got my white macaubas installed!

michoumonsterFebruary 28, 2013

Hi all, wanted to share my progress pic. Finally got my counters and faucets in place. I am happy with how all the faucets look together, as I ordered them all site unseen online. I also am totally in LOVE with the white macaubas! Thank you GW for introducing us!! the rest of the kitchen still looks like a hot mess though..

Sorry this is the only pic I got, taken from DH's phone. But I wanted to share it since I love seeing everybody's else's pics so much!

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pamela928

Beautiful! I really like the look of the stone around your sink. Is it 2cm with a built-up perimeter edge?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 4:17AM
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GWlolo

Wow! This is going to be stunning. Close up shots please! The install seems to really nice.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 4:20AM
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realism

I hope you did the scratch test, I would hate for that counter to etch or stain!!

What kind of sink are you planning?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 6:29AM
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allison0704

Very pretty!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 9:05AM
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Linelle

If that's a built-up edge, they did an awesome job. Looks like the pattern is uninterrupted.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:04AM
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enduring

Terrific counters!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:38AM
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williamsem

Lovely!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:40AM
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new_home1024

That is absolutely beautiful!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:43AM
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cat_mom

Oh, is that scrumptious--love that thick "chunk" of loveliness!!!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:48AM
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cloud_swift

Realism, the scratch test should weed out marbles that are being sold as quartzite and therefore etching but it says nothing about staining.
Whether stones etch or not depends on the elements in the stone so marble with etches and quartzite which is composed mostly of very hard quartz doesn't.

Whether stones are porous or not depends more on the structure of the stone - whether there are little pores in its solid structure - not on what that structure is made of.

Quartzites vary a great deal in porosity so some need to be sealed to prevent staining and others don't.

Michoumonster, your counters are stunning!

This post was edited by cloud_swift on Thu, Feb 28, 13 at 11:26

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 11:24AM
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sanjuangirl

Gorgeous! Your faucets look perfect with the stone! Can't wait to see the final result.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 11:33AM
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kaysd

Michoumonster, your WM counters are gorgeous! Is that a 2" mitered edge on the island? I love the walnut grain on the end of your island -- can't wait to see the rest when it is done.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 11:54AM
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michoumonster

thanks everyone! After researching counters to death on GW, I knew I wanted quartzite, so the actual process of going to the slabyard and picking them out was relatively painless with the exception of bad toddler behavior, LOL.

gwlolo, I promise to share more pics once done. right now, I only get these tiny phone pics from DH as I cannot go see the work in person with the little ones! the progress feels like watching paint dry at this point though..

Pamela and Linnelle, the counters are 2 cm with a 2.25" mitered edge.

Realism, yes, I took a jam jar with me to do the scratch test at the yard just to be sure it was quartzite. Our fabricator put on a sealer after fabrication. I didn't specify which kind of sealer to use, so he used a product in a bottle simply marked "granite sealer". Hopefully it will hold up!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 12:03PM
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wi-sailorgirl

Wow. Gorgeous. I can't wait to see it all finished!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 1:05PM
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a2gemini

Thank you for sharing - That is gorgeous and can't wait for more.
I am drooling just waiting for more pictures...

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 2:43PM
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Linelle

Super gorgeous. Next time... :)

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 2:51PM
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annkathryn

Just beautiful and they did a fabulous job on the mitered edges. Can't wait to see more pictures!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 3:41PM
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nancyjla

Oh my, be still my heart. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 3:44PM
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island

Oh Michow you are a monster for snagging that fabulous stone! Sooo beautiful and exactly what I want. A white to gray stone with veined like marble without the hassle of marble! CHECK!
But it's Macaubas? I thought that stone always had a very linear pattern, no?? That's all I've seen here. I like the linear too, but I think it's too modern for what I have in mind. Maybe you or someone else can enlighten me.

I would also love to see a few close up shots of your stone when you have time. Can't wait to see your finished kitchen. What have you decided for a backsplash?

Your faucets are nice too. What type of sink will you have along the wall?

