Staging on a Budget – Making Over Your Kitchen Counter tops with Ceramic Tile
Remodeling a kitchen is the dream of many a homeowner but not one that someone selling their home – or hoping to in the near future – really wants to take on, especially in terms of cost.
On the other hand for many would be home buyers the kitchen is one of the areas they are most interested in when viewing a home. And, bearing in mind that kitchen renovations can be messy and expensive many of them will be less than willing to take on a home with a kitchen that needs too much work.
If less than stellar counter tops are a problem in your kitchen, one relatively inexpensive way to make an almost instant and dramatic difference in the style and function of any kitchen, big or small, is by creating a ceramic tile kitchen counter top over the current installation (it’s especially good for covering old laminates)
Why Ceramic Tile?
Ceramic tiles are a wonderful option for kitchen counter tops for a number of reasons. First of course is the fact that ceramic tile is available in so many different colors, sizes, patterns and textures allowing the average homeowner the design freedom to create their own personal vision. Want to impress buyers and add perceived value to your kitchen? Granite look ceramic tiles are rather good at mimicking the real thing, but, of course, at the fraction of the cost – and effort – of installing the real thing.
Ceramic tiles are also tough and durable. They can stand up to a hot crock pot being placed on top of them without a problem and kitchen counter top cleanup is a breeze, all things that a busy and practical home-buyer will appreciate. A quick wipe over with a basic kitchen cleaner and a paper towel is all it takes on a daily basis, and perhaps the occasional few minutes a week paying a little attention to any grout work that may need a clean. This is a distinct advantage for many, who has time for a lot of cleaning these days?
For the confident DIY enthusiast a ceramic tile kitchen counter top is something that can be installed fairly easily – there are lots of good videos on YouTube to get you started – although those less handy can always turn to a professional for help, guidance and assistance for a relatively reasonable cost.
Wondering how good ceramic tile kitchen counters can really look? Check out the examples below.