When we embarked on our master ensuite renovation, the first thing on the list was a new countertop for the vanity. We upgraded a lot of things when we built our house eight years ago, but the only countertops we splurged on at the time were in our kitchen. So the first question — quartz or granite? — was an actually an easy one.
That’s because we have both in our kitchen. Quite by accident, really. I’d wanted quartz but granite was all that the builder offered in the upgrade package. But the day we moved in, we noticed that the island we ordered was missing!
Opting to live in the space for a while before deciding whether we truly wanted an island gave us time for the builder’s choices to evolve, and quartz was ultimately an option for the island-table combo that I designed.
All that to say: I have lived for many years with both granite and quartz countertops. Cleaning and caring for them. Putting hot dishes on them. Spilling drinks on them. Dripping vibrant birthday cake icing on them.
And if I could do it all again, I’d choose quartz every time. You don’t need to seal it every few years. It doesn’t show water marks or rings from glassware. It can handle anything you throw at it.
Granite for our bathroom vanity was never even a consideration.
This is the BEFORE:
Partnering with The Home Depot ensured that our countertop project was easy from beginning to end. I simply went to my local store, selected the quartz colour I wanted in the kitchen and bath department, paid a $125 deposit and the onsite retail team set up an appointment with their vendor. You can see a few samples online but there are more in-store and there’s nothing like seeing the colours and finishes with your own two eyes.
Although they did give me an estimate based on measurements I provided, I strongly suggest you just wait for an estimate from the experts from Stoneworx who visit your home.
Some things you’ll want to consider before your first appointment:
- Will you have one or two sinks and faucets?
- Are your faucets single-hole or something else?
- Are your sinks undermount or will they sit on top of the quartz?
- Do you want to protect your walls and have an extra “lip” all the way around the top of the counter? (You can opt to pay to thin these out so they fade a bit more into the background)
- Do you plan to rip out your existing countertop yourself or do you need the Stoneworx team to do it?
- Will you be re-painting the space? (If so, learn from my mistake and get that done before the countertops are installed!)
You’ll get a firm quote during that initial visit, and if you pay then and there, your project is fast-tracked and guaranteed to be complete within five to 10 business days.
The result: STUNNING.
So stunning, in fact, that had we not already decided to give the rest of our master ensuite a facelift, I might have been convinced that this change was enough — even without the new paint. It brightened our space dramatically, made our existing cabinetry sing and added the kind of understated luxe look that we wanted to carry through from our recently revamped master bedroom next door.
Depending on the size of your counter, the cost of a quartz vanity countertop will vary wildly. But in the grand scheme of a master bathroom reno, it’s not going to be your biggest expense. And for us, it was worth having it all organized by a big chain like The Home Depot, knowing we would have reliable recourse if something went awry.
In the end, I would have done a couple of things differently — like having the countertop go in after the rest of the bathroom was complete — but that was down to my personal process. In terms of the new look and feel the quartz gives our bathroom? Priceless.
(Be sure to check out our master ensuite makeover to see more of our big reveal and find out how much our remodel cost, including these countertops.)
Win your $125 deposit!
The Home Depot Canada is generously offering one lucky Canadian reader the chance to win a $125 store gift card to cover the deposit for a new countertop! Please be sure to read the rules & regs when you enter the contest, which ends June 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET: