Several of you have been waiting for this post since I first mentioned I was going to install Corian countertops in the Storybook Cottage kitchen. You had questions! I hope this post will answer them all.
First and foremost in my heart of hearts if this would have been my forever home I would have installed white marble countertops. But this is just our “for the next few years” home. So, we had to consider investment costs verses resale payout.
Why We Chose Corian
Given the price point we were in there were just a few countertop options. Several big bloggers and design sites have stated that laminate “Has come a long way” and while I agree, for my own home it just not the look I was going for.
Quartz was another option but it tended to only be available in a darker color palette and that was not what was needed for our rather dark “before” kitchen.
So that left Corian. I googled “Marble Corian Countertop” and was totally delighted when I saw this gorgeous kitchen from Made By Girl.
A bit more research revealed that the marble like Corian version is called “Rain Cloud” and boy howdy is it a fantastically close match! Hint: the real piece of marble is the small top slab.
The Installation Process
After picking up a sample of Rain Cloud, as well as a few other choices, I headed home. It’s always best to see samples IN the room that they will be placed in. While I loved Rain Cloud it quickly became evident that the white and grey marbleized pattern would clash with the “not going to be replaced anytime soon” tan tile kitchen floor. So we selected Corian “Linen”. It is a soft white background with bright white and pale tan flecks.
It was a fairly light color option because the ultimate goal was to bring the kitchen out from its “Dark Dungeon” status.
Painting the cabinets had helped, but a new countertop was in order. This was as much for looks as for performance. The previous owners has just laid granite tile squares directly over the old existing laminate. The tile had not been laid evenly nor had the right amount of adhesive been used. These factors made for a wobbly, uneven kitchen countertop.
Because the granite tile and stone backsplash had been improperly installed the demo was done in about 15 minutes. The tiles pretty much just popped off at the slightest nudge.
It’s always a treasure hunt here at Storybook Cottage. Thirty years someone had applied wallpaper directly to the sheetrock. This application makes it impossible to remove in the future without damaging the drywall. Please, if you can, avoid doing this. It was somewhat interesting to excavate a few more layers of wallpaper. All the trends of the past 30 years were evident. The most recent wall application, done by previous owners, was applying fake plaster on top of the wallpaper so the walls could be painted. At this point to correct the issues all of the sheetrock would need to be removed in the kitchen. Or I can be content with faux plaster walls. I’m content.
It takes about two weeks after an order is placed for the countertops to be delivered. One of the benefits of Corian is that there are no seams. The countertop arrives all in one piece.
You also have the option of integrated sinks which I LOVE! No yucky film or mildew can build up on the sink edge because there isn’t one.
Once the countertop is in place it is then sanded down to reveal a slight sheen. Even though the sander/vacuum has an attached bag be forewarned that a layer of Corian dust is going to settle over every inch of the room.
Here is a side by side shot of the sheen that is revealed after sanding.
The entire installation process took approximately 6 hours. Our kitchen is rather on the small side. You can begin using the counters right away.
On a side note, if your husband is not handy with basic plumbing skills you will need to hire a plumber to reinstall your faucet. We really love our Wetherly kitchen faucet by Moen. I do have plans to remove the base plate in the future for a cleaner look. #can’twait
Two weeks out and we are so happy to have new countertops.
Wednesday’s post will be all about the subway tile backsplash.