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RE: Can a layman hone marble if it is polished? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: bill_vincent on 07.27.2010 at 08:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

The heck with having someone do it. This is not rocket science. If it were granite, that'd be one thing. It's a much harder material, and tougher to do a good job. But with marble, all you need is a good orbital sander, and a STACK of 600 wet or dry sand paper. It should take you give or take, about 15 minutes to 1/2 hour per 12x12 tile. to hone. If the sand paper starts filling up, take a dry scrub brush, hit it a bit, and go back to sanding. Once it stops dong anything for you, obviously it's time to change the sand paper. You can do this!!

Tell you what-- try it with one tile, and see if you're up to it. If not, all you've lost is one tile. My bet is you are. And then you've saved yourself a BUNDLE of money.


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RE: Honed marble countertops 3 years later? Photos? Experience? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: momto4kids on 05.29.2009 at 09:33 am in Kitchens Forum

Wow!! Thank you for the kind words about my kitchen! Goodness, I hardly ever get time to come back hereI cant believe people still remember my marble! Thank you again!

Staceycoming up on 5 years and I would ABSOLUTELY do it all again. I echo everything those above have said. Ive learned not to toss the key ring on the counter, because it will chip if its hit just right. I babied it at first, but now I dont. I do have some mild etching, but its pretty minor. Youd have to be at the right angle, in the right light to see itand then, only those who "know" marble would see it. I could hand buff spots out, but I dont bother anymore. Its just too small to worry about. [You can use a ScotchBrite or fine silicone sandpaper, then reseal the spot.]

Sealing is key. I have NO staining and its not because it has been meticulously maintained! I used 511 Porous Plus after recommendations from other marble owners. I havent resealed in years. The quicker you can wipe up an "etch-producing" substance, the better. But, unless you pour a bottle of vinegar, you probably wouldnt notice. I dont have any rings from glasses or anything like that. I make pastries and candies right on the counter. Sometimes I see little "clouds" where glaze dripped on the counter, but they generally disappear after a few days (dies out, I guess).

When I first moved in, I did have my marble rehoned in place. The original fabricator did a lousy job. I had a marble restoration company rehone it. They were fabulous! It was a wet process. They were amazing at taping up the floors and cabinets. Clean up was incredibly thorough. You would never have known they were even here. I was very, very pleased with the surface of the marble when they finished. I figured for the futureworst case scenario, if I did spill that jar of vinegarrepair is affordable and doable, so no worries.

So, yes, Id do it again! Yes, I would certainly appreciate a marble kitchen in another house! I like the "warmly loved" look and feel of marble. I think its funny how passionate "marble people" are about their marble! I wonder if its because weve all fought that hard battle against the naysayers! ??!!

Thanks again for the kind words!!


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RE: Essential SW Kitchen (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: blondie859111 on 01.09.2011 at 06:52 am in Kitchens Forum

I think I have gathered our ideas into the essentials of my Snow White inspired kitchen. Please add anything you think I may be missing!
A pale blue wall color:
An arch to the cabinet, which will be cotton white no glaze:
My actual choice of cabinet (in cotton white- not as shown)
Yellow backed upper glass cabinets
Lots of light:
Blue and white tiles:
Yellow, blue colors:
Ladder back white chairs:
Farmhouse table:
Bell jar lights of some sort- hopefully pewter and affordable
Pretty hutch:
Any more ideas?


sw kitchen
clipped on: 01.12.2011 at 07:48 am    last updated on: 01.12.2011 at 07:49 am

I'm in love- but need a suggestion (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: blondie859111 on 01.09.2011 at 05:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Wanted to repost my cabinets so I could see all of the pics on one page. They will be cotton white- no glaze.
I love GWebbers. Where else could one post the want a Snow White kitchen and not be laughed off the forum?
Would like to find a few of these light in pewter/nickle at a good price if anyone has seen them:
Found this picture at romantic Homes


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RE: I'm in love....but need a suggestion (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: lavender_lass on 01.08.2011 at 07:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Beautiful photos!

Here's a pretty blue and yellow dining area...very french. I love this thread :)


lavs suggestion- love it!!!!!
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RE: I'm in love....but need a suggestion (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: boxerpups on 01.08.2011 at 06:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ohhh those are lovely Blondie859

Here are a few more, I can resist pretty kitchens.
I am so glad you love Crystal.

Light Yosowat Kitchen Design




Boston Design

Southern Living Magazine
The Simplified Bee

blue island


boxerpups comes to the rescue again
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RE: I'm in love....but need a suggestion (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: lavender_lass on 01.08.2011 at 06:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Blondie- Gorgeous kitchens! The hardware, chandeliers, painted cabinets...these are SO going to be my inspiration pictures!!! :)

I love the idea of blue and yellow toile and delft tiles.
This tile is pretty...and I just found this blue subway tile...beautiful and sparkley :)


lav lass
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RE: I'm in love....but need a suggestion (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: blondie859111 on 01.08.2011 at 06:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Love it lav. After seeing boxerpups pics I am thinking of yellow and blue toile, which a white tile with blue delft corners, maybe- not sure but love the process. iIfound a few more snow white kitchens:


sw kit insp
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RE: I'm in love....but need a suggestion (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: boxerpups on 01.08.2011 at 04:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

oooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh if that is the case a disney's snow
white dream kitchen, what about a blue paint color.

