26 April 2011

your opinion please

I'm in need of some advice....so of course you guys were the first to come to mind when I wanted an honest opinion. We've been thinking of changing our countertops....no scratch that....I know we'll be changing our countertops. The reason....I really...really don't like the colors or the busyness of the granite we have on there now. Now...some of you may be like...what your gonna tear out perfectly good granite...and you'd sound just like the countertop place I called to ask them how much it would be to tear it out. Actually...the lady on the other end of the phone said in her 20 years of working there...she had never heard of anyone wanting to tear out granite...but I do. Some people may say...but it's in perfectly good condition...and it was expensive...and they'd be right...but it wouldn't have been what I would've choosen. I've tried to live with it...for almost 6 years now...and have come to the conclusion...that I will never like it...so it has to go.









Above is a photo of Rachel Ashwel's kitchen that was featured in her Shabby Chic Interiors book. The countertop that I've been dreaming about is a white marble similar to the one she has in her kitchen. I've done some research on marble countertops...and it seems that they are very hard to take care of....so here's where you come in. Do any of you have white marble countertops...and if so...how do they hold up. Although I'd love marble...I'm open to any other suggestions you may have for countertops...my only requirement...that they be white or very near white.

Here's a peek at my kitchen again....and I know that in the photo the granite doesn't look that bad...but trust me....it's kinda ugly. It has green, gray peach and black...not a pretty combo. I love that granite is natural and easy to maintain...but most of it is too loud for me...and I have yet to see one with no black.

So....let your opinions fly....I'd love to see what you guys have to say.

Thanks girls...you rock!

71 comments:

  1. Believe it or not, I do not like granite at all and never have!!! It seems like everyone has jumped on the granite countertop train so I think it's awesome that you're jumping off! I personally love the look of stone/cement countertops with that gray look. If I had money and we owned our own home (we rent) I would go with cement for sure! I'm sure whatever you choose it'll be gorgeous!

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  2. first, your kitchen is charming and beautiful, but i agree with
    you. the darkness and heaviness of the granite sort of fights
    with the light, shabby chic effect. if you're worried about
    the stain factor of white marble, how about off white corian?
    i have it in my city kitchen and adore it!

    or if you want to play up the country aspect of shabby, how
    about butcher block? it's so charming.

    good luck!

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  3. I'm with you...I do not like granite and never would chose it for myself either. LOVE white marble but I hear it stains...can you live with that over time?
    What about soapstone...it has a duller natural look to it with no graining.
    Just don't do what I did and tile...the grout lines are horrendous.

    So I wore the gray slip dress to church on Sunday and got lots of compliments! :) THANKS
    and the coverlet when right on the hammock - didn't even wash it! WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE!

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  4. The white marble will be gorgeous!! I love marble as well, however in just the ride shade and veining!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Send your friends and...Come and enter my very Fashionable Giveaway from the French Basketeer!

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  5. Well, since you asked! I HATE granite as well, always have. And I hate how everyone just assumes that we all love it, because we don't! When we re-do our kitchen we'll paint our cupboards creme and put in black walnut countertops....I don't have marble, but know I'd love that as well but I want more contrast between my cupboards and my counters.
    If you get marble, make sure it's "honed" to lessen the scratching and staining, that's what I've heard anyway. It wouldn't bother me at all if marble got stained, love that patina personally!

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  6. Im not a lover of granite either :( I get all kinds of freak outs when I say that around my friends (and my husband)! We actually have a very light tan corian countertop with white flecks in it and I LOVE LOVE it. It is virtually maintenance free and you can put hot stuff right on the counter! It looks great with our new white cabinets too....

    I compromised for granite on our hall linen built-in and possibly for a hearth on our fireplace :) Gotta keep the man happy!

    I think marble is gorgeous - but the upkeep....not so much!

