It’s been almost exactly a year since we revealed our new kitchen. And I think for the last year, I receive an email at least once a week* from someone contemplating Minerva worktops, asking me how mine are holding up, whether I’d recommend them, if they’ve been at all problematic. There wasn’t that much information on them online when I was researching myself so it was a bit of a leap of faith for us choosing these. I can understand all the questions because I was in the same boat.
(Also, if you Google ‘Minerva Worktops’, my blog post comes up in the #4 spot so that’s another reason I get so many questions about mine!)
We all know that there are about a million different worktops to choose from. When we’d initially started our kitchen planning, it was the one thing that I was stuck on literally for years – what worktops should I choose? I did so much research on the pros and cons of just about every material out there – from cheap and cheerful laminate (which has come a long way in the last 20 years) to natural stone products to man-made products like Corian and acrylic.
In the end, we settled on acrylic and more specifically, the Minerva brand. I wanted something that would work well with our marble-effect tiles and the Minerva Cararra Marble effect seemed to be a winner. It’s high-quality and mid-range which made it perfect for our budget and hard-wearing. The pattern in the acrylic goes all the way through which means that any scratches could be buffed out quite easily.
Can Minerva Worktops be DIY’d?
We struggled initially to find someone to install our Minerva worktops (you can read all about that debacle here) but in the end, decided we would attempt all the cutting and joining and installing ourselves. And when I say ‘ourselves’, I really just mean Wayne. Now, he’s a pretty confident DIYer and I would say unless you are a confident DIYer yourself, you may want to leave this one to the professionals. But it’s entirely do-able and is probably very similar to fitting butcherblock worktops – a decent router blade goes right through it and you can sand them and buff them in the same way you can with wood so if you’ve done butcherblock worktops successfully in the past, you shouldn’t struggle with this material.
The reason I chose Minerva worktops was that they ticked every single one of my boxes in terms of durability, stain and etch resistance, the fact that they were non-porous, getting the look of stone (which I really liked) without the ridiculous price tag (which I didn’t) and the fact they were super hard-wearing. It feels lovely to the touch as well – not as cool as stone but not that plastic-y/room temperature feel of laminate either and the fact that it’s almost soft to the touch like honed marble is.