I almost fell for the warnings and scare tactics out there that marble is awful and it stains and that it would look awful and etch.... I nearly fell for it. I am so glad I didn't go against my instincts.
I tried to go for the "safe" option and try to get the "look" but I knew after a long time looking that the look a likes just weren't the same.
Now all that being said my husband hated white and grey marble, it reminded him of the old 70's cheap marble look laminate. But I took him into a local store that had plenty of samples of counter materials quartz and real marble. We looked and felt both the quartz and real marble and that was it, the moment of no return , it was going to be marble for us. My husband said just now "it was the right choice",amen.
One great perk of marble is that it is quite a lot less expensive than quartz, like about half...I mean my dream material and half the cost of faux of course this was the right decision.
I compare my decision to get real marble over a look alike to selecting real wood floors over laminate flooring. After all wood floors are going to get scratched and show wear and tear but I would never spend more $$ to get laminate over wood (well I did have laminate once but the sound of laminate and the look and feel left me wanting more, I know it is better now but it is a personal choice) I personally have no trouble with things having character because I want a beautiful home but not a museum.
Let me also say I cook real food messy things greasy things so this is not a just for show kitchen by any means. I do clean as I go but that was me before.
When I made the decision to go for marble I knew that I would need to top the island with butcher block. I had butcher block in our old house and I knew that was a must have here. A tough durable spot for the messy stuff the colored stuff and the acidic stuff.
Butcher block can be refinished any old time, mine is sealed and we don't cut on it but it is just a safe prep zone for everyone.
I may feel differently about my marble if we didn't have a nice big island for all the messy stuff.
So yes marble is soft and it will mark but over time it will all add a nice patina. I use it differently than say I would laminate but I don't baby it.
I don't get anything from putting this out there ( not that I wouldn't take some $$ for promoting this product though) but this sealer is I am sure the reason why I love my marble and that it's been a great choice for me. It was recommended by a reputable marble company in Toronto and by our marble manufacturer and I believe it is the only sealer to use on white marble. It needs to be applied 4 times 2 weeks apart and then it is good for 10 years....I have only done it twice so far and it has proven to be amazing. I recommend Meta Creme all the time.
you can check it out here Mete cremeSo maybe all the scare tactics are out there due to lack of good quality sealer and the fact that polished marble is and can be tough to live with in a kitchen. I would not recommend polished marble in a kitchen it will look awful in a matter of weeks I have seen it in person and heard it from so many people.
That's my experience having real marble white counters I love them. I hope if you are considering Marble and have been scared about it that this post will help alleviate some of your concerns, I know it would have been helpful when I was making my decision.
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I too went through the agony of choosing marble-look quartz or REAL marble. I thought I had it figured out (I was going w/ the quartz for durability), but then the owner of a stone yard (adorable man from Italy) and I chatted and our conversation made me realize it HAD TO BE MARBLE! I ended up mixing the two materials: my island is 10'x5' with waterfall edges, and it's ALL MARBLE (a honed Bianca Venatino), it is stunning/a work of art/amazing. Then along the cabinets lining the walls, I'm doing the same marble for the backsplash and a crisp white quartz for the countertops.
Note: we installed prefab "white" quartz, and after it was in and I looked at it for 2 weeks, I realized it was the wrong shade of white, too dingy. We just had those pulled out (still doing the renovation) and I found a slab of white quartz (Silestone Zeus) that is a better white (clean, cool) to compliment the marble). This was my biggest "lesson learned" through our reno: there are hundreds of shades of white! (OUCH, but we're moving on....)
That's a good point... the wrong white is just as bad as the wrong color
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