super white quartzite irl--omg!!!!!!!!!

breezygirlMarch 18, 2011

I've seen pics of Super White (like in Firsthouse's beautiful kitchen) and drooled over it. Gorgeous, right? I saw a slab IRL today and I have to say that it is about 100 times more beautiful in person.

I looked around for it in my area last year. No one had it, but I was told that it was very expensive. I gave up. Today while up in the big city, the kids and I had 30 mins before we had to leave for home. What's a TKO to do? Why, go to a slab yard, of course.

The salesman was taking me to see a stone that might work as a contrast to my Carrara when I walked around a corner and saw IT. I must a have let out an audible gasp because the salesman gave me a funny look. I was blinded by the beauty. The colors! The swirls! The glow! The depth! It's really indescribable.

I stammered quietly, "that's .....that's....oh my.". He said that the one, single, solitary slab they had was on hold. After checking the computer while I tried to keep myself from grabbed that huge slab myself and making a run for it, he reported that there were actually 2 holds on it. More slabs were supposed to ship on September of last year. Ha. That means it's not coming. Oh, the heartbreak!

I looked at a few more stones much less beautiful and headed dejectedly for the car. If the stars align just right, maybe my third place bid for that piece of heaven will be enough. So count yourselves lucky if you live in an area where more than one slab shows up more often than once a year.

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pinch_me

That's the kind of luck I have. How far would you have to go to see more in person? I'd start toying with that idea!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2011 at 9:25PM
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erinct

Breezygirl -- Do you live near CT or NJ? We have four slabs on hold and are going tomorrow morning to pick out the two we want. Last we checked our stone yard had 10+ slabs between their CT and NJ yards. And the price was comparable to mid-upper priced granites.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2011 at 9:46PM
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lavender_lass

Breezy- If you're able to get the quartzite (hope you're lucky number 3) where are you planning to use it?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2011 at 9:47PM
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breezygirl

California, I believe. Only about a whole day's drive. But now that I think about it, I haven't checked down in Oregon for a while. That would only be a few hours.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2011 at 9:48PM
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marcolo

Last we checked our stone yard had 10+ slabs between their CT and NJ yards.

Name names, baby. Come on, sing!

Sorry, old movie on TV downstairs.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2011 at 9:51PM
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breezygirl

Erin--I'm on the other coast. Darn!

LL-- I think I'd give up my Carrara, put SW on the island, and then a honed or satin cheap black granite on the perimeter to compliment the SW. I think I'd have to do that in order to afford the SW. $$$$. You wouldn't believe how luminously stunning it is.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2011 at 9:53PM
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stephct

Erinct-

Hi Erica, I'm in CT also. Can I ask which stone yard? Do they fabricate or do you have your own fabricator? I keep reading about Super White on GW and would love to see it in person.
Thanks,
Stephanie

    Bookmark   March 18, 2011 at 9:54PM
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erinct

Our stone yard is European Granite and Marble Group, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT (www.egmcorp.com; 203.366.8600). They also have a yard in NJ but I'm not sure where. If you call I would ask for Manny or Tony -- they have been awesome to work with! I don't believe they fabricate (we're using someone recommended by our GC). Good luck!

Breezygirl -- Too bad you don't live near CT/NJ. The price really wasn't bad -- only ~$400 more than our original estimate for a mid priced granite.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2011 at 10:08PM
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stephct

Thanks so much Erica! Good luck tomorrow. Will you post pics of your slabs?

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marcolo

If you call I would ask for Manny or Tony

Or Sally or Pepe?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 1:06AM
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breezygirl

I think the extra expense of SW on my coast has to do with the scarcity of it here. You've got lots. That sometimes translates into less $.

Erin--please post pics tomorrow!

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erinct

Ha! Marcolo - you know your stuff! We're off to see Manny and Tony in a bit, and THEN we're off to see Sally or Pepe (our boys are currently fighting over which pizza place we should go do for lunch!).

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beekeeperswife

Pepe's? OMG, isnt' that the most incredible pizza? Isn't the oven something like a million degrees? And they just cook it for 5 seconds.....

we even have a Tshirt.

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elba1

EleMar in New Haven also had some - they call it white fantasy - it's either the same thing, or very similar.

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francoise47

Dear Leba1, Thanks for letting us know that it is also called "white fantasy". This opens up lots more hits on the google search.

I found this stunning White Fantasy kitchen on the Rabbit Runn design blog:

Here is a link that might be useful: White Fantasy Rabbit Runn kitchen

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kateskouros

breezy, if it's what you want KEEP LOOKING! there's nothing worse than feeling as if you've "settled" for something else!

