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Kid’s Kitchen Time – What Will Freeze?

Often times when we think of the kitchen in our home we only associate it with cooking, but your kitchen is so much more than just a space for food prepping. It is also a space to create art, conduct a scientific experiment and so much more! With our new blog series, Kid’s Kitchen Time, we are going to help you discover the variety of activities that can be done in the kitchen with your children all while creating lasting memories.

For the first blog in this series, we are turning the kitchen into a laboratory! This simple kitchen experiment can be done with common household items and lets your children see that science is everywhere. The question is: What will freeze first? 

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Step One

First you will want to collect all the needed materials to conduct your experiment. You will need an ice cube tray, your choice of different kitchen liquids, a device to track the time and a freezer. For the kitchen liquids you can use any common household items you would like such as dish soap, milk, vinegar and apple juice! You can also use a measuring cup in order to stay consistent with the amount of each liquid you are using.

Step Two

Begin to fill your ice cube tray with the different kitchen liquids that you chose.

After filling the tray, take this time to ask your children what they know about the liquids you chose and make a hypothesis or prediction. If they chose dish soap, do they think it will freeze? How long do they think it will take? When they make a prediction you can ask “why do you think that will happen?” This will help you will also get a hypothesis out of them.

Step Three

Now it is time to conduct the experiment and put your ice cube tray full of liquids into the freezer! At this time you can also set you timer to go off intervals so that you can check on how the liquids are freezing.

Step Four

Examine how the liquids are freezing. Is the water freezing first? What is happening to the dish soap? Be sure to record your observations!

Step Five

After you collect your results ask your children what they noticed throughout the experiment. Here are some sample questions you can ask them!

  1. Which liquid froze the easiest?
  2. Which liquid took the longest to freeze?
  3. Did one of the liquids not freeze?

We hope you enjoyed this simple kitchen science experiment! The best part about this activity is that it’s a great way to get the family together by doing something educational. Be sure to follow along on our blog for a new Kid’s Kitchen Time idea every Saturday!

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The Best Way To Clean Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops

Granite is a top choice for natural stone countertops due to its variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Another popular characteristic of granite is that it is highly resistant to everyday wear and tear, particularly against scratching and heat. That is if you take proper care of it! Here are our top recommendations on caring for your granite countertops!

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Important Things to Know About Cleaning Granite Countertops

1. Make sure your granite countertop is sealed

A part of the maintenance for granite countertops is ensuring that they are sealed regularly. This step in keeping your countertops clean is the most important because unsealed or weakly sealed granite will soak up spills and stains. If you are feeling unsure on whether or not it is time to have your granite countertops resealed you can conduct a simple test at home. You will want to leave a few drops of water on the surface and if after a few minutes the water has soaked into the granite, then it’s time to reseal the stone. Be sure to contact a professional for information about resealing your countertops to avoid any further damage.

2. Use a gentle cloth

A gently cloth is key when wiping down your granite countertops daily. You will want to avoid abrasive sponges that can potentially scratch and damage your stone over time. We recommend using warm water, mild or gentle soap and a microfiber cloth.

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3. Do not use harsh cleaners

Popular household cleaning items such as Windex, bleach and vinegar may be tempting to use on your countertop but these harsh chemicals can cause damage. Regular use of acidic cleaners or anything with ammonia will cause your countertop to lose its shine and quickly weaken the sealant. Remember, warm water, mild or gentle soap and a microfiber cloth is the perfect combination for cleaning your countertops daily!

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4. Granite safe cleaner

If you are interested in a granite cleaner you may be overwhelmed with the amount of options on the market. Our knowledgeable staff can help you sift through the options and ensure that you are getting a safe product. We also offer a product for purchase in each of our Showrooms.  Contact us with any questions you may have!

Following these guidelines will help you not only keep your countertop clean but maintain their beauty by avoiding abrasive and harsh cleaning products. Be sure to follow along on our blog for more helpful tips, stone information and design inspiration!

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5 Easy Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Are you ready to put that sparkle and shine back into your kitchen? Here are our top tips on how to maintain a clean space!

1. Cleanse and Clear Your Countertops

Start off by decluttering those countertops. Remove any small appliances, decor and cooking utensils from your surface. After removing everything, give your countertops and backsplash a good deep clean. Wipe away all the dust, crumbs and grime that may have been missed over the past few months from cooking.

If you have quartz countertops, use a soft cloth with mild liquid soap and warm water, or a quartz cleaner. With tougher stains, you may need to use a non-abrasive brush and srub lightly. To remove soap scrum, use a non-acidic scum remover to avoid damaging your countertops. Finish by giving your quartz countertops a good wipe down with a clean damp cloth and towel dry in order to prevent spotting.

