I stumbled upon this faux marble yesterday, and I just had to share! Thank you to Layla at The Lettered Cottage for sharing this. Looks just like white carrara marble, right? *wipe drool*
Well guess what?
It is LAMINATE! Holla! Can you believe it? Me neither, but it’s true. It’s made by Formica, and it looks pretty snazzy! I have only seen it in pictures, but I will definitely be on the look out next time I am at Lowe’s…which is probably tomorrow.
White Carrara marble is BEAUTIFUL, but it is actually not always a great for a kitchen (a kitchen that is used at least). Marble is a lot softer and more porous than granite, so it will scratch and stain easily. I always get aggravated when I see kitchens in magazines with white Carrara marble, or any marble for that matter!! I worked for a remodeler as a kitchen, bathroom, and cabinetry designer (so much fun!) for a year, and we had several clients who installed marble (after being warned) and ended up very unhappy (not fun). For $60-100 a square foot, you should LOVE your counter tops. Like, love it so much you-hug-it-in-the morning-and-kiss-it-goodnight-kind of love. Like your spouse.
At $16-20 a square foot, it makes your wallet happy, too! I know laminate is usually not what people swoon over, but realistically it works for a lot of people. Who says pretty things have to cost a fortune? Good job Formica!
*UPDATE* We actually ending up installing a marble inspired laminate (Calcatta Marble) in our own kitchen. It is made by Formica and a part of their FX 180 series. It is STUNNING! I get asked what it is all the time. Formica gets a BIG thumbs up from us! You can see pictures below. Thank you Bob Gathany for the photos!
What is your dream counter top choice? Do you swoon over the White Carrara in magazines? I am a lover of black honed granite myself (honed is just a different finish). You can check it out in the picture below. *Correction – the counter tops in this image are Soapstone*
You can check out the rest of his dreamy kitchen here.
Sigh. Perfect. Have a great weekend!