Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Danby Marble Bliss!!

I have experienced a marble miracle! On Monday, I wrote about my near year-long quest for the perfect marble slabs for our kitchen. After countless hours of shopping and research, I finally purchased three slabs of Statuary that I realized immediately were a mistake.  I received so many kind and encouraging comments and emails from my readers, and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your support!!

Captivated by this gorgeous white kitchen belonging to one of my girlfriends, honed Danby marble was originally my first choice, but I could not find it in Miami, and thus my wild goose chase began.


One of my lovely readers, whom I actually became friends with when I bought her vintage bamboo bar cart via CL, emailed yesterday to inform me that Vermont Danby Quarries has a distributor in the Tampa area. They service all of Florida, and shipping is only $350 to Miami! And it gets even better!!

As I mentioned, I need three marble slabs for our kitchen. Two for the backsplash areas, and one for the center island (we will use soapstone for the peripheral countertops). Our center island measures 116x60, so we need a large slab to seamlessly cover this area, and finding a slab this large has added to the difficulty of my search. I mentioned to my Danby salesman that I wanted a white background with gray veining, no gold or brown. With this information, and after warning me they rarely receive slabs this large, he went to check inventory... and I held my breath. Shortly thereafter, I received word that they had just one lot of three (THREE - the exact number I need!) slabs large enough to accommodate my order. And they are absolutely perfect!! EXACTLY what I had wanted from the beginning!!!

One of my new Imperial Danby marble slabs! 

I truly cannot believe my good fortune. "Imperial" Danby is one of eight white marbles carried by Vermont Quarries, and my salesman told me all of the other slabs they currently have in stock contained elements of gold and brown, in addition to not meeting the length requirements for my island. Imperial Danby often has subtle gold veining, but this rare lot was pure white and grey. Furthermore, it comes honed!!! I was struggling trying to find someone in Miami who could hone the polished Statuary I had located, and that, of course, would have been yet another expense. And the icing on the cake is that my Imperial Danby slabs, including shipping to Miami, are actually less expensive than the Statuary slabs I had purchased last week!! I think there was a little marble angle looking after me. :)
 
After making a dreaded call to Granite Express, which is where my Statuary is currently living, my salesman could not have been more gracious about letting me out of my order. After reading the scary small print on the bottom of my receipt, I was afraid I would not be able to recoup the $$$, or best case scenario, have to pay a 30% "restocking" fee. But since the slabs had not been delivered, they are crediting our account and applying the balance towards the gorgeous Calacatta we are purchasing for the master bath.
 
My Imperial Danby slabs measure 124.5 x 75 each, so that should provide enough excess to allow the fabricator to cut strategically and maximize the beauty of the veining (thank you edielicious and all for that tip!) Given I have roughly 15 inches on the width and 8.5 inches on the height to play with, which sides would you cut from - the left or the right? top or bottom?

Here is my friend's kitchen island side-by-side with my slab... They look so much alike!

 
Danby marble is quarried in Vermont, and it is known for its high density and low absorption rate, (lower than many granites). Because of these properties, once Danby marbles are sealed you do not have to worry about staining issues, just the occasional etch mark which can be buffed out given the procedures on their website. My Danby salesman said, “I have yet to get a call from someone who stained their surface permanently.”

Vermont Quarries is also LEED certified, and has achieved GREENGUARD Certification for all of its Danby Marble and associated production. Vermont Quarries is the first and only marble quarry to achieve such certification.

The Vermont Marble Company was founded in 1880, and as railroads arrived, the Vermont Marble Company became one of the largest producers of marble in the world, contributing to the Washington Monument, United States Supreme Court building, Arlington National Cemetery, and more. Today, the Vermont Danby quarry is the largest underground marble quarry in the world.

Martha Stewart used Vermont Quarries Danby Marble in her kitchen, and Alton Brown from Food Network's All Star Kitchen Makeover, selected it for a lucky kitchen makeover winner.
 

Danby marble All Star Kitchen Makeover
 
Let's take a look at a few lovely kitchens featuring Danby marble...

 
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Martha Stewart's Danby marble via
 
Another angle of Martha's kitchen via
 
So I have done a bit of a 180 since my last post on Marble Madness!!, but all of that drama was starting to give me a headache! I am so excited that I finally found exactly what I wanted... as several of you commented, you should always trust your instinct, and now I will have the marble I have wanted since the very beginning of my search. :) 

28 comments:

  1. Andrea, Im so glad it all worked out for you!! You seem to be incredibly organized and resourceful!! I wish I had your attention to detail. Its a gift!!

    Cynthia

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia! I wish I had your most glamorous style!!

      XOXO,
      The Glam Pad

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  2. YAY!! Isn't is wonderful when everything falls so perfectly into place? I'm so happy it all worked out. Your kitchen is going to be amazing and I can't WAIT to see it!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! I cannot wait until it is finished so I can finally buy some of your blue & white vase giclees! :)

      XOXO,
      The Glam Pad

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  3. Unreal!!! What amazing luck! It is so beautiful--congrats!

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    1. Thank you, thank you!! I'm super excited!

