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Rising to the top: Countertops become stars


Rising to the top: Countertops become stars

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Rising to the top: Countertops become stars
News from Indianapolis Star:

Countertops are prime real estate in the kitchen. And the hard-working surfaces being used for countertops have come a long way since the days of boomerang Formica surrounded by stainless steel trim.


When Phyllis Usher renovated her kitchen in 2003-04 she found the cabinets she wanted first. In fact, she fell in love with yellow kitchen cabinets. As a result, she envisioned copper countertops like ones she’d seen in a Southern Living magazine article.

“It is a softer metal and you can’t use a sharp knife on it like you can other hard surface counters,” Usher said. “Some might not like the fact that if you spill lemon juice on it you have a reaction, but I like the natural patina.”


Polly Gorden saw a soapstone countertop in a kitchen near Washington, D.C., and liked its natural, organic look. She had granite prior to her kitchen renovation but selected the soapstone for durability.

“It’s not for everyone because it gets little marks and scratches in it,” Gorden said. “I think the scratches make it look lived in — the imperfections don’t bother me.”

As a contrast to the soapstone Gorden also elected to put white marble on the kitchen island. Working with designer Todd Otterman, colors were selected with attention to creating contrast.

Gorden hasn’t had a stain on either stone surface and finds…………… continues on Indianapolis Star

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District attorney probes cabinet-shop complaints
News from Anniston Star:

Cristi Minyard is still waiting for her cabinets to be delivered.

It’s been more than seven weeks since the Boaz woman hired Dennis Steward, the owner of Liberty Cabinets in Saks, to refinish the kitchen cabinets in her four-bedroom home on U.S. 431. She paid nearly $ 4,000 up front for the project and was told to go ahead and start extensively remodeling the kitchen for their arrival.

The cabinets were supposed to have been delivered Monday, but Minyard said Wednesday she hadn’t heard from Steward in more than a week.

“We ripped our house to shreds,” said Minyard, whose kitchen is still in ruins close to two months later.

What Steward never told Minyard was his shop on Old Gadsden Highway in Saks had burned down on June 7, three days after she entered into contract with him. A little more than a month later, Steward was booked into Calhoun County jail on three counts of theft of property.

An investigation from the District Attorney’s Office is working on adding to those charges as they look into a list of complaints about undelivered cabinets, shady contract dealings and broken promises on behalf of Liberty Cabinets in multiple states in the Southeast.

“There are several victims out there with similar stories,” said Chris Hughes, an investigator at the District Attorney’s Office. “There’s at least eight other cases we’re looking into.”

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