So the time is getting closer to when I fully reveal the kitchen makeover and give you a proper look round. Before I do that though I’ve been highlighting a few of the pieces that I’ve used, and today is the turn of the Maxtop Quartz Worktop.
I was thrilled to collaborate with Maxtop Quartz Ltd who provided the worktop and breakfast bar for the new kitchen, and gave me the opportunity to try and test a product very different to anything I’d used before.
What is Maxtop Quartz?
Maxtop Quartz is a product that allows you to enjoy the all the benefits of real stone without any of the drawbacks. Essentially you get all the beauty of a solid quartz stone surface, but without the weight, or the wait! Maxtop Quartz is Europe’s leading modular quartz product, and has the strength and good looks of solid stone but comes in pre-finished worktops, allowing installers and the consumer to have all the benefits, but very little fuss.
Some of the benefits of using Maxtop Quartz include:
- Factory pre-finishing of Maxtop Quartz worktops means that installers and home-owners can install into kitchens immediately, compared to a 3-4 week wait for a solid solution.
- Maxtop Quartz has all of the aesthetic benefits of real stone but also has a deeper 40mm profile not available with the solid product. Every surface has an 8mm solid quartz edge and comes in a choice of 10 different colours and finishes.
- The patented honeycomb interior structure core provides exceptional strength and stability and enables the product to be much lighter than solid quartz worktops.
So there you can see how you get all the beauty of solid stone worktops but without the fuss and the wait.
Installation and Fitting:
Firstly, let me show you how the kitchen looked before we’d started work on the worktops. The old kitchen was installed in 2004 by MFI and the carcasses were still in good condition, so we’d taken the decision to replace some key elements of the room without going for a full new refit. The old worktop was a black laminate that had seen better days.
We set about ripping these out, which was actually pretty easy, removing the sink and the hob at the same time. The room looks pretty awful at this point, right? (I think I may have been having kittens somewhere else in the house!)
For our transformation we’d ordered 2 x 3m lengths, a smaller 1.5m length, and the breakfast bar piece. The smaller length is a great idea, meaning that there’s less waste when you don’t need another full piece.
After the worktops were delivered and stored, the plan was for my husband to help our local kitchen fitter and diyer install the Maxtop Quartz and make the breakfast bar. Maxtop had kindly sent some of the specialist blades and tools that were required, because it’s made with solid quartz, diamond-brazed tools are required to cut and shape the material but essentially it’s not too much different from installing a laminate worktop. It’s certainly doesn’t require the kind of fitting that a solid quartz worktop does.
Space is essential when you’re installing worktops of course, so thankfully we had a sunny day to cut them, and set up a work station in the garden outside the back door.
I have to admit, this was a messy job. There was a LOT of dust as you’d expect when you’re cutting through stone. Rob, our DIYer was excellent though, and really took his time to get the job done properly.
The main pieces were cut and heaved into place. Even though the worktops are lighter than solid stone, they are still pretty heavy and need at least 2 strong people, if not 3 to lift the full lengths.
The guys then set about cutting out the holes for the new sink and hob. This was the messy bit! (I really did have kittens when I saw the dust from this!).
But once it was done, and the clean up was under way, we could see how beautiful the worktops looked.
As you can see, I’d chosen Pure White worktops for our kitchen makeover.
Immediately, I was struck by the light bouncing around the room. Having lived with dark black worktops for over a decade, the room was so much lighter and brighter; I hadn’t considered how choosing the white Maxtop Quartz worktops would do this. They’re not a high gloss finish but definitely offer a little gloss shine into the room.
You can see below how it all looked immediately after installation, with both the sink and the hob back in situ. The transformation was beginning right then.
The final job was to seal the joins with the white glue sent over by Maxtop Quartz. They’re not meant to be invisible; they’re part of the beauty of the product, and once this was complete our L shaped worktop was all sorted.
It was then turn of the breakfast bar piece, which was cut down slightly to fit our space and slotted into place. The legs are adjustable ones from IKEA, in white as you can see, to match the worktop and the cupboards.
This is only the second time in my whole life I’ve been involved in adding a new worktop into a kitchen. The first time was a more basic laminate product, so this was a great opportunity to try something different and innovative.
It’s beautiful. Definitely strong and resilient, it cleans up easily, and any stubborn marks are removed with a bicarbonate of soda solution. As you can see from the images, it gives the kitchen a contemporary, high-end finish and really enhances the light in the room. Adding the white worktops to high gloss cupboards has definitely made this room feel bigger and brighter.
Installation wasn’t as easy as I might have liked and I think it would be made much easier by a team of kitchen fitters who have used the product before. There’s no disrespect meant at all to our team, but I think they’d agree that installation was a challenge. A huge thanks to them for stepping up and getting on with the job, through the fog of dust.
It’s worth noting that Maxtop has specific installation requirements and as such, Maxtop offers a free training programme, which is advisable to attend if the material is new to you
If you want to find out more about Maxtop Quartz, you can do so on their website HERE.
Many kitchen showrooms will offer Maxtop Quartz as an option in your fitted kitchen so check it out, and now that you’ve seen it in a real home, you can consider it for your own space.
If you have any questions about the product, installation or ongoing use, just let me know and drop a comment below.
The worktop was gifted, but all opinions are honest and genuine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make the blog possible.
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