There are many different DIY countertop options out there. Some will look great and others will look like an 8 year old science project if you’re not careful. So, I took some time to compare a few of the more popular DIY countertop options. Here’s what I found comparing a Lazy Granite Granite Tile Countertop to a Concrete Countertop and a faux “Granite” Painted Countertop.
A Concrete Countertop:
A brief search on Pinterest will give you hundreds of beautiful success stories on this one. It’s super trendy and extremely affordable for a modern, industrial look. Some people are even trying it on their vanity cabinets in their bathrooms as well.
Average cost per sqft: $65-$135
Pros: Affordable, Looks pretty cool
Cons: Very involved DIY project. Concrete is heavy- check with your cabinet maker to ensure your cabinets can hold the weight (12-22 lbs/sqft 2 in thick). Concreate is a super porous material that must be sealed very thoroughly. Stains and scratches can start to show over time shortening the life of this countertop.
Painted Granite Countertop:
If you have a laminate or formica countertop right now, you are most likely desperate for a change. This is a cheap and enticing option. The look of granite for $100? Sweet. Well… let’s just look into this a bit more. You are painting this on and creating the veins and granularity by hand. Picture laminate wood flooring or faux brick backsplash. It might look like wood or brick… sort of, but it’s clearly not and you’re not fooling anyone. So, while the price might be right on this one, it’s likely to end up in the science project category and not in the lasting, won’t have to do this again in 6 months category.
Average cost per sqft: $5-13
Pros: Easy DIY, very cheap, goes on and stays on (careful with cabinets!), very affordable.
Cons: Very toxic material, not scratch or stain resistant, likely won’t last more than a couple of years.
Lazy Granite Tile Countertop:
Many go with a granite tile countertop because they want a natural, durable stone countertop that will last and will look great, but can’t afford a slab countertop for their kitchen. Granite is a really good (maybe the best) countertop option due to it’s durability and strength and when properly sealed- can be stain free and beautiful forever. When using square tiles, the installation can be a bit tricky to achieve a professional look in terms of leveling and spacing the tiles. However, Lazy Granite eliminates this headache due to the size and design of each tile. Each tile includes the edging and with the sink kit- there is very little sawing involved making this a pretty easy DIY countertop option.
Avg cost per sqft: $25-$40
Pros: 100% granite, natural stone for strength and durability, half the cost of slab countertops, easy DIY, saves time compared to other DIY countertops considering installation (2 days).
Cons: Your friends will be jealous.
When considering a DIY Countertop option, research everything thoroughly. Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Lazy Granite is a really great option if you want to save money, but also have a long lasting, beautiful end product.