    Good luck my dear! Kitchens are so stressful in designing :)

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  7. Say what? Your ripping out that beautiful granite? Shame on you!......kidding! :)
    I think most of us simpler girls would do the same! We'll be installing thick barn beams in our kitchen redo...but have you seen how Lori of Frugal Farmhouse "concrete countertops" post? So very pretty!

    So you go with your badself there girl and rip out that granite! Can't wait to see what you decide!
    oxo's
    ~Ginger

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  8. Im not a fan of dark granite either~ I love the light soapstone idea or butcher block countertops. Im sure whatever you choose will look wonderful!;) Hugs,Rachel

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  9. I definately agree that you should not keep the counter if you do not like it. Have you looked for a lighter granite instead of the one you have. I too have been on the lookout for light granite and I will wait until I am totally happy with what I find. As for the marble, yes I too have heard you will have to becareful of staining. Good luck in your search and definately let us know how it works out.

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  10. I am always amazed on HGTV that everyone has to have granite countertops and stainless steel appliances of which I care for neither... Stainless is just a pain to me... It makes it not right or wrong what you like... it is for you ... I have nice countertops... not of marble and not of granite just plain old countertops that are going on 14 years old and I can prepare food just fine... wipe them just fine and sit at my island and eat our lunches just fine... Your kitchen is lovely... Get what you love and what is in your budget.... As for me mine are just fine also..... Blessings

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  11. I'd research laboratory counter top materials. I understand there are varieties that look rather nice. Maybe you can design your own.

    When I read about radon in granite (measurable levels), I thought it strange in all the design shows I've watched, I don't recall hearing about a concern for radon. Also, structure strain wise, the weight of granite concerns me for the long term in houses not built for it.

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  12. ..we will be doing our new homes kitchen over when we move and we will be doing Quartz...as close to an all white kitchen as I can get!.Your kitchen is wonderful....Marble is great but we are up for no maintenance & so Quartz it will be!

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  13. I am in the same boat as you! I have a busy, dark granite that I hate! Why did I choose it? I've lived with it for ten years now and want to rip it out and replace it with carrera marble with the gold vein running through it. Everyone, including my husband thinks I'm crazy to rip out perfectly good granite! I say go for it! I think your kitchen will be wonderful with the new marble. Can't wait to see it! Good Luck! ~Delores

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  14. I'm with you...just love that marble but would be worried about it staining...I think it's very porous. Back home in Australia, I recently installed a new kitchen and used Caesarstone for my benchtops. It's a stone composite and I'm sure there is a similar product in U.S. It came in lots of colours...I used a slight speckled white and it looked great with my shaker style white cabinets. It doesn't stain and is easy to keep clean and looks great...it's on my blog under 'Missing my Kids,Kat & Kitchen in March. Hope this helps Robx

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  15. Happy Tuesday...hope you are staying warm and dry!
    I hear you loud and clear on the granite. But.... have you thought of having it honed? It has a way of dulling the color variation and making even the busy dark granite look like the perfect past. Just a thought. I think it is a wonderful option to try try. I think that granite is still very desirable...but the high sheen can be so modern for a vintage style.
    Excited to see the changes in your staircase and entry. lisa ann (Gretna)

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  16. I too am not a granite lover although it seems everyone in our town wants it. Often times it's just tooooo much pattern with everything else going on in their kitchens. But they all want to "keep up with the Jones" so they install it.

    If you're planning to be there awhile, go with your gut instinct. If you're planning to sell in the next 5 -7 years, leave it and learn to live with it (:

    I'm working with my own 70's pale green formica countertop in my soon-to-be all white kitchen. I might leave them (since they're quite subtle) or I might paint them! We'll see.
    Good luck to you!

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  17. i have read all of the previous comments and was really hoping for a person with marble to spill the beans with "it's not really that hard to take care of, as long as you're neat" i am not a granite hater and actually found one with with a lot of white called "delicatus" but it does still have black in it. i hope someone out there with marble comments for you. it would look great.

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  18. I am so surprised at all the ladies that don't like granite. I have never like it and was afraid to offend anyone that had it by saying so!! I don't know anything about the marble...I have been wanting butcher block. Funny how we regress! Best of luck!

