Classic Kitchen: Why I Love Danby Marble

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I’ve been so busy planning our kitchen that I haven’t taken much time to write about it lately. Though I have a clear idea of what I want, there are so many little decisions to make and products to source. Fortunately, the easiest decision that we have made for our kitchen remodel in countertops. You may recall that when we did a light remodel of our former kitchen, we incorporated marble. Aside from appliances and backsplash, it was really one of our only investments and the best decision we made.

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I’ve always loved marble, but feared it was out of our price range at the time until I once again perused Martha Stewart’s kitchens and saw her Danby marble. It’s at a similar price point of carrara and less expensive than calacatta marble, with a very similar look, but often in the same range as quartz. But there is one big difference. Okay, a few.

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First, Danby marble comes from Vermont, not Italy. However, it has a lot of the same characteristics like grey veining and some cream {gold} splotches like calacatta.

Second, Danby is less likely to stain because of it’s density. Of course sealer helps as well. When hosting dinner parties, I prefer to clean up after my guests leave, which is often late, so it generally is left for the following morning. We’ve had countless times where wine sat on the marble overnight and didn’t leave a mark.

Finally, you can use Comet to remove etching {which we did a time or two with very little effort!}

difference between danby marble and carrara or calacatta

We had very little countertop space which made it a minimal investment, but even with our much larger kitchen and island, the price was less than I anticipated for our current remodel – just $5,600 installed for 2 slabs. 

I asked our fabricator, Stone Fabricators {who is not sponsoring, just kind to help} to give a rough estimate of price points for countertop materials for comparison because when we were looking four years ago I found numbers nearly impossible to find.

Price per square foot:

Carrara marble $70 range

Montclair Danby $75-85 {using in new kitchen}

Mountain White Danby $75-85 {used in our previous kitchen}

Granite $50 to over $100 depending on color

Quartz $60 to over $100 depending on color

Imperial Danby $100+

Olympian Danby $100+

difference between danby marble and carrara or calacatta

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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

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