This image made me think of Snow White


Sassy Blue by Benjamin Moore

Glass Slipper by Benjamin MOore

Kitchens By Eileen

Yellow would be fun too.


sw kitchen insp
clipped on: 01.09.2011 at 05:09 am    last updated on: 01.09.2011 at 05:10 am

Finished! I love my white, marble, wood kitchen!

posted by: jlynn17 on 09.08.2010 at 01:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally, it is done! We have been out of the house for nearly 8 months for a home renovation. So happy to be back in and love the results. Thank you all for your help on this site. I didn't post much but I was on the site a lot and the discussions and pics really helped with my decisions. I did everything I was told not to do: white marble, wood, polished nickel, etc. But I wouldn't change a thing. Sure I wish the marble didn't etch (yes, plenty of etching but as of yet, no stains) but it is still beautiful and I wouldn't have been as happy with any other stone I was considering. My theory: if it makes you happy, go for it!

Here are pics and the details:

Perimeter Counters: Calcatta Gold
Island top: Black Walnut with vintage walnut stain
Cabinets: Custom
Paint on cabinets/trim: BM Swiss Coffee (color tweaked by paint store)
Wall color: Pratt and Lambert Pearl
Wolf 48" Range with double griddle (love this!)
SubZero s/s 48" Fridge with icemaker
Sharp microwave drawer
Bosch D/W (we have 2 and it was a great decision if considering this)
GE Monogram hood blower
GE wine cooler
Perrin and Rowe Faucet - PN
Shaw Farm Sink 30 x 18
Pantry: custom built
Paint on Pantry: Farrow and Ball Pigeon
Hardware on Pantry: Restoration Hardware Felicity in Antique brass
Kitchen Hardware: Restoration Hardware Aubrey Knobs - PN
Restoration Hardware Bistro Pulls - PN
Rejuvenation small latch - PN
Backsplash: Arctic white Daltile with platinum grout
Bell Jars - JV Imports - 11"D with bronze finish
Bar Stools: Crate and Barrel Pullman Leather Counter Stools

I will get pics up of laundry and bathrooms soon too!


clipped on: 10.26.2010 at 09:54 am    last updated on: 10.26.2010 at 09:55 am

Finished! White, Statuary, and Aqua Grantique

posted by: niffy on 05.22.2010 at 02:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Egad, I think it is done - well except for the dinette chairs that are on a container somewhere in the Pacific, and the base moulding for the fridge/freezer. Done enough, anyway....
I owe GW a great debt for many things, but a special thanks to all the marble lovers out there whose kitchens convinced me to go for it. I almost became a Virginia Mist convert, too, until I happened upon this brushed Aqua Grantique which fulfilled all my soapstone/marble/but low maintenance fantasies.... Margieb2- if you are still around, thank you for your arch! We had the half walls/columns on our plans, and once I saw yours, I knew EXACTLY how ours needed to be trimmed. We owe you big time.

So details....
Cabinets: custom, antique white. Island is maple stained dark walnut with a dark glaze or something.
Hardware: Polished nickel pulls and knobs, through cab company
Island countertop: statuary marble, honed
Perimeter countertop: aqua grantique (a granitic gneiss, apparently) - brushed finish
Backsplash: statuary 12x12 cut down to subways, statuary herringbone, and cut statuary slab
Floors: Brazilian walnut
Walls: SW Silvermist
Chandeliers: Schonbek New Orleans mini
Appliances: 30" Gaggenau fridge/freezer columns, GE Monogram Advantium 240 oven, GE Monogram Convection single oven, Wolf 36" induction cooktop, Miele La Perla dishwasher, and GE Monogram microwave (in end of island)
Sinks: Rohl 30" and Kohler Irontones for prep
Faucets: Rohl Country in polished nickel (avoid the burgundy felt "protective" bags. They stain when wet - stain things like new white marble. Don't ask how I know. Bags. Are. Evil.)

Hood/cooktop wall:

Sink wall (well, part of it anyway):

Fridge/freezer wall:

Perspective on location of pantry/butler's pantry:

Breakfast room and Family room:

Breakfast room hutch:

Aqua Grantique Close-up:

Countertop and Backsplash:

Cooktop backsplash:

Built-in Pantry (across from butler's pantry cabinets/counter)


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RE: Need Pix of Custom Hoods for 36' Range Plz (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: boxerpups on 05.28.2010 at 01:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Dr.Joann,

Here are a few. I was wondering how your kitchen was
coming along. If I remember correctly you were moving down
south from New England or maybe you said you liked Boston
and That is why I thought New England... On to the hoods.

Heather Thompson

Ronys Marble and Granite Island

White Kitchens

Eastern Kitchens

Atlanta Best Nest

CJS Millwork

Virginia Cream Kitchen

Nashville Kitchens


Kitchen and Bath Design Center

Okay, Okay I threw this one in just for eye candy : )

SRS Woodworking

William Hefneropen kitchen Concealed Hood


Light Yosowat kitchen design


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