The white quartz countertops are installed and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love them. The beach house kitchen should be done soon!
If you have ever remodeled a kitchen, you know this is the scary/exciting part. The cabinets are in, the countertops are in, and everything I have visualized is becoming a reality. I am so happy because the reality is exactly what I have envisioned. Actually, it’s even better!
The Beach House Kitchen
This photo makes me realize that we are one step closer to finishing the kitchen! Now that the white quartz countertops are installed, all that is left is one more coat of paint, final sanding, and staining of the floors, appliance installation, and tile.
I believe that should take about two weeks.
Here is a close-up of the white quartz countertop on our island. It’s called Eurostone Calcutta Gold and is designed after stunning Italian marble with a combination of thin grey and gold veining throughout.
If you look at our kitchen mood board, you can see the appliances have gold handles. The quartz countertop has both gray and gold so it will mix perfectly with the appliances (which have both stainless and gold) and faucets. It is absolutely perfect!
Where to Find this White Quartz
You can learn more about this quartz and order it from Mission Tile West Kitchen and Bath. Mission Tile West is local, owned by friends of mine, they have impeccable service, and great prices. I will be sharing a lot more about Mission Tile West soon because I worked with them on many projects in the beach house.
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Why White Quartz Countertops?
In our house in South Pasadena, we have honed marble countertops and a butcher block island. In Waco, we have quartz countertops.
There is no doubt that quartz counters are more durable and resistant to scratches, cracks, and chips than marble and butcherblock. Quartz also resists water damage, heat, stains, cracks, mold, and bacteria.
So it was a no-brainer when I chose white quartz countertops for the beach house kitchen.
Benefits of Quartz Countertops
There are a lot of companies that make quartz countertops and here are the benefits of the ones I got from Eurostone.
- Scratch Resistant – EuroStone is among the hardest materials available, therefore will not easily scratch.
- Stain resistant – Extremely stain resistant, requires no maintenance.
- Heat and burn resistant – EuroStone is 93% Natural Quartz, and withstands hot kitchen utensils.
- Chip and crack resistance – EuroStone’s strength and flexibility make it less vulnerable than Natural Stone.
- Mold and mildew resistance – EuroStone’s non-porous surface makes it more resistant than Granite.
- Non-porous – EuroStone’s non-porous surface is resistant to bacterial growth which makes it ideal for food preparation surfaces, hospitals, and clinics.
- Maintenance-free – EuroStone is durable, needs no sealing or waxing, and will maintain its beauty.
Our White Kitchen
I keep reading that white kitchens are going out of style but I don’t agree. I love how this white kitchen is shaping up and I think this kitchen will be in style for a very long time!
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Quartz vs Granite
Granite and quartz are both popular choices for countertops, but they have some key differences.
Granite is a natural stone that is quarried from the earth and cut into slabs. It is known for its unique patterns and colors, and no two pieces of granite are exactly the same. Granite is a durable and heat-resistant material, but it does require regular sealing to protect it from stains.
Quartz, on the other hand, is an engineered stone made from natural quartz combined with resin binders. Quartz countertops have a uniform appearance and come in a wide range of colors and patterns. They are also durable and heat-resistant, and do not require sealing.
In terms of maintenance, granite requires regular sealing to protect it from stains, whereas quartz is non-porous and does not require sealing. Granite is also more heat resistant than quartz.
In terms of price, granite and quartz countertops are generally similar in price, but the cost can vary depending on the type of granite or quartz and the thickness of the slab.
So really, it comes down to personal choice. Granite is a natural stone with unique patterns and colors that require sealing, while quartz is an engineered stone with a more uniform appearance that does not require sealing. Both are durable and heat-resistant, but granite is more heat resistant. Both are similar in price.
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