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erinct

Hi Everyone! I've been trying to post pictures of the Super White we saw today, but I'm not having any luck. I'll have DH try to help me tomorrow . . .

We have three slabs of the Super White ready to be purchased by our fabricator, but now I'm having cold feet. I LOVE the stone, but I'm not sure how it will fit with the rest of our house. We have a pretty open floor plan and the kitchen is open to the dining room which is more or less gold and red and has a brass chandelier, and the family room which is also in the gold/tan/brown family. My "vision" for the kitchen is off white/creamy cabinets with light silvery gray/blue walls and chrome/nickel hardware. Can this work, or should I try to find a granite with grays and tans in it to make it flow better?

The other "problem" is that we've had five door samples made and none of the colors look great with the Super White other than Dove White which looks too gray in our room (but looked great at the granite yard). The other colors we've tried are BM Linen White (looks too dark and peachy for some reason), SW Bone China (which I really like but not with the Super White), SW Antique White (too dark), and BM Mascarpone (too yellow). If we decided to change the granite I'd probably do the SW Bone China door, which actually looks nice with a sample of Taupe granite and Persia Avorio granite we have. Any ideas?

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blfenton

I looked at the pictures of the White Fantasy Rabbit Runn kitchen and as beautiful as it is at first glance by the time I was finished I was bored with it and it was literally leaving me cold. It's very grey.
Breezygirl: I know you're on the Wet (I mean west) coast and with all the grey, rainy, dreary days that we get and if the Super White is grey like that - I don't know if that's the greatest choice for your area. Mmmmm- maybe that's why there isn't much of it on this coast. Too grey

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breezygirl

Elbal--thanks for the naming info.

Francoise--That's so beautiful!

Kate--I spent a few hours googling around to see if I could find it in Washington or Oregon. No luck, but I called my fabricator. They'll make some calls for me Monday morning to see if they can track some down.

Erin--You have an account on a photo sharing website, right? Follow Buehl's instructions on the "Read Me" thread and you should be fine. I wanna see your slabs!

I hear you about finding the right white for cabs with stones that read gray. I've got some Carrara slabs on hold. DH fell in love. I had wanted a granite with a creamier background, like Bianco Antico, with creamy cabs. BM Mascarpone looks good in my light. I've been stewing over my Carrara sample trying to see which whites look best. It's very tough. My little paint chip of Dove White looks good with it, but, like you, it seems very gray in my light. Cotton Balls looked good in my light with my little stone chunk, but when I compared the tiny paint chip to the huge slab of Carrara it was too yellowy. My cab maker's painter is doing a sample door in Dove White so I'm trying to reserve judgement until I see the door with the slab.

I use a lot of browns and earthy tones in my house. I'm absolutely no good at colors and decorating, but it seems like gray is the opposite of those. Most of my rooms will now be mostly open to each other so I need to be careful with the gray. Super White is much more gray than my Carrara, but still..... I don't know.

Here's my Carrara:

And closer:

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 3:38AM
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breezygirl

Bl--I struggle with that too, even with my Carrara. Is that too gray? I've posted so many times here when I see a beautiful gray paint, or someone asking for help choosing tiles with gray, etc., etc., that while I like gray I could not use it myself given that I live where it is gray and dreary so many months of the year. Now here I am looking at gray counters!

There's something about the classical, timeless elegance of gray that speaks to me.

BTW, the SW I saw in Seattle on Friday was not dark, but a beautiful, glowing silver with creamy white. Who knows what other slabs look like IRL.

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erinct

Ok, I uploaded the pics to photobucket and here goes . . .





Like Breezy said, the slabs are even more beautiful in person. They appear a bit darker in the pictures, not as pearly. And the cab colors don't look bad in the pictures either, but IRL they don't really go as well. I couldn't sleep last night trying to figure out if this is the right stone for us. Maybe if it were even lighter and less gray?!? Or maybe we should try to find something with tan in it. Any advice is welcome!!

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cjc123

There is quite a bit of Super White in the stone yards in RI/Mass. Here is a photo of one of mine slabs one year ago. Like all stones the design/colors vary. From Kitchen before and after From Kitchen before and after

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cjc123

Sorry, forgot to put in MSI's info...
MS International
1080 University Ave.
Norwood, MA 02062
HUGE slab room! just don't go on Saturday (busy busy) and dress warm!
Quartzite was over in the marble area.

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lavender_lass

Breezy- It is a beautiful stone, but the gray might be a concern, especially without a lot of natural light. I could see it being cool and elegant, in an area that gets a lot of sunlight (like Italy) but with rainy days...maybe if it's not so gray, in person. Are there any other stones, with creamy/tan tones, that you and DH have liked?

