Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HanStone Quartz. All words and opinions expressed in this post are, as always, honest and my own.
As I’ve shared before, replacing the countertops was on our to-do list for this house before we even bought it. These are nice granite counters and they really don’t look bad at all, but they aren’t my taste. We would also like to install a tile backsplash, which would look a little odd coming off of the little backsplash that is currently a part of the counters. We plan on being in this house a long time, so we decided it would be worth changing them out.
So, I had my heart set on marble. I love the look of it and the “soul” of marble. It’s such a beautiful material. I know the issues, though, and I’ve spent months reading reviews and asking friends who have lived with marble counters. Yes, it etches and it stains and you have to be okay with that.
I had to really give it some thought. I can live with imperfections. I was even 99% sure at one point that I was going to go with real marble, because that’s what I had my heart set on, but there were nagging concerns. Would marble counters really be right for this house? Would etches and stains look like damage (instead of patina) in the context of a suburban home? I felt like they might. I imagined myself fretting over every drop of water or splash of lemon juice sitting on the counter. I felt myself resigning to the fact that natural marble wasn’t going to work in this house or for this season of our lives.
Here’s where I stalled, though, I wasn’t finding an alternative that I liked. I had looked at some quartz and solid-surface counters and didn’t see any styles or patterns that I really loved.
And then, I got an e-mail. It was an e-mail announcing the launch of a new line – the Boutique Collection of quartz from HanStone. I get e-mails announcing new products all the time and I usually dismiss them as inbox clutter. Since I was in the market for new counters, I read the e-mail and checked out their website. I’m so glad I didn’t delete that e-mail! From the pictures on the HanStone site, it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for.
I’ve seen quartz styles before that sort of looked like marble, but I could tell they weren’t. The Boutique Collection patterns were impressive and I was hopeful they would look as good in person. I ordered samples of Chantilly, Montauk, Yorkville, and Monterey.
Here are some closeups…
(Left to right: Yorkville, Chantilly, Montauk)
(Top: Monterey, middle: Yorkville, bottom: Chantilly)
I narrowed it down to Montauk and Monterey. I was immediately drawn to the look of Monterey. It looks so much like the kind of marble I wanted! I also loved the warmth in the veins in the Montauk sample and the main color was a little whiter than the pale gray of Monterey.
So, I left them out on the counter for a couple of weeks while I thought about it.
I kept going back to Monterey. I love how the subtle color complimented the white-painted cabinets. So, Monterey it is. (As a side note, I lived in Monterey, CA when I was in preschool! My dad was studying at the military language institute there before we moved to Germany.)
Anyway, Monterey really is gorgeous and I don’t feel like I’m compromising the look I want at all. In fact, I am gaining a lot and compromising nothing.
Here are some advantages to HanStone Quartz…
- It’s a low-maintenance, non-porous surface that doesn’t require sealing, conditioning, or polishing.
- It is resistant to heat, bacteria, staining, scratching, and chipping
- It can be cleaned with mild soap and water (and HanStone shares all of their cleaning tips for marks, smudges, etc. HERE)
- It has up to six times the strength and durability of granite (More than 90% of HanStone Quartz is mined quartz crystals, one of nature’s hardest materials)
And, I specifically wanted white with gray veining, but HanStone Quartz comes in more than 70 colors and patterns.
My counters have been ordered along with a white under-mount cast iron sink and I’ve been in touch with a local fabricator who will make the templates, cut, and install the counters.
I’ll share the entire installation process and, of course, the final reveal…
PS – Many of you encouraged me to consider quartz, so thanks!!