When our house was built we opted for a cost effect alternative to granite and chose a solid surface, man-made quartz/granite. To save even more of our limited funds we decided upon an overlay. An overlay is done using a much thinner piece of the faux stone and it is made to simply fit over an existing counter. (Sort of like putting on a wig.) Since there wasn't an existing counter to start with a thick sheet of plywood was attached to the top of the base cabinets and then the overlay was glued to it.
The photo below shows the two sections of quartz/granite that were removed from the old base cabinets. Notice that the one piece is turned over so you can see the plywood underlay (the tiny piece next to it is a piece of the backsplash...which is also right side down but not for any particular reason).
Photo below...Close up of the underside showing how the overlay creates the look of a more expensive thicker slab.
Nick, the owner of the counter top store, has an unbelievable last name, it's Formica...no honestly that is truly his last name, Nick Formica. Perhaps he was destined to go into this business or he thought because of his last name he was an ideal fit for this profession.
Nick has taken the two sections of our old counter and will try to cut, slice and polish it into a new counter that will fit into the newly formed work area. I have my fingers crossed, please send me your best wishes, as this particular stone pattern is no longer manufactured so we can't order a new section of it.
We will be removing the remaining sections of backsplash as I'd like to run tile from the counter tops up to the bottom of the wall cabinets. Wish I knew what could be done with these pieces of stone as they are rather pretty. Guess it would probably be impossible to make beads from it as it would make some pretty stone like beads and a whole lot of them. lol