Kitchen & Dining Room Makeover – Week 7 -Countertops

Welcome back to Week 7 of the One Room Challenge! I have been sharing the past few weeks all the ups and downs of doing a kitchen & dining room renovation with supplier and labor shortages. Its been quite a ride but I’m blasting through. I’m tackling my kitchen & dining room doing a MAJOR renovation to get my townhouse ready to sell. I know, I know. Its a bad time to sell, a house, but it is what it is.

Because of the supply shortages, I have been really stressing about what to do about the kitchen counter, how long it would take to get it installed, and, most importantly, what kind of kitchen countertop I should get for the look I wanted to achieve AND the return on my dollar that I want to get for my house.

Which type of kitchen countertop should I get?

Quartz? Granite? Wood chopping block countertop? Laminate?

So I debated long and hard about what type of countertop to get. I debated between quartz, granite, wood chopping block or laminate.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is very trendy right now and less expensive than granite so it was high on my list. Quartz countertops are actually preferred by home buyers because of their many benefits. They are very durable, easy to maintain, and come in a variety of styles. They fit well into a contemporary or transitional kitchen. The one downside of quartz is that it can get damaged if you put a hot pot on it directly, so you need to be careful with that.

Also it comes in many contemporary styles that would be a good fit for my trendy kitchen.

Since the style of the kitchen was a two-toned trendy kitchen, I thought quartz was a good fit on all levels, adding value to my home, durability, easy to maintain, would fit into my budget, and high on the priority list was the looks of the counter and how it would complement my trendy kitchen.

Most suppliers where asking for a 6 – 8 week timeline to order and install a counter. I didn’t have that kind of time so I went to some small countertop fabricators in the city and I was not disappointed.

So I decided to go with a plain white quartz countertop. I was very nervous about my decision but in the end, I am so glad that I did. What do you think? Was that the right decision?

Be sure to check out all the other awesome One Room Challenge projects HERE to get inspired!!!


I help busy homeowners, just like you, to style their house to make it a stunning retreat, where they can live and enjoy their home. I help homeowners, make money beyond their wildest expectations from the sale of their house by guiding them when they’re getting their house ready to sell.

Hi! I’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Real Estate Investor. It all started back in 2006, where I nervously staged my very first home. But the sellers liked their newly styled home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price, I went back to design school and the rest is history.

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