my husband casually mentioned he was thinking of making a special pasta dinner that night.
He is Italian and he loves to cook so that was not really unusual…
But instantly, I started to feel queasy.
A pasta with olive oil?
You know, that panicky oh no, they are going to ruin it feeling where you
actually might have to stop yourself from reaching out and grabbing something
before someone else touches it and damages it.
I did the unthinkable.
put down the marinara sauce & step away from the kitchen?
and let it go.
The funny thing about kitchens…
Knowing my daughter would make popcorn with her friends late at night and might not wipe the counters down afterwards…
and that I wouldn’t know until the morning when I got up.
Knowing that lemons might be sliced and spray juice on the counter when I wasn’t looking
and that red wine might drip on it?
So you can live with worry about spilling something on them
or just get over it and relax and enjoy them.
I like pristine- but patina shows me that something was important to someone.
Marble has been used for centuries as flooring, on counters, in bathrooms, etc.
It shows years of wear and tear and is even more beautiful because of it.
I had a lot to learn about marble when I started shopping for the perfect slab
When I first started working with Arizona Tile, oh believe me, I already knew what I wanted.
Let’s just say that the pretty polished marble train stopped right there.
Thankfully, I was working with Steve- and he was someone
what the best option for our kitchen would be.
I have a whole bunch of photos that show the prep work and the in between
with installing the counters, etc and will be sharing soon
but I have already had so many questions
about the marble specifically
that I thought I would try to answer some of them first.
Know that I am not an expert -this is just some thoughts
and some of what I have learned since delving into the world of marble counters.
I love polished marble- will it work in a kitchen?
Are your counters polished or honed?
You can put polished marble in but know that it will etch- and when it does it won’t be pretty.
I almost went with the polished because it is so pretty- but when I actually saw a gorgeous polished black marble counter in a bathroom recently with all those rings and dings in the finish
I knew that Steve was right.
Honed it was.
Is all marble the same as far as durability?
to see what they had was their incredible pricing.
They had a huge selection of carrara slabs for less than HALF of what the remnant slab shops were selling them for.
I was amazed- and that was their everyday pricing. Seriously- no joke.
But with carrara- currently the spot where they are in the quarry is more gray
So Steve pulled a half a dozen amazing slabs of white marble out for me to look at-
and one of them was the Vermont Imperial Danby Honed.
Danby marble is considered to be a less porous grade of marble
when dealing with stains and absorbing things like oils.
Did you seal the counters?
How do I do that? How many coats?
I Sealed it. And sealed it. And sealed it.
I used 3 coats of Dupont Sealer (Lowe’s) for our marble.
It was recommended by the fabricator as being top notch and
It should be repeated every-1- 2 years per the package but the fabricator recommended
every 6 months to 1 year.
Did you install the slab yourself?
but cutting and installing a slab ourselves was a big no go.
How has it been holding up so far?
Even with spaghetti sauce splatters, those random crumbs from toast that fall out of the toaster
and coffee drips… Seriously. COFFEE worries me.
But so far, the sealer has repelled stains and any coffee or wine drips.
Oh and yes, even olive oil too. 😉
I set the coffee maker on top of a marble pastry board on the counter- just in case it leaks or has an issue and I also do wipe the counters down several extra times a day.
Partly because I am in love and it makes me happy
and partly to ensure that there isn’t something there that might sit long enough to soak in.
and the rest of my family definitely is not as committed to wiping the counters down
and so far, so good.
Just seal it several times and know that you will have an
overwhelming marble stain anxiety at first.
that it is part of the patina of marble-
you will relax.
And maybe even let your family use the kitchen on occasion.
And eventually, you might even stop following them around with a rag
and I will do my best to answer them in the next post.
More about the in-between soon and the oops that we did ahead of time
that we had to break out
and re-do again
the counters were installed.
Oh the joys of renovating.
or any company to you that I don’t believe in. I can honestly recommend Arizona Tile
for any tile or stone needs- their prices are great and their customer service is top notch.
To see more of the kitchen makeover~ you can find it here:
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