by Pat Carlini
Sometimes it takes more than a coat of paint to change up a room. For the Nelson family of Carmel, it was the kitchen countertops that they wanted to tackle first. Their thirteen-year-old kitchen needed a new look, so the Nelsons decided to invest in their nest and get the countertops and backsplash of their dreams. “This all started with watching HGTV!” laughed Diane. “The kitchens on TV were all so beautiful, and I was tired of the plain, dull, white countertops in my kitchen,” she added. “I wanted new countertops and a nice tile backsplash.”
Diane and fiancé, Kenny, began looking through all kinds of advertisements for granite, and decided to check out the showroom of Granite Transformations on Pendleton Way. “I was very impressed by their selection,” said Diane, who wound up finding something totally unique: recycled glass countertops. “The look is beautiful, and I love being green!”
A representative from Granite Transformations took samples to the Nelson home so they could see how the recycled glass countertop would look in their kitchen, and helped them find a coordinating backsplash tile. The Nelsons chose Chiaro Ambra countertops with a sparkling bronze and gold Excalibur mosaic tile backsplash. Greg DeWitt, owner of Granite Transformations, said the recycled glass is a popular choice these days. “The product is made from transparent tempered glass and post-consumer recycled glass such as broken beer bottles,” explained Greg. “The glass look is clean and modern and the countertops are extremely durable and low maintenance because it won’t stain.”
In a matter of days, the Nelsons had their kitchen transformed with new countertops and backsplash. Diane then added new brushed nickel pulls, all black appliances, a brown granite sink, and an oil-rubbed bronze faucet to complete the look. “We still haven’t painted the walls yet,” laughed Diane. “It was first things first, and the old countertops just had to go!” Diane plans to paint and add new flooring next — maybe after watching a few more episodes on HGTV!
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