Erin- If you can't bring a sample home, to test the stone in your space, why not take some fabrics in similar colors, and try it with the stone? It's a big commitment, and unless you're planning to redecorate your other rooms, it might be a good idea to try the colors, and maybe look at other stones, while you have your fabrics with you. Even if it's not the exact fabric, take some towels or pillow cases, in similar tones. Just an idea :)

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cjc123

erinct... Can you ask your paint store if they make a custom mix color called Anderson Window White? I "REALLY" love the color, it is a greyer white, matches the windows perfectly and bonus looks fabulous with my super white quartzite. CT is not that far away from RI might be an option?!?!? Good luck Cindy

I have bleeker beige on the walls in one room and the anderson white trim looks lovely.

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blfenton

Breezygirl: I googled(which you have probably already done) -kitchens with super white counters - (without the dashes) and a few pictures come up. One was sparklekitties kitchen but she has a mix of white cabinets and light red oak. If your heart is set on this counter top maybe mixing up your cabinets might help to soften the greyness that might result. What is your floor going to be. The floor in the above Rabbit Runn kitchen is dark stained hard wood and even that, IMHO, wasn't enough to warm up the greyness of that kitchen.

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sparklekitty

Put it in 7 months ago. Got it from Marble and Granite in MA (also in CT), their website shows some in inventory right now. As a distributor, they sell to fabrictors so you might be able to get it. Your fabricator might be willing to bring it down, even if you don't choose it, if the demand is high in your area.

We called all the local distributors and fabricators and had them email photos and describe their slabs. There is some variation; more gray, more white, swirly versus "chunky", more or less contrast. We looked at everything in search of something more white than gray, with contrast and a bit of a tan/peach undertone (very subtle.) We chose honed, but polished is beautiful as well.

Here are some photos (not very good of the quartzite.) It is not as photogentic as marble, almost looks dusty.

Here is a link to an album of white quartzites we looked at last spring, you can see the variation. http://s932.photobucket.com/albums/ad166/sparklekitty_kitchen/White%20Quartzite%20or%20Granite%20Slabs/

On the subject of white paint, we went with BM Dove Wing on the island and cabinets that were painted, which has a very slight gray/green undertone and looks great with the superwhite. Some of the BM stores have an in house color person that work part time to help with picking colors. We found it very helpful. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Marble & Granite Super White Quartzite

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firstmmo

Breezy: I know the White Granite totally "speaks" to you, as it did to me. My White Princess (what it was named by the slabyard), has a decidedly less gray cast to it than those shown by sparklekitty or erinct. Perhaps seeing if the next shipment might be more uniform in color? The graining on mine is quite fine and not very distinct which makes it appear much more white. On fact, if anything, there appears to be a slight greenish tone to it. If you look carefully, you can see some blue-ish/greenish stones embedded in the slabs.

I spoke directly with the owner of Davinci Marble and Tile in San Carlos, CA (Joe) and he was very helpful when ordering these slabs. He told me the scheduling of the next shipment, how many slabs he had purchased, etc. At Davinci they called it White Princess. The picture below on the conveyor belt is the photo he sent me to preview before I even came in.




I chose Simply White by BM for the paint of the cabinets and all of my walls. Simply White is fairly creamy but in large doses looks fairly white but with a warm tone.

Good Luck! Hope you get it!

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yellowdog2

I also happen to love Super White. When I started to freak out about cabinet color choices I decided that the counter will lay on top and not face you like it does in the slab yard, so maybe I will have more room for color choices without worrying about making it match (I had to do some self-talk there). I was going to do Simply White until my DH said he can't do a white kitchen. You'll love this...I'm doing gray. We shall see.

Erin and firsthouse: I think your stone's are beautiful

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noellabelle

Beautiful!!!

I got my granite at the CT location that Sparkle Kitty got hers. I really liked dealing with that place. I would have tried the bridgeport one or elemar in New Haven if I hadn't found the one for me.

And we are definitely a Pepe's family! We've found a trick that works for us. On Sundays in the summer, we stop in after church right when they open, and there's usually little/no wait since Yale's out. My 6 yr old never wants pizza from anywhere else!

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erinct

firsthouse mp: I love your granite! It is definitely less gray and more soothing than the SW we looked at, which I think is closer to the look I'm after. I'm planning to call the granite yard this morning to see if we can hold off a little longer. Something just doesn't feel right about what we chose . . .

Thanks so much for everyone's thoughts -- this really is such a great forum! I'm also going to look at the paint colors mentioned.

