Carrera Marble Bathrooms

Carrera Marble Bathrooms

I am one on ten children, who was raised in an old victorian house with carrera marble counters. My grandmothers house, also a victorian, has carrera counters, and she had thirteen children. Those counters saw everything, from babies to potted plants and worse I’m sure, and look beautiful, clean easily, and were the workhorses of well WELL used kitchens. My kitchen renuvation is in the works. Already the comtractor said…’nooo you dont want marble, its soft! i can get you glow in the dark cou ters if you like!’ As if… Honed carrera it will be, because i adore the look, and know very well it soft comfortable character.
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Carrera Marble Bathrooms

Here’s what I did.  I went to several local counter top shops (as in Knoxville—not Bean Station) and looked at all the marble that was currently in stock.  It took several trips before I settled on the one I wanted. I bought all my countertops from Smoky Mountain Tops, in Knoxville.  I was sure, going into it, that I wanted Carrera.  I attribute that to all the Cottage Living magazines I had scoured for years and years AND all my friends with marble had Carrera.  I fell in love with two big slabs of Calcutta Gold.  I loved the gold-ish veining and decided that I would use two slabs as far as they would go in my house.  I had all the edges beveled and all the finishes were polished.  To offset the cost of the marble, I bought all remnants for my other countertops.  I got amazing deals on remnant granite and it balanced out the cost of the marble.  Big counter top companies will usually have a huge yard of remnants so make sure and ask to see them.
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Carrera Marble Bathrooms

I live in the UK and it’s even harder to get anyone to do marble countertops; there’s no history of it. I had Carrera installed last year when I remodelled our kitchen after a disastrous fire in our 1680 thatched cottage. My contractor wouldn’t give me honed surfaces for some reason, though I had read all the web advice about it being easier to live with so I’ve got polished. Yesterday I was making ketchup and left the pan on too high and it spat all over. I now have an imperfection of etches on my countertop. I am now trying to get someone to come and hone and seal the marble. All your photos seem to be of etches. My marble hasn’t stained at all (touch wood) and I presume that is because it was sealed well (touch more wood). Advice for stains in general is to use a poultice. I still love marble. (I’m a writer.) My husband loves the marble. (Artist.) But this in-between stage of etches on polish is hard to take; I like my marble pristine or really old and translucent and scratched like an old Victorian wash-stand I used to own. Good luck, fellow marble-ites.
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Carrera Marble Bathrooms

I have had a honed Carrera marble pastry board on my kitchen counter for about 20 years and it is used as a cutting board. After all that time and all different things being cut, it still looks great. Even when cutting lemons, the discoloration goes away after a day or so. Since it is a cutting board, I use Clorox Clean-up on it from time to time with no ill effect. I am absolutely sold on marble and plan on installing Carrera marble countertops in the future.
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Carrera Marble Bathrooms

My marble has small pits as well. My guess is that these are unavoidable; little fissures in the stone are no doubt a natural occurrence, so when the stone is cut and honed or polished, they appear. I just ignore them. I’ve read that pulling pots off the stove and setting them on the marble can cause cracks. Don’t know if this is true, but better safe than sorry. I either use hot pads or set the pot on somewhere other than the marble. I pour boiling water into a teapot or tea cup directly on the marble without worrying, and nothing has happened. I would not bang a jar directly on the marble. I put a cutting board on the marble and bang on that. When something strikes the marble fairly hard (such as a jar of vitamins tumbling off a shelf and landing on the marble), a small white spot appears at the point of impact. I understand that this is actually a change in the molecular structure of the marble. The etching, stains, and spots of all kinds don’t trouble me, but I do not like those white spots. I’m careful not to bang anything on the counter and changed where I keep the vitamin jars because they so frequently tumbled down. With these modifications, white spots are becoming a rare event.
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Carrera Marble Bathrooms

White Kitchen with Carrera Marble Island, Countertops and Backsplash Pretty in white! This coastal-style home brings the brightness of the shore and clouds into the kitchen, creating a space that feels clean, cool and airy. A key element in the space is the gorgeous, white-and-gray Carrera marble, which graces the huge kitchen island, countertops and even the backsplash.
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Carrera Marble Bathrooms

Brian Watford Interiors The disadvantages of marble. Because it’s a soft stone, marble is very absorbent. For example, if you dye your hair in a marble shower, the dye can stain your shower floor. Many people choose a durable porcelain tile to complement marble (like in this photo) for this very reason. Marble is easily etched by acidic materials, such as lemon and certain cleaning products. If you want to use marble in your bathroom, I suggest testing lotions and other bath supplies on samples to see if there’s a reaction. For this reason, marble isn’t the best choice for children’s bathrooms.
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Carrera Marble Bathrooms

The disadvantages of marble. Because it’s a soft stone, marble is very absorbent. For example, if you dye your hair in a marble shower, the dye can stain your shower floor. Many people choose a durable porcelain tile to complement marble (like in this photo) for this very reason. Marble is easily etched by acidic materials, such as lemon and certain cleaning products. If you want to use marble in your bathroom, I suggest testing lotions and other bath supplies on samples to see if there’s a reaction. For this reason, marble isn’t the best choice for children’s bathrooms.
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I just wanted to say that I am with you on the marble thing. I have marble in my master bath (emperador light), marble in my laundry room (Cararra), as well as Marble in my kitchen, mudroom, and pantry (Calacatta Bella). Lots of marble, right? Well, I am a marble lover too, however, I realize that love is not enough. I believe you need to understand first and foremost that marble is NOT granite or manufactured quartz. It is softer and far more porous and like you said, it really only stays factory “perfect” for mere minutes. I absolutely love my marble and I don’t mind caring for something that I believe adds such unparalleled beauty to my home.
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I read through allot of these posts and chuckled. I am in the process of replacing my marble countertop with more marble of course due to defective (crumbling marble) on my 20′ sink run. I am not by any means an easing going gal. Everything in it’s place and all that . Every one I came in contact with warned me against even harassed me not to go with marble. As soon as I mentioned it to my builder I think he began to twitch. Anyway….1 hour after closing on our new home we had a few key people over for a champagne toast…yup..first stain. Champagne bottle ring on 1 of the 2 beautiful islands. I felt sick and realized what everyone was now warning me against. I panicked thinking I made a mistake. Oh no!!!! Ugh!!! We spent so much money. What did I do???? I forbid the kids to even go near them…don’t put glasses on the islands!! don’t put OJ (god no!!) on the island…better yet, don’t even use the kitchen. Yeah…I’m one of those. And I have 5 kids. The islands had a 3″ mitered edge and were polished. All other surfaces were honed. I will say honed seems to repel stains easier. Polished does not. So what to do…we decided that we would have glass made to cover our islands and I have to say it was a god send. It looks beautiful and it’s almost worry free (don’t try to bang open the biscuit sleeve on the glass though…I found out the hard way …crack!!!). All other surfaces are a free for all. I don’t worry about any spilss, oils or stains. Each one is a memory and shows how although our kitchen is beautiful..it’s a working kitchen!!! Since I stopped worrying, it’s almost as if the marble has become more forgiving because the stains seem to disappear over time. I LOVE my marble and would do it over again in a second. Each day when I’m preparing dinner I look down onto that little ring stain and remember that special day when we toasted our beautiful new home with all the people that helped us build it. Marble is worth it. It’s beautiful and each slab is like a piece of art.