Our “Sweet” Counters

It all started a couple of months ago when I put together this idea board for our kitchen makeover.

My Sunshine Kitchen

Back then I was swooning over some calcutta marble.  Even at that point I knew actual marble wouldn’t make cents sense for our little townhouse but I had my eye on Formica’s 180FX Calacatta Marble laminate counters.


The other week I brought you up to speed with pricing and product info and shared that we were leaning towards Formica’s 180 FX in Dolce Vita meaning “sweet life” in Italian.  That’s definitely the kind of life I want to be living in my kitchen.  Did someone say chocolate?

So how did I go from 180FX Calacatta Marble to 180 FX Dolce Vita?

I love the look of white marble countertops and really wanted to implement this into the redesign of our kitchen.  But the key to a great renovation is to integrate the new flawlessly with the old.  The old in our case being our floor tile.


Dirty/ Off White tends to describe it best.  So when I put our pretty 180FX Calacatta Marble sample down on the floor this is what I got.

Ewww!  They definitely don’t work together.  I knew then that we would have to go darker. Oh, and for a little memory update we plan on painting the cabinets gray.

After our first failed attempt, I ordered samples, more samples, and finally more samples.

Next, we really liked the Soapstone Sequoia.

It worked perfectly with the existing tile and had a nice long linear look in the veining.  After leaving the laminate out on our counter for a few days though we decided this wasn’t the one for us.  Each laminate is made to resemble it’s stone counterpart in sheen and texture.  For soapstone this means a dull appearance and non-smooth surface.  We were afraid that it the counters would come across as unclean.  I do a bad enough job keeping the counters clean myself!

So we continued to test out samples and finally found one that we both liked, Dolce Vita.

(The guy on top.)

It has a smooth finish as well as the linear look that ML and I both liked in the soapstone.  By using a laminate/stone with linear lines it will elongate the look of our kitchen.  Which it needs.

Dolce Vita works with well our tile floors and black appliances.  I can’t wait to see what it will look installed.  Unfortunately, we are going to have to wait a few weeks on that part.  The guys came out to measure the existing counters last week but because 180FX is special order it will be a few weeks until the counters come in.  We should be enjoying them by Christmas though!  I bet red party platters with all kind of Christmas goodies will look great on them!

What about you?  Do you have a project that is stretching out for weeks on end?  Do you find yourself going through several finish selection before finding “the one”?  What do you hope to have accomplished by Christmas?

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6 thoughts on “Our “Sweet” Counters

  1. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    I can’t wait to see and hear how you like them! I am sure they are going to look great. I can’t wait to ditch our old kitchen and make some updates!
    I just had 9,000 paint samples laying all over our living room. It’s so hard to make a decision on paint, I am sure I am going to be worse when it comes to something permanent like countertops!

    1. Krystle Post author

      Haha! I know what you mean. The best thing for us has been slowly tweaking the color palette for the kitchen over the last couple of months. For instance we are still working on nailing down the specific wall and cabinet color because we want to wait until the counters are installed to see what will work best. I just have to remind myself that several different counter patterns would look great in our kitchen its just all about going with the one we like best. You’ll know. At least with counters there’s not fifty shades of the same type counter. It will make it a little easier to make a final decision.

  2. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    My husband is constantly getting on me about my projects building up because I can’t make up my mind. And that’s not even with big projects like a countertop! Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thanks for linking up to the CHQ blog hop! Make sure to enter the giveaway! Hope to see you back next week!

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  4. Jacob Fairhope

    The Calacatta laminate marble looks incredible. Whenever we renovate a property we look at granite / marble and stainless as easy places to start. The laminate is usually much less expensive, although sometimes you can make remnants work really well depending on the counter space needed.

    1. Krystle Post author

      No doubt about it you can’t go wrong with installing granite in a kitchen upgrade. We chose the 180FX stone look instead because we already know we will be losing money on our house when we do decide to sale. We are hoping the stone look with a premium laminate price will give the wow factor needed to help our home show and sale quickly. Only time will tell. I am super excited about it and can’t wait to see it installed. Thanks for stopping by.


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