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momqs

erinct - we have the same stone as firsthouse but our yard called it White Pearl Granite.

Try CH Briggs - Telford PA - 1-800-355-1000.

According to their website they have it in stock. Good luck!

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erinct

Thanks momqs -- I'll definitely check out their website!

What is everyone's thought on doing a cream cabinet (i.e., SW bone china which is similar to BM Linen White) with the Super White granite. I'm color challenged so I always try to match things, but a friend really thinks that the creamy color would warm up the kitchen and provide a nice contrast. I'm so afraid of making the wrong decision . . .

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kellied

I'm having a hard time thinking that the cool white of the slab should be with a warmer white in the cabinets. Sort of reminds me of the barn red house with red geraniums planted in front. Those two shades just did not go together and set my teeth on edge every time I looked at it.

Also, what you see standing back is so different than what you see up close. DH had to remind me when we were choosing flooring to set it on the ground to look at it instead of arm's length. Same with kitchens. Beautiful up close could be boring from a ways back.

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lavender_lass

White Princess is the only granite I've seen (on the forum) that really looks like marble. I can only imagine, how beautiful it must be in person. I'd love to find some for my bathroom vanity, but I haven't seen any available, in our area.

Breezy- Road trip to CT? (LOL)

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erinct

kellied -- I love the barn/geranium analogy! That really made a lot of sense to me, because I would feel the same way seeing that (which is why I tend toward matchy-matchy even though I love when rooms are more "layered"). And I hear you on the other advice, but I'm not sure how to implement that with the cabinet/granite choices. I have a small sample of the granite, but I really can't see it from a distance when I prop the door up to it. The door samples show above in my earlier post are Dove White (door w/smaller square in middle), Linen White (door w/larger square in middle) and Bone China (rectangular door). Assuming the colors were accurate in the pictures do you think any of the doors work with the granite or do you think we'd need something whiter?

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blfenton

This might be exaggerating the barn/geranium colour analogy - but cream cabinets - yellow and super white - grey. I don't think I would try it.

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kellied

I almost think that the cabinets and counters would not compliment each other. Sure, they are both white, but will each make the other more beautiful than it was alone? To me it should flow smoothly.

If when you look at it is just "okay", or "it'll do", then it isn't the right combo. If you look at it and say "oh, yes!" then you have hit it on the head.

Are you locked into white cabinets? If so, maybe a whitewashed would be better. If not, possibly a lighter wood which would still maintain the airiness of the kitchen but not fight with the stone. If you think of the counter as a blue/gray rather than white it helps. If you are dead set on the white cabinets, explore ALL the stone choices available to you. You may find something similar that works better.

Everyone has their own personal taste so don't let mine deter you from what you really want to do.

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riley605

breezy and anyone else looking who is near any of these slab yards: about a month ago, I saw quite a bit of 2 or 3 diff white quartzes (sp?) in Dallas.

IMC, the Dallas yard, is nationwide so you could definitely check, and they can get anything from their other branches.

Then I saw even more at a place in OKC called Pacific Shores. I'd never heard of it, but googled it and I believe they have a WC, maybe CA location? The WC yard has their current inventory online.

These were all slabs at the OKC location of Pacific Shores:

Super White - I think this quartz?

Grey Goose - def quartz, I believe

Tidal White - granite, very similar to my River White

White Marble Glass - don't know for sure what this is, granite or Quartz?

Just wanted to put that out there, if anyone is either near TX/OK, or has an IMC or Pacific Shores w/in a comfortable distance!

I, too, have been looking for a clean white countertop (after deciding I didn't want to pay for Caesarstone and I guess that rules out any of the "Quartzite" options) AND, have decided on River White Granite. The movement is so subtle and the color (what there is) is so random and found in small dots here and there, that is reads completely white unless on top of it.

I wish I had a good pic of my River White (even less going on than in the Tidal White above), but good to all out there looking for a white countertop!

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breezygirl

I let this thread get away from me after I started it. Sorry about that. My search has been fruitless. Nothing in Washington or nearby Oregon in SW or White Princess/White Pearl. My fabricator says shell keep looking, but I'm not holding out hope. Maybe it's a sign to stick with my gorgeous Carrara.

Thanks to everybody for posting pretty pics. So great to see Firsthouse's, Sparklekitty's, and cjc's kitchens again. Love, love the White Princess even better than SW I think for my climate because it's less gray.

Lavender--I'll swing by and pick you up on the way! ;). Excellent point about the grey working in Italy to counteract the intense sun and heat. I have the opposite problem in my neighborhood. Can you believe that I get more rain here than Seattle?!

