I'm a big fan of white marble counter tops. Over the years I've seen a lot of great ones and collected a bunch of information on how to care for them. There are also a bunch in my new book with lots of info, which I've given you a sneak peek of here (it's out in May, but you can pre-order).
The basic pros of white marble are that it's one of the cheaper of the stone counter top options AND it looks fantastic, adding a lot of light and brightness to the kitchen. The con? It can stain, so it requires some care, and that can drive some people nuts. Personally, I'm for a little care and don't mind imperfections. Here's the whole story in pictures.
This is from Kelly Geisen's remarkable apartment in New York City:
"The counter tops here are all Calcutta Gold Marble. Continuing up backsplash gives a continuous clean look, more uniform and open – excess marble from the kitchen was used on all the window sills which makes them easier to clean."
"In Martha Stewart Living a few months ago, they highlighted stone surfaces and there was a beautiful picture of MSLO's chief creative officer, Gael Towey's kitchen (above). She had carrera marble throughout her kitchen and you would bet she planned for it to look good for a long time. General care called for selecting a polished surface and
- wipe up spills immediately (especially alchohol and citrus juices)
- don't place hot, wet or abrasive objects on the surface
- employ the use of trivets and mats"
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"All in all the results were fairly conclusive that while marble can stain, you really have to brutalize it to stain it. Furthermore, the tests proved that if you use a good sealer it can stand up to just about anything."
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"In the kitchen you will find remarkable bedmates: Ikea cabinets and custom marble tops. We were blown away by the cabinets and had never seen them before."
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"There's nothing like having a marble countertop. You have to baby it more, but if you love your kitchen, that shouldn't be an issue."
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"The kitchen features Seattle-based Henrybuilt cabinetry, a Moroccan tile backsplash, a Shaws Original handmade fireclay sink and a Calcutta marble countertop."
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"This photo most definitely goes in our "bathrooms we covet" file. Just look at that fabulous marble counter/sink/backsplash, and the built-in shelf that's just big enough for a small vase, and, perhaps, a treasured object or two..."
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This is from the ultra cool Krex family home in New York City designed by Bangia Agostinho:
"The counters and backsplash are all Calcutta Gold 1 ¼” (backsplash cut down to ¾”) – self picked in upstate at New England Stone."