    XO,
    Jane

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  19. Oh, you lucky, lucky girl! I would definitely go with marble....if it weren't for the upkeep. :( I think it's so warm and beautiful. I have heard of Ceasarstone and how easy it is to care for. And I adore the look of soapstone! Whatever you do....don't tile! When we moved in our renovated farmhouse, they had installed beige tile on the backsplash and countertops. I've always hated it. It WILL be changed in the next couple years! lol! Good luck with your choice, Andrea. Can hardly wait to see what you decide on! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  20. The marble will look gorgeous . . . for about a week. We're constantly spilling stuff over here and for the high cost of the marble it doesn't seem worth it. I need low maintenance. Plus, we love to entertain and I'd hate to be that host following people around with a coaster (enter Monica Geller). I do however think the granite is dark and something lighter would look much better. I think butcher block looks great and would go with the theme of your home very nicely. I like cement too but it seems a little industrial for your taste. Whatever you decide, good luck getting there :)

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  21. My friend has marble and she said it's a freaking pain to take care of. Her son spilled a little koolaid and because she didn't wipe it up immediately, it's still stained. She has to reseal it all the time and basically has resorted to cover it up with coasters and placemats.

    You asked for honesty!

    I vote for butcher block. I think your kitchen would look great with it!

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  22. White counters will definitely look better.
    Question: what is the top of your island? It looks light in the photo.

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  23. Hey, as odd as it may seem, if it isn't working for your dream kitchen, then it's gotta go, right? Just a couple of things - 1. Please try to find a stone fabricator who will take your current counters and reuse them. It would be such a waste to let perfectly good stone be busted up and dumped into a landfill. Qualified installers can also uninstall, with little to no damage to the stone. They can then resell the product at a lower cost. 2. Check with a qualified stone expert regarding your choice in marble. Some are more porous than others, thus they can take on stains more easily and require more frequent sealing. You may also want to look into a granite that resembles marble, for ease in cleaning and upkeep. http://www.1000granitecolors.com/Granite-Colors-White-Granite.asp has some nice examples and while some do contain black, others have great veining just like marble.
    Hope this helped and didn't make things more confusing LOL I love the look of marble and hope that you find exactly what your heart desires!Keep us posted on your decision! ~Leena~

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  24. Not a fan of granite either. I can tell that it doesn't quite go with the shabby chic theme you've got going on. We have white cabinets with butcher block counters and LOVE them. I don't know anything about marble so good luck! By the way, i couldn't find that purse on Etsy so i just made one :)

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  25. i can definitely relate! i inherited gray, white, and black tiled granite counter tops in my kitchen. they aren't the worst, but for sure not what i would have ever picked. i plan on replacing mine as well. after 6 years, you deserve to replace yours! how about white corian? martha stewart has some nice choices at home depot. i think it wears almost as well as granite. or maybe you could do butcher block, but then that's not white. looking foward to seeing what you decide!

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  26. I too am not a big granite fan. I think it is often too overpowering in a kitchen and it's too trendy for me. When we redo our tiny kitchen (8ft x 8ft), I am hoping that our son-in-law might volunteer his talents for our countertops. In their kitchen, he fused dark-stained strips of mahogoney together and finished them off with a waterproof sealer that is impervious to spills and safe for food. They are beautiful, and it cost him only $150 for a lot of counter space. I think that would look gorgeous with white cabinets. I can't really give much advice on counter selections!

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  27. Another vote against granite! I have no idea about marble but I too love, love, love it. I've considered wood countertops myself since marble is so pricey. Perhaps another option for you.
    Can't wait to see what you decide.
    xo~
    T

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  28. (Our son set up my account, so my name is Mom. I don't know how to change it!)

    We have granite with warm tones and veining. There are a couple of large rivers of quartz which are beautiful. It does not look like a typical granite, which I didn't care for, either. We chose granite because it is so dense, not porous, that it does not require a seal. Plus, it is virtually indestructible.

    pink cherub moon has great advice about reuse and resale.

