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Please help me pick tile and counters after flood

Laurie G
3 months ago

We had a major plumbing leak three days ago, resulting in loss of our kitchen ceiling and requiring replacement of back splash tile and one countertop. The trouble is I have no idea how to go about matching what is there. We’ve been very happy with the kitchen since buying 8 years ago. The only thing we would have like to change would be lighter countertops (the espresso shows every crumb!) and converting the dual height island to one counter level. The counter we lost is the one under the windows. So insurance is covering replacement of both espresso countertops and all backsplash tile. What would work well with the existing finishes? And, should we take this opportunity to lower the island too? Unlike most islands, it has an induction cooktop (not the sink). Thank you so much for any and all ideas! We were not planning to renovate and I am feeling overwhelmed, not to mention trying to function without a kitchen with two kids and two dogs :)

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