Can You Spot the Stone Effects Countertop?

Posted by: on June 22nd, 2012 | 30 Comments
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A Stone Effects vanity


If you were asked to identify which of two substances was a piece of stone, and which was a piece of plastic, you’d put money on guessing correctly, wouldn’t you? What about the new alternative to traditional granite, Stone Effects? We’re willing to bet you can’t tell the difference.  (Take the quiz below to find out.)

Stone Effects is a line of vanity tops created made by St. Paul Home Products. It uses a new photo-fusion technology to create stone patterns and textures on the materials that have the classy feel of quartz or granite. But it’s 25 to 45 percent cheaper than granite or quartz.

Stone Effects vanity tops have some other real advantages, too. Traditional granite is porous and absorbs liquids and other materials easily. This means it may need to be sealed every six months to avoid staining. The Stone Effects line includes Diamond Shield, a countertop material that isn’t porous. It stands up to spills, and also resists the mold and mildew that can be a problem in a bathroom. Considering all of the mouthwash, nail polish remover and cleaners that come into the equation in a bathroom, the new approach makes a whole lot of sense.

The porous nature of most granite vanity tops also means that they require a special cleaner. Stone Effects can be used with a regular multi-purpose cleaner and will come out smooth and shiny.

Take the quiz below to see if you can spot the stone versus Stone Effects. Stone Effects tops are available in a variety of colors and textures. Explore the look at home by ordering a 4-inch chip sample of Stone Effects on (These are not available in stores.)


Guess which sample is stone and which is Stone Effects

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  1. Ronnie says:

    I’m doing a remodel and I have purchased 2 49″ stone effects tops that look wonderful but I’m short about 10 inches in the middle. Is it possible to cut a piece and attach it like a true stone and it still look decent?

  2. Bob says:

    How do you care for the stone effects vanity top?

  3. Darren says:

    If i want to put a sealer on the counter top what can i use? And what can i use to clean it and keep its shine?

  4. Holly Keeton says:

    So I don’t really love the color in my Stone Effects Countertop. Can it be sanded and painted?

    • Craig Allen says:

      I’m sorry you don’t like the color of your countertop, Holly. I wouldn’t recommend sanding and painting it, though.

      –Craig, from The Home Depot

  5. Randy Pede says:

    Can stone effects be cut. I have a custom bathroom and need to cut 2″ off both ends to get the appropriate fit.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Yes. You can cut Stone Effects countertops. A tile saw should do the trick.

      –Craig, from The Home Depot

  6. Eddie says:

    I have a chip in my counter top on the front edge. This makes me definitely know that it is not granite. How do I repair this?


  7. William says:

    Does the Santa Cecilia stone effects need to be sealed? I read where other tops needed sealing.

  8. Steph says:

    Can I use this product on a wood countertop that is not finished?

  9. Kathy says:

    Does Sone Effects come with a guarantee?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hello, Kathy.

      Stone Effects products come with a five year warranty, a lifetime warranty for product defects.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  10. Kevin says:

    Just had my stone effects delivered and it looks awesome. The instructions are kind of lacking though. How is it that I secure the back splash and the side splash to the sink? Doesn’t sound like I should drill it, glue? Any help appreciated.

    • Craig Allen says:


      I posted your question on our online How-To Community Forums to get a super authoritative and absolutely definitive answer from our home improvement experts.

      Just click here to go to where your question is posted. You’ll be getting a response there shortly.

      Thanks for writing.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  11. Dianne says:

    Purchased everything from Home Depot to Reno my bathroom. Could not find right sidesplash to match vanity top? Every sidesplash available EXCEPT “Maui” St. Paul, Northwood, dark cherry 36″vanity. ???????

  12. Deb Cook says:

    Is it heat resistant. Does heat cause damage? My daughter has left marks on vanity top from leaving her curling iron on our cultured marble top.

  13. val says:

    I just purchased a vanity with stone effect sink, can we drill a hole to install a soap dispenser?

    • Craig Allen says:


      I’ve posted your question over on our online How-To Community for our home improvement experts to see. Just click —> here.

      Thanks for the question.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

    • Craig Allen says:


      After posting your question on our How-To Community Forums, the verdict is in.

      In a word… No. You’re likely to run into some problems if you try to drill a new hole in a stone effects counter.

      But Home Depot associate Christine Sharry has some suggestions on how to include a soap dispenser in your bathroom without drilling into the countertop.

      Click over to the Forums to see what she has to say.

  14. Joyce says:

    I am putting in a vessel sink and I need a new counter top the size is 44×21 1/2 I would like to keep the vanity I have I also need a vessel sink o go with my vanity would stone effects work for this project

    • Craig Allen says:

      There is no reason why Stone Effects wouldn’t work, Joyce.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  15. Kelly says:

    I do not see the that you sell the counter tops that are ready made for the vessel sinks

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Kelly.

      Normally, for a vessel sink you choose a counter top and then drill the hole for the sink to order (or have someone drill it for you). I reckon this is because there are so many variables in terms of how big the vessel sink is, the type of faucet that will go with it and the preferred placement of all the elements. I’m not sure there is such a thing as a counter top ready made for a vessel sink.

      A kitchen or bath designer at your local Home Depot store would be happy to show you the steps involved, and help you decide how you want to set up your vessel sink and counter top.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  16. Gail says:

    Why can’t these countertops be used in kitchens?

  17. Jeff says:

    How does stone effect hold up to heat ? IE Curling Irons ……..

    • Hi Jeff, I checked in with the makers of Stone Effects, WoodCrafters. They let me know that it shouldn’t be a problem to keep a curling iron or other heat source on the vanity tops–in fact, an employee there does it every morning. Hope this helps.