Hi! I've been lurking forever and you guys have been so incredibly influential on my kitchen design and finishes. So thanks for that!
My conundrum is that I've fallen in love with expensive and sensitive counters. So in love that everything else pales horribly in comparison. It's called Brazilian Arebescato quartzite (looks a lot like Super White). Unfortunately, it does not cut glass, so I suspect that it is more of a marble. I've tested it to death. It doesn't stain, but the polished version etched pretty badly. I read that the resin that it's topped with could be what etches. Sure enough, when I test the side of the sample, it doesn't etch. I have decided to go with honed, but can't get samples to test, so I would do so with fingers crossed.
I am redoing our entire kitchen on a very tight budget and the counters are nearly a third of the budget. We are using Ikea cabinets for our lower cabs and pantries, but need Scherr's 36" uppers, due to low ceiling.
I am not spending enough at Ikea to qualify for the sale price right now, but I would if I purchased my counters through them. Problem is I can't do quartzite through them.
We are not the tidiest family of all time and I know that my DH will not even attempt to baby our counters (I just finished cleaning his pancake batter off from breakfast). So my concern is, do I just go with a quartz counter that I feel is so so and save the money (and qualify for the Ikea sale price), or do I just spend the money and get the counters I love and get more fastidious about cleaning the kitchen up quickly?
I would appreciate all feedback. I'm planning a trip to Ikea over the weekend to order and I'm stressing about this big decision.