Happy New Year! I hope that on Christmas Day you lovely readers got everything you wished for, and that 2019 will be a happy and healthy one.
I’m praying that 2019 will also be the year that Project Kitchen in the Soeno household is completed. We made an excellent start towards the back end of last year by moving some of the bulky kitchen cupboards into the garage, and installing new worktops. We went for quartz (Remember this post where I was hankering after oak worktops, whereas Rich was all about the quartz? Argh, kicking myself that he won that battle…) and you can see a little sneak peek of the before and afters in the slider above. (Ignore the Christmassy decs in the ‘after’ photo – soz about that).
You may also notice from the ‘after’ image that we decided to go for a waterfall worktop.
What is a Waterfall Worktop?
A waterfall worktop is one which drops vertically down the side of a kitchen cabinet/kitchen island all the way down to the floor, thus creating a ‘waterfall’ effect. As per the gorgeous worktops in the header above. (The first one is of Anna Bond’s kitchen, as in Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. Predictably, I love everything about the entire house).
Being the indecisive person I am, I had a last minute change of heart in the run up to the worktop installation date, and asked the worktop fitters to stick to a standard worktop rather than a waterfall. They okayed this, however on the big day a waterfall countertops was installed. Thankfully I loved the appearance of it (and could not be doing with more days trying to cater for two hungry kids without kitchen worktops), so it’s here to stay.
For anyone else considering a waterfall worktop here are some inspiration pics, plus my take on the advantages and disadvantages.
The Pros of a Waterfall Worktop
They create a sleek, elegant, ‘flowing’ look – perfect if you’re a lover of clean lines.
They’re easy to clean.
They protect the kitchen cabinets (ours will be able to withstand more wear and tear than a painted laminate end-panel which was the alternative).
They are great for creating a design statement.
No sharp chunky corners that little ones can bash their heads on.
The Cons of a Waterfall Worktop
They can be more expensive (although not much more expensive if you were going for a purse-friendly option for your worktops such as concrete or wood).
Are they too trendy? I’m not sure they will stand the test of time. But hey ho, they look nice for now.
In case you hadn’t gathered from this post, I am the most indecisive person in THE WORLD, and since the worktops have been installed I have obviously changed my mind re paint colour for the kitchen cabinets from off-white to dark. Whereas Rich previously wanted dark and now wants white. Oh, the joys of renovating a kitchen with someone as stubborn as myself.
Stay tuned for more kitchen updates and to find out whether Rich gets his way with the paint (although don’t hold your breath. At this rate the kitchen won’t be complete until 2020).
Have you gone for waterfall worktops in your home?
Right: Image from Design Sponge