For compact surface countertops, you can follow many of the same rules that apply to cleaning quartz countertops. Clean your compact surface countertops with a compact surface cleaner or if you don’t have one use a soft cloth using a mild liquid soap and warm water. If soap scum is an issue, be sure to use a non-acidic soap scum remover. For more difficult stains, use a non-abrasive soft bristled brush and scrub lightly. Always rinse and towel dry to finish up.

Natural stone countertops such as granite and marble you can use a natural stone cleaner to remove most residues or a soft cloth using a mild liquid soap and warm water. For stubborn stains, use a soft non-abrasive bristled brush and scrub lightly to avoid scratching the surface. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover. Be sure to rinse and towel dry the surface to prevent the countertop from absorbing any leftover liquids.

2. Clean Your Appliances

After cleaning your countertops, you don’t want to ruin all your hard work by putting dirty appliances back on them. Give your small appliances a good wipe down to remove any dirt and dust that may have accumulated over time. Then move to your stove, over and fridge. Give those burners new life and be sure to take out the fridge drawers. It’s time to get off all of that baked-on gunk and remove those stains.

3. Fabulous Floors

Sweeping the floors is a part of many homeowners daily routines but now is a chance to really clean and disinfect. Go the extra step of washing your rugs and be sure to mop! When mopping pay attention to cracks, corners and the grout in your flooring. You’ll feel like you have a brand new kitchen afterward!

4. Reorganize Your Kitchen Drawers

When we are in a rush to clean our kitchen we often resort to dumping everything into the drawers. But over time crumbs and dust accumulate under all those kitchen items that we have tucked away. It’s time to go through them, purge all the junk and give the insides a wipe down. This is also a good time to clean and reorganize any utensil drawer organizers!

5. Let in the Light and Fresh Air

Last but certainly not least, open a few windows to allow fresh air to circulate through your home. Outdoor air can remove any unwanted odors that may be lingering and is also great for your health. Opening up your windows will also let in some natural light which will help show off the beautiful sparkle and shine to your clean kitchen!

Take it step by step, you don’t have to clean it all in a day! Now, get out there, clean and start enjoying your fresh kitchen!

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How To Prepare For Stone Countertops

Upgrading your home with natural stone countertops is a thrilling home renovation project. The first step to bring your vision to life is choosing the right material for your lifestyle and decor. Next, you will get ready for the installation and if you have never installed countertops before you may not know how to prepare. Today we are breaking down how to prepare for the installation, what you can expect during and after the installation is complete.

Pre-Installation Prep

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The first step is having a measurer come to your home. They will take measurements of your entire room so the fabricator can fit the stone to your unique space. Prior to templating your fabricator will also need to know the exact make and model of any sinks, faucets and appliances that will come in contact with the countertop. Other design details such as edge details, backsplashes and rear wall treatments should also be discussed.

After the template is finished and approved, the stone will be cut and fabricated into the countertop at the workshop and the installation date will be set. If you have old countertops already in place they will need to be removed prior to the installation. This will ensure there is enough time to make repairs if anything becomes damaged in the process.

Installation

The big day is here! Expect at least two installers who will deliver the prepared countertop and put it in place. Depending on the job size, it may require more people. To help this day go as smoothly as possible, try to clear the pathway for the installation team so they may easily enter your home. It is also a good idea to remove any valuables or breakables from the area.

Installations can take anywhere from four to eight hours. Larger projects may take more than a day. A strong adhesive will be used to cement the pieces together if the countertop has seams.  Then the countertops are adhered to the cabinets.

Post-Installation

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Once the installation is complete, you will need to schedule a plumber to come and reconnect the water source, an electrician to reconnect drains, water, gas, and electrical hookups. This will generally happen the day after installation so that the countertops have time to set. If you will also be installing a backsplash that should be scheduled after the countertops have been installed.

After a good cleaning, your kitchen will be ready to go! While this process requires a certain amount of prep work and attention the finished product is well worth it! You are investing in a piece that will last for years to come with the proper care.

Have more questions about the installation process? Contact us or schedule a design session! Our team will be happy to assist you.

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5 Home Design Trends You Will See In 2020

A new year brings hope, excitement and mystery. What the next year, months and days will bring is anyone’s guess. One thing remains: The modern home and how society continues to live in it will always be changing. If you’re planning a renovation in 2020 check out these home design trends predicted to excite homeowners this year.

