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Instead of a granite countertop, make use of a granite overlay. It provides the same level of gloss and functionality, minus the staggering expenses. With lots of companies that make polymer or granite shell that can be fitted on the existing work bench, taking advantage of this five star kitchen styling idea is relatively easy.

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Countertops: Stainless steel, quartz, Corian and laminates are four good choices that don't have grout to scrub and never require sealing. Choose durable surfaces: Glossy quartz-surfacing countertops mimic the look of natural stone but are much easier to maintain. A simple edge profile will also help to reduce costs. Granite is an all-time favorite for its ease of care even if it does need occasional sealing.

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A few examples of the MANY ways Giani Granite Countertop Paint can be applied. Your counters will look exotic and high-end at a fraction of the cost! www.gianigranite.com

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from HGTV

Best Kitchen Countertop Pictures: Color & Material Ideas

HGTV's Best Kitchen Countertop Pictures: Color & Material Ideas | Kitchen Ideas & Design with Cabinets, Islands, Backsplashes | HGTV

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from Apartment Therapy

5 Inexpensive (But High Impact) Kitchen Upgrades

Lots of the things you dream about changing in your kitchen — new countertops, new flooring, new appliances — will cost an arm and a leg. But the good news is that there are things you can do to make your kitchen a better place that won't quite break the bank. Here are five ideas.

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Soapstone is a top choice for bathroom vanities. Unlike marble, travertine, or granite, it is not negatively affected by water. (Just make sure you get the high quality, architectural grade.) Because soapstone is nonporous, it resists stains. It also retains and radiates heat. The Countertop Investigator by Anthony Greer is one of the best resources for comparing the cost and practicality of different countertop materials.

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How to Install A Granite Tile Kitchen Countertop

How to Install A Granite Tile Kitchen Countertop Granite tiles are a cost effective alternative to granite slabs. Learn how to prep and install the tiles.

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