Good Questions: Why Not Do White Marble Kitchen Countertops?

Good Questions: Why Not Do White Marble Kitchen Countertops?

Maxwell Ryan
May 16, 2006

Hello AT,

My wife and I just bought an apartment in a prewar building and we're remodeling the kitchen. I have found inspiration from my local cafe which has these marvelous wooden counters with white marble tops, much like you'd find in Rome. The look is warm and classic which would go well with an apartment that has lots of period molding and details.

I'm worried, however, because I've heard so many people who have marble counter tops say that they regret getting them because of stains, scratches, and whatnot. Do I get marble at my own peril or can it age well, particularly in an older building?

Thanks, E. Vegas

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Dear E. Vegas,

Marble is beautiful but more fragile, there is no doubt about it and this thread has alot of answers that both highlight the problems and single out some solutions. In short, if you are willing to take more care of your stone and you don't mind a few imperfections, you should be okay.

Here too is a more recent post at our kitchen site, The Kitchn, on the question of marble countertops: Would I Be Crazy to Choose Marble Countertops for My Kitchen? Marble Countertop Pros and Cons

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

We once heard the story of Meg Ryan installling all white marble in her kitchen and then taking tomatoes on the first day and wiping them all over the stone. We figure this is a ballsy way of seasoning the stone and also taking down the perfect white shine at the same time.

Again, here are some good reference links:

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