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  29. i love concrete countertops although you have to have a professional do them to get them right. I love tavertine too- they have a beautiful vintage feel~ good luck :-)

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  30. You can get a white quartz countertop (Caesarstone is one brand) and these are easy, easy to maintain!!

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  31. My friend did white Carerra marble. She has 2 teenagers and a husband. She would cover the counter in plastic when she was using it. At a party red wine spilled on it, and it stained, but she manged to get it off. I have marble in my bathroom and it got some purple shampoo on it (the kind you buy for blonde hair) and it neve came out and I tried everything.

    For my clients, I go with Ceasarstone which is a quartz composite. They have it at Home Depot under a different name. They have just come out with a pure white series. You can spill and bang on it and it is wonderfully indestructable.

    That Rachel Ashwell kitchen is one of my favourites!

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  32. Last I saw white granit. I know ... it's expensive, but looks really great. And you can maintain quickly. Perhaps, you may remove the bottom wreath of wall cabinets. Then they look no longer so big?!

    I'm sure, you'll find a fantastic solution ;)

    Hugs
    Tine

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  33. Girl.....! I so so SO understand you! I would do the same thing. We have ancient yellow-d tile and I'm dreaming of changing them. That Rachel Ashwell picture has been tops in my dream files for ages - and I've heard the same things about marble. BOO. So, in doing research I came across some cool Cesarstone and Corian (http://www2.dupont.com/Surfaces/en_US/products/corian/pr_corian_colors.html) and have even found some cool Slate (it isn't white, I know, but it at least it isn't speckled!) - And then there's always butcher block. I'm not help, huh!? :)

    xoxo

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  34. i don't like granite either. change them girl. i can't help with the marble. i am hoping to get wood block countertops this fall.

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  35. Well I do like granite countertops (although I don't have them lol) but agree that yours are quite dark for the lightness of your kitchen. If I were to redo my countertops I would probably check into the cement ones. Whatever you chose will look wonderful I am sure.

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  36. Marble would be my first choice but with us spilling coffee every morning and blueberries getting smushed I don't think it would be very practical.

    The only other thing that I could find that I sorta liked (besides butcher block, which also stains) is Corian. There are two shades that remind me of marble. One with light grey flecks and the other with light, light tan flecks. One of them is a new Martha Stewart colour.

    I think I'll end up getting one of those when we do ours.

    Good luck!

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  37. Hey darlin...not a fan either!!! I have to say I love our old barn board counter,super easy to care for too! Love your kitchen,gave me so much inspiration for mine! x0x0

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  38. I say get EXACTLY what you want! It doesn't matter how expensive your countertops are if you don't like them. PLEASE show us photo's as soon as you decide!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  39. I'm pretty sure Edie's lakehouse kitchen countertops were white quartz. Love! http://www.lifeingraceblog.com/2010/08/lake-cottage-kitchen-before-and-afters.html

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  40. I must be from a weird place...cause I like it. I would try to just make it work and use the money for something else, but if you can't do that, well then by all means, get cement : ) That is light and pretty. I hope it works out perfectly for you! Good luck!

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  41. I know what you mean about the white'ish marble ones; they are so beautiful & I am drawn to them as well. I think Martha Stewart has some lovely ones in one of her homes - her farmhouse in upstate NY, I think. I have never been a fan of granite. I have the plastic/laminate "faux granite" busy look in my kitchen; can't stand them. I think the white marble would look very nice with your kitchen look. But also looking at the detail of the wooden cutting boards in your kitchen, I'm thinking a nice, warm medium butcher block would be appealing, too. Good luck with the decision!
    :) Lara

