I tried not to like it. I really did. And Matt did too. But we failed. Mis-er-a-bly. Seriously. I would add more -ly words if I could think of them. And hyphens. Moving on. I had a vague thought that we’d go for marble counters when we re-did our kitchen, but I tried to keep an open mind. Ahhhhh, so hard to resist this!
We checked out all sorts of counters, from butcher block, to granite, to quartzite, to soapstone. And I loved so much about each of those counters (and others). Character? Check. Easy maintenance? Check. Awesomeness? Check, check, triple check. So after doing lots of internet research, we went to several warehouses to check out all the counters in person. The minute before walking into our first stone yard I really thought we’d end up going for the Super White Quartzite.
After all, it is durable, beautiful, and durable and beautiful. We saw several slabs and there were two big downsides for us (and I emphasize that these our are thoughts only, maybe it would work for you!) – first, these slabs were very, very expensive, and second, there were very few slabs available in warehouses for us to see in real life (after looking at a bunch of warehouses) and the slabs we saw were way more gray than we really wanted. So disappointing. But all was not lost. Next we looked at various types of granite:
We liked them. And really considered them. But then we came across this aisle. And it’s like the clouds parted and the sun shined down. And it was glor-i-ous (couldn’t resist more hyphens).
M-A-R-B-L-E. Sorry – I kind of do a lot of word-spelling with two young kiddos in the house and just can’t break the habit. Instead of saying “sucks” I now say “S-U-C-K-S”. But I digress. We spent some time in the marble aisles and picked our fave. Calacatta Caldia.
Dreamy, dreamy, dreamy – and I’m not just talking about those cuties in the pic. We went so far as to pick out slabs that would be pretty much amaze in our kitchen. Or any kitchen. I mean hello, Matt and our girlie even posed with them! We put the slabs on hold and got some bids. Waaaay expensive! This stone ended up being three times the price of our second favorite choice, Carrara marble.
Three times! Let’s just say, three times the price was not worth it in our minds – so that sucker was out. (But now that I’m looking at these pics, did we make the right choice?! Was the calacatta marble worth selling our first-born?! Kidding. Maybe.) We ended up picking our second favorite choice: honed carrara marble. We found carrara marble really varied from slab to slab. Some were gray, very gray. But the one we picked had a whiter background and had interesting veining.
S-O-L-D. I mean, sold. And SURPRISE – we are planning to have it installed on Friday! That means we’ve been secretly finishing installing our lower cabinets. Can’t wait to share…
Anyone else deal with a counter hunt? Or lose your marbles over the price of marble? #imadork
Side note: marble isn’t for everyone, but we’ve got it in our family bathroom and it is working for us. So we’re willing to gamble on it for our kitchen and I’m willing to share whether that gamble succeeded or failed down the road. Get ready for the truth.