Oh wow I neeeeed that stone! Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 4:45PM
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Laura517

Gorgeous! I share your enthusiasm- that is one hot countertop! Please post more photos!!!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 4:52PM
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michoumonster

kaysd, the counters are 2.25". which i totally copied from firsthouse_mp. i really like the thickness from that extra quarter inch from the usual built-up edge. which edge profile did you choose for your counters? I am eagerly waiting to see yours!

island, the stone i got is called white macaubas at some yards and was called luce di luna and calacutta quartzite at other yards. I have also seen it called bianca quartzite. In my area, there are a few places that have it available in cross-cut format, which is what I got, which has fewer linear veins. The other format is straight cut, with the more striped effect. If you do a search, for michelle16 also NaRo on GW, you can see their gorgeous cross-cut counters. sochi, kiffgirl, jdknyc, and Babs711 have the straight-cut, which are also beautiful!
on the wall, i plan on putting a stainless steel apron sink. i guess they took it out to install the plumbing.
here is a pic of my island slab at the slabyard. it looks so much more dramatic as a whole slab, that it was almost a shame to cut it up.

This post was edited by michoumonster on Thu, Feb 28, 13 at 21:06

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 7:12PM
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sochi

Luscious and beautiful counters michoumonster! I love the cross cut. I can't wait to see it finished.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 9:25PM
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island

Yowza! What a beautiful slab! Jeez, that almost sounds obscene doesn't it? :>)
Thanks for the scoop on cross cut. Thanks also for listing others that have it. How do you keep track of that?

I remember sochi's beautiful modern space and hers always comes to mind when I think of a modern vibe with that linear stone. I will search for the others and look for that stone under other names.

Another buzy night searching on GW and Houzz for me again. It's addicting.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 9:49PM
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michoumonster

island, i guess i am a bit TKO like many others here, and researched everything to death.. right now, I am starting to feel burnt out, so not as much..
when looking for countertops, i hate to admit it, but i pretty much "stalked" GWers who posted anything to do with white macaubas. LOL! hope the list is useful to you!

good luck!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 9:57PM
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island

Funny mmonster! Now that you've passed on the names I'll take over the stalking!
Can you (or anyone ) give me some info on how they do the built up edge? Looks great, so chunky substantial. Does it require a special type of install? Is the whole slab sitting higher so doors and drawers clear the countertop? Is there a plywood top under the quartzite?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 11:23PM
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Kate618

LOVE!!!! My perimeter counters are quartzite & I LOVE them---the look of marble but I like how they are maintenance free

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 11:38PM
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southernmum

Gorgeous! What kind of wood is your island?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 12:10AM
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southernmum

Gorgeous! What kind of wood is your island?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 12:11AM
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michoumonster

island, most slabs in my area are 2cm, so most homes around here do a built-up edge. there is a plywood layer that lays on top of the cabinets. then the counters lay on top of the plywood. at the end of the counter is where the fabircator glues an extra piece to make the edge thicker, giving it the look of a solid thicker slab.

southernmum, my island is walnut wood.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 12:22AM
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gr8daygw

oh that turned out so so pretty. I love it!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 8:09AM
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kaysd

Michou, my island will have the same edge as yours -- 2.25" square mitered edge. The perimeter counters will be 2 cm - no build up. I like the looks of thin counters in pictures of European kitchens, and I didn't want to buy a 3rd slab just to have mitered edges everywhere. I am a bit nervous to see how the thinner counters turn out. My counters are being installed 1 week from today!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 2:15PM
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2LittleFishies

Gorgeous!!! Looking forward to seeing more ; )

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 7:20PM
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Peke

I went to see a slab yesterday. They told me it was a quartzite, but I didn't test it. Blanco Rhino is the name.

Peke

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 1:34PM
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Peke

I posted the wrong one. I meant to post the Calacatta. Is this what you were talking about with the linear veins? Is it the same as the White Macaubas?

