Things to do with granite remnants

Updated April 17, 2017

Granite remnants are common because granite is generally sold in large slabs, which can be too much for a particular project. The excess pieces after the project has been built are the remnants, or leftovers. These smaller pieces are still of excellent quality; the only difference between the original slab and the leftover is size. When you have these remnants, go with eco-friendly options before throwing them away, where they commonly end up in a landfill as waste.


Contractors look for smaller pieces of granite to complete a job that does not necessarily require the larger slabs. They are then able to offer their customer a lower price for a particular job. Online sites offer contractors or any customer looking for granite remnants the option to buy or sell. As a seller, you can negotiate a price to get rid of those granite remnants that have been stored in your garage for years.


For smaller pieces, use the granite remnants as a decorative casing for indoor or outdoor plants. The smaller slabs can also be placed under candles. Take a few of the larger remnants and create a decorative stepping stone path to your front door or garden. Use a round or rectangular piece of granite as a tea tray. Use a smoother, heavier piece of granite as an all-weather door stopper or as a paperweight.

Home Improvement

Depending on the leftover size, use the remnants for the tops of coffee tables or table ends to add decor to your home. If you are particularly handy, cut the remnants into equal-size pieces and use them as a back splash in your kitchen. Even if you prefer a contractor to handle the shape-to-fit work, the estimated cost will be lower if you supply your own granite. Other home improvement ideas include bathroom vanities and bench tops. Cut the remnants to fit fireplace hearths and mantels. Use the remnants to replace your old window ledges by having the leftover piece of granite cut and shaped to fit directly under the window.

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