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  42. Well, now mind you I am not looking at the other comments so as not to be swayed. I love granite, but if you don't like THAT granite...it needs to go. I, like you, have been dreaming of white (and in my case Carrera) marble countertops for YEARS. Even before I saw them in Rachel Ashwell's kitchen. I also know that a friend of mine who has them, when asked how she like them stated, "It's like having a fourth child". I don't know about you, but having 2 kiddos eats my lunch (and they are incredibly good boys), so I'm reconsidering. Life is complicated enough...ya know? I haven't decided what my heart's desire versus what I can live with on a daily basis is, but I know I will have to love it. If you don't love that granite...RIP IT OUT! Put it up for sale on Craigslist. Someone will snatch it up and be thrilled and you can get on with it. Oh well, sorry I'm being extremely verbose.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  43. i love love the look and classy-ness of white marble - whatever the upkeep it would be worth it to me!

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  44. We removed a peach granite island countertop from our kitchen--and donated the slab to Habitat for Humanity's Re-Use store! It's a win-win--you're recycling, and it's for a great cause. They sent the guys and the truck and off it rolled. My husband loves black granite, so this is our third kitchen with it. Men!

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  45. Hello, I'm late getting here But I am doing my kitchen as well and I found this DuPont surfaces for kitchen that looks like marble. I'm going to go check it out today. look it up online, look it up online. hope this helps.

    Pattie

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  46. Not a fan of granite, either! We're in a new build and our builder was shocked when I wanted to opt out of the granite. Alas, he would not provide a credit, so granite we have! I requested marble, but we did not build custom and our builder would not even consider installing marble for us because so many of his clients ended up blaming him for the stains and such. I know it can be sealed, but hear it is still difficult. From what I researched, limestone can be a great alternative.
    In our last home though, we had butcher block counter tops. I know that you're wanting white, so perhaps pine sheets or planks painted or whitewashed white?? You can seal with marine varnish...cheap and super simple to maintain.
    I didn't have a chance to read through your many comments, so sorry if this is repetitive!
    Can't wait to see what you do!!!! Rachel Ashwell's kitchen is one of my absolute favorites, by the way!!!! (remember though, she doesn't live on a farm and doesn't have small children). :)

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  47. Oh!! For what it's worth, I just read a few comments: white quartz is STUNNING and EASY to maintain and cement would be easy, peasy and cheap, too!

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  48. Granite is highly overrated and overdone...........change 'em!

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  49. Hi Andrea,
    I love your kitchen : )
    Have you thought about using white corian?
    My husband and I remodeled our kitchen (a 1970's mobile home we bought and lived in 10 years ago) and used white corian for the countertops. I absolutely loved it.
    It is so durable and I loved how it looked. I have a table with a marble top... as well as a cupboard with a marble top, and do really love the look of marble too... I am not sure how much either costs at the moment.... It was 10 years ago...
    HOpe you are having a great day!
    Your home looks beautiful!
    Take Care,
    Maria
    p.s. I LOVE your cabinet your husband built for the t.v.!

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  50. Well you've certainly given yourself enough time to try and live with this granite. I myself have never been a granite fan (I tend to go with stuff that isn't the 'in' thing) . . but I have to say I'm not a fan of ripping yours out either:) I think the dark anchors your kitchen and actually shows off the white. But if you are a all-white girl in your heart - what are you going to do? I've seen limestone tile kitchens that had an antiquey light color - just a thought.

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  51. You have lots of comments on the subject, but I thought why not, so here is one more. Go For The Marble Countertops. Just do what you have to to take care of them. Let them wear just like shabby furniture. Just go for it. I love marble, and would love to have marble, and subway tile and new appliances and on an on. Just Go For IT!!!!

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  52. I really like it. Please follow me.
    I hope my blog can make you smile.

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  53. Kudos to you for speaking up! I also have NEVER liked granite - it is way too busy and dark for me as well and I share your dream of white marble countertops. Too many people are content following trends because they lack...what? Imagination, or maybe knowledge of what is out there? But seriously, some folks just don't think that way. It's the people who do something different who set the trends in the first place.
    I love it that so many people also came out in their comments to say the same thing!
    The sooner you get the white marble on, the better you'll feel! The kitchen looks great now but the white marble will be the crowning glory.

