How we saved on our dream marble backsplash and countertop, plus the marble sealer built to prevent stains and etches for 10 years!
The bathroom renovation has really come along in the past week, and the latest addition of the scalloped marble backsplash has me seeing ALL the heart eyes!
We still have a long way to go with faucets still to be installed, lighting still to be put up, mirrors still to be hung, and a shower door in fabrication, but hauling in this wooden double vanity and adding the marble countertop is a huge step.
It is finally starting to feel like a bathroom!
If you’re catching up, here’s the entire journey of this renovation from inspiration to projects:
- Water Damage, Demolition, and Where We Go From Here
- Choosing the Best Bathroom Designs – 10,000 of Our Followers Voted What They Would Pick
- Our Classic Bathroom Design Plan!
- Wood Bathroom Vanities We Love For Every Budget
- Marble Tile vs Marble Effect Tile: Which Is Best?
- Faux Marble Herringbone Tile & Shower Progress
How We Saved Money with a Marble Countertop
We visited several different countertop locations in the Charlotte area to find the “winner” and found the perfect marble remnant that saved us a big chunk of the budget instead of needing to purchase an entire slab.
One person’s discard pile can be another person’s treasure, and that’s definitely what happened in our case.
If you’re in the Charlotte area, we used Legacy Countertops. We gave one of our under mount sinks (this sink which we purchased beforehand) to the countertop fabricator so that they could cut the marble to its specifications.
Once the guys arrived with the marble countertop and marble backsplash to install on the vanity, they cut the faucet holes on site, installed the under mount sinks, and added silicone along all of the edges.
Our contractor suggested we add a portion of the same marble from our remnant to our shower ledge as well, so I’ll share that later.
Sealing the Marble Countertop
After sharing a bit about our marble vs marble effect tile debate in the planning phase, a few of you guys let us know about a UV treatment that can be done to marble to protect it for 10 years and make maintenance a breeze with no concerns of staining or etching.
We were sold! So we’ll see how this marble stands up with the UV treatment and plan to report back later. Many countertop fabricators can do a UV treatment so ask about it when you visit your local stone yard.
Scalloped Marble Backsplash Height
Since our bathroom vanity is freestanding without any walls pressed against either side, a scalloped backsplash seemed like a better option than the sink ledge we’d originally thought of doing. The scallop feels like the perfect choice now!
Our marble backsplash is 12″ high to leave plenty of room for the wall mounted faucets. I really wanted this backsplash to be dramatic, so this height feels right.
Picture it with black arched mirrors, brushed brass hardware, faucets, and sconces, and a bit of molding. It has so much more character still to come.
Most of all, I’m really excited that I won’t have to step on the kids’ bath toys during my showers for much longer. 😉