Advice on soapstone for the not so pristine family

NJadditionOctober 20, 2013

Hello. We are adding an addition to our 100 year old Four Square. I love soapstone!! I am not a fan of shiny kitchens and have no problem with patina and love the look of a warm lived in room. However we have 3 kids under the age of 10, we are not the neatest family. Quite frankly, we have been known to go to bed after a get together and leave the dishes until the morning. There have been mornings when I realize I forgot to wipe the countertops the night before. Just putting it all out there. The kids are .... Well rough and clumsy as kids should be. My question, while clearly I can handle the look of not so fancy countertops are we a disaster waiting to happen if we move forward with soapstone? Concerned about chips, gouges, and creating even worse marks and stains and water rings for a family that is prone to them. We would like to be more organized. Concerned about making it worse.

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Oh my gosh NJ, soapstone would be perfect for you. It's what laboratory benches used to be made of. You probably want to start out with it unoiled, and as the sins multiply over the years, you can oil it before company comes over. It comes in several varieties so if gouging is a real possibility, choose one of the harder stones.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 9:14AM
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I wouldn't be fearful of using soapstone based on your description. But what I would do is read as much from gardenweb about how to make sure you get good soapstone, and possibly even find a recommendation from someone in nj on gardenweb.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 9:59AM
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Actually, your description of your family's habits makes Soapstone an ideal choice... living family = living surface. I think of my kitchen as more of a a work area than a showplace, so if the Soapstone, butcher block, and pots and pans look used, it's because they are! I think you'll be fine, the first few dings might worry you a bit, but before you know it you'll be loving the fact that you don't have to baby it. I've only had mine about eight months now, and my only regret is that I didn't know about it 30 years ago!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 11:09AM
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We have soapstone (plus butcher block) in our farmhouse. Raised young kids there and let the counters get all "patinated". We did oil ours regularly and everything just blends together. Ours was a softer soapstone and it does have a few very small dings, but nothing big or noticeable.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 11:30AM
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