Blfenton--floors will be warm brown oak. I'm planning on medium to dark, but not so dark to show all the scratches or be too trendy. I thought about a dark wood island with painted perimeter cabs, but, again, I think that's trendy. I don't think I can pull off two cab colors and two counter materials.

Erin--I think the dove white works. I found a color last night on my BM PBK color chart that you might want to look at. It's called White Violet. It doesn't read violet at all in my light. I tried the little chip with my Carrara sample. It looks great--white, but not stark. It's a cooler white, but not a dullish grayish like white dove looks in my light. When I put it against a real bright white, it even seems white but not cold. I'm pretty curious how it would look in a bigger swatch.

Have you looked at Firsthouse's recommendation of BM Super White? Bone White is waaaaaay to cream for a white/gray stone. Can you get White Princess quartzite in your area?

I've seen a few kitchens, mostly on Houzz, of Carrara (grey to me) counters with a much warmer cab color. It looks a bit off to me, but then I think that since fancy kitchen designers designed them and they are featured in stylish blogs, that color combo must work. Or does it? I have a weird color sense (just ask my cousin kellied above), but I think cool colors belong with cool colors and warm colors belong with warm colors. Cream reads warm to me, and grey reads cool.

There have been lots of discussions here about whites and mixing them. Someone reported that some famous designer (maybe Sarah Richardson) said something about how any white will go with any white. Just layer them on and it works. I think those slabs of SW you've looked at read to grey to work with this theory, but maybe you can use it if you find a more white stone.

If you're still stuck, start a thread of your own with your situation and you'll probably get much more help. It's tough to choose something so expensive that you'll have to live with for so long!

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erinct

That's great advice! Thanks so much for your help everyone. I think I'm trying to make it work because our GC really needs to know our cabinet color but I don't want to commit until I find the granite that would go with it. So even though it's not convenient for anyone, I guess I better take some time to make sure we're making the right decision. Once I get a combination that I think works I'll post for everyone's thoughts.

breezygirl -- That's so awesome that your cousin is on here and is as interested in kitchen design as you seem to be. I feel so alone in making all these decisions and I'm way over my head. So I can't tell you how much I appreciate everyone's help and ideas on this blog!!!

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kellied

Oh, Breezygirl is way ahead of me on kitchen interest. I just want one that works that doesn't look terrible. She's a lot more TKO than I am!

erinct - fall in love with a stone then choose a cabinet to go with it!

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mbarbie

Hi All,
We went with what our supplier in CT called Vermont White Quartzite and it's really not that grey at all and goes well with the BM White Dove on the cabinets. We mixed it with a black granite with white streaks called Via Lactea ( Dushi Marble & Granite) 203-978-0038 Stamford,CT

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lavender_lass

Breezy- You get more rain...than Seattle??? Yikes! Well, at least you don't have to worry about watering your garden :)

Erin- Here are a few pictures of kitchens with different whites. I also added a few examples, with a backsplash color, that might help to tie together different whites. Also, if you like the idea of two colors of cabinetry...dark wood with marble top might be nice. Hope this gives you some ideas!

This is a work table, but same idea of the darker wood, with the marble top.

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erinct

lavendar lass -- Thanks so much for the inspiration photos! I love the cabinet color in the first and fifth pictures -- any idea what color they are? And I've always loved a wood top on islands, but I'm afraid that it wouldn't wear well in our busy kitchen (we have two boys and they have really marked up our eat-in-kitchen wood table -- lots of dents and marker colors!). I really like the overall look of the first kitchen (even love the gray fabric under the sink -- kinda what I had in mind for the wall color). Do you think that look could be achieved with a Super White granite or is the granite too gray? Thanks again for taking the time to post those!!!

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erinct

mbarbie -- I love the look of your island, and your perimeter! Maybe I should consider different stones. I was just worried that our kitchen wasn't large enough to handle two different stones. Also, would you mind sharing your wall color? It's very similar to what I was thinking. Maybe a tad darker (because our kitchen tends to be a bit dark), but I could always ask them to lighten it! Thanks so much for posting the picture!!!

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lavender_lass

Erin- I'm sorry, I don't know the exact colors, but they are pretty! I think your granite would look wonderful, if you're planning to use some gray, anyway. The first kitchen has a lot of wood accents, which seem to be warming it up...and the terra cotta pots with plants :)

As far as a wood top on the island...why not get something you love and urethane the heck out of it? If you're not planning to cut directly on it, that's what I would do...it's almost indestructible and I don't think the boys could do too much damage. It would warm up the gray and white, too. If you get a satin urethane, it might not be so shiny, more like that first photo.