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  4. I just knew that it was going to end up being the Danby! Congratulations! I'm excited to see the final result. Cherry Kay

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    1. Thank you, Cherry! I cannot wait to see the final result as well! :)

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  5. I am thrilled for you! So glad everything worked out and you have exactly what you want...I also can't wait to see your finished kitchen!

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  6. Ahh gorgeous! One of the worst parts about Marble is its staining..I can't believe that this so stain resistant, I'd never heard of Danby marble before. Congrats! I can't wait to see it all installed. I absolutely adore marble!

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  7. It is over the top beautiful!!! I'm so jealous. I want marble AND NEW CABINETS for my kitchen. Im so happy for you.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  8. I can't wait to see your vision come to life. Congratulations on the marble miracle! Good things really do happen.....
    Keep posting. I love seeing your progress.

    Sharon

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  9. I just completed my own VERY EXTENSIVE renovation and I know how stressful it can get at the end. When all you (and your hubs) ( and your contractor) want nothing more than to be DONE!!

    It is so worth it to stick to your guns and get what you really want. The fleeting satisfaction of being finished will not make up for the daily regret of knowing you settled for something you didn't love.

    Congrats -- enjoy that lovely marble. You will swoon every time you walk into your kitchen.

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  10. It is quite beautiful I must say. Wow. Bet you are excited to have it done!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

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  11. I love Danby and it is my first choice for my kitchen reno so I will let you know. The first slab I found was too small. These slabs tend to be smaller than calcutta and statuary. Yours are beautifully veined. Can't wait to see!!!

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  12. My dream kitchen will definitely have marble! I love all the examples you shared here.

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  13. Your persistence has paid off! The marble is beautiful!

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  14. I have this in my master bathroom and I love it. I may have some vague etching from who knows what but it doesn't bother me. No staining. I too am replacing countertops in kitchen and while I would love to use it there i am concerned by how heat resistant it is. My test of a leftover piece resulted in in a definite brown "burn" mark. I have to have to have countertops that can withstand hot pans. Do you have any info about that?

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  15. just found this site and about a year later, would love to know how the danby turned out?? thinking of getting it for kitchen - would love the 'after' shots - thanks!

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    1. Thanks for your note! We absolutely LOVE our Danby marble! It does "etch" as all marble does, but we have not had a single stain. Email me at theglampad@gmail.com, and I'll send you a sneak peek, or you can check out my Instagram - theglampad... I will be featuring final pictures on the blog soon!

      XOXO,
      The Glam Pad

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  16. Your marble is beautiful! I have been searching for a piece just like it. But I have found that none of the Imperials look like this. I keep gravitating to Mountain White Danby which seems to look just like your slab. Could your slab be Mountain White? Which I actually read has a better absorbtion rate than Imperial and a much better price. Searching for the perfect piece and going a little crazy! ;)

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    1. Thank you so much! I know exactly how you feel, I spent countless hours agonizing over our marble selection. I could not be more thrilled with our Danby Marble. it is definitely Imperial, I just went and double check the invoice. You can see on their website that some Imperial slabs do have gold veining, but ours do not. http://www.vermontquarries.com/danby-marble/imperial-danby/ The Mountain White is gorgeous as well! I think it all depends on finding the exact slabs that you love the most (amount and color of veining, whiteness, of the background, etc.) I would love to see pictures of the Mountain White slabs you are considering! I am sure they are gorgeous!

      XOXO,
      The Glam Pad

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  17. 2/28/2015

    I just discovered Danby Imperial at a showroom today and found your kitchen while researching it online. Your project turned out so beautifully! Are you still pleased with the performance? Can you tell me if your Danby slabs have the same soft, smooth, velvety feel of Carrara? Thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, we LOVE our Danby marble! I highly recommend them!! I prefer Danby over Carrara because it is more white vs. grey, and I believe it has a higher stain resistance. Good luck!

      XOXO,
      The Glam Pad

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  18. Thank you for your blog! After going to every slab yard in town and driving my kids crazy (besides countless nights on the internet looking at kitchen pictures) - I came to realize I am a marble girl. I heard all the nay-sayers scaring me off, but in my heart I knew nothing else would do. After stumbling on some Danby marble at Arizona tile, I felt like "this is it!" The durability, white and gray color - perfection! Problem was none was available and no other slab places in town had heard of it. I learned that there are only two distributors of this marble in California! But the happy ending - a few days ago I got a call from the nice guy at Arizona Tile who told me about Danby and he was able to get 3 slabs off hold that a contractor had tied up. Hallelujah! I found the 2 slabs of my dreams - just the right amount of gray veining, and nice white background. A match made in heaven! So now I am looking for the right fabricator and can't wait to get my kitchen going (planning on white shaker cabinets). Next big decision is whether or not to do a partial or full backsplash with it, or just tiles. I'm leaning towards the marble backsplash. My kids will be so glad when it's over as I've become a bit obsessive, but I am so happy I was able to find the Danby. Great to share and hear stories from other marble fans. Sorry for the long comment :)

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  19. What was your slab sealed with

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  20. Who did you use to fabricate and install it in south Florida?

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    1. Call Denis - 786.382.7700

      XOXO,
      The Glam Pad

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