As we told you earlier, we decided to go with the Honed Carrera Marble for our galley kitchen countertops. We thought we knew what wanted and were all done thinking about this…until…the fabricator asked us a question that made us think twice: “Why honed? It will look old, dull, and show stains”. Well, I’m okay with old, that’s kind of like antique and I love antique but dull and stained, that’s another story. We went back to the drawing board and did some research. Here’s what we learned. When it comes to marble countertops, you have to pick what you think is the lesser of two evils: staining or etching. Honed, in some cases is actually marble with the polished removed. By removing the polish, the stone becomes porous again and stains can sink in. The polish on the other hand, can act as a stain barrier, however, anything acidic like lemon juice or wine (both are necessary in a kitchen) will etch the polish. We thought about both scenarios and decided to go with the honed. The reason being, staining can be minimized with a good sealer. Etching on the other hand, is hard to avoid, and in order to repair it, we’d have to call in a polisher. What about appearance? Well, the honed is said to age gracefully, showing it’s age but with pride. Where the polished may highlight the flaws that add up over the years.