Why We Chose Quartzite Countertops

We had a momentous day in our remodel – countertop installation day!  I found my quartzite countertops early on in the remodeling process, and they were a big focal point for the direction of the design – flooring, cabinet colors, etc..  If at all possible, I always recommend choosing your counters before choosing your cabinet colors because it’s way easier to find a color to match a finish than it is to find a finish that matches a paint color.  You can do it, but you’ll be much more limited in the process, and who wants to be limited?

Quartz vs. Quartzite

Quartz and quartzite have gained popularity because they both offer the look of marble, without the maintenance (and sometimes, the cost) of real marble.  Going into this, we were originally quoted for quartz countertops as part of the design.  I know quartz is popular, and I’ve seen lots of beautiful quartz countertops in the work that I do.  But when I spotted quartzite, it was over for me.  The kicker with this quartzite is that it’s honed.  It’s like butter.  Sold.  Game over.

Blanco Supiriore Quartzite Countertops

I think I’m just a fan of natural stone.  The veining, the natural movement, the colors of nature.  I just love the look.  Some of the quartz I looked at just looked … fake, for lack of a better word.  Not all, but some.  But this one.  This reminds me of bacteria that you would see under a microscope in freshman biology class.

And again, I was just drawn to the look of natural stone, and in this case, quartzite.  To clarify the difference, in case you don’t know already, quartz, while very durable, is a manmade stone.  Quartzite is still very hard and durable, but again, natural stone.  Although I have read that some stones that are labeled as quartzite, are actually other, softer stones – with marble qualities, which makes them softer, not as durable, and more prone to having issues with staining, etching, etc.. So you have to be aware, ask questions, and do your homework.  

Our Quartzite Countertops – Blanco Supiriore

This is the quartzite countertop that we ended up choosing.  I first spotted this color and style when I was helping a friend choose countertops for her kitchen.  We were still in the planning phases of our remodel, and not ready to make any big decisions, but that countertop stuck with me.  The countertop place that we worked with was amazing, and helped me source honed quartzite after I told them the slabs that I had seen and loved.  Ours are honed Blanco Supiriore, and they are spectacular.

By the stroke of luck vs. planning, we have no seams on our counters, and it’s glorious!  The island was actually supposed to be a little bigger, but we cut it down a bit to accommodate this beautiful slab.

The guy who came out to measure, was super knowledgeable and very meticulous.  He noted how the legs on this side of the island pushed out a bit from the rest of it, and we figured out a way to keep the same overhang with this curved detail.  

Choosing Quartzite Countertops

Really starting to take shape!

Quartzite Countertops

Cabinet Hardware Preview

And a peek at our cabinet hardware…  We opted for these Signature Hardware Strasbourg 8″ pulls on the larger drawers that we have, and the smaller 3 3/4″ pulls on the smaller drawers and pull outs.  In a happy accident, the larger pulls came with polished brass ends and were satin brass everywhere else.  I thought I had ordered satin brass, but really loved the polished and satin brass mix, and ended up going that route.  The knobs are Signature Hardware’s Osian Brushed Brass Knobs.

It’s funny, I originally spotted this style on an Everything But the House online auction.  Turns out the lot that was up for auction had more pulls than knobs than we needed, and wasn’t a good fit, but the style caught my eye.  I ordered some of the hardware online and ended up going with it.  A happy accident, because I probably could have spent the remainder of the summer searching for hardware at my usual pace.

So there you have it.  Lots of things coming together quickly now that the quartzite countertops are set.  Upper cabinets that sit on the counters, light fixtures going in, and appliances (refrigerator aside) go in next week!  Still need to agonize over a backsplash, which has been ridiculous, but the end is near!  I actually resubscribed to Cook’s Illustrated – I’m so excited and inspired to cook again in this new kitchen!

In case you’ve missed anything, check out my other kitchen remodel posts here:

Kitchen Remodel Plan and Inspiration
Kitchen Remodel Demo
Lighting Ideas
Going Custom with Kitchen Cabinets

Jenny

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Janet Zaritsky
    August 18, 2021 at 7:36 am

    We have Fantasy Brown quartzite and while I’m very happy with my choice and love the look of real stone, it does etch. I’ve sealed it every year with a stone sealer, but wine and lemon juice are definitely big offenders. Just be aware and use cutting boards and coasters.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      August 18, 2021 at 12:25 pm

      They put a 15 year sealer on it, but told me to contact them if I see any water spots or anything like that so they can reseal it. Our granite was practically indestructible – so this will be a change for sure.

  • Reply
    Karen
    August 18, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Love the new countertops! Your kitchen is looking amazing….congrats!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      August 18, 2021 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you! Getting closer and closer to the finished product!

  • Reply
    Pam
    August 18, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Stunning but livable. A real working kitchen. I look forward to seeing the finished kitchen and sitting area.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      August 18, 2021 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you Pam. I’m looking forward to putting this kitchen to work!

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    Christine Renee Rauch
    August 18, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    absolutely stunning! you have such a great eye! I love that you transitioned to this work – you were made for it! Questions – so you don’t have to worry about staining with that surface for your countertops? what about putting hot skillets/pans on it? I’ve only had granite and just pretty much do whatever I want to it but may be looking to change.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      August 22, 2021 at 11:56 am

      Thank you! I’m being careful at the moment, until I get the feel for things. They did tell me that you want to be mindful of metal – particularly sitting on the counter, as it could result in rust stains. But, they put a 15 year sealer on it, so we’ll see. I did just about anything on my granite, so I’m being extra cautious right now.

  • Reply
    Kristin salazar
    August 18, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Love that countertop, we opted for quartzite for the same reason, your kitchen is just stunning!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      August 22, 2021 at 11:54 am

      Thank you Kristin! I’m loving the look of it so much!

  • Reply
    Vicki
    August 24, 2021 at 10:04 am

    It’s beautiful! I just chose Shadow Storm quartzite for my new kitchen. I was so scared of it at first, but 4 months in I am loving it. We are a little sloppy around the coffeemaker, I wipe after we’re done with coffee time and have had no problems. I’m still putting a hot pad under my iron skillet but I’ve taken cookie sheets out and put them directly on the counter. You’re going to love it!!!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      September 19, 2021 at 4:27 pm

      I still feel like I’m babying it a bit, and am hyper paranoid about spills! Looking for a sealer to have on hand, just in case an issue arises!

  • Reply
    Alvin Williams
    September 13, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Such stunning shots of the kitchen!! Those counter tops are really amazing.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      September 19, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you! It’s getting SOOOOO close to being done, I can hardly stand it!

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