Are you keen to grab the beautiful effects of marble, but you’re not too keen on the extra maintenance required when you choose a work top made of the original stone? Many people feel the same way, and whilst marble isn’t that difficult to look after, it is possible to get a stronger stone by way of choosing quartz, and then opting for a marble effect colour.
The best of both worlds!
Many people choose this option, and it means that you’re getting the appearance you have drooled over for so long, but you’re getting a zero maintenance, strong, option.
Just to sum it up, the major advantages of marble include:
- Very strong – You are usually getting around 93% natural quartz content, with 7% added in for resin (the colour you choose)
- Highly scratch, stain, and heat resistant
- Widely available in a huge variety of different colours, patterns, and finishes
- Zero maintenance – Unlike granite and marble, quartz doesn’t require any form of maintenance other than regular cleaning, which you would do anyway. No need for sealing on an annual basis
So, by now you are probably cemented on your decision to go with quartz, but if you’re still looking for the marble effect opulence, here are five of the most popular, and most beautiful, marble effect colours.
Dark Grey Galaxy Quartz – A very sophisticated choice, the finish looks like you could stroke it! This particular countertop is likely to be a centrepoint in your kitchen, so you need to pair it with cabinets which are lighter. The actual colour is a dark grey, with a light grey swirling marble pattern on top.
Cream Storm Galaxy Quartz – This particular option is exactly the same as the first option in our list, but it is lighter, with a cream base colour and dark beige swirls. A darker décor would look fantastic with this particular colour, or you could go for an overall cream effect for your entire décor.
Bianco Thassos – White can be worrying for some people, but white marble is one of the most classic and iconic appearances you can expect to see. You can gain that particular appearance by choosing this shade, which is a slightly darker shade of white, to allay your ‘too bright’ worries.
Marrone Oro – For a jewel/marble effect, check out this particular dark green and gold combination of marble imitation. The gold swirl/marbling is what makes this particular option stand out amongst the others on the market. Again, combined with cream you have a beautiful décor.
Bianco Carrara – White marble again! This is one of the brightest shades of white you can go for, but the dark grey marble lines tone it down slightly, making it more accessible for all.
These are five of the most popular marble effect choices of colour when it comes to quartz. As you can see, combining the strength of quartz with the appearance of marble is a great source of middle ground, and gives you a longer lasting work surface as a result.
Remember to shop around and check out your choice of colour in person, without solely relying on an Internet picture – certain colours do change when subjected to natural and artificial lights, and both sides need to be acceptable to you and your kitchen appearance.
When it comes to installing bathroom vanity units, there are not many people who could give this a try and succeed. Even if changing a vanity is relatively easy, and requires just basic plumbing and carpentry skills, many people don’t possess these abilities. For achieving a complete transformation, paint the walls at the same. You won’t be disappointed!
Changing a vanity unit consists in 3 facts:
- Complexity : Moderate;
- Time: Weekend;
- Cost: Over $500;
Cost of Installing a Vanity Top
The reason many people choose to replace their old vanities is because among sinks, these are the more used piece of furniture in the entire house. For an easier choice and a complete transformation, we suggest you to choose a one-piece cabinet with a matching top. Even if the installation process is a little bit easier, the basic how-to will be still the same.
The price for new vanities starts from about £150 and can end up even at £3 000 for a first-class piece of furniture. This price resides in the type of material chosen. The cheapest vanities made of plastic laminate are for short term bathrooms, while solid marble or granite ones are an investment worth to be made for long term.
Easy Remove of a Vanity
Removing the old vanity can be made in 6 easy steps:
- Shut off the water;
- Disconnect the pipes;
- Remove the backsplash;
- Remove the top;
- Pull the top free from the vanity;
- Remove the vanity;
If opted for the complete transformation, clean up the wall before installing the new vanity. Even if it is not impossible to paint after installing the new one, it is definitely a lot easier to do it beforehand. First just remove the caulk and patch any wall damage. After complete drying of the patch, spot-prime the repaired areas and paint the entire wall.
Step-by-step Instructions for Installing a New Vanity
Further, you will have to lay out the dimensions of your vanity on the wall. This thing is made for those bathrooms whose flooring doesn’t get underneath. After succeeding that, you will have to install the filler strip. This act is important because filler strips give your cabinet doors room to swing without hitting the wall.
For a straight forward work, mark the stud layout before you fasten your vanity to the wall. The next step is to screw the frames together and slide them into position using a level, to make sure they’re on spot from front to back. When you finish this, you will have to screw the cabinet to the wall. Take great care of positioning the cabinet because drilling once again in your wall is not something that you may want. For this, try using tapered shims and screw them to the wall into the studs you located earlier.
Install the kick panel, scribe the top to fit into the space, sand to the scribe before installing the faucet and drain. After all this works have been accomplished, install the top and connect the water supply lines. When finished, apply caulk where the backsplash meets the wall and let it dry.
Following these simple rules, your newly installed marble bathroom vanity should be ready to use. Just trust yourself and take great care, and you’ll achieve a complete transformation for your house’s kitchen.