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Classic Kitchen: Why I Love Danby Marble

Everything you want to know about 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 danby 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

How much does marble cost?

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

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+ {using in new kitchen}

difference between danby marble and carrara or calacatta


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9 comments on “Classic Kitchen: Why I Love Danby Marble”

  1. I’ve never heard of this type of marble, but sounds like I definitely need to check it out!

  2. So up until recently I was definitely loving quartz, because I used it in my last kitchen and LOVED it. However I saw marble in my friends house recently and I feel in love! I would just be so worried a kid that he would scratch it easily or that it would stain. I will have to look into this next time for sure.

  3. Absolutely lovely! I have Calacatta marble which is beautiful but so irritating to have all of the etchings, outlines of salad dressing bottles, spots from tomato or lemon juice-not colored spots, but etching.. and I’ve never heard of the comet solution-can you give details? Seems like it would scratch, or just enlarge the areas of etching… thank you!!

  4. Hi Julie,
    I’m about to embark on a kitchen redo and am in the process of finalizing. I know that there is nothing like the look of white marble – especially with cream colored (BM White Dove) cabinets. But….after you have lived with your countertops for a while would you use the Danby again? I’m torn between this and quartz and don’t even have children living at home anymore? Just curious since I’m “on the fence” between Imperial Honed V.D. and a manmade product.

    • Of course – there are a few posts about them. We had them in our old home as well. Marble is just a trade off – there’s nothing more beautiful {to me}, but it chips, scratches and gets oil spots. We’ve embraced them – I think it tells a story and only becomes more beautiful with wear and tear. If you’re a perfectionist, I’d do quartz.

  5. What type of Danby is in the photos above?  Imperial or one of the others you listed.  This is all good info, thanks.  

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