Marble look quartz has come a long way, but it truly depends on the quality that you choose. I am beyond thrilled to reveal my new kitchen countertops that make this kitchen look amazing! This is the kitchen that I’ve wanted now for such a long time and the counters from Hanstone Quartz are simply beautiful! Excuse any excess of exclamation marks, because this kitchen has stepped up it’s game and I’m excited! Here’s an overview shot and I’ll go into more detail so that you can learn about my decision.
In THIS POST from a couple of weeks ago I shared the actual selection and installation process and a “before” of my kitchen. I’ve also been sharing a lot in my Instagram Stories! In an upcoming post I’ll be talking backsplash tile and go into depth about what I picked out and why. I firmly believe that you can refresh your home without tearing everything out…so do it!
The kitchen and dining area appear so much brighter than before, as white has the innate ability to reflect light. With the previous dark and splotchy granite the light was absorbed and it made for a much darker room. In partnering with Hanstone Quartz, I was sent samples of their new Boutique Collection and you can order samples directly from their website. I selected the Montauk pattern, as it resonated the feel that I wanted for my kitchen with it’s subtle veining and flecks of a stone looking white embedded in the pattern.
From Hanstone’s description of the Montauk:
“Subtle and luxurious. The soft pearl undertone of Montauk is elevated with warm sandy dappling and an ivory marble pattern for a vintage yet modern feel.” Hanstone…you had me at vintage yet modern!
This kitchen is a heavy use area with lots of cooking, baking, family and friends and I needed something durable. While I love marble I didn’t want to deal with the etching and staining and went for marble look quartz that is much more durable. This is now my style, and since we are most likely going to sell our home within the next few years it’s a worthwhile upgrade from the dated granite.
Simply by replacing the counters, backsplash and sink, we have a whole new kitchen. The cabinets are original to the house and we resurfaced years ago by changing out the doors. The original doors were white as well, but beat up and covered in formica as they did in the 60’s. This weekend we plan on giving the cabinet doors a fresh coat of paint. We haven’t changed the hardware in years and they are less than perfect. I’m going to experiment with cleaning them naturally and will report back.
We had our fabricator do an eased edge, which we felt was contemporary and would bring the kitchen into a modern look.
My biggest issue in the past with quartz countertops was the unrealistic look of the veining. This pattern looks completely natural and that is the quality that Hanstone Quartz produces. The repeat is random and naturally spread out, so there was no problem in templating the marble look quartz.
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If you are thinking about resurfacing your counters, know that marble look quartz isn’t necessarily less expensive than marble itself. It’s much more durable though and with most homes having lots of activity it’s worth thinking about. When ordering from a company like Hanstone, you will still have to have your own local fabricator cut and install. Factor their estimate into the cost of your remodel so you know what you’ll be spending. Installation of countertops depends heavily on where you live. Here in Miami it can cost about the same as the price of the material itself. Cleaning the marble look quartz is simple. My fabricator said that soap and water will suffice. I’m using a natural based cleaner without harsh chemicals that can leach into the air. A wet paper towel will wipe up any coffee or even red wine nicely.
I’m sure that you noticed the backsplash tile and I’ll be sharing that with you in an upcoming post. The kitchen is the heart of the home! If you are considering doing some updates, new countertops will bring real dollar value
This post is sponsored by Hanstone Quartz. The opinions, thoughts and love of these new quartz countertops are my own.
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