One of my favorite parts of the remodel was picking out our new kitchen cabinets and countertops. It was a fun break from all the renovation work going on.
When we renovated our kitchen in our Cincinnati house, we had selected cream-colored cabinets with brown trim and Venetian gold granite.
We liked our Cincinnati kitchen a lot but wanted to go with a ‘white-white’ this time. I’ve always loved white kitchens. We looked at both granite and quartz options. There are a few main differences between the two:
Quartz slabs offer a more consistent look since they are manufactured from crushed stone. Since granite is natural, the color or pattern can vary from one slab to another.
Granite has to be sealed when you install it and on a regular basis moving forward. Quartz doesn’t require sealing.
Another advantage of quartz is that it’s nonporous, so it doesn’t collect bacteria and is easier to keep clean. Granite also stains more easily, especially if red wine is spilled.
The cost difference between the two really depends on where you go.
All things considered, the two are pretty similar.
We looked through a lot of options. We liked the ones with less of a bold pattern. We were impressed with the benefits of and available selections of quartz.
We selected blanco canvas quartz for our kitchen. Here’s a first look at our countertops!
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We liked that it was pretty much plain white; although you could see the gray specs up close.
We had a lot of fun picking out the countertops and were excited to decide on cabinets next.
What’s your favorite countertop material?
Get the look:
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- Wall color: Camelback by Sherwin Williams
- Counters: Blanco Canvas quartz
- Curtain rod here, but it’s not always available. This one is similar.
- Curtain clip rings
- Green spatula
- Dish towels
- Green cushions
- Cabinet handles
- Garbage disposal button
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