Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My opinion on marble counters in the kitchen , for what it matters

I have a little secret ....I have had my marble in the kitchen for about 5 months, and I haven't gotten around to sealing it , I was supposed to , but I didn't have time to make the 1 1/2 hr round trip to buy it .
And guess what, the universe didn't fold in onto it self. Of course we were careful , kept all the colourful food to the island but all is good . Truth be told there was one accident early on , someone who is a child in our house made lemon aid on my counter and it left a ring , well its acid and it is not going anywhere, but it was a learning experience and its only notice on occasion I got over it , its just a counter, right.
I finally made it a priority to get out and get the sealer from Marbletrend out in Vaughan. Oh my word , what a show room and what a knowledgeable staff. You should go if you are near. You can see a beautiful piece of carrera that is 12 years old as of its install and how gorgeous it is . I have made a conclusion after having marble counters , just as there will always be people who shriek at the mention of painting wood there will always be nay sayers of marble for counters, usually these nay sayers will have never owned or lived with marble counters keep in mind and keep in mind my opinion that the concerns and paranoia is blown out of proportion. I know I ramble...sorry. My counters are HONED this is the way to go for white and light counters so I have been advised by the experts, it is better wearing and takes sealers well.
Here is the safety insurance for white marble , it is the best sealer out there on the market. I will roll on with a foam roller this goopy paste and leave it over night, then buff it in the morning . Then 4 days later I will do it again and then again 4 days later again. Actually I will have to spread out the applications but you get it , three applications then that is it. FOR 10 YEARS ! OK so this is so worth the price which is $100 money well spent. Bring on more marble I say , I really badly want marble counters in our master sooner rather than later.
 Here is some of the eye candy you will find at Marbletrend just off the 400 at Finch.
 Wow , right.

 I was so glad I made my way into the washroom , it was stunning too.


Sara said...

I'm so glad you posted this! We are about to order marble countertops for our kitchen, and I am getting tons of flack from people about it. But I dont care, I LOVE them!! :)

Squeak said...

I love marble! When I renovate my kitchen, I want marble counters for sure!

Amy @ 11Magnolialane said...

I just wrote a similar post, I have now had marble counters for one year. I still love them, but they definitely don't look as perfect as they did a year ago. Thanks for the info on the sealer, I used something else I ordered online. I will have to try this one, it would be great to not have to seal them again anytime soon!

Just Beachy said...

Sara, and anyone else considering white or light marble go with honed...this is the key to getting a good result , the sealer will then be able to soak right into the marble , you will also achieve an overall more pleasing look there will always be some etching to some degree nothing I can't live with and embrace but on polished marble it leaps off the counter compared to on honed finish.
Enjoy embrace and love marble.

Victoria said...

I love them and, whatever extra effort they take, I think it's worth it! I've never had the luxury of being able to re-model a kitchen but, when that day comes, I would definitely go with marble or concrete. The whole granite fad has never appealed to me!

Your home is lovely!

Terri G said...

Thanks so much for this...we are building and I am doing marble, even though the nay sayers keep telling me not too ;) I just love the look and there is nothing else like it. Will definitely file this away for sealer later on! I'm sure you told in the past but are your counters honed or not??? Still debating the best way to go and so confused!!! Love seeing all the progress on your house as I wait on mine!

Just Beachy said...

teri , my counters are honed this is what the experts suggest

How2home said...

Wow...if i go to this store, i dont think i'd want to leave! The marbles are stunning!

JeanneW said...

I'm so glad you love your marble counters as I love mine. Just to make you feel a teeny bit better, the lemonade would probably have etched the marble even if you had sealed it. You know, the acid and all. But we have some marks as well and with the honed, it's much harder to discern. You have to be right on top of it or you have to look at the marble sideways at eye level (and who does that?!)

A Diary of Decor and Fashion said...

Hi Chris,
We recently installed a marble counter top in our master bath. We too, were told by many not to use marble, but this is what I had to say...hasn't marble been around for centuries?? There must be a good reason for that, don't you think?? I have no regrets so far of choosing marble and I love the look of it.

Jeane M. said...

Wow, I love your marbles in here just wow. Got another handy tips in here. Got my eye on your next posts.

Michelle said...

I am with you and your love of marble! I would rather tear out brand new granite and put in marble and wood. If I ever have a daughter I may just name her Carrara... LOL!


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