Bathroom Vanity Countertop from Quartz
When I created the design plan for the Boys’ Bathroom, I immediately knew I would be using a Vadara Quartz product for the bathroom vanity countertop. I have used and loved Vadara Quartz for my kitchen countertops and mudroom countertops (and slab backsplash). Vadara’s Quartz is unmatched in it’s ability to replicate the look of a natural stone, such as a classic white marble, while benefiting from the stain resistance and durability of Quartz. I personally think that Vadara’s quartz is one the best bathroom countertop materials available, especially if you are committed to quartz over real stone in a particular space.
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Why I chose Quartz for the Bathroom Vanity Countertops
Whether you are shopping for new countertops for a new home or doing a bathroom renovation, you likely have spent a lot of time researching bathroom countertop ideas. It is a big decision, and often times one of the bigger ticket items in a bathroom budget.
Initially, my decision to use quartz was strictly because I wanted a low maintenance, durable solution for the boys’ bathroom. But, Vadara’s beautiful options, and my experience using them in the past, made using quartz an easy decision. As tempted as I am by a beautiful marble slab, it is not practical for my family and my current cleaning preferences. With Vadara Quartz, I do not have to compromise the aesthetics of natural stone for the durability and quality of a man-made countertop.
This bathroom has a DIY bathroom vanity that I design using an Ikea Godmorgon cabinet hack and a lot of added detailing. One of the key details to give this vanity a high-end look, was adding a unique bathroom vanity countertop. There is always a lot of give and take in a design, and choosing to focus the vanity design around the countertops was my priority in this bathroom. It gave me the creative flexibility to create unique details to create a functional and custom vanity.
There are many countertop options, but quartz is my top choice for it’s stain resistant qualities. It is the surface that is the most touched and needs to stand up to everyday use. Bathrooms, especially a children’s bathroom, are messy places so using quartz as your bathroom vanity top is an easy way to help create a sanitary and long lasting room.
Selecting a Quartz Design
Vadara has nearly 50 quartz designs to choose from, making their Quartz a great match for almost any design style. They come in a wide range of colors that have natural beauty and stunning depth. Whether you are searching for timeless white quartz countertops or a bold black quartz countertop, their wide variety of offerings will work for all of your bathroom vanity ideas.
For this project I wanted the countertop to blend the cooler tones of the floor and wall tile, the warm richness of the walnut vanity, and the white of the tub and shower fixture. I selected their Sterling Light design that mimics a beautiful Calacatta Marble with a white base, cool light gray veins, and a hint of gold woven through.
Using a high-end quartz product is as great way to create a big interior design impact, even in small bathrooms. Oftentimes the countertop decision is one that is left until the end, or often overlooked. However, I think it is a key detail in creating a great design that is cohesive.
Bathroom Vanity Countertop Backsplash Details
One of the key aesthetic and functional details of the boys’ bathroom design was having wall-mount faucets to utilize a shallower depth vanity. It allowed me to need less distance between the back of the sink and the backsplash, since the faucets would not be located there. I wanted the backsplash of the vanity to be a continuation of the countertop material, rather than installing them in the porcelain tile that wraps around the room. Visually this was a less busy look than the simple subway tile, and allowed the countertops to really be the focal point when looking into the room.
I chose to detail the top of the backsplash with a reverse curve to help soften some of the harsher edges of the wood freestanding vanity itself. I love how it mimics the curves of the vanity legs, the brass rope mirror, and the once dated “wave” detail on the existing cast iron bathtub that I opted to reuse.
Ogee Edge Detail
The intent of the vanity’s design was for it to feel more like a piece of furniture. Adding the ogee edge detail to the countertop edge, gave it a timeless look. I love the traditional and special feel the ogee edge profile gives to the piece.
Installation of the Quartz Backsplash
The slab that I used for our bathroom vanity countertop, backsplash, and shower niche was 3mm thickness, or 1 1/4 inches. To save on the overall depth of the vanity, which was critical for this narrow, small space bathroom, I wanted the backsplash to be slimmer. To do so, I detailed having the backsplash attached directly to the wall studs/ framing instead of in front of, or on top of the drywall. We then had the drywall cut in and finished around the backsplash. This easy adjustment saved a much needed 1/2″ of depth. Alternatively, you could have your fabricator mill down the thickness of the backsplash if this is a service they offer. You could also use a 2mm slab, Vadara does offer this, for the backsplash and countertop if it is available in your location.
Quartz Shower Niche
One of my favorite details of the bathroom is the shower niche. I chose to repeat the use of the Sterling Light quartz by wrapping the inside of the niche in the same quartz as the bathroom vanity countertops. I detailed the dimensions for our countertop fabricator and they made them to the specifications I needed. It works to break up the tile in an interesting way and ties this area of the room to the vanity. Repeating materials and finishes throughout a room is a great way to make it feel more “high end” and this is a simple and often overlooked way to do that.
Want to know more about the process or sourcing, fabrication, and installing quartz countertops? I wrote a post about using quartz countertops in your home!
Boys’ Bathroom Sources
Boys’ Bathroom Sources
- Wall Paint Color: Farrow & Ball No. 205 Skylight mixed in Valspar Paint, Satin
- Door Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Limewash
- Quartz Countertops – Vadara Quartz Sterling Light
- Ikea Godmorgon Vanity (this is a different size than mine. It was discontinued in the size 55 1/8″ size I used)
- Walnut Vanity Fronts
- Wall Faucets
- Undermount Sinks
- Vanity Legs
- Vanity Lights
- Drawer Hardware
- Pocket Door Hardware ( unlacquered brass)
- Towel Ring (polished nickel)
- Towels: Blue Stripe, Plaid
- Floor Tile
- Wall Tile: Blue Subway, Midnight Blue Pencil Trim Tile
- Offset Drain for Sink Plumbing
- Shower (polished nickel)
- Shower Curtain Rod (polished nickel)
- Shower Curtain
- Bath Mat
- Toilet Paper Holder (polished nickel)
- Toilet + Polished Nickel Lever
- Peg Rail ( I stained these dark walnut + clear coat sealed them)
- LIttle Kid’s Bathrobes
- sun tunnel