Countertop Series, Part 5 – Antiqued Absolute Black Granite & Carrara Marble

Hello- and welcome to the final installment of my favorite countertops series!

Today’s countertop picks are antiqued Absolute Black granite and carrara marble. I have a crush on both of them- so I asked my friend, Kim, if she would snap some pics of the pieces she has in her kitchen.

Here’s her antiqued Absolute Black granite island countertop:



It sort of has a soapstone vibe, and Kim said she just cleans it with soap and water. (Apparently most types of cleaners leave streaks.)


And here’s her GORGEOUS Arabescata Carrara marble:


She used in on both sides of her stove, and I love the way it looks on top of her light gray-painted cabinets:


She got all three countertop slabs here locally at Robert F. Henry. They were all leftover remnant pieces, so she got them for a really great deal. Lucky duck!

Feel free to leave Kim a comment below if you’ve got any questions about either of these kinds of countertops. She’s had them for a few years now, so she’ll be able to tell you what they “live” like.

All this talk about countertops has helped me to realize that I’m definitely a black, white, or gray countertop kind of girl.



Or aqua with stainless steel edging. 😉

Happy weekend!

PS- To read my previous countertop series posts, click on the links below!

1. Laminate
2. Concrete
3. Eco by Cosentino
4. Quartz

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  1. says

    We installed Carrara honed in our new kitchen and absolutely love it. I can’t believe how much anxiety I had beforehand. I was so worried because people make it seem so high maintenance but we have not had that experience. And we are far from careful! We have left coffee, red wine, pickle juice,etc out on it for hours and never staining! Etching, yes, but after awhile the etches all blend together for a wonderful patina. The times we thought we had stains, we just took a green abrasive sponge and “sanded” the mark off. That also works for an obvious etch mark you want to blend sooner rather than later. We really love them, and considering that Carrara is much cheaper than most other options, it made it the obvious choice for us.

  2. Christi says

    Hi Kim. I am actually considering both of these countertops and love them together. I am worried about the maintenance involved–fingerprints on the granite and staining and etching on the marble. I am tempted to choose quartz but would rather go with granite/marble…..just nervous that I will regret it! Is your marble honed? Did you seal your granite? Would you choose both products again? Thanks for your comments.

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