In this post: White quartz countertops add beauty to the kitchen. Here’s a clever secret for updating the kitchen counter to make an impact on a budget.⇒
It’s common to see a kitchen renovation and think, “Wow, what a complete transformation! They must’ve completely gut that kitchen to achieve such a change!”
But the truth is you can actually transform the room while leaving the most expensive things in place.
This is exactly what we did with our kitchen, saving money with almost every decision.
I’ve created a series of posts which explore the details of our remodel and explain each step of the way. In this post we’ll look at how we approached the kitchen countertops.
You can find links to the rest of the series at the bottom of this one.
The photo above shows you where the room started. With cherry cabinets, a dark gray backsplash and black granite countertops, my goal was to lighten up the room as much as possible, ending up with a kitchen that was as close to all white as possible.
Since the kitchen was relatively new and our update was primarily cosmetic, we opted to save a boatload of money by making the fewest changes as possible, yet changing those things that would offer the greatest impact.
To that end, while I really would have loved to replace all of my black granite counters, we chose to replace only the island, as it’s dominant position in the center of the room would offer the most bang for our buck.
I’d been wanting this renovation since the day we bought our house, so I couldn’t have been more excited when they came to install the new counter. This was the very first step in the plan, so I eagerly cleared out the kitchen and happily anticipated the ripping out of this first big item.
I’d worked with this stone company before (they did our butler’s pantry) and they were quite efficient, so I visited the yard to select my slab and they templated and were ready to install just a week or so later.
I was in awe of how quickly the old slab got removed. (We saved it in the garage for a possible future bathroom counter.)
In addition to the island counter, I knew I’d also be changing my backsplash, so they removed the 4″ slab that was part of the lower backsplash. This piece drove me absolutely crazy as it broke up the line of the backsplash and I was thrilled to see it finally removed!
We were lucky when the thick piece of granite was removed that it didn’t ruin the perimeter counters that would be staying in place. I was anxious to see the rest of the backsplash gone, but that was being done by the tiler, so it would have to wait for another day.
Above you can see the new slab in place and the beginnings of a lighter room. The space still looked quite dark at this point, but I knew where we were headed and so I tried to look only at my new white slab.
I selected a white quartz with a calacatta marble look. The material was chosen for its performance and durability and for the way it visually worked with my upcoming backsplash.
This one simple change was only the beginning but it already made a pretty big impact.
I’ve always looked past what was actually in this kitchen and seen what was in my head, so the lighting I’d chosen when we first moved in would work much better with our new lighter look.
I was now able to look at the kitchen with this tunnel view below, and see only the counter, the white pantry doors and silver appliances behind it. It was the closest I could come at this stage to approximating what the final result would be!
Stay tuned for an upcoming post which covers replacing the hated floor!
Quartz Countertops Resource List
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TO SEE OUR REMODEL IN MORE DETAIL, PLEASE VISIT THESE POSTS:
AND FOR THE FINAL REVEAL OF THE COMPLETED KITCHEN: Dramatic Kitchen Renovation without Removing Cabinets
WE’VE SUBSEQUENTLY REPLACED THE PERIMETER COUNTERS, AS WELL, SO YOU CAN SEE THAT HERE: Using White Quartz Countertops in a Kitchen Remodel
AND FOR KITCHEN ORGANIZATION, YOU MIGHT ALSO BE INTERESTED IN:
- The Complete Guide to Kitchen Organization
- Kitchen Pantry Organization: Simple and Easy to Maintain
- Simple Ways to Declutter Your Under Sink Storage
- Kitchen Counter Organization: Keeping Your Counters Clear
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