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Material suggestions? Countertop dilemma...

We paid for countertops through our custom cabinet guy, who bailed on us and moved out of state without delivering on the countertops (among other things). Since we are now forced to start from scratch with our countertops and our budget was already spent, we need something *really* affordable.

We have about 114 sqft of space to cover and several odd depths & angles that make even the cheapest laminate out of our price range (they would have to be custom fabricated which jacks the price up to around $37/sqft).

We don't have any existing countertops to recover with wallpaper or paint (this was a complete remodel) or we'd seriously consider a super cheap temporary fix. Also, the kitchen has a high-end look & and we'd like to find something that would compliment this, but a slab of granite would require a loan or selling body parts at this point!

We looked at some nice 12x12 granite flooring tiles at about $5/sqft. Thoughts? A tile guy told us we could push the granite tiles right up against each other with a bead of silicone or epoxy along the edges and avoid having to space for grout lines. Is this really possible?

We're eager to receive suggestions on other diy materials we could use that would look good. Thanks!

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