Backsplashes

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Slabs: If you find yourself lost in the endless choices of tile backsplash or the thought of having grout lines makes you hesitate, consider taking your countertop material one step further. A slab backsplash with a unique pattern or a lot of movement will make for an eye-catching design statement in your kitchen. If you are looking for something a little more abstract you can mix and match the backsplash slab with the countertop.

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Quartzite: Quartzite is rising in popularity amongst homeowners due to its beauty and durability. Quartzite is harder than granite and each slab is unique. This surface is also heat-resistant and more scratch resistant than engineered quartz.

Cabinetry

Three-tone Kitchens: We all have heard the term “two-tone kitchen cabinets” where the upper cabinets are one color and the lower cabinets another. This style dominated kitchens in the past couple of years. It is only natural that designers are building on the trend rather than moving away from it. With a three-tone kitchen, one more color is introduced to create an asymmetry in the color palette that helps define areas of the kitchen or functions.

Islands

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Multifunctional Island Centers: Kitchen islands have always been a part of the home but they have certainly been evolving over the years. Many homeowners have taken kitchen islands beyond just storage and a place to sit. Islands are getting bigger and taking on more of a function than ever before. Data shows many homeowners will add in or renovate other features of an island such as a microwave or cooktop. This shows how islands are becoming multifunctional features of the kitchen.

Bathroom

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Floating Double Vanities: Choosing to float a vanity frees up floor space which gives the appearance of more room. It also makes cleaning the floor easier than with a furniture style vanity that has legs which can trap dust. So it easy to see why many homeowners are opting for this style in their bathrooms!

These are just of a few of the many great home design trends of 2020 we expect to see. Now it’s your turn! Which of these trends are you excited about? What trends are you predicting in 2020?

Schedule a design session with our experts and learn how we can work with you to provide a truly differentiating solution tailored to meet your distinct needs and ideal vision.

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The Best Interior Design Trends of The 2010’s

The 2010s are coming to an end, and what a decade it was for interior design. Some trends came and went, but others are here to stay. Let’s reminisce on some of the biggest and most memorable interior design trends of the past decade!

Chevron

Who doesn’t remember this iconic zigzag pattern? It was practically everywhere throughout the 2010s! This pattern was incorporated into rugs, pillows, bedding and sometimes even paint. Chevron fabrics often featured bold colors to add even more pop to the eye-catching pattern.

Ombre

This gradual color changing design brought dimension and depth to walls, furniture and home accessories. Accent walls and DIY dip-dyed fabric projects were a few favorite ways people embraced the new look. Ombre also made it’s appearacne in the beauty space too and was insporated into nail are as well as hair treatments.

Matte Black

Matte black became popular toward the end of the decade as more retailers began to offer products in this soft finish. The matte black color was available for metal finishes on kitchen appliances, as well as paint used for walls, cabinetry and furniture.

Boho Decor

This bungalow style boomed with popularity in the 2010s. It’s wild, bold and colorful elements was a contrast to the minimalistic modern designs which were also popular throughout the decade. Tapestry wall hangings, tropical houseplants, and bold print wallpapers feature heavily in these lively spaces.

Modern Farmhouse

Shiplap, exposed beams, barns doors, and farmhouse sinks were some of the top interior design elements in the 2010s. This all stemmed from the popular modern farmhouse decor style. This style introduced cozy and warm spaces that created a welcoming environment with hints of mid-century elements.

Colorful Kitchens

In the 2010s we saw the decline of the all-white kitchen. The trend of incorporating pops of color into the kitchen began to take hold during the decade and is predicted to continue. It brings personality to a space that is thought of to be the heart of the home. Cabinetry and islands are are popular places to add splashes of color. So if you are planning a 2020 kitchen renovation and are looking for a way to create a unique space, try a colorful kitchen island or range!

Now that we have taken a walk down memory lane, what was one of your favorite design trends?

We are excited and look forward to what trends this next decade will bring to the world of interior design!

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The Perfect Gift Guide for any Home Lover

It’s the season of giving! But we know with getting the house ready for guest, completing last-minute tasks and having to finish your gift shopping, it’s easy to lose track of time. That’s why we now bring to you practical and stylish gift ideas for the home that will bring a smile to the face of any interior design enthusiast in your life.

Floating Shelves

For a practical gift, consider floating shelves! Floating shelves have become a popular way to display and organize items in any room while making the most of the space available. Choose from an array of colors and styles or customize them if you have the eye for design.

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What is better than getting a gift you can use in mutiple way? For an alternative to a traditional blanket chest, consider a fabric trunk! A fabric trunk can be used as a foot rest, table, and an accent piece in any room that you may need extra storage. With a cushioned top this item can also be used as extra seating.

