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Mastering Marble: Tips & Tricks for Marble Kitchen Countertops

Photo showcasing Carrara Marble countertops with waterfall edges and custom-cladded hood fan.
Marble countertops have long been associated with elegance and luxury in kitchen design, but they also come with their own set of pros and cons. Let's delve into the world of marble and discover what makes it such a coveted choice for kitchen countertops.

Pros of Marble Countertops

Timeless Elegance:
  • Marble's timeless beauty and classic appeal contribute to sustainable design practices by reducing the likelihood of frequent renovations or updates to keep up with changing trends.

  • Marble countertops not only enhance the visual appeal of a kitchen with their timeless beauty but also contribute to sustainable living practices. Their natural origin, long lifespan, recyclability, and low environmental impact make them an excellent eco-friendly option for homeowners looking to create both stylish and environmentally conscious living spaces.

Variety of Colors and Patterns:
  • From classic white Carrara marble to exotic Calacatta Gold, marble offers a wide range of colors and patterns to suit different design preferences.

*If your project requires multiple slabs for your project, it's crucial to ensure they originate from the same lot. Each lot consists of slices of stone cut from the earth, akin to slices of bread, and distributed to suppliers. By choosing slabs from adjacent sections in the earth, you guarantee consistent colors and shading, minimizing the risk of discoloration or mismatched seams. Coordinate with your supplier and fabricator to ensure your slabs originate from the same lot!* 

Photo showcasing Carrara Marble countertops with waterfall edges and custom-cladded hood fan.
Carrara Marble, sourced from Ann Sacks

Cons of Marble Countertops

Porous Nature:
  • Marble is prone to etching and staining due to its porous nature, requiring regular sealing and maintenance.

*If you happen to spill, it is important that stains are swept up immediately to prevent the stain from seeping further into the marble. We recommend a little bit of dawn dish soap and warm water!*

Susceptibility to Scratches:
  • Marble is softer than other countertop materials like granite and quartz, making it more susceptible to scratches and chips.

Requires Regular Maintenance:
  • To preserve its beauty and integrity, marble countertops need to be sealed regularly and protected from acidic substances. We recommend sealing marble countertops at least once a year. We recommend using Stain Proof’s Premium Impregnating sealer which can be found at Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s, or Amazon (

Project Spotlight: Lake Mendota Residence in Madison

Photo showcasing Carrara Marble countertops with waterfall edges and custom-cladded hood fan.

Marble Kitchen Countertops

At Stone Dimensions, we recently had the privilege of collaborating on an awe-inspiring project overlooking Lake Mendota in Madison, designed by KEE Architecture. One of the standout features of the kitchen was the exquisite Carrara marble countertops sourced from Ann Sacks, boasting two captivating waterfall edges that added a touch of elegance to the space.

Custom-Cladded Hood

One of the unique features of this project was the custom-cladded hood fan, crafted from the same Carrara marble slab used for the countertops. Ensuring the safety of both workers and customers is paramount, especially when handling heavy slabs weighing hundreds of pounds. To secure the large slab of marble on the hood fan, we utilized aluminum channels from our sister company, Ceramic Tool, ensuring a seamless and secure installation.

The result was a kitchen that exuded sophistication and charm, with the natural beauty of marble complementing the picturesque lake views. The waterfall edges added a touch of drama and visual interest, while the custom-cladded hood fan tied the entire design together seamlessly.

All in all, marble countertops offer natural beauty that can elevate any kitchen design. While they require regular maintenance and care, the beauty and sophistication they bring to a space are unmatched. If you're considering marble for your kitchen countertops, consult with our experts at Stone Dimensions to explore the possibilities and create a kitchen that's as beautiful as it is functional.

Contact Stone Dimensions today to learn more about transforming your kitchen into a testament to timeless beauty and enduring quality.

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