No matter what you decide to use for colors and finishes, just remember, your accent pieces can really tie everything together and warm it up, quite a bit. I like the way the silver trophies tie in the gray and add some sparkle (in the first photo) and contrast nicely, with the older, rustic wood sign and small cutting boards, behind the plants and bread container.

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juniork

breezy, and all of you in the SF bay area, I just came upon this at Bedrosian's, in San Jose. My contractor just gave me their name. Most of my basic tile, etc, I'm going to go to that place the contractors go to...limited selection, but excellent pricing, but he says that Bedrosian's sometimes has good clearance sales.

Super White
Type: Slab - Granite

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SUPER WHITE LEATHER FINISH SLAB 2CM
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    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 2:53PM
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breezygirl

Too bad San Jose is so far away from me in Washington.

Riley-- thanks for the info. I've never seen Tidal Wave IRL.

Mbarbie--that is one gorgeous stone! I don't think I've ever seen your kitchen before. Do you have any pics of your black granite to share too? Please?

Lavender--I haven't seen the white kitchen with those blue-grey subways in a while. It's so gorgeous. On, what I wouldn't give for tall ceilings!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 3:22PM
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mbarbie

erinct- the color is Benjamin Moore Amsterdam and I absolutely love it
breezygirl- I have lurked for a while and used the wisdom of Gardenweb to plan and finish my kitchen but have not yet posted pictures but will soon!
The black granite is Via Lactea and is cooler than I could have imagined-I would advise anyone thinking of doing two separate stones to go for it

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 5:20PM
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Pipdog

We considered Super White (and I actually looked at the slabs at Bedrosians a few months back), but they had too much grey in them for me. Our cabs are slightly creamy (Dunn & Edwards Whisper), so we went with a lighter quartzite called Madre Perla/Mother of Pearl. It has shades of white, grey, green and iridescent movement in it. It is also very durable.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 5:46PM
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firstmmo

mbarbie: I love your kitchen, especially the pearlescent backsplash. It's divine!

Lavender: Those are such beautiful pics. Very inspirational.

Thanks for the hint about Bedrosians. I have a few friends in the Bay Area that might need a good resource like this. Awesome tip!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 10:23PM
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breezygirl

There you go Pip, showing off that drool-enducing MOP again. ;) I was at the granite yard looking at tiles for the bathroom the other day and say a couple of MOP slabs. I've never seen IRL before. Photos do not do that stone justice. It's even prettier. Too bad they're out of my budget.

Mbarbie--thanks for more shots of your kitchen. Your black granite is very pretty. I'm now looking very much forward to your kitchen reveal. Please post it for everyone to admire. That bs looks like what Pip used in hers. I LOVE it! And your kitchen!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 2:23AM
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erinct

The Mother of Pearl granite looks like it has a nice mix of cream, gray and tan -- is that the case in real life? If so, that would blend really well with the silvery/blue colors I want for the kitchen and the tans/golds I have in rooms adjoining the kitchen, and may make it flow better. I've never seen that stone around here though, so maybe it won't be possible. I'll have to make some phone calls today.

I also LOVE mbarbie's backsplash! Do you think that bs would look good up against the Super White type granites on the perimeter, or is it better against a darker countertop on the perimeter? Would they compete too much? Not be enough contrast?

mbarbie: Thanks for the wall color -- I'm going to get the card today!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 9:14AM
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mbarbie

erinct-it's funny how the picture makes the backspash look pearlescent but its actually a carrera marble 1/2x2 polished glass tile. I think the camera bounced some light off of it. I ordered it at glasstilestore.com and you can purchase a 1/4 sheet sample to take with you to see if it matches the granite you like.I did that and it was really helpful. Although the tone does look primarily greyish there are some small streaks of brown in some of the sheets that we installed.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 11:08AM
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erinct

WOW -- that's amazing how different they look. The picture does look very shimmery and iridescent. Both are beautiful! Do you think the bs would have looked good up against your island stone? Or would it be too much the same? It looks BEAUTIFUL set off from it.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 12:32PM
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elba1

erinct - I believe I recently saw a similar mother of pearl slab at Everestmarble in Norwalk - you could call first to make sure they still have it.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 1:03PM
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mbarbie

erinct-I had the exact same concern with the backsplash and the island stone which is why we went with the dark granite on the perimeter. Getting a sample and taking it with you could really be an eye opener with regards to "matching" dilemna. We got our slabs from Everest Marble as well.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 2:42PM
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juniork

Oops! Sorry breezy, thought you were in CA! First house, you may want to mention Terico tile to your friends, too. I was blanking on the name, previously. I think of it as the Costco of tile, but much more disorganized! Incredible prices for marble and tile, just very limited selection. Pip dog, that is one stunning slab! And barbie, beautiful backsplash! Going to check out your tile store site right now. Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 12:09AM
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elba1

Elemar in New Haven also had it.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 9:13AM
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yellowdog2

mbarbie, thank you for sharing your backsplash and paint details. Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to see the full reveal!!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 10:00AM
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finestra

We just looked at two different slabs. The first was Vermont White "granite" which the dealer said is really Brazilian marble. It was beautiful. Polished it really did seem to have the texture of granite.

