Marble Lovers, come out, come out wherever you are!
I went to the granite yard yesterday and was wandering around looking at slabs, when what should I see? A stunning piece piece of Carrera marble peeking out from behind a slab of some unknown stone. It was so beautiful! When the gal helping me said it made a great countertop and that Carrera was pretty hard and stain proof, (she pointed out that floors in State buildings are made of marble as well as other high traffic areas.), I began think envision it in my kitchen. My husband was a bit dubious when I mentioned it, but he said it was up to me. I read every thread I could find last night, (my eyes were burning out of my head by the time I was done!), and saw loads of pictures of various states of etching. (You all have some beautiful kitchens!). I feel I can live with etching and staining doesn't seem to be a huge issue, (or is it?). My husband went to look on his lunch hour today, and the guy (at the same place), he spoke with said that marble is very soft and likely not a good choice for us. He told my husband that it scratches very easily. So, now my husband is thinking it may not be such a great idea, but it's still up to me. Let me give you a quick mental picture of where and how we'd use it, and then I'll ask a few questions. Our perimeter cabinets are white and the perimeter counters are butcher block stained walnut with a reddish tinge. The island is comprised of dark stained cabinets and it is 3x8 ft. The marble would go on the island. There is a prep sink on one end, and seating at the other. The island is our main work surface, and though I am one that uses cutting boards, my family sometimes doesn't. We have nine children ages 21, 19, 16, 14, 12, 10, 9, 3, 1. The younger four often sit at the counter and do projects. The island is not in direct sunlight. It is also our landing space for groceries that need to be put away.
1.) Am I insane for even considering marble? I'm not "fussy", but I don't want my very expensive island to look awful. Patina is fine, "what the heck happened??" isn't. : )
2.) How badly does marble scratch? Are we talking gouges or a line you can see, but not feel? If someone does their schoolwork, will the pen or pencil leave grooves?
3.) How bad is chipping / breaking?
4.) Can the children use Play Doh on the marble? Finger paint (on paper)?
I can live with etching, but I'd be bummed if I had colored stains or if there were chips and breaks all over.
I really appreciate your patience with "more marble questions" and I value your input. (By the way, I ran to HD and picked up a pack of Carrera tiles to play with. They say they were made in China though, so maybe not as good of quality? They are also honed and the slab is polished.)