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What are the latest trends in bathroom vanities?

The bathroom vanity is typically defined as the sink and storage structure around it. Generally, the vanity hides the plumbing to keep your bathroom looking neat and tidy. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, look for these bathroom vanity trends to maintain a modern look in your home.

Vanity trends

Bathroom vanity styles tend to have clean lines and simple surfaces, which make them easy to clean and keep looking crisp. Many people may have a contemporary bathroom, even if the rest of the home is traditional.

  • Wood vanities are on trend. Choose a mid to light tone to keep the bathroom looking clean and fresh.
  • Quartz countertops mimic marble, but aren’t porous, making them durable and stain-resistant. They’re quite popular in bathrooms.
  • Shade of gray, with black and white accents keep the bathroom looking airy and natural. You can add splashes of color with accessories that can change with the seasons to keep your bathroom updated any time of year.
  • Minimalist color palettes in gray and charcoal tiles are on trend rather than intricate tile patterns.

Mirror trends for bathroom vanities

Pictured: We have a wide selection of bathroom vanities at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Large, wall-to-wall mirrors or oval mirrors are out, as are naked mirrors (unframed). What’s on trend in a vanity setup are custom, framed mirrors designed to coordinated with your bathroom’s style. Slim mirrors above the sink are also a cool way to show off the wall covering while still giving each person space to look at their reflection while they’re getting ready. Floating mirrors or recessed mirrors are another design trend to check out.

Choosing the right vanity

The vanity that goes into your bathroom will depend on many factors. Small bathrooms may want a low-profile vanity that makes the room feel larger. Larger bathrooms can manage a larger cabinet to provide storage space.

Then, consider the use. Your master bathroom will need a vanity much different than one in a family-friendly bath. You should also think about how many sinks you want in the bathroom. Ideally, two sinks requires at least 60-inches of vanity space to provide elbow room for two people.

Find the perfect accents for your bathroom remodel at Superior Stone & Cabinet. Call our office at (602) 437-0088 or contact us online.

See 2018 cabinet hardware trends and styles at Superior Stone & Cabinet

Striking a balance between trending and timeless is hard. Luckily, when it comes to selecting cabinet hardware—including knobs and pulls—for your kitchen, Superior Stone & Cabinet is here to help. In this blog, we’ll review the latest cabinet hardware trends.

The Best For Kitchen Cabinets

This kitchen with wood cabinets has gone with darker pulls and knobs.

Trending styles

If you’re currently remodeling your home and looking to pick new cabinet knobs and pulls, it might not be a bad idea to review some of the latest styles to see if there’s one that speaks to you or really fits your home.

Satin brass

While classic silver pulls have been predominant for years, more and more homeowners are opting to match their cabinets, counters, and backsplashes to something timeless: that coppery, darker brass and bronze.

Satin brass pulls not only look great, but can impart a particular style to your kitchen. In particular, bronze and brass evoke the style of the 1950’s kitchen—a style that is coming back into, well, style.

Brushed bronze

These cabinet and drawer pulls are trending, and are a popular combination with stainless style appliances and fixtures. These warm metallic fixtures will match the rest of your kitchen.

Another place where bronze looks great? As pulls on white kitchen cabinets. This is a stunning design that will have your guests talking and bring warmth and color to your kitchen.

Get crazy and unique

Some homeowners looking to make their kitchen their own are using antique, mismatched knobs. These create a one-of-a-kind kitchen with an eclectic flair.

However, think twice before going down this road: if you ever want to sell your home in the future, you may need to replace those knobs and pulls beforehand, as they may not speak to every buyer.

Classic for a reason

If you’re not sold on brass and bronze, don’t panic! There are classic styles that are still in style—and probably won’t go out of it for a long time.

Brushed nickel is a good example of a choice for knobs and pulls that matches almost every kitchen and has a timeless feel to it. Plus, it matches the stainless steel appliances that are now ubiquitous in many homes now.

Make your cabinets something special

When you work with Superior Stone & Cabinet, we won’t just install your cabinets. We’ll help you plan out your dream kitchen upgrade, from knobs and pulls to cabinet storage options. Come visit our 60,000 showroom and warehouse here in Phoenix, or contact us to schedule an in-home estimate in the Valley.

What’s the best kitchen cabinet varnish for your home?

Kitchen Cabinet Varnish optionsIn this article, we will discuss different types of varnishes, and how to select the best one for your home kitchen cabinet.

What is a varnish?

Varnish is a generic term that refers to topcoat finishes that provide durability as well as corrosion and heat resistance to a surface. An unfinished kitchen cabinet requires a varnish to be applied to the surface.

Different types of varnishes

Varnishes provide a protective coating to the kitchen cabinet. Many different types of varnishes can be applied on the kitchen cabinetry. All the different types of varnishes can be grouped into two types: oil-based and water-based.

