward options such as Lapidus granite and the speckled Verde Peacock granite.

Exploring Prime Finishes

Color and patterns aren’t the only aspects of granite trends changing, as honed finishes that give granite a matte appearance are surging in popularity. Matte finishes are now available in a specialized “leathery” finish that offers greater realism without sacrificing resilience and longevity. However, don’t expect the traditional look of high-gloss granite countertop surfaces to lose any customers, as their smooth polished look isn’t going anywhere on the design scene any time soon.

Planning Granite for Your Home? Call Planet Granite

Planet Granite is the go-to source for Colorado Springs home remodeling. Let us help you become a neighborhood trendsetter with these up-and-coming 2020 granite trends.

 

4 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Granite Countertops

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Interior photo of kitchen countertops with granite

Granite is a long-lasting, durable stone that needs little maintenance. If you follow these easy steps, your granite will perform better and continue to look beautiful for years to come. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Wipe Down Granite Regularly

Granite needs to be cleaned in order to look its best. In the kitchen, granite needs to be cleaned nightly to prevent the transfer of bacteria from the countertops to food. In the bathroom, granite should be cleaned once or twice per week to allow its beauty to shine. Use an all-purpose cleaner for your granite.

2. Use a Hot Pad When Needed

Granite, like many other materials, should be protected from the hottest surfaces. Put a hot pad down on your counters before setting a hot pan on the stone.

3. Seal Your Counters Periodically

Granite is a porous material that can absorb liquid and oil. Sealant prevents this absorption from happening. Seal your granite periodically as the old sealant wears off.

You’ll be able to tell when more sealant needs to be applied because your granite will start to absorb water when it gets wet. For example, if your granite absorbs water from a wet glass, you’ll see a shadow of the moisture left on the granite even after it is wiped away.

Sealant is available for sale at granite suppliers and hardware stores. If you’re not sure what kind of sealant is right for your granite, talk to your granite supplier for advice.

Shopping for Granite Counters? Contact Us

Granite is a beautiful, easy to maintain countertop material. To find out more about how you can take care of your granite countertops in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite. We can answer your questions and help you choose a new granite countertop for your kitchen, bathroom or any area of your home where you’re hoping to install stone.

The Benefits of a Granite Fireplace Surround

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The interior of a home with granite countertops and a fireplace

The materials you select to place around your fireplace can help to make your fireplace pop or stand out. One of the options that you can use for a fireplace surround is natural stone, such as granite. Here are a few of the benefits associated with using granite for your fireplace surround.

Granite Can Withstand High Temperatures

One of the benefits associated with using granite around your fireplace is that granite can withstand high temperatures, such as those that both gas- and wood-burning fireplaces give off. Traditionally, if you are using tile or stone around your fireplace, you must first install cement board before installing the tile or stone. The cement board absorbs the heat, protecting your stone. This is not something you need to do with granite, which cuts out a step. Ultimately, this helps to save time and money.

Granite Is Durable

The second benefit of using granite for your fireplace surround is that granite is durable. When properly sealed and cared for, granite will not stain and it is very difficult to scratch, ding, dent or crack. This makes it a great option for those who may have pets or small children that may play on or around the fireplace surround.

Granite Comes in Different Colors and Patterns

The final benefit associated with using granite for your fireplace surround is that granite comes in a huge selection of colors and patterns. This helps you to find a granite that matches the style of your home, without looking out of place. You can find granite to match a modern space, a rustic space, or a classic space.

A granite fireplace surround can add character, style, and a unique design element to the wall and space surrounding your fireplace. Selecting the right granite for your area is important. When you are looking for granite countertops, sinks, or more in Colorado Springs, Colorado look no further than Planet Granite. Call us today to get started.

Quartz Vs. Granite: What Are the Differences?

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Bathroom Vanity Countertops

Some homeowners feel torn when it comes to deciding between granite and quartz for their Colorado Springs kitchen or bathroom countertops. While both are attractive options, let’s take a look at how the two differ from one another, to see which one makes more sense for your taste and lifestyle.

Appearance and Character

If you are the type of person who appreciates variations in color and slight imperfections, the appearance of granite may appeal to you more than quartz. Quartz countertops are very consistent in their pattern and color. This is because they are manufactured, as opposed to being naturally mined straight from the earth, such as granite is.

Quartz is available in a much wider array of colors. So if you have a specific, consistent color you would like to have, quartz may suit your taste better. Granite has natural variations in color, as opposed to having a uniform appearance. Those who enjoy the look of granite appreciate its potential flaws and see granite as having true character.

Durability

When it comes to a comparison of durability, there are a few areas to consider. The first thing to examine would be is how colorfast both of them are. When it comes to granite, its color may fade, or become blotchy over time if the granite has been dyed. On the other hand, quartz countertops will not lose their color.

Cleanliness Factor

Granite is a porous material that has many capillaries. Let’s say you spill red wine on a light granite countertop. Because it is so porous, it might absorb the color. Quartz is non-porous, so this won’t happen with it.

Because quartz is non-porous, it doesn’t collect germs and bacteria the way that granite can. This means that when it comes to the cleanliness factor, quartz wins out.

Conclusion

Granite is natural and beautiful in its own right. Quartz is more uniform, and it can be kept cleaner. Selecting granite or quartz countertops in Colorado Springs has never been easier. Check out our extensive selection of beautiful styles and colors that are available today.

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