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I think I found it!!! Gorgeous counters that look like marble!

Posted by chloenkitty (chloenkitty@hotmail.com) on
Thu, Jun 12, 14 at 22:36

If you've seen my posts, you know I'm going crazy trying to find a countertop. I really wanted marble because I love the look of polished white stone with some movement. However, like so many, I can't deal with the staining and etching of marble. I've been agonizing over a countertop. I recently found a new caesarstone called calacatta and it's gorgeous! It says it's available June 2014 but I'm guessing with my luck, it won't be available by September when it needs to go in. It's gorgeous! Does anyone have info on this? I have my fingers crossed. Can't take another disappointment.


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RE: I think I found it!!! Gorgeous counters that look like marble

I had heard this was coming out in June, 2014. I have yet to see it in person, but just had my countertops installed a few weeks ago and selected Pental Quartz - "Polished Carrara". I too was looking forever to find a marble look that didn't require all the maintenance as does natural stone Carrara Marble. I love my countertops - the veining is more subtle than your posted pic, but they are gorgeous. Good luck.


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I'm wondering, also, when the new Caesarstone colors will be available. About a month ago, I inadvertently surfed onto Caesarstone's Australian website and saw about eight new colors (that is, colours, in Australia) on the horizon. I don't know if we will get all these in the U.S. I don't think they market the thinner (13mm) slabs in the U.S.

Calacatta Nuvo, 20mm ($$$$)
Alpine Mist, cool grey with white veins, 20mm ($$$$)
Sleek Concrete - grey, modern, industrial look, 20mm $$
Clamshell - soft grey and white, 20mm $$
Summer Rye - light brown with white veins, in 20mm $$
Biano Drift - light granite-like with veining, in 20mm $$$$
Vanilla Noir - black with white veins, in 20mm
Motivo Crocodile Snow - textured surface in 13mm, for wall panels only


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RE: I think I found it!!! Gorgeous counters that look like marble

The light Caesarstones do stain. I understand that something like Softscrub with bleach will take care of it, most of the time. I guess the resin is vulnerable? Don't know, but I've been reading a bunch of Caesarstone threads and this has been a common complaint with the whites.


Huh, the pics on the Australian site don't look anything like your picture.

This post was edited by alex9179 on Fri, Jun 13, 14 at 10:02


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RE: I think I found it!!! Gorgeous counters that look like marble

I have a cream colored quartz. It has the same resin as the whites. It's had everything thrown at it in the past two years and nothing stains it. Curious what stain was impossible to remove completely with Soft Scrub with Bleach. Link?

BTW, quartz manufacturers only recommend removing stains with SS with B. No straight bleach and no abrasives.


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A little bit of Dawn dish soap has removed everything from our light quartz. Even after a very unfortunate Sharpie incident.


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It is pretty but the ceastone pics are not nearly as realistic as the pic above. It looks nice though but to me, a marble owner, it looks fake on the website but your picture looks like real marble but I have a feeling IRL it looks like the website's image for I find they are unable to capture the true beauty of stone and most likely never will. I think quartz has many wonderful attributes but it should not be chosen solely to mimc something it can never be.

Here is a link that might be useful: website's pic


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I have WHITE Ceasarstone, take no particular care with my counters, and it doesn't have a single spot on it.


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I agree with roarah. I'm a big fan of quartz, but not of the type that is meant to mimic natural stone. I feel that about the fake marble quartz, and also the stuff that is meant to mimic the "movement" of a granite. To me, quartz is best in colors with less variation, and used in contexts where a lack of variability is a design asset.


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Perhaps a light solid gray quartz would be a better choice than an imitation marble. Unless you actually fall in love with one of the quartz materials in person. I do think that you should view some of the quartz slabs in person before committing to anything.


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I figured out why your image does not match the website's. the pic above is of 180x laminate not caesarstone. It is a more realistc look but than the feel of stone is missing so one offers the realistic look and the other only offers the realistic feel but neither is a perfect copy:(.

Here is a link that might be useful: top photo source is laminate


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As a proud owner of -gasp- Corian Rain Cloud, I would say that nothing but marble looks like marble. So you have to pick a non-marble because you like IT and the way IT looks in your kitchen, not because you want it to look like marble.


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Everyone is saying something about it "not looking just like marble" it does not have to. I just happen to like the appearance of bright white with some movement. I do not like quartz with the speckles or round flecks like nougat, that to me looks too fake. I in no way need to replicate marble, it's just a look I like. Finding a countertop in white with some light gray movement in a pattern I like is difficult to find and this is the closest so far. I would also never buy anything if not seen in person.


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Barb4288 - any chance of some photos? Pretty please? :) I am strongly considering Pental Polished Carrara vs Lattice.

Thank you!


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Chloe, the picture you like is laminate not caesarstone Do you like the look of the product on the caesarstone site? It is blurry and dotty in the website pics.You may wish to see the 180x laminate that is shown in your inspration picture above in addition to ordering a quartz sample.


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that to me looks too fake

Fake what? It's not trying to look like something it isn't, which is what others are saying. It's fine if you like a counter that isn't marble but has a marble look, but note what roarah said -- the picture is of a laminate not Ceasarstone.


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Rebecca3142 - here is a photo of my kitchen (pre BS and crown moulding) with the "polished carrara" quartz. It's really a white background overall with a slight hue toward light grey. It works perfect for my kitchen design which is taupe cabinets, SS appliances and satin nickel hardware.


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Rebecca3142 - here is a photo of my kitchen (pre BS and crown moulding) with the "polished carrara" quartz. It's really a white background overall with a slight hue toward light grey. It works perfect for my kitchen design which is taupe cabinets, SS appliances and satin nickel hardware.


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As for problems, I just googled for info about quartz (google "gardenweb caesarstone staining" for relevant threads here) and I found a bunch of happy people and a fair amount of unhappy people. The fact remains that stains and chips can happen, even etching has occurred.

A few years ago there was an issue with counterfeit Caesarstone. That could be one source for the complaints.

Make sure you pick out the slab and pay special attention to any resin pooling or blotchy marks. A few years ago an Eggshell customer had yellow drops, that didn't look pretty, across her slabs. She thought it would be a consistent color and was very disappointed.

It's a beautiful product and I'm considering it for our bath vanity. Nothing is bullet-proof and I like knowing what could happen rather than be surprised.


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Thank you Barb! Your kitchen is looking beautiful!!!

And good luck to all of us who love marble, but just can't handle it. Finding a good substitute is difficult.


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LWO, what's wrong with imitation marble?

This is an "honest question" (not a "challenge") and I would really like to hear your opinion.

I liked those huge marble-like ceramic slabs when I first saw them on a picture. Interestingly, I am getting tired of them already (just by seeing so many on Houzz).

I still think they are quite beautiful but I am afraid they are getting overused - almost like golden oak. :-P


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I think the main point was that you should definitely see these imitations in person. I have definitely had the experience of being impressed with photos only to be disappointed with the actual product. Many of these imitations are more expensive than the real thing too.


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There is nothing "wrong" with them! As long as you don't expect them to be a "substitute" for marble. They cannot be, as they cannot achieve the real depth that marble's crystalline structure gives it. The problem arises when you expect one thing to be another. Quartz will never be marble. And marble will never be quartz. You have to judge the pros and cons for yourself as to which surface appeals to you. And accept the limitations that your choice might have. You'll drive yourself crazy trying to wish that one thing were the other, or a combo of only the best traits of each.


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