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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Kitchen Counter Tops Have Been Chosen


Another decision has been made...

After much deliberation we made the decision to go with natural stone. Nothing that we looked at had the beauty of a natural stone.

I read copious amounts of material on the down side and, the upside of marble versus a manmade product like Quartz.

With all the thinking, research, and discussions we decided to go with Carrara Marble.

To say I am excited and feeling very fortunate to be able to do this, would be an understatement.

Hubby and I went to a couple of marble yards yesterday.
We looked at several white marbles. This particular yard specialized in white marbles, and it had more than I could have hoped for, or imagined.

In the end it was a toss up between Oro and Select Carrara.

The Oro was amazingly gorgeous in fact too gorgeous for my sweet little kitchen. It had a grandeur to it, that to be frankly honest, just did not feel like my home.

We have Carrara in our home already, and once we saw a full slab it just said, “HOME!” to us both.

I love an understated elegant look for my home, and the Carrara just fits the bill.

So without further ado ………….

I would like to introduce you to my future new countertop….
Slab #1

Da Vinci marble (800x600)

Slab #2

Davinci Marble (800x600)
The reason I went with these slabs is they have a more white-ish background with some clouding, and soft grey veining.

It is very soft on the eye, and it totally reminded me of my entry floor, and guest bathroom floor.

Both slabs came in the same lot so they both have very similar veining. I think having some pattern will be more forgiving if we have any etching or staining in the future.

Honed vs. Polished 
I wanted a soft, flowing, veining ,and this gave me just that. The slabs are honed. After all the reading I did, the homeowners that had marble said it is better to have it honed than to have it shiny, due to possible etching in the future.

The back splash will be a white handcrafted, pillow edged subway tile in a 3X6 size. 

I have two possible choices to ponder. The difference between the two is the tone of the whites.  

One is a brighter warmer white and the other is a little softer with a touch of grey undertone. I will live with them for a week, and then make that decision.

This is a dream come true for me, and I am so very grateful to be in the position to be able to do this.

I promise I will write a post about Quartz products, and all the information I gathered in this process. 

Hopefully what I learned will help you in your future decisions if you are replacing your counter tops!

For now I am just dreaming about my new future kitchen counter tops that will have this polished nickel Rohl faucet…...

Rohl kitchen faucet

I will be getting this sink……..

This is a Kohler cast iron, self trimming farmhouse sink, single bowl Whitehaven K6489-0.


A single basin Rohl RC3618WH fireclay sink

The deciding factor will be made by what the contractor tells us about how the sinks will be installed. 

More on that later, so until then.....

to be cont