When I think about counter tops, the first thing that comes to mind is their decorative aspect; what they look like as opposed to usability, durability, or more practical aspects. I tend to think of what they look like against the decor of my home, but now that I stop to think about it a little further, I see that my counter tops are doing quite a bit of work around my home!
For example, in the kitchen I have plastic laminate covering to my counters which is a cheaper option for apartment living, (for the most part) and tends to blend in with my paint color in the kitchen. I guess I haven't given them too much thought since I didn't get to pick the color or make of the counter tops.
Upon closer inspection, however, I see that my counter tops in the kitchen are doing the difficult job of holding up under pressure and strain. I cook quite often, and I do the majority of my food preparation on them which includes but is not limited to chopping vegetables, putting down scalding hot pans and pots, and preparing meals for my family.
Since I do cook often, the counter tops get cleaned quite often with sometimes abrasive chemicals and often water. Add this to holding up my appliances such as my microwave oven, coffeemaker, and toaster oven and you've got a hard working area in my kitchen!
In about a month, my family and I will be moving to a new home. I didn't have too many stipulations about what the house would look like from the outside or what paint colors or decor was on the inside, but I did tell our realtor that the kitchen is the deal breaker for me.
The kitchen and counter space in our current apartment just isn't enough for the growing needs of our family and so it is a major reason for the move.
The front runner and house we will most likely be moving into has a beautiful kitchen with granite counter tops and ample counter space. My dream of a functional and beautifully decorated kitchen will actually happen! It's funny, isn't it, that something as seemingly small and insignificant as a counter top can be useful and hard-working for a family, but can also really set the tone of a home.
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