rave for leathered jet mist!
since my counter decision was the MOST PAINFUL of my entire kitchen/dining renovnation, I wanted to come back and post about what we finally decided on and my thoughts on it.
I thought I wanted the white/gray look that I always admire in other kitchens. I looked at all sorts of super white, supreme white, wicked white, calacutta macaubas (?)....all those versions...without luck. One granite yard swore up and down that theirs was quartzite and would not etch. It did. At first, I considered just dealing with etching but I knew it wasn't a good idea for me/my personality/our family. I didn't want to have to worry when we had company over about what other people were putting on the counter, or when the kids were home with a sitter. Luckily, dh talked me out of even considering it. So, back to the drawing board. We had cabinets installed for about 6 weeks at this point, and I still could not decide what to do. We first started looking at soapstone, but I wasnt' finding a slab I loved, and wasn't confident in my fabricator's ability to use that (they don't work with it often). They'd already done the templating (b/c we THOUGHT we were going with a wicked white slab) and the thought of starting over finding a new fabricator was just too much for me to deal with. Someone recommended leathered jet mist. We saw a slab (already reserved for someone else) and LOVED it. Waited a week for a new shipment, went to see what was available and really weren't crazy about the new slabs. They seemed very plain, not much white movement. But, at this point, the counter search had gone on way too long. We pulled the trigger and counters were installed less than a week later.
that was about 6 weeks ago. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. The look is so different from what I thought I wanted, but now I can't imagine having light counters in our space. We have a very casual "homey" colonial home and the jet mist just seems perfect for it. I was so happy with our decision to not "risk" etching with another product 2 nights ago when my 9 year old helped me make the lemon vinagrette for our dinner salad. Lemon juice everywhere? No problem!
Of course everyone's style is different and my opinion is just one, but for anyone on the fence, I really have to say that leathered jet mist is beautiful :-)
(disclaimer: only had them about 6 weeks, so can't speak to longevity - but so far, no issues)
This post was edited by kitchen-reno on Fri, Jun 6, 14 at 10:03