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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:
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Sink wall (well, part of it anyway):
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Fridge/freezer wall:
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Perspective on location of pantry/butler's pantry:
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Breakfast room and Family room:
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Breakfast room hutch:
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Aqua Grantique Close-up:
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Countertop and Backsplash:
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Cooktop backsplash:
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Built-in Pantry (across from butler's pantry cabinets/counter)
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clipped on: 05.23.2010 at 08:41 am    last updated on: 05.23.2010 at 08:42 am

RE: Cleaning Marble Countertops (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: clinresga on 04.22.2009 at 10:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

We were getting the 409at local Publix or Target I believe but now am finding it harder to locate. I've just ordered a gallon of Mira Clean #1 (the daily cleaner from the makers of Miracle 511 Impregnator--see below) from Ebay for about $30 including shipping. Given the roughly 50:1 recommended dilution, at $30 for 50 gallons of cleaner, I should be in good shape for a long time.

BTW: Miracle 511 is the same thing as Impregnator in most cases. The Miracle corporation makes both the 511 Impregnator, and 511 Porous Plus. The former is the brand name for their standard sealer. The latter is supposed to be even more protective especially for very porous stone, but Bill Vincent on this forum, among others, says that it's not needed for honed marble and that the impregnator is fine. Impregnator is quite a bit cheaper.

I used Porous Plus because it's what I had and for me the cost increase is minor versus the hassle of applying the sealer. Folks appear to have done well with both products, and the Miracle product line appears to be a good one. I get both products from Arc Stone Tile and Stone's Ebay storefront, which sells them at enough of a discount to compensate for the shipping charges.

Hope we've sold you on marble. There's no comparison!

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clipped on: 04.28.2009 at 07:02 pm    last updated on: 04.28.2009 at 07:02 pm