We are working on some final material decisions for a kitchen renovation, and know we want a marble-looking countertop. There are a number of engineered / quartz options with a marble look and most people, including our kitchen design consultant / cabinet supplier, but there is just something stunning about the look of real marble.
That said, there are so many stories of people upset about the stains and etching they see on real marble countertops. And I get it - we put in a butcher block counter around an undercount kitchen sink a while ago, thinking if we sealed it well, it would be ok, but now regret that decision. Too hard to keep clean and dry, too much water damage.
We also have two kids - not slobs, but kids - and my partner, honestly, is not as tidy or fastidious about kitchen cleaning as I am. And we have a dog, but they don't really interact with the kitchen counters much. We like to cook and will use the kitchen, it's a functional working space, not a showpiece.
It's easy to find stories of people who regret the decision and reasons not to go with real marble. But I wanted to see if there are folks out there who have lived with marble for a while - at least a year, preferably more - who are still happy with the choice.
If that's you, I'd love to hear more about what level of care / maintenance you engage in, how you use your kitchen, whether you have kids, etc., and I'd especially love to see photos of your pretty (or attractively patina'd) installed marble countertops.
Edited to add: I am very specifically looking for responses from people who have lived with Mable countertops, and especially those who have lived with them and would install them again. If you have lived with them and would not install them again, I'm also interested in your story. Ideally, I'd prefer if all responses were from folks talking about their actual experience living with marble countertops.
Any suggestions for Engineered Marble/Quartz countertop or tabletop dealers in Des Moines area?
...all this time I took them for granite.
I told her not to take it for granite.
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Can I fix this, or do I need to call someone?