Leathered granite, also called antiqued granite, is a great counter top choice for kitchens. It’s durable, beautiful & works with different design styles. Here’s our experience with purchasing, installing & living with leathered granite.
All about leathered granite counter tops:
I knew that we wanted to do something matte in our kitchen. I wasn’t a fan of super shiny finishes, and didn’t feel like it would fit in our farmhouse kitchen. Our family also needed something low maintenance and durable, since we heavily use this kitchen and are raising our kids in this home.
Soapstone vs. Leathered granite:
I loved the look of soapstone, but when we went to a place to get prices, I was quickly discouraged by the crazy price tag that came with it. Not only that, but they told me that soapstone could be hard to maintain over the years, and it may be tough with little kids being rough on it. I quickly realized that soapstone was not the right fit for our family!
Granite is actually really relatively inexpensive right now, so we began to look at that option. The man at our local granite source pointed me to leathered granite (also called “antiqued granite”). I had no idea what that was, but I was interested. When I found out it was about half the cost of the soapstone, I was so excited! And then when I found out it was super low maintenance and durable, I was absolutely sold.
Installing leathered granite counter tops:
We had a HUGE amount of square footage to cover in our kitchen. Our island is massive! The men who installed it said it’s the biggest full slab they’ve ever installed – we were so glad to be able to get it in one piece so we didn’t have to have a seam down the middle:
We have a seam by our kitchen sink and you can barely see it:
Here’s some more pictures from when they were installed:
Durability of leathered granite counter tops:
Now that we’ve been living with this kitchen for over 3 years, I can tell you we’ve had zero regrets about our counter top choice. It’s super durable, low maintenance, and it looks just as great as the day it was installed.
Maintenance for leathered granite:
There are products you can use to seal your granite counter tops to make sure they are protected. I thought these were really expensive, but then I found out that you can get them really reasonably priced on Amazon! Here’s my affiliate link so you can check out all of their selection.
Cost of leathered granite:
When we got our counter tops installed, it cost just about $3,000 for our counter tops. That’s from start to finish – installation included. That sounds like a lot, but remember that we have much more counter top square footage than the average kitchen!
So if you’re looking for beautiful, quality, durable counter tops, see if you can go find a slab of antiqued or leathered granite! Obviously it will vary by location, and you should always do your research, but we are thrilled with what we bought!
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