Mighty Marble

We chose carrara marble countertops. Are we crazy? Probably so. We just had to have them, despite the bad reputation they have when it comes to wear and tear (here’s a great post from Apartment Therapy on the PROS/CONS of white marble). The question was not did we want marble, but what kind/color did we want? Did we want a lot of white in our marble? Some gray? Lots of movement? The trick with selecting marble/granite/stone is that you only know when you see it. We looked at a number of different slabs like these…

white marble countertops

The one on the left has lots of veins, and the one on the right is very grey. Tough call. We actually went with a different slab that has a good mix of grey AND white. It looks like this…

marble countertops

We wanted a good amount of white in these countertops, as our island will be a dark wood butcher block material, so keeping things bright and cheery was important.

marble countertops

white marble countertops

white marble countertops

And yes, they are honed. Polished marble scratches easier, and we wanted to stay as far away from that as possible! They are also sealed, so I’m crossing my fingers that we don;t have any run-ins with stains and such. I’m sure we’ll have a few mishaps on the counter, but I’m going to try my best to keep it somewhat clean.  As for how to clean it, here are a few tips our lovely fabricators gave us (who I swear by – let me know if any of you Portanders want their info – de la tierra, inc.).

Do: Clean surfaces with pH neutral detergent/soap or stone-specific soap

Do: Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing/wiping

Do: Blot up spills immediately; on marble, the polish or hone can be etched by water rings left from condensation on glasses and by acids (e.g. lemon juice, vinegar, etc.)

Don’t: Use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners

Don’t: Use abrasive cleaners such as powder/dry cleansers or soft cleansers with abrasive particles

Per usual, I will of course keep you folks updated on how these counters wear. Next up…tile! But not before Christmas….cheers to a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Delight in the magic of the season!

12 thoughts on “Mighty Marble

  1. Helen Said:

    wow! they are so beautiful. I actually like the look of worn out marble – it makes me think of old parisian bistros. I think marble ages beautifully. Merry Christmas!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Helen! Same with me-worn marble is so pretty. I love it too. Merry, merry Christmas:)!

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  2. Jenn Said:

    They are so, so, so gorgeous! I love that you’ll mix it up and have a little more functional butcher block on the island.

    Merry Christmas friend! :)

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  3. Amanda Said:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the marble!!!

    Another good option for a marble look is Caesarstone Honed Misty Carrera. We have it in our bathroom and tabletop in our kitchen nook, and it’s been great so far.

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  4. Katie @ Newcomb Home Said:

    LOVE those counters! Beautiful. I was too scared of the bad reputation so we went with granite. I’m happy to see the beautiful marble in your home! Merry Christmas :)

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  5. casacaudill Said:

    That is going to be an amazingly beautiful kitchen. I can’t wait to see the whole thing.

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  6. Kristin Said:

    YOUR KITCHEN LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL! YOU HAVE SUCH GREAT TASTE. :) IT IS REALLY COMING TOGETHER. HOW EXCITING!

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  7. Jon Said:

    Very nice! We are currently redoing our kitchen and are purchasing the exact same faucet! It is the “Glacier Bay” one from Home Depot? If so, where did you find the spray nozzle??

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    1. kirsten Said:

      It is the one from Home Depot! The spray nozzle came with ours-perhaps there is another model that comes with the nozzle option? We bought ours online and got free shipping, so perhaps check online?

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  8. Liz Said:

    Beautiful! Love the kitchen sink. Can you tell me about it?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Liz! We bought the kitchen sink off Overstock.com to save money and we are happy with it:).

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