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Corian Countertop -Show your pics!

Posted by MercerM (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 12, 14 at 15:03

Hi, I'm considering installing a corian countertop in my kitchen. But I'd love to see photos of actual installations before I decide. I'm most interested in Corian's "Private Collection" colors, generally the colors that have more of a marble pattern.

Here's a link to the colors in the collection:
http://www.dupont.com/products-and-services/construction-materials/surface-design-materials/brands/corian-solid-surfaces/products/corian-all-colors.html

I'm interested in seeing any and all colors in this collection, but especially the whites, beiges, and browns. Thanks so much for your help!


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I don't have pics yet but we are putting Corian Witch Hazel in our kitchen. We are about 1/2 way through the reno and looking at maybe 6 more weeks. I will be so happy to post a reveal when finished. I'll be watching this thread to see any pics of current kitchens with Corian.


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Deward89, thanks for posting! I look forward to seeing your pics. I'm also considering Witch Hazel. What color are your cabinets? And what kind and color of backsplash will you have?

My cabinets are an off-white. I'm thinking of subway tile but not sure about this - haven't looked that much but haven't found a subway tile yet to match the Witch Hazel.


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We chose Barker Cabinets and we're getting their natural cherry finish, Shaker style. We are going with sheet stainless for behind the range/hood but the rest of the backsplash will be a stacked stone/slate. It's called Desert Quartz Ledgestone. The colors in it are perfect with the greys and tans in the Witch Hazel. Our floor is slate tile.

I thought I wanted soapstone when we started this renovation but it was WAY out of our budget. My husband had been suggesting looking at Corian from day one. I finally agreed to at least go look and I fell in love with Witch Hazel. I thought I could be happy to "settle" for Corian but the more I researched it, the more I come to realize it's actually my first choice now.

I hope you will post a reveal when you're finished too. There are several of the newer Corian colors that would look so good with off-white cabinets. If you go with Witch Hazel, you might consider looking at grey subway tile. In my kitchen and lighting, the Witch Hazel really plays well with the greys in the slate tile and backsplash.


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Perhaps this photo will help.I believe it is Witch hazel but will have to double check to make sure.


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I have Corian (or something similar) in my bathroom, and I love the way it feels.

I didn't put it in the kitchen, though, because DH and I fell head over heels in love with a Cambria pattern, and splurged on it.


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I won't show you a picture of the Corian I had because it was pepto pink with speckles, but it was an awfully nice countertop. I especially loved the integrated plastic sink. Insulated, quiet, easy to clean, recessed faucet deck...I don't know it the stuff is as good as it was in the 80s, but it was sure good then.

Hope you get some good photos because I want to see, too.


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Yes, mnzinnia - that sure looks like Witch Hazel.

Deward 89, your kitchen sounds like it will be stunning! And
thanks for the recommendation on the backsplash.

Here's the look I'm going for:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/57667/Buena-Vista-Residence---Think-White-With-A-Touch-Of-Color-traditional-kitchen-san-francisco

http://www.houzz.com/photos/3436980/Boston-Back-Bay-Renovation-traditional-kitchen-boston

http://www.houzz.com/photos/3709549/Brook-View-traditional-kitchen-vancouver

The countertops in the first 2 pics above are not corian, but I believe they have a similar look to Corian Witch Hazel or Sandalwood.

Or this look with a brownish/reddish backsplash to match my hardwood floors and the tone in the Witch Hazel (but considering a glass subway tile instead of the ceramic in this pic)
http://www.houzz.com/photos/272098/Woodland-Meadows-by-Brookhaven-traditional-kitchen-houston

Glass tile: http://www.icreatables.com/images/tileimgs/tile-backsplash/backsplash-kitchen/tile-backsplash-brown-glass-brick-stack.jpg

But, I'm conflicted. I'm also thinking of another acrylic solid surface countertop, with more of a quartz look like this:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/387098530442193622/
Samsung Staron Tempest Horizon

Example of installation of quartz countertop (similar appearance to the Horizon):
http://backsplash.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/tumbled-marble-subway-tile-backsplash.jpg

http://www.austaron.com.au/staron-design-awards-2010-kbdi-image-design.html#.UwPFxIUhH0t


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An Australian friend directed me to this video - Gorgeous solid surface design using Corian Witch Hazel - Makes me drool!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzKew3EpPqc

Very few people in the US today seem to like corian countertops in the kitchen as I do. I understand that corian countertops (especially the white-light colors) or benchtops - worktops as they call them in Europe are very popular there.

BTW I know some US designers with European backgrounds who are working in upscale US neighborhoods who like and specify Corian as appropriate in their designs.