The other was white quartzite which had a lot of "sparkle" in it. It was much whiter but was not as smooth in appearance or touch. The dealer said that the Vermont white is the harder of the two, but neither is as hard a granite. We would be required to sign a waiver if either were used in the kitchen.

How does the Vermont white hold up for those of you who own it? The quartzite too. Does either stain or etch? I am a little concerned that they said the Vermont white was really Brazilian marble.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 9:32AM
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cjc123

Finestra, this is the frustrating part of these stone dealers. As I mentioned before, one year ago I was told by multiple people in the yards that Super White was quartzite from Brazil, Dolomite, not quite Marble, not quite granite. (called my dealer last week and the owners wife told me it was "granite")It is really ridiculous. If you can call a few other stone yards and ask them if they have Vermont White and ask them to tell you what kind of stone they think it is!?!?
I will answer your question re: staining etching of quartzite, my super white etched the first month, since then those etch marks disappeared! I think it had something to do with the sealer curing. It does scratch if something rough is pushed or pulled across it.
Get a sample and test it out at home ;-)

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 10:31AM
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sochi

finestra - I have a light quartzite (luce di luna or quartzite bianca) - it doesn't etch or stain, assuming it is sealed well.

Love that super white breezy! Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 12:04PM
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rhome410

I am late to this conversation...But always am both amused and frustrated about the reputation of gray. There are SO MANY grays, and not all give the same impression of battleship or dreary-cloud gray. And I don't read the same concern about using black granite perimeters in the same environment, which is darker and drearier?

But, as a gray-lover, I am biased. I live in the same PNW clouds and rain, but don't feel my house, that has many different grays, including kitchen counters, and other cool colors, is dreary or cold. But the floors, furnishings, accessories, etc. make a big difference, as will your warm, wood floors and your personal touches. Your many big windows opening your house to light in every direction will make a difference. Even your gardens out the windows will contribute to the feel of your interior.

I caution you not to trust the little chip of anything, especially called Violet White. ;-) Definitely get a sample of it and paint it on a sizable scrap of wood, so you can really see it...and maybe check it's 'recipe' to see what tints it has in it.

If white-white is the only thing going with the counter and you're not feeling comfortable with that, how about another light color for the cabinets, like dove (creamy) gray, taupe, or something that has more depth, like butterscotch or tan, that won't look like 'close, but a miss.'

I forget what happened to the Bianco Antico you originally wanted...Did DH not like it?

I do hope you find exactly what you'll absolutely LOVE every time you walk in the room.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 1:37PM
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francoise47

Hi All,

Another amazing Super White kitchen. This thanks to the NKBA 2011 kitchen design competition.

Here is a link that might be useful: NKBA 2011 Super White kitchen

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 4:38PM
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breezygirl

Francoise--beautiful kitchen, but those pendants remind me of UFOs from an old movie. ;). I adore the wood floor. That's the look I'm going for with mine. Not too dark, but very warm brown without red tones.

Rhome--As usual, you are right. Right about how my new windows will bring in much more light AND from different directions. And right about the view from outside. There is so much green outside my windows for many months of the year from my gardens and from the evergreens in the surrounding yards. And a floor like that one above would help too.

I would thoroughly check out any color, including White Violet, before deciding on any color. I don't want violet cabs!

My problem isn't so much white on white; it's that the white of my Carrara reads so cold white/gray to me. SW or any of the other white/gray quartzites are off the table now as they can't be found in Washington or surrounds. The new kitchen will be very open to the rest of the house, and those cool colors aren't/weren't part of the color schemes of those rooms. If the kitchen was isolated, I wouldn't care as much. How do I make a cool white/gray kitchen work with the browns, burgundies, and golds from the other rooms? It's probably only an issue in my head. I'll try those other tones you mentioned.

