Hey Guys! If you follow me on social media (and you should on instragram @ourlivingstones!) than you know that we chose to splurge on our vanity top since we are saving money in other areas of our bathroom renovation (see my last post on how we are doing that). I posted a picture of 4 different types of countertop that we were thinking about choosing from.
The top left is granite, the top right is quartz, the bottom left is also quartz, and the bottom right is marble.
When we went to go look at the remnants they had available (remnants are much cheaper than getting an actual slab but of course you have less selection), my first thought immediately was that I wanted quartz or marble. I love the clean look of quartz and the classic beauty of marble. So when I saw the quartz (top right) I thought that we might have a winner. It had some veining that mimicked marble and it also had the white clean look that quartz usually has.
Then I looked at the actual marble slab they had available.
And it was absolutely GORGEOUS! It went perfectly with the colors that I chose and it even had this subtle blue tone veining that was really pretty. The only problem was that this was going in our kid’s bathroom and the more research I did on marble, the more I thought it might not be a good idea. There are definitely conflicting arguments out there about the maintenance of marble. Some people say that it is very prone to etching and staining but then there are others who say that have never had a problem with it. Either way, I REALLY REALLY wanted the marble.
But I couldn’t do it.
With how much it cost and the maintenance it would probably take to keep it up, I was afraid that it would just be too much for a kid’s bathroom.
So then I returned to the quartz that mimicked marble. Quartz was the highest rated material for countertops. There is no sealing, no staining, etching or scratching. It cleans well and is made from natural stone. It is literally the holy grail of countertops. So why was I hesitating? Because it will never be the real thing. And since I am spending all this money on a brand new countertop, I really wanted to love it. And I didn’t love it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the IDEA of quartz. I love all the qualities of quartz. But after seeing the real deal marble slab, this could never measure up to that in the looks department. (I tried convincing my husband of getting just classic white quartz but he has this thing against all white everything) Every time I looked at it, it just always looked fake to me.
So then there was the other quartz (bottom left) that had the little chips in it. My husband really liked it but I just thought it looked too modern for our house (and my sister said it looked like a gym floor haha) So that was out.
So what was left?
Granite was never something I thought I would want. All of my experiences with granite (no offense) were the typical weird speckled granite that just wasn’t pretty. I also that it could look really busy and fussy.
But when I started looking, I realized there really were some pretty pieces of granite that were different than the typical ones you usually see. Unfortunately, the granite in the top left was not available so I went searching for pieces that fit my criteria. I knew that I wanted a piece that had at least some white in it and that went with the paint colors that I have chosen.
And then I saw this:
So…. I actually fell in LOVE with it! I never thought I would choose granite but it looked great with my paint colors and it had some white in it too. It even had some veining in it that was actually really pretty!
But when we asked the guy about it, he said that this piece was actually already spoken for. But another guy spoke up and said they had more slabs of this so we can have this piece!!! He must seen how much I loved it.
Here was the other slabs they had of this granite. It is called Silver Cloud. (our piece is not this busy thank goodness – it looks more like the bottom part of this slab)
Here are some other examples of people using Silver Cloud granite (all came from Houzz):
And here is our vanity top as of now:
I couldn’t be happier!!! Even though it isn’t the nice clean look that I originally had planned for this bathroom, this countertop is a showstopper!! I plan on making everything else simple and white to complement it.
Let me know what you guys think!! I hope you like it as much as I do!