elegant marble countertops.
It was vandalized.
It had broken windows.
No ceilings, and a whole lot of old grungy junk inside.
It didn’t say ‘elegant’ or even ‘livable’
It was definitely not grand-
and the amount of work just at first glance was not for the faint of heart.
But I saw something that I couldn’t look away from when I stepped foot inside.
And we decided on our limited to the 3 properties on the market in our budget range
in a very expensive California market-
that this little old 1940’s forgotten cottage was THE one.
We started with cleaning. And sealing.
And yes, there was a bat in the house in the first couple of weeks-
I will share more about that soon.
But the first room we started on renovating was the kitchen.
and adding the island
we brought in those marble countertops.
I forgot about the bag of frozen blackberries on the counters… and
just what is the state of the kitchen and
that white marble?
Is it yellow and purple and red from staining?
Is it nothing but one big huge etch?
is it a choice I would make again after living with it for 2 years?
It is that time of year when renovations are in full swing and so many questions popping up here again so I am answering a few of your most asked questions about marble counters-
with 2 years of living, cooking and enjoying them
under my belt.
I am difficult at best in my husbands words.
And honestly, I could not imagine anything other than that going in my kitchen.
Which is kind of like the ‘3 love it’ rule.
If you love, love, love it... do it.
and authentic appearance and feeling to it.
Aside from the fact that marble is a love, love, love-
I knew that it was a perfect material for our vintage home.
Something that felt rich in history and character while adding another layer of beauty.
And think about it…
I panicked. I googled what to do while I was not so quietly freaking out and considered soaking the area with bleach.
It came right off. No issues.
and I think that is almost inevitable with natural marble.
And I am totally OK with it.
We went with honed counters at the recommendation of my friends at Arizona Tile
unless you get down at eye level and look for them.
shouldn’t really even be something you notice.
That said- if etching bothers you- you might want to look to a different material.
#4. What type of marble did you choose?
I didn’t love the gray carrara marbles or the ones sprinkled with too much brown or too much gold so this one was pretty much perfect.
but if you are looking for natural marble with less stress-
it might be the one for you.
Like I said, there are several options for marble look stones that are stunning and would be beautiful in a kitchen as well- but for me- marble was the one.
I know I need to seal it more often. Wipe it down more often.
Keep an eye on a splash of red sauce or wine-
more than you might with a white granite for example-
but natural marble is the choice I would make again in a second.
#6. Why do you love marble counters so much- even with the upkeep?
I love the warmth that marble brings.
It is full of charm and character in how it looks and how it feels in a room.
I have since put it in 2 bathrooms and who knows what I might marble next.
I am a crazy marble lady at this point. haha.
I just love the look and feel like it brings a sense of history
and has such a wonderful presence.
And you know that red sauce making, red wine loving Italian husband of mine
absolutely loves it too.
and the next installment of the Styled for Print series on Wednesday.