Today I am sharing our new carrara marble countertops and talking about why I decided to get them despite everyone around us looking at alternative countertops. Our new marble countertops have truly transformed the look of our farmhouse kitchen and I could not be happier with the beauty they give to our space.
Carrara Marble Countertops for our Kitchen & a Review
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Our former kitchen countertops were a green granite. There were easy to clean and still in great shape but they definitely were not my favorite. They reminded more of a bank countertops rather than kitchen ones. However, we needed to replace them because of our broken down draft vent that had been cut into the former countertops. Since we had to already replace that one section of countertop, it made sense to start over and get the counters WE REALLY WANTED. (we did keep some of our former countertops for a future project we have planned)
Can you believe how much different our kitchen looks now?!!!
When I first started looking at kitchen countertops, I was surprised by how many marble alternatives there are out there AND so many warnings against real marble.
Monuments, statues, staircases and historic buildings are made of marble, why are so many people scared of putting them in their kitchen?
The truth behind why we chose the real thing is I ALWAYS wanted marble. I have been pinning kitchens with marble countertops since the beginning of pinterest! I knew that if we decided on a marble alternative I would always regret it. It would be like buying a knockoff handbag, I would always know it wasn’t the REAL THING.
Lastly, we found an AMAZING deal on a kitchen island a few months ago and it came with Carrara marble countertops and we wanted our kitchen countertops to match it. Our new kitchen island was previously a store model and had held up well after years of daily use in a busy store. Despite my kiddos spilling food, coloring and dropping things on it, our marble island still looks great and I have not found it difficult to take care of.
First, you do have to make sure that your marble counters are sealed well. Don’t believe that the marble installers sealed it enough. We have sealed our countertop a few times in the 2-3 months now that we have had them. I also plan on sealing them again in the future. I also found a great granite cleaner to help keep them clean daily.
You do have to be careful with foods that are acidic (like lemons :), as well as butter and oils that can etch or make water marks on your counters if you don’t wipe them up right away.
However, these etchings and water marks don’t stand out and you really have to look for them.
They also fade with time. It also may scratch easier than granite.
Our family has 4 kids and a big dog, so I knew our countertops would not look perfect forever. Our Carrara marble countertops look beautiful in our kitchen and really match the character of our 1800’s farmhouse.
Now, if you are someone that wants your kitchen to look perfect forever, theses ARE NOT the countertops for you and I would go with another alternative. You do need to expect that you will have a few scratches and etches over time despite your best efforts.
Overall, I am incredibly thankful for my new countertops and how our farmhouse kitchen renovation is turning out! I will be back soon with more progress!
If you want to follow along with our kitchen renovation here’s what we have been up to so far…