Studio Bathroom Back On Track! (New Quartz Countertop Installed)

Y’all, I can finally get back to the studio half bathroom and get that finished up because the new quartz countertop was installed yesterday! And I absolutely love it.

I had originally made my own DIY countertop out of MDF and resin. If you missed that project, you can check it out here…

Here’s how that countertop looked…

That countertop looked great until I decided that the resin I had used (which was perfectly fine and durable) wasn’t right for a countertop, so I ordered a different brand and did a second coat of resin. After a month of curing, that second coat had turned my beautiful bright white countertop into a horrible and yellowed antique white. You can see the original bright white color that I mixed into the resin compared to the month-old yellowed counterop here…

Ugh. Horrible. Had I just left the countertop alone after the first resin pour, I think it would have been fine. But something with horribly wrong with that second coat of resin using a different brand.

Anyway, as many of you encouraged me to do, I headed to a local countertop place and found a remnant of quartz in Snow White. I didn’t think it would work at first because Snow White has tiny little flecks of gray all throughout. But I brought a piece home to test it out, and it looked great!

And now that the countertop is installed, I don’t even see those gray flecks. It just looks bright and white and beautiful to me.

Maybe if you look up close, you can see the gray flecks. But they’re still so faint that they’re not really noticeable. It’s not like a visible design in the material, like veins would be.

The only issue is that this countertop isn’t as thick as my original, and so there’s a much larger (and much too big) space between the countertop and the bottom of the backsplash tiles. So I’ll need to make a minor modification to the vanity by adding some round pieces of wood, painted to match the legs and to look like they’re an original part of the turned feet, to lift the vanity up about 1/2 inch to fill that space. But that’s a simple problem to fix. And it’s worth the little extra trouble when the payoff is having a durable, beautiful quartz countertop that won’t turn antique yellow over time.

I was shocked at how long it took, though. I ordered this countertop almost exactly a month ago, and the amount of back and forth required for such a tiny little countertop seemed over the top to me. The phone calls, the two trips out to the house for measurements, the long contract where I had to sign and initial in about 50 places. I can understand how that’s need for a full kitchen install. But for a small $381 job using a tiny remnant piece for a half bathroom, it seemed over the top.

But at least it’s done, and I now know what minor adjustments need to be made, and I can move on and FINISH THIS BATHROOM!!! 😀 I see a finished, usable half bathroom in my near future.

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