Posts Tagged ‘Colorado Springs Countertops’

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.

What Is the Best Countertop for Outdoor Kitchens?

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Granite Countertops, Uncategorized

Bar with granite countertop

As more people start embracing the benefits of outdoor entertainment, the popularity of outdoor kitchens has increased significantly. Finding the right Colorado Springs granite countertop is critical when trying to spruce up your outdoor kitchen. There are lots of options in the market. Some of them include:

1.      Granite

Granite is the most popular countertop for outdoor kitchens for a good reason. It can withstand years of use and it is great outdoors. Granite countertops can withstand exposure to hot and cold temperatures. With the right care, they can maintain their luxurious look for a long time. It doesn’t etch or lose its shine. The popularity of granite comes from its variety of color choices, durability, and ease of maintenance. Some of the most common types of granite include:

  • Tan brown granite
  • Kashmir White granite
  • Black Pearl granite
  • St. Cecilia granite
  • Venetian Gold granite

Granite is classified depending on its appearance and properties.

2.      Quartz

Quartz kitchen countertops are popular for their durability and variety. They come in various colors and styles. The material can withstand prolonged exposure to outdoor conditions. However, the resins used may be unable to withstand exposure to sunlight.

3.      Marble

Marble is a great choice for outdoor kitchen countertops. However, it isn’t the most durable option. The material looks great but it is easily damaged by outdoor elements. It is great for use on other parts of your outdoor kitchen.

What Is the Best Option? 

Granite is the best option for your outdoor kitchen countertops. It is one of the toughest materials. It is weather-resistant, durable, and bacteria-resistant. Granite is beautiful and it retains its appearance for a long time. It is the best option for accentuating the beauty of your natural space. Granite is natural and eco-friendly. It doesn’t have the chemical emissions present in chemicals.

If you are looking for an upgrade to your outdoor kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us today and schedule a consultation.

Even the Toughest Countertops Need Care: 3 Tips

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops, Granite, Granite Countertops, Home, Interior Design

kitchen view with countertop and stolls

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.

His and Hers Divided Vanity

Trending for 2020: Bathroom Countertops

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Home, Interior Design

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

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Home, Interior Design

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

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Granite Countertops, Interior Design

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

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Granite, Home, Interior Design

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 Reasons To Install Granite In Your Kitchen

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops, Granite

Interior photo of kitchen with granite countertops

Granite has been the top-selling kitchen countertop material for years. Homeowners love granite for its beauty, durability and its easy maintenance. If you’re a homeowner who is thinking about installing granite in your home, knowing the benefits can help you decide whether granite is right for you. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s Attractive

Granite is a naturally occurring type of stone. Different types of granite come in different colors and markings. Whether you’re looking for something dark and minimally patterned, or something lighter and more colorful, there’s a type of granite to meet your needs.

It’s Natural

The push to install natural materials in the home is going stronger than ever, which makes granite a go-to choice for homeowners who like the look of the natural world. Granite fits in perfectly with other natural materials like other types of stone, wood, clay, and bamboo. No matter what other natural materials are found in your kitchen, you can find a type of granite to match.

It Lasts Forever

Granite is among the hardest, strongest materials found in the home. It’s difficult to scratch or crack. Your granite countertops will outlast most of the other fixtures in your home.

It’s Easy to Maintain

It’s a good idea to seal your granite from time to time, to protect it from water and oil stains. However, on a day-to-day basis, your granite need only be maintained with a wipe from a damp washcloth or a rag and all-purpose cleaner. Clean your granite daily to keep your kitchen counters sanitary.

Contact Planet Granite

Are you looking for granite countertops in Colorado Springs? Planet Granite invites you to contact us or stop by our showroom to see all the latest types of granite. Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, we can help you choose the right type of granite for you.

The Benefits of a Granite Fireplace Surround

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Home, Interior Design

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Granite Countertop Brackets

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Everything You Need to Know About Granite Countertop Brackets

As you sketch out the plan for your Colorado Springs home remodeling project, you may set your sights on putting in a granite countertop. If your vision includes an overhang on the counters, brackets will be a necessity. The immensely heavy slabs of granite simply cannot withstand the forces on their own. With brackets installed, you can ensure your overhang remains in place and in one piece. Here’s what you need to know about these important components.

Types of Granite Countertop Brackets

You can choose between two main types of granite countertop brackets for your home remodeling project. Reflecting on the vision for your build will assist in selecting the best option.

Hidden

Hidden countertop brackets are the most popular option since they make the overhang look like its magically floating in place. These brackets go across the bottom of the countertop and use the cabinets for support. They are completely flat to keep them virtually invisible to the naked eye.

Your talented countertop installer will determine the best bracket length to use in giving your countertops additional strength. When installed by a professional, you will not be able to see the brackets from the front or sides of your granite countertops.

Decorative

Decorative brackets remain visible beneath the underside of the countertop overhang by design. Using the corbel layout, these brackets often have a beautifully decorated bar at a 45-degree angle. They attach along the underside of the granite overhang and the supporting base cabinet to provide your countertops with support. You can find these brackets in a wide variety of styles and configurations to match your home design.

No matter what bracket style you choose, your selection will help keep your granite countertops well supported through the years. Before starting your Colorado Springs kitchen countertop project, reach out to our team at Planet Granite to see how we can help. Call us at 719-522-0748 to get started.

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