Take a look at this beautiful kitchen in ultra-wealthy Atherton, Calif (San Francisco Bay area)
http://www.houzz.com/photos/205025/Atherton-Estate-contemporary-kitchen-san-francisco

And this kitchen in San Francisco
http://www.houzz.com/photos/45913/Kitchen-traditional-kitchen-san-francisco

Minneapolis:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/210639/Linden-Hills-Contemporary-contemporary-kitchen-minneapolis
http://www.houzz.com/photos/394142/master-bath-modern-bathroom-minneapolis

New Jersey! (rare)
http://bogyconstruction.com/

You might think I'm a corian shill. I'm truly not. I'm just a down-scale person living in an up-scale neighborhood who loves corian (had it in my last kitchen for 20 years - never a problem) and beautiful design.

Guess I'm lonely and looking for others in US who also like Corian - and for others who've used it and can post pics of their designs. Trying to keep this discussion going.


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mnzinnia:

The radius of the inside corner of your pictured countertop appears to exceed the 1/2" minimum as specified by DuPont. The bigger the better as far as strength goes.

I've repaired many cracked corners due to insufficient radii; this one won't be one of them.

Here is a link that might be useful: 12.4


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While I personally like Corian, I haven't been involved with a kitchen project that used it since about 2005. Baths, yeah. Kitchens, no. Ever since granite became way cheaper, it's been THE go to choice for those who wanted something ''other'' than laminate. Hard to beat $34 Uba Tuba for both function and value.


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With the $34.00 psf, just be sure to calculate the expense of a plumber to pull and reinstall the faucet and a guy like me to come out and diamond grind your deck back to factory on your stone. This top laughed at the white vinegar and razor blade treatment as seen on Youtube; I tried that first.


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I can show you mine in about 2 weeks from now. We're going with a Wilsonart solid surface for counters and full-height back-splash.


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We put Corian Witch Hazel in when we renovated our kitchen in 2013. We've had granite and you couldn't pay me to use it ever again. I can't stand the harsh noise from putting down glasses, etc.

I wanted a marble look, but I knew that since my daughter is Chief Bottlewasher, marble's inevitable patina wasn't going to work for me. Corian was a compromise and the Witch Hazel was my salvation because quartz has that same noise quality that granite has.

The benefit is that most people think Corian is that weird speckled stuff from the 80's so they don't immediately associate my countertop with Corian. Not that I would mind. It's a great countertop!

This is our prep sink area (we were locked into that wall trapped sink position...as a prep sink it is fine, but when we bought the house, that was the MAIN sink and that was awful!)

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Here's a close up of the prep sink faucet:

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And here's our main sink (before the kitchen was finished):

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You can almost see that where the wooden salad bowl is that we have runnels carved into the countertop. I *love* these and they work perfectly. My daughter prefers them to a traditional freestanding drainboard - and so do I since when the stuff is dry and put away, I don't have a drainer to put away. We have plenty of counter space so the runnels aren't a space hog for us.

On any given day, I'm ashamed to say that there are coffee rings, tea stains, smoothie drips, and spilled sugar on the counter after we all race out in the morning.

When I get home, I just spray the Corian with whatever spray I picked up at Target and no problems. Love it. And it looks great in our kitchen.

It's really an underappreciated countertop material. While it isn't cheap, it's made in the US and isn't trucked as far as other options. It can also be restored (buffed/shined) but after the hard use we haven't had a single scratch or blemish. I never cut directly on, nor do I put hot things on the counter (although I did when I had soapstone but only if I wanted to cool something quickly).

Oh, and I forgot to mention that we did the traditional 4" backsplash on the main sink side. Don't regret that either. Since the Corian is thinner and rounded, it isn't a dust collecting ledge. It just protects the wall board from wet sponges as you wipe the countertop.

Did I mention that I love it?

And here's a picture of the finished kitchen:

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And a "before":

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Here's a closer up shot of the pass through. We put in a lot of stuff people are getting rid of to restore the 1920's feel to our house since in the 1990's someone went a little crazy removing all the period charm from our home.

I think you can see the color a little better in this picture:

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Grlwprls, thank you so much for sharing. I love EVERY detail of your kitchen especially your island worktop - what a gorgeous piece of furniture! Your kitchen is simply stunning!

What finish did you use on your countertops? Is it a matte, satin, or gloss finish?

And may I ask what part of the country you're in? (I assume you're in US - maybe I shouldn't.)

Thanks lots for sharing!


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grlwprls...thank you, thank you, thank you for posting your pics. I love the Witch Hazel and seeing your pics just reinforces that feeling. I was thinking of having the runnels cut into mine so I'm glad to see you are happy with having done that. I am now trying to decide whether to purchase my countertops from Home Depot or to go with a small, local countertops only type place. Would you mind to share who you purchased your counters from?

I cannot express how much I LOVE your backsplash...actually your whole kitchen!!


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grlwprls, I second the admiration for your finished kitchen! It is amazing, the design elements and color choices are spot-on. I wish they built cheap, panelized kitchen designs we could change out every couple years or so. I love so many kitchens!