Google Home Mini

Help your loved one get on the latest smart home trends by gifting them a mini Google Home! This item is available in four different colors and small enough that it won’t ruin the aesthetic of their current home decor.

Instant Pot

Make your loved one’s life easier by gifting them an Instant Pot! They may love their blender and cherish their food processor but this single appliance mutli-cooker can do the job of seven different kitchen appliances. Pair this gift with the Instant Pot cookbook that contains endless delicious recipes to try.

Jacques Pendant Light by Jonathan Adler

This gift is the perfect blend of simplicity and glamour. Jacques Pendant Light features crystal clear or smoke acrylic framework with brass or polished nickel corners surrounding a glass globe. It would look great in a row of three over a kitchen island, but stately enough for a luxurious dining room. This pendant light will add some pop to any space it’s homed in.

LG Styler

Perfect for the on the go professional, the LG Styler will have your loved one looking their best. The LG Styler will do the dirty work for them, relaxing wrinkles and reducing odors in no time. This perfect laundry companion also sanitizes and gently dries fabrics that can’t be treated in traditional washers or high-heat tumble dryers.

Need more inspiration on gift ideas or simple home decor tips and tricks? Visit our blog or contact us today to speak directly with a representative.

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How to Preserve Granite Countertops During the Holidays

Let the festivities begin! Bring on the tatsy treats and good times that come with the holiday season. This time of year people tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing dishes for the dinner party they are hosting or attending. With this also comes spills from red wine and crumbs from apple pie remaining on your beautiful granite countertops. Without propper care and attention, this wear and tear from a well-lived life can ruin your granite countertops. With that said, prevention is key! Here are a few easy tips on keeping your granite countertops in tip-top shape throughout the busy season.

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Quickly Clean Granite Countertops

When you happen to get a splash of apple cider or hot cocoa on your granite countertops, clean up the spill as soon as it happens. Start by wiping the countertop with warm soapy water and clean the surface thoroughly. If you do not have any specialty cleaner on hand don’t fear, mild soap and warm water will do just fine! We highly recommend against using cleaning products such as windex or bleach on granite. When using substances that are highly acidic it will dull the granite countertop and weaken the sealant. Also avoid using abrasive cleaner or pads on you countertop so you do not scratch the surface.

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Remove Stains From Granite Countertops

If your red and green food coloring went unattended for to long and created a stain, make a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub the stained granite countertop gently with the paste and a soft towel then rinse thoroughly. It may take several attempts to remove the stain from your granite countertops. If the stain still remains, put the baking soda and water paste on the spot and securely cover the stain. You can use plastic wrap to do this. Let the paste sit on top of the stain till it dries. Once the paste is dry, use a soft towel to wipe away and rinse it off with warm water.

For those extremely tough stains, contact the pros at Cutting Edge Countertops and one of our team members will assist you!

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Reseal Your Granite Countertops

Try the water test! The water test is a simple way to check the sealant on your granite countertops. Pour a small amount of water onto various sections of the counter and wait for a reaction. If the water absorbs, it is time to have your granite countertops resealed! You can tell if the water has been absorbed into the stone because the granite will darken. The water should sit for 30 minutes when performing the test, but you may notice the granite darkening more quickly if your seal has worn down.

Even with proper care, granite countertops will need to be resealed periodically. Wear and tear will weaken the sealant, leaving the granite dull and more susceptible to stains. Resealing granite countertops is a job for professionals and we do not recommend trying to do it yourself. Cutting Edge Countertops recommends having your granite countertops resealed every one to two years. Implementing these helpful tips will make the sealant last and keep your granite countertops beautiful!

With these easy tips, you can make it through the holidays without ruining your countertops. If you are searching for granite countertops in Indianapolis, Wixom, Noblesville, Perrysburg or Troy stop by one of our showrooms to browse our granite selection! Our team of highly skilled granite fabricators would love to help bring your dream kitchen to life!

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The Midwest Top 5 Trending Granite Colors

Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen or bathroom with granite countertops for 2020? You have come to the right place! Cutting Edge Countertops provides granite countertops to homeowners in Indianapolis, Wixom, Noblesville, Perrysburg and Troy. To ensure our customers stay up to date on the latest trends we have rounded up five material options that are hot on the market and would make the perfect kitchen or bathroom granite countertop for your project! These popular granite colors include Dallas White, Blue Pearl, Black Pearl, Bianco Antico and New Venetian Gold. Keep reading to find out more about these colors and which one would best suit your style!

