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Marble Countertops

Everything you want to know about marble countertops.

kitchen with marble counters

I receive a lot of questions about our marble kitchen countertops. We have used marble in our previous home and our current home – as a family of 5!

Yes, marble can be somewhat risky, but we love it. We used Mountain Danby marble in our previous home and Olympia Danby in our current home. The difference between the two is simply where they are taken from the earth. While both are beautiful, Olympia has less veining which is a fit for our current kitchen.

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In our kitchen, we used 3 cm marble countertops, which is about 1 1/4″. Typically kitchen counters are 3 cm and bathroom vanities are 2 cm, however, there is no rule on how thick your counters should be. Designers like DeVol Kitchens often use 2 cm marble which is less expensive.

I personally loved honed marble which minimizes any etching. Etching happens when something acidic sits on marble like lemon juice. Using Comet cleaner can also minimize etching {it will need to be resealed after}.

danby marble countertop

How is it Danby marble different from Carrera Marble?

Danby is a US marble, meaning it comes straight from the earth in Vermont! Carrerra is quarried in Italy, but there are some that look like one another!

What is the difference between marble and granite?

Both are natural stones, but granite is less porous and significantly stronger. It’s resistant to stains and abrasion.

How much do marble countertops cost?

This is such a difficult question as the type of marble, supplier and fabricating costs. Getting a whiter marble can double the cost.

marble kitchen counters

Do you need a marble sealer?

Yes, I recommend a sealer though I cannot recommend a particular one. It can help minimize staining.

How to clean marble:

The best marble cleaner is soap and water. Add a few drops of clear dish soap and water to a spray bottle for quick cleanups.

Let me know if you have any questions about using marble in your kitchen or bath!

You can see more photos of our marble countertops here!

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



12 comments on “Marble Countertops”

  1. Great information. I am looking into marble when we get ready for an upgrade. This info will be helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing so many details! We’re looking into marble for our home.

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  3. Your home is beautiful. I love your gold silverware. Where did you buy it and what is the maker?

  4. Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful!  Do you have any images of your refrigerator?  

  5. Your kitchen is beautiful. I thought I had stumbled across pictures of a devol kitchen! Every detail is gorgeous. Would you mind sharing where you got the beautiful pendants over the island and the name of the pendants? Also, is there a type of fridge/appliance    pull that you like that goes with the unlaquered knobs?

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  7. Thank you for this fantastic post. I’m in the throws of picking out my countertops. My kitchen design is very similar to yours actually, so I am glad I found your blog. I wanted white countertops and keep getting steered to iconic white silestone, but something about it not being all natural stone is bothering me. I currently have corian and can’t wait to get rid of it because it feels so plastic. I had ruled out marble because the upkeep seemed daunting. I have three kids and we cook and bake a lot. We are Italian, so think tomato sauce and wine. Now I’m interested in Danby marble. I see you also have three kids. Have you had red sauce or berries ever stain? Also how do you like the gray veining with wood and brass? Thanks so much for your beautiful site. It’s a feast for the eyes.

    • I really don’t have issues with staining, however anything acidic does etch the marble which you see in the light. We kind of just embraced it, but have once used Comet to buff them out before resealing. We chose Olympia for minimal veining and I think it adds a lot of character and charm with cream, brass and wood. Some of the heavier veining may not as well. I think the next best thing is Quartz, which is virtually fuss free, I just wish the patterns felt more authentic. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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