Originally Posted by yukonjon
What's the price difference in ceramic vs porcelain? Ill check out the epoxy grout.
Since you're in Tacoma...
...Home Despot on 72nd (as well as the one in Fircrest) has porcelain tile. Like Jim said, fewer options on color. Make sure you can buy proper bullnose tiles in the same color to help with corners and splash.
I did this for my condo I used to live in (Ikea kitchen and tile counter top). It turned out to be a great idea for the first month. The grout did stain, even though I sealed it. I used a non-sanded, colored grout.
I have no experience with epoxy grout. Perhaps next time.
Also, on center street, there's a place that sells granite remnants. It will cost more, but much less than buying full granite.