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 1:37PM
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michoumonster

peke, that looks beautiful! what i meant by more linear stripes are these

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 1:48PM
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taggie

Oh that is gorgeous, and so luxurious with the thick edge. Beautiful!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 4:08PM
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Peke

Ok that is definitely different that I had imagined. I love the Rhino.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 6:02PM
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auroraborelis

michoumonster - now that you have had your counters for awhile, are they still holding up as you had hoped?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 8:16PM
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michoumonster

Hi Laura, i wish i could give you my experience, but unfortunately we have not been able to move into our house until just this week due to so many contractor issues. I have to admit we have not cooked or used the kitchen much at all. I am still cleaning and unpacking and noting things that still need to be done (like a working furnace, and dishwasher, lol) We are still not finished, but we got the ok for occupancy.
So far, our sloppy GC totally abused the counters (he put wood stain, his tools, and anything else on my unprotected counters) and they still look great and no stains or etches as far as I can tell-- wish i could say the same for my floors though. I can give you a better report in a month or so once we are settled.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 10:39PM
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firstmmo

I can't wait to see more pictures of the counters! It is simply gorgeous!!!!!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 4:41PM
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gothaml

michoumonster - if you have the time and are willing, I would love to see the rest of your kitchen and hear how your countertops are holding up. Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 5:18PM
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anj2000

michoumonster - your counters are so beautiful! How are they holding up?

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 12:33PM
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michoumonster

anj2000 and gotham, thanks for asking, i will be glad to give you an update on the counters after using them for about 4 months now. they have held up beautifully. they are totally low maintenance. i have cut lemons directly on them with no issues. no etching or staining from tomatoes, etc. either. i am not the most fastidious housekeeper and so just wipe them with clorox wipes or windex spray a couple hours after cooking with no dire results.
the only thing that does not wipe off easily is the hard water deposits, which i then have to use vinegar and scrub really hard to get off. but the vinegar also has not done any damage to the stone.
my counters are polished, so i think that helps with the cleaning. my whole family has really enjoyed the counters and we get lots of compliments from guests on them. everyone thinks it is marble.
i wouldn't hesitate to use this stone again or to recommend them to anyone. HTH!

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 8:30PM
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Mags438

Thank you for posting your absolutely beautiful quartzite! It is exactly what I've been looking for! Thank you also for providing specifics like cross-cut and the various stone names. I have been driving the stone ppl crazy asking for various stone names...cross-cut is the key.

Oh my goodness, thank you sooooo much!

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 10:36PM
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Mags438

I'm planning on soapstone perimeter countertops. I wonder how this quartzite would look honed? Would anyone have any pics? How do you think soapstone perimeters and polished quartzite on a small island look?

My remodel began just a week ago and the countertops is the only thing I have not selected yet.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 10:47PM
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anj2000

michoumonster, thanks for the update! So glad to hear that your gorgeous counters are holding up so well!!

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 7:56PM
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roo514

michoumonster, beautiful counters! I see you're from the Bay Area, can you share which yards carry the white macubas? I'd love to take a look, especially at the crosscuts.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 5:53AM
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strayer

Beautiful ! I love that swirly pattern on the macaubus that is cut that way.

mags, I have the stripey version of the macaubus on my island and leathered antique brown on the perimeter and it looks good. So I think the combo of macaubus and soapstone would look great. My leathered dark counter is sort of soapstoney looking from afar because it's not shiny, so that's why I am saying I think your combo idea would look great.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 8:12AM
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michoumonster

roo, i got my slabs from Pietra Fina in Hayward. They also carry it at IRG in brisbane. many other yards have the stripey slabs though.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 1:28PM
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Errant_gw

It's beautiful! I love the mitered edge, and have the same on my granite :)

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 5:08PM
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roo514

Thanks, michoumonster! Can't wait to take a a look.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 10:48PM
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nancyjla

Michoumonster, I saved your pic to my Pinterest a long time ago (inspiration for my wht macaubus countertop!) and need to choose a prep faucet ASAP. I just saw your pic again and love your island faucet - can you tell me what it is? Do you like it and does it have a spray function? Thx in advance!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 3:28AM
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michoumonster

Hi Nancy, my island faucet is the kohler purist prep faucet. they have a taller version also.
i linked it below. i do like the faucet. it is fairly easy to clean the sink with it because it is a pull out model and the spray is pretty strong. one other thing i like is that it has two buttons so you can switch from spray to regular without having to turn off the faucet every time.

Here is a link that might be useful: kohler purist faucet

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:17PM
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nancyjla

Hi Michou, thanks so much for the info on your faucet. The funny thing is that I recently bought 2 of the Kohler Purist bathroom faucets for my boys' bathroom but somehow I didn't see the similarity with the one in your picture. Yours will look perfect in my kitchen...I'm off to buy it now. Thanks again for the quick response!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:02AM
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