Traditionally, varnishes were made of oil and resin. These varnishes create a hard and resistant surface once they have dried. Oil-based varnishes, on the other hand, are more durable than water-based varnishes. However, water-based varnishes dry more quickly after application. Also, they have a low odor level, which is important if applying inside the home.

Today, most manufacturers either apply polyurethane or catalyzed varnishes. Polyurethane varnishes can be used on both unfinished and painted surfaces. They can be either water- or oil-based.

Applying the varnish on the wood is in effect sealing it with plastic. The plastic is tough that creates an impenetrable barrier on the surface. They tend to create a glossier finish to the kitchen cabinet. The varnish makes the surface super resistant to water and chemicals. You can select satin, low-gloss, or high gloss finishes.

Catalyzed varnishes contain a catalyst that accelerates the drying process after application. The fast acting varnishes are harder, more durable, and boast of improved corrosion resistance. They are transparent and protect the wood from damage due to cleaners and household chemicals.

The kitchen cabinets on which catalyzed varnishes are applied retain the sheen and original paint color. It is more expensive than lacquer but also more elastic that provides remedy against expansion and contraction of the joints.

So, how do you decide what type of kitchen cabinet varnish is right for your home?

Start by giving the pros at Superior Stone & Cabinet a call. We offer free in-home estimates on new kitchen cabinets. We’ll help you pick out the right style and color for your cabinets.

Experts state that a person should consider different factors when selecting a varnish for the kitchen cabinet. There is no one type of varnish that is best for every cabinet. Some of the factors that you need to consider include the presence of excess moisture, exposure to air borne pollutants, presence of excess natural light, UV exposure, drying time, durability requirement, and finished appearance.

That’s what makes an in-home estimate a good choice.

Need kitchen cabinet varnish advice? Contact the pros at Superior Stone & Cabinet!

If you’re still confused about which varnish is best for your kitchen cabinet, you should contact our professional team at Superior Stone and Cabinet.

We have a team of experts who can guide you in making the right decision regarding kitchen cabinet varnish. We can also help you in selecting a new kitchen cabinet that best source your budget and preferences.

Contact us today for a free in-home estimation for the installation of kitchen cabinets.

Debunking common myths about prefabricated granite

In general, places that offer the more expensive custom slabs of granite will tell you that prefabricated granite is worthless and you’d be better off putting cardboard in as a countertop. This just isn’t the case, and they’re downplaying some of the benefits of prefabricated granite to (understandably) help them make the sale of more expensive custom granite slabs.

In this post, Superior Stone and Cabinet reviews some of the common myths surrounding prefabricated granite.

prefabricated granite countertopMyth #1: You won’t actually save money by going with prefabricated countertops

Custom cuts of granite slab can be extremely pricey, limiting their use to only the most extensive and expensive kitchen remodels. If you’ve been pushing your budget and you’re looking to cut costs, prefabricated granite is a great alternative to custom granite countertops. You’re slashing the per-square-foot cost without significant loss of quality or look. In fact, prefab slabs can be up to 45 percent less expensive!

Myth #2: You’ll notice the difference right away

Most experts agree that—once installed in your home—only a seasoned countertop professional can spot the difference between a prefabricated countertop and a custom slab. In fact, some custom granite dealers contradict themselves by saying that the differences are highly noticeable, but then noting that scams exist where customers are unknowingly tricked into buying a prefabricated countertop instead of a custom one. To the average eye, including yours, prefabricated granite looks similar to custom granite.

Myth #3: Prefabricated countertops don’t increase your home’s value

Many realtors agree that adding new prefabricated granite countertops to the kitchen is one of the few things you can do for less than $5000 to increase the value of your home and help you attract buyers. Remember: there isn’t a noticeable difference between pre-fabricated countertops and those cut from a custom slab of granite, so from a curb appeal standpoint, prefabricated counters might be perfect for your home.

Myth #4: Prefabricated countertops limit your color selection to just a few options

This is partially true: after all, a custom slab of granite can, quite literally, come in any color, depending on where it’s from. However, that doesn’t mean that prefabricated countertops don’t provide customers with options. Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we have nearly 30 different colors and styles of prefabricated countertops available. That’s not quite the limitation that many custom granite retailers make it out to be.

Myth #5: Prefabricated granite is easier to damage and needs care

All granite, whether prefabricated or custom, needs regular care and upkeep. All granite can be damaged, stained, or scratched. And both kinds of granite can be sealed for added protection. From a functionality standpoint, prefabricated granite operates in a similar fashion to custom slabs.

Myth #6: Prefabricated granite is always shoddy and poorly installed

Not always! Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we offer quality granite and installation from professionals. We’re not a fly-by-night company that will rush the job.

If you’re interested in learning more about prefabricated countertops, give us a call at (602) 396-4789 or stop by our Phoenix, Arizona showroom.