I have been looking forward to the day I go to pick my slab of marble for months. It is the one thing I am most excited about in this house renovation and despite the advice against, I have always been unswayed in my determination to have a marble kitchen counter.
The day finally came on Friday and I trekked out to the western suburbs to spend what I thought would be a few hours examining and analysing dozens of slabs of heavenly marble to pick the perfect slab that would be right for me.
When I arrived, I asked to be shown the slabs which measured 3m x 1.2m in honed Carrara marble. Imagine my disappointment when I was told they didn't have any in that size and only had something in polished marble, and not really pure grey and white, but with some brown streaks. I didn't have 20, 10 or even 5 to pick from, just one. No choice, that's it. Arghhhh!!!
So in a panic I rang my kitchen man who rang the granite/marble man to find out how much it would cost to have the polished marble honed, and it would add about another $1,500 to the counter cost. Then the stone guy suggested I could just get the polished anyway although it's much more likely to stain, scratch, etch, mark etc and that if this eventually drove me nuts I could have it honed in situ at a later date. Neither of these options really appealed. Otherwise I could wait for the next shipment at the beginning of December and see what comes.
|Here's a beautiful polished slab of Carrara marble (very reflective - you can see the other slabs in the surface)|
|Here's the one I'm looking at - which has some brown veining (I'm told that's good because it's a bit like Arrabescato)|
|Plain white and grey Carrara - no brown veining|
|My only apparent option - with brown veining|
So now, I am wondering what to do. Should I spend the money and have the slabs (we need 3 in total) honed, which apparently is the best option for kitchens, or go with the polished, save some money and see what happens. I do love the look of polished I must admit.
Anybody with any experience of marble counter tops either honed or polished? Your advice and input would be greatly appreciated.
Secondly, should I go with some brown veining? It's very subtle but not my ideal. Or wait until early December and risk having no kitchen benchtop when we move in?
I am going to paint the cabinets against the wall in Dulux Vivid White and the island cabinets in Dulux Spanish Olive.
SECOND DECISION: Sisal Runner
Now I am also looking at flooring for the bedrooms, library and stairs. I have always wanted to have sisal and got some samples today ranging from $55/sqm to $150/sqm. I was shocked to learn they charge $130+ per step to lay a sisal runner on stairs, and that's on top of the cost of the material. We have about 15 steps. But I don't think carpet would have the same effect, although I could just put nothing.
Here's some of the sisal samples I'm looking at for the bedrooms, library and stairs.
|Images from Natural Floorcovering Centre|
Here's some examples of stairs with and without runners.....
|via Brooke Gianetti|
|via Classic Casual Home|
|via Traditional Home|
|via Phoebe Howard|
|via The Enchanted Home|
|via Tom Scheerer|
|via Catalano Architects Inc.|
|Via House Beautiful|
What do you prefer? With or without runner?
PS I've just been award the Versatile Blogger Award from gorgeous and talented Tina at The Enchanted Home. More on that tomorrow. In the meantime, check out Tina's blog - her incredible house build will blow your mind!