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  54. Well, I don't LOVE granite. But I have granite, and I chose it.... my husband bartered with a granite installer for a website... so, it was "free" I do like my granite though... I think it is called white diamond. It has flecks of grey and taupe on a white base. only a few flecks of black...it is busy though. It is 100% better than the formica the builder put in though! If I had my choice, I would choose carrera marble(really thick!) even with all the upkeep. If you love something, you will want to keep it nice, right? And it will be worth it.
    I do like plain black granite with a honed finish too! But you want light :)

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  55. Hello,

    Thanks for asking for our opinion. I love carrera marble and I so much wanted it for our kitchen but with three young children I was afraid of the stains. I finally found a granite that I was happy with that is similar and it's called white supreme granite. It does have grein veins and there were parts of the slab where it was minimal. We also chose honed. Love it and easy to maintain.
    I hope this helps. Go with what you love and you'll make it work.
    Take care and can't wait to see.
    Claudia

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  56. Hello,

    I meant to say gray veins instead of grein veins. LOL

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  57. Not a granite fan either, but I see why some people are. We have granite in ours and it's black and I hate it.

    If I had a choice, I would go with a recycled glass and concrete countertop. And here's why:

    - The recycled glass and concrete and come in any color, including white.
    - Is eco friendly, is a slab, so it's got the advantage of quarts, marble, or granite, BUT is s NON-POUROUS because they seal it.
    - So, it's naturally anti-bacterial
    - low maintenance
    - can have have hot items placed directly on it without being damaged
    - you can even chop on it without a cutting board.

    How AWESOME and FABULOUS is that? If I were redoing my kitchen, that is the way I'd go. :)

    And with the glass in the concrete, it gives the shiny look that quartz does, also. You can even do things like white countertops with light green glass....soooooo pretty.

    My second choice would be quartz.

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  58. I don't blame you at all, I've never really liked granite. We got Corian countertops in our bathroom and I love them!! The color we got is granola. I never have to do anything but wipe them down with water and they always look good- and we have 7 people using the bathroom on a daily basis!
    I also love butcher block but I have a friend with it (from Ikea) and she said they had to seal it and now can 't put food directly on it which is a pain.
    Good luck!

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  59. and I thought I was the only one that didn't like granite! I LOVE cement countertops! You can make then a very light grey. They are subtle and natural looking. My sister did her own and they look so great!

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  60. I love butcher block countertops... not white, but so farmhousey

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  61. We have black worktops, aren't they a pain to keep clean, you clean them then 10 seconds later the look dirty ggrrr! Travertine is a nice cream colour and cheaper than granite so might be worth looking at. Oohh and by the way Quackers was sent about 1 week ago so should be home soon, would love it if you could blog about his arrival so my little ones can see he has flown all the way home :-) x

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  62. Andrea, I have ALWAYS wanted marble countertops, but don't really know anyone who has them. Of course, I'm reading your comments to find out the dirt on them myself but it seems not too many people actually have them. I want beautiful and practical, so I do have a hesitation about the marble with a busy kitchen with kids. Never liked granite though although I know many people rave about them. My parents have had a Corian countertop for years and they are super practical - I think you can even get them with a marble-like veining. No matter what, I will be very eager to see what you decide on.

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  63. Have to agree with not liking granite. And, though I love marble, I wanted easy maintenance. So, for our new kitchen we used beech wood countertops from IKEA ($60 for an 8' section). Stained them walnut and sealed with Waterlox. It's turned out beautiful. Good luck!

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  64. I have carrera marble vanity tops and floors in three bathrooms (going on twenty yrs) and have never had a problem, and they do get used & abused. My all white kitchen has black granite counters and I am seriously considering changing to marble - I just love the look of it.

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  65. Well I'm honestly too inexperienced in home improvement to know which one to go with, but I did want to say that your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! If I could design my dream kitchen it would be very, VERY similar to yours. I'm sure whatever you choose will look stunning!

