If you’ve followed along the process of the kitchen you’ll know that one of the biggest decisions for me was what to pick for the counter. I liked the look of Carrara marble but didn’t want the hastle of the upkeep, or the possibility of “patina” so it came down to the three options.
So I can tell you what I didn’t pick. I ruled out almost immediately Corian Rain Cloud as although I loved the look I didn’t like the way it felt to the touch. I felt as though it was too soft for a kitchen countertop. Next on the list – although I liked the feeling of the Cambria Torquay (it’s a quartz), I felt had too much veining for our small kitchen. The pattern felt too bold for me. I always kept going back to Caesarstone in Misty Carrara (Style # 4141) and after seeing it used in a larger project (vs. just the small sample) I was sold. And I’m SO in love with it. It’s perfect.
There are a lot of things to consider when doing a countertop. Instead of breaking it into a lot of different posts I wanted to keep it all as one so this is a REALLY lenghy post with more pictures and details on the whole process of the countertop ordering. If you’re in the market for a counter you may find this post helpful. For everyone else, I just thought you’d enjoy this photo above showing the counter! Yay! Love it.
So stepping back to the countertop material – I am so glad we went with quartz – it’s low maintenance, and requires no sealing like a marble does. I didn’t want to be worried about staining a new counter and the number of times I’ve come down to the new kitchen to see drops of coffee that Aubrey didn’t notice while running out to work – make me so thankful that I didn’t go with something that stained easily. The Misty Carrara has subtle grey veining that gives it a nice softness.
As I mentioned here that I liked the zero overhang look – With our small galley kitchen I was concerned about too much overhang eating into our precious walking space. I was really appreciative of all of the helpful comments that readers left as it made me realize that 0 overhang was REALLY impractical. So we opted for a small overhang. We relied on our countertop fabricator (more on them below) to offer guidance, which I was most appreciative of too.
2. EDGE PROFILE
This was a no brainer for us – we went with the classic straight edge look which is classic and maintains a clean line in our small galley kitchen. (It’s pretty much the standard option.) You can choose your width of the edge. There is 1″ which I felt was too thin for our kitchen so bumped up our edge to 1.5″ edge which requires a seam.