When my husband and I were researching our kitchen renovation a couple years ago, marble countertops were the clear frontrunner, but we were nervous about the inevitable etching. So we paid visits to every marble-topped bar and marble-furnished ice cream parlor we could find, cocking our heads to the side, peering down long polished surfaces to examine the damage left by countless drippy glasses and plates of spaghetti.
We ended up with marble and we're very happy with it. But if you're also in that decision-making process, let me help you out and save you a few trips. Here's what marble etches look like up close and personal in my own kitchen.