How did we choose to go with the quartz countertops? After living for a month with a limited kitchen (with everything out of the cabinets and the countertops removed for a week) I was ready to take any countertop available! Being the picky person that I am, though (and my husband also), I ended up doing an EXTENSIVE amount of research. We looked at a HUGE variation of different options before FINALLY we chose the countertop we both agreed on.
The limitation for our option was that we both wanted a white countertop. Especially with the dark gray cabinets that we painted. Originally, we were looking at a white countertop with the light grayish specks/veins (resembling marble) but then came to the conclusion that since our kitchen is fairly small, we should go with a plain white color. After hundreds of different samples and looking through all the variations of white (seriously! It’s a hard choice!), we went with a natural quartz countertop in snow white color.
Yes, this was the biggest expense of the whole kitchen makeover. When researching through websites and reading different reviews, I found that if you want to get the best value for your dollar, a kitchen countertop is something you might want to splurge on. Read why here.
Durability and low maintenance were our top priorities when choosing, so that narrowed it down to Quartz or Granite. Here is the main reason why we went with Quartz.
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I wanted a way to change up this slab here in the front. I liked the high bar counter there, but could not possibly imagine it looking good with simply a slab over it. And so, I did what I do best. I Pinterested away! I found some pretty cool minimal and modern options and thus set an image in my mind of how I wanted it to look. I wanted a what they call a “waterfall counter” look.
Now. When we told our idea to the fabricator we were working with, he said… IMPOSSIBLE! And so we negotiated a little more… how are all those people on Pinterest doing it? It must be possible! So he told us that if we really wanted it, then he can give it a try. But the only way it might possibly work is with a quartz countertop (Granite is too thick for our project, he told us.). I have further researched and found that it is actually also possible to do this with granite, but is generally done using marble or quartz material. Also, since our bar is fairly thin in size, quartz gave a clean look, with a thicker granite slab, it would have looked bulky. So we went home, researched away again, and decided that it was the best option available for us. And thus our white quartz countertops were born!
SIDE NOTE: I absolutely adore the look of it and the way it turned out in the kitchen, but here are some things I have noticed. In order to keep it looking good, because of the white color, you have to clean it and wipe it down very often. Every little speck or crumb shows up and demands that you clean it off! Which is fine for me, but if you have a bigger family or not a huge fan of constantly wiping it down, I would suggest not getting a pure white countertop.
Another thing I noticed is that when you have metal material against it, it leaves little markings (like when I’m washing dishes and a button on my clothes rubs against it, it will leave black little streaks). This is an easy fix though (with a bit of elbow grease hehe), you just have to take a sponge or cloth and rub it out. I noticed that the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers do a very good job of erasing the marks.