Dallas White Granite

The white background of Dallas White Granite is accented by lavender and light gray tones. You will also see a mix of cream and brown throughout this granite. This element will catch the eye of all your guest when they enter the space where this granite will be homed. Dallas White granite is the perfect option if you are wanting to steer away from the dark side, but aren’t completely sold on bright white countertops. It is the perfect mix of neutrals and will fit right in with your current home decor!

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Blue Pearl Granite

If you are looking for a dark granite that is unique, Blue Pearl granite will exceed your expectations. When you take a close look you will see that this granite contains the perfect harmony of blues, grays and black. The dark gray and navy blue tones differ from slab to slab so when you handpick your material to work with you will be getting a one of kind piece! So if you want to make a statement in your home Blue Pearl granite might just be the granite you have been searching for!

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Black Pearl Granite

Opting for dark countertops is a bold choice and looks great in any style kitchen. Black Pearl granite has a black background with hints of gray and speckles of green, brown, silver and gold. When these minerals are hit by the light, Black Pearl granite comes to life and creates an exotic feel to any kitchen or bathroom. Pair your black granite countertops with white or light wood cabinets and stainless-steel appliances for a stunning look!

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Bianco Antico Granite

Bianco Antico granite is a dreamy blend of gray, white and brown shades on top of a white and gray background. This granite gives off a luxurious appearance due to the quartz crystals scattered throughout the material. Bianco Antico pairs well with a variety of cabinetry colors including black, white, and gray. It is perfect for traditional and contemporary kitchen design styles with it’s light neutral palette it will bring the feeling of openness to any kitchen or bathroom it is installed in.

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New Venetian Gold Granite

Whether polished or leathered New Venetian Gold is a beautiful natural stone. This granite has a sweet honey-colored background that is decorated in amber, white and black flecks. With the proper maintenance and care New Venetian Gold granite can withstand many years of  usage in the kitchen or bathroom due to its super strong and durable characteristics. Combine New Venetian Gold granite countertops with white or black cabinetry to make this material pop!

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With all of our natural stone products, we require that you view the material of interest so that our team can ensure you awill be satisfied with your purchase. Natural stone, such as granite, varies from slab to slab, so when you come into our showrooms located in Indianapolis, Wixom, Noblesville, Perrysburg and Troy you will have the opportunity to pick your slab to work with! Contact us to set up an appointment or visit our website to learn more!

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Fall in Love With Your Kitchen & Bathroom All Over Again

Fall in Love With Your Kitchen/ Bathroom All Over Again

Have you been dreaming of that perfect, picturesque kitchen that you wish you could have? You see images online and wish that you, too, could have a home design alike.

Minor exterior and interior prep is always great to do during fall. Don’t overlook more serious construction projects though. There are many benefits to completing renovations later in the year. At Cutting Edge Countertops, we tend to say that there’s no bad time to indulge in new kitchen or bathroom countertops.

The holidays are quickly approaching and soon you will find family and friends visiting for seasonal get-togethers. Hurry, and take advantage of the calm before the storm and renovate your home to represent your personal style and preference!

Benefits of Renovating During Fall

We all know the gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows associated with the Fall season. These colors along with rich creams, chocolates and coral shades also come back into play. These colors are one of the many reasons people love Fall. Renovating during the Fall gives you the opportunity to take advantage of these popular interior design trends for your home and also our countertop promotions!

Another great reason to renovate in the Fall season is the cooler weather. Instead of doing renovations in Summer and Winter, when temperatures are extreme and precipitation is unpredictable, opting for Fall renovations means comfortable environments for workers. Calmer weather will help with the timeline of your project and decrease your chances of it getting pushed back.

Lastly, Fall is also a great time for the real estate market with an increase of people planning to purchase homes in the new year. If you are interested in increasing the resale value of your home, and saving money with our countertop promotions, getting your renovations completed during the Fall is a way to ensure potential homebuyers will have a positive first impression of your home.

Our Countertops Promotions

Now is a wonderful time to start remodeling your home with our countertop promotions! We have deals on countertops that you won’t want to miss out on! Find the perfect granite, quartz or compact surface to bring your home to life this holiday season.

  • Get SPOOKtacular savings now until October 31 and save up to $450 on your countertop project!
  • Save this holiday season on your countertops by taking 10% OFF material available October 8th – November 30th!
  • Take advantage of our special financing that enables you to spread your finances over the span of 12 or 24 months!

Fall in love with your kitchen and bathrooms all over again with this special deal! Browse our extensive collection of granite, marble, quartz, and more to bring your dream home to life! Visit one of our showrooms located in Perrysburg, Wixom, Troy, Noblesville or Indianapolis to get started today!

If you’re looking for more inspiration, visit our blog or contact us to speak directly with a Cutting Edge Countertop representative.

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