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  66. I just found your blog and have to say I am hooked...such wonderful images. I love your kitchen and I have also been thinking about doing white marble carrera countertop...there is quite a luxury about having white countertops! Your kitchen is looking quite beautiful, can't wait to see more pictures of your progress.

    xoxo
    Maurenice
    www.villa-bisono.com
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  67. I have visited your blog many times and enjoy it!! I work in the field of natural stone and just wanted to list a few pointers for you and will end with my e-mail if you or your readers have any questions. I think a white countertop material in your kitchen would give it a lighter and more simplified look, the dark counters seem to weigh it down. I am very familiar with marble and use it in most of my design projects-kitchens and baths. For the kitchen-the white Carrara marble is most common, however there are many other whites/creamy whites available. For the care and maintenance- you should know that it will age and could possibly stain, however, if you have it installed with a honed finish (not polished), it is easier to maintain and repair if needed. Once installed it should be sealed with a product like Stonetech (you can read about them on their website). Once it is sealed you should wipe up stains as they occur, only clean with mild soap and water and reseal about every 12 months depending on use. This is a process you can do yourself, very simply with the Stonetech products. If you do get a stain, it can be buffed out and resealed. You can remove most stains yourself with Stonetech cleaners. I have several marble pieces that are used often and I simply clean with soap and water and wipe dry. Marble is timeless and has been used for hundreds of years. If you don't mind a little extra care, then by all means, go with marble. Look for a qualified installer who has dealt with marble. When selecting your marble, go the the stone yards in your area, because every slab is so unique and it is so rewarding to pick the specific material for your project, also be involved in how your templates of your countertops are laid out on the slabs to get the best veining or features in well noticed places. I must confess, I am a Marble girl. It's beauty far surpasses the maintenance involved. If you need help in search of materials, I would be happy to assist. Now, if you decide that marble it just not going to work for you, visit the Caesarstone website. They have several white/cream/light gray colors that would work for your kitchen. This is a quartz material and is very durable and stain resistant. Be sure to get a certified installer for Caesarstone and if there is not one in your area, I now of several other quartz material companies that highly compare to Caesarstone, but they were the first to introduce it to the market and have the best color palette to choose from. I am also guiet familiar with limestone and soapstone materials if interested in those alternatives. I am not endorsed by any of the products listed above, I just know they are some of the best on the market. If you or your readers need any help concerning natural stone or tile, you can contact me at kimberlysmoody@hotmail.com. I am in KY, but have researched and purchased materials for clients in the US. Good luck on your project. Kimberly

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  68. That's going to be BEAUTIFUL. Amy at Maison Decor has some white Calcutta marble in her home...she'd be a good one ask.

    Just thinking of you & wanted to say hello,
    Jami

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  69. Struggling with this dilemma myself at the moment. I love the look of marble, but the care and feeding of marble doesn't suit my happy go lucky cleaning/cooking style, so I have looked around and found a Dupont engineered stone product called Zodiaq (http://www2.dupont.com/Surfaces/en_US/products/zodiaq/zodiaq_colors.html) that comes in a marble-look - the shots of it installed look pretty awesome on their site. There also seem to be some decent white granites out there, but I figure you'd have to select the slab yourself to have any idea what you'd wind up with. Good luck!

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  70. I just found your blog through Cabbages and Roses. I totally thought your kitchen was the 'after' to the one above it until I read your caption!! I think your kitchen looks amazing!

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  71. Put me on the side of not liking granite. Too busy for a counter top and what's with the extremely high price? I'm just to practical for that and also not at all trendy. My kitchen had corian in cream on the counters when we bought the house. I also have creamy white cabinets and love the whole package. I didn't do a count but it seems most of your comments are against granite. This surprised me as all you hear about on the TV shows is granite. Looks like we are being told what to like again. Good for you for taking a stand and going for what YOU like.

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