I am more sold than ever on the Corian, now. I still might do laminate to reduce my costs, but I have ruled out stone on my perimeter cabs. I love the Corian Witch hazel, and adore Sea Salt, in the Martha Stewart collection.


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I'm in the US - in Central Arkansas.

I bought my countertops through Home Depot because they were having a sale and I already knew who in town would fabricate my counters, so it was a cost savings decision. The great thing about Corian is that I didn't have to worry too much about templating since my counters are two straight runs - I don't know much (if anything) about the corner radius issue. I would say that my countertops are likely a satin finish. They don't really have a definite shine. I don't really remember what the counters cost, though. We have a walnut counter on the run where the fridge is (you can sort of see it under the pile of junk that needed to be put away in the pass through picture).

I had the work table made by a gentleman I found through Etsy. The base is Ben Moore's Velvet Cloak (the same color that the wall is in the pantry area). I'm probably one of few people who have a Turkish rug in their kitchen, but despite being a light color it cleans up like a dream.

Thanks for the compliments on the finished product. I really didn't want it to look like we put a new kitchen in, but I knew that modernized look needed to go.

Because I didn't move utilities and I assembled and painted the yellow (Barker) cabinets myself, I was able to get everything I wanted on budget.

My biggest splurge was the bank of Shiloh cabinets - the glass front cabinet has a mirror in the back which reflects just enough light that I don't regret not installing a light inside.

My biggest regret is the Electrolux fridge (I love the range). The fridge is really rather cheaply made inside and it is showing significant wear after only a year of use. I couldn't justify a SubZero (and the original one died the day we moved in...what a headache!) and I hadn't liked my French door fridge. I actually *like* the SXS because we aren't "pizza box people" and we're a small family. I wish the fridge were bigger on Thanksgiving, but that's one day out of the year. I've gotten pretty good at being creative putting groceries away!

Now, back to your regularly scheduled Corian thread. :-)


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The Corian edge returning past the wall as pictured is the proper detail. I saddens me that I have to point this out, but I constantly see countertops just butted to the wall, the edge dying there.


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Drumming in the kitchen. What fun!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcaNT1eTVj8

I came across this short, entertaining video ad for Corian countertops. As well as being fun, I think it shows how beautiful corian can look in a beautifully designed kitchen - well except for that unfinished hole near the sink.

Does anyone have an idea what Corian color this might be? - certainly from the "private collective" but what color exactly?

I like this look so well with the white cabinets that I'm now considering it for my kitchen. Do you like it?


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I love Corian! We totally gutted a kitchen and put in White Rain with white shaker cabinets, blue island and black ceramic tile floor. Love the look and everyone thinks its marble when they see it. I had a good laugh when a designer came by for a bathroom bid and he said he liked our marble countertops! Beautiful stuff.

We are gutting our bathrooms next and I'm trying to find the right Corian color for my showers and vanity countertops. We are getting quotes around $84 sf for Clam Shell/Witch Hazel price category, includes 1 1/2" edge, sink cutouts and 4" backsplash. Two Corian sinks #810 (round) are $310 for both or $566 for 2 #8254. I'm in the Sacramento area.


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tflores2, What a beautiful kitchen! Thanks for sharing your pics. I'd love to see more pics of your kitchen.

Love your light fixtures too! I'm actually looking for something similar for over my island. Would you be willing to share the brand and style name/number? Thanks!

I'm guessing your countertop has a matte or satin finish. Is that right? I'm trying to decide what finish to get on my countertop.

Ah, California! Warm weather! I'm in the Northeast - more snow expected tomorrow.


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I've had my Wilsonart solid surface for almost 2 weeks now and I really am liking it. Mine is a white with teeny speckss of (I think) brown and blue but they are so small and subtle that it's hard to tell the actual colors. I like the drain grooves that I couldn't get in the quartz, too. It's quiet and since it's white it really brightens up the kitchen amazingly.


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MercerM, the light fixtures are the Sonneman Zylinder line. The company is on backorder with most distributors until end of this month. We were able to purchase a chandelier with 6 lights and 5 lights. My husband dismantled one fixture to make the pendants over the island.

Here's another picture of my kitchen in the daylight during renovation and before the light install. The backsplash isn't done so I'll post a "finished" image later.


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tflores, thanks for the lighting info. Your kitchen is beautiful - can't wait to see the "finished" image with the backsplash!

deedles, would love to see a pic of your countertop and how it looks in your kitchen.


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Okay a couple shots of 8+ year old Maui.

Mr. Kitchen's Counter.

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Most used counter area. :)

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Close up of beside the sink.

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It has scratches and cuts in it. But I still love the feel of it.

So easy to clean.


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terri_pacnw:

Corian is easily refinished. With a little practice and a cheap random orbital sander, even a homeowner can do it. You can't hardly screw it up.


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