As far as the Bianco Antico goes, that is my favorite granite. DH never really clicked with it or any of the other granites I showed him the few times he actually agreed to go look. Something in the back of my head was holding me back from just doing it anyway. After reading here for over a year that marble can work in a kitchen, I decided to check it out. I had dreams 20 years ago about one day having a marble kitchen, but back then I only heard NO! Don't do that so I let it go. DH went with me to see that 4cm Carrara my fabricator told me about, and he fell in love the second they pulled those slabs out. It felt right to me too. It's beautiful, elegant, different than granite that most people put in, fulfills a long-time dream, and DH and both agree on it. Maybe I'll put BA in the kids bath next year.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 3:18AM
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erinct

Breezygirl -- It sounds like we have similar color issues. Our kitchen is very open to other rooms as well which are all in the same color scheme as you described, particularly the dining room which has a predominantly deep red and gold rug and gold walls (the rug is the Keshan Red/Gold rug from Ethan Allen and the furniture is from their Tuscany collection which has a pretty heavy feel to it -- it was our first furniture decision after getting married and doesn't really fit with us at all but that room is done and DH doesn't want to revisit it except for minor paint/curtain changes). I'm trying to lighten things up and transition to more of our color scheme with off white cabinets and silvery blues, but I can't figure out how to make the transition work so it fits with the rest of the house. The dining room rug does have some hints of a light grey/green color in it and I was thinking maybe I could switch out the red drapes to match that color instead. Are you planning to incorporate any of the golds and reds in your kitchen? Going with a marble is more neutral, so you could probably bring in any color right? As much as I love the lighter SWs, I'm not sure if they'll be too gray and too hard to get the flow I want from room to room.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 9:48AM
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swickbb

That Super White is incredibly beautiful stuff. I took a piece home when I was choosing granite for my kitchen. It hadn't been sealed yet so I don't know if that makes a difference or not, but it seriously etched in seconds when putting a piece of lemon on it. That's what turned me off to it, as beautiful as it is. Although, you could rub lemon all over it and make it even whiter! :-) From Kitchen Design

Here is a link that might be useful: Super White

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 2:46PM
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CheriPatrice

Pipdog, that slab looks gorgemous! Everyone else, ALL beautiful. I also loved the white/grays.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 3:14PM
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athomesewing

breezygirl,

I thought of you today when I ran across this granite at a Seattle yard, called Moon Night.

Here is a link that might be useful: Their Website

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 3:30PM
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aokat15

I wish I had seen this thread earlier... just in case you're still looking, breezy - this stone looks so much like my countertops called "Donna Sandra". Mine is technically a marble, although the stone yard said it was a much more durable marble than calcutta, carrera, etc so they actually recommend it for kitchen-use. There is another poster on here who has Donna Sandra granite - and it looks extremely similar. Anyway, if you are still looking - look under Donna Sandra as well!!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 3:50PM
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aokat15

In terms of cabinet color - our cabs are painted BM China White which I think looks perfect with the Donna Sandra.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 3:59PM
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aokat15

Also, White Vermont granite looks just like Donna Sandra - again if you're still looking :)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 4:50PM
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cloud_swift

BreezyGirl, Bedrosians is a chain with yards in a number of western states (and, oddly, Florida). It looks like there is one in Kent, Washington. I don't know how far away they would do it for, but when we wanted Azul do Mar in larger slabs than their Rancho Cordova yard had, they located some in the San Jose yard and moved them to our's so that we could take a look. Pretty nice of them since we had already said we would be okay with the size they had locally. The slabs they moved were just as nice and let us have one seam in our L rather than two.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 5:10PM
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writersblock

>(and, oddly, Florida)

Probably because major ports of entry for European marbles, tiles, and a lot of stuff from South America are Miami and Jacksonville.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 5:49PM
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cloud_swift

swickbb, if it etched, it isn't quartzite. Quartzite is almost entirely made from quartz so it doesn't etch. There seems to be a problem with the name "Super white" being used for more than one type of stone. Some is quartzite and fine; some isn't and etches. They can look similar but be different stones. And sellers will sometimes say it is the quartzite when it isn't.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 10:42PM
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thx4help

Hi, I am looking to purchase white quartzite in the bay area. Pipdog, kindly let me know where you saw the made perla? I would greatly appreciate it if others could share as well.

Thx

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 11:01AM
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dcethridge

Looking - desperately - for White Fantasy/real Super White quartzite in Boston/Providence area. I'm looking for the white with grey veins - just like cararra marble but quartzite. Anyone know where I might find a slab??

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 7:19PM
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oliviasmom7

Here are my slabs! Its Super White and it is SO... much more beautiful in person!! I found it at a place called Crocodile Rocks, just north of Seattle. They have prices on all of their slabs!! So I'm paying $33 per sq/ft!! And the people there are so so.. nice and helpful. They have the most white marble slabs I've seen in one place! Oh... it was so tempting..

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 8:58PM
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