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kitchen worktops Welsh slate?

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patchworkchick Thu 17-Jan-13 22:43:44

I am searching for a great work top, about to renovate and want something British. I have found a welsh slate work top that looks amazing, are there any downsides?

TomDudgeon Thu 17-Jan-13 22:47:10

No idea but its what I've always wanted
One day
And a link to stash would be lovely please

patchworkchick Thu 17-Jan-13 22:58:13

here's what I found: Looks amazing, but so did a granite work top in my old home and I used to have to polish that.

JustinMumsnot Thu 17-Jan-13 23:00:40

I have slate worktops and I love them. No downsides - they are matt so don't show watermarks or need polishing like granite. And you can put hot plates right down on them. Moving house this year most likely and I will miss my slate worktops more than anything.

TomDudgeon Thu 17-Jan-13 23:01:31

Looks like you have to seal it but it doesn't seem expensive to do and have to be careful what cleaners you use

JustinMumsnot Thu 17-Jan-13 23:02:33

When I said plates I meant pans of course.

teta Thu 17-Jan-13 23:50:59

I have slate from the original pantry in my house.We removed and repolished it and it looks lovely.I sealed it with olive oil -2 or 3 times.The oil really brings out the pattern of the slate.We use it on either side of our Rangemaster.It does scratch but these can be wiped out or oiled out[or failing that rub with really fine sandpaper].Our house is over 100 years old and fairly close to Wales so i believe that we probably have Welsh slate.There is cheaper continental slate arround now i believe that is consistently plain and not interestingly marked but is useful for fire bases etc.

patchworkchick Fri 18-Jan-13 10:03:27

great to hear no downside, as it looks amazing.

betterwhenthesunshines Fri 18-Jan-13 11:28:54

I looked at slate as I do think it looks beautiful, I think it may be softer than granite so it can chip more easily, also possibility of getting water marks sort of soaked in (?) which is why I didn't go for it in the end. So no personal experience but possibly a bit more fo you to check until you're sure!

higgle Fri 18-Jan-13 13:28:30

We stayed in a Welsh holiday cottage with slate surfaces in the kitchen last year, lovely and very easy to clean. I'd definately consider them if I got a new kitchen ( some hope)

CointreauVersial Fri 18-Jan-13 18:38:52

We have a slate worktop/shelf in our bathroom (with a bowl handbasin on top). It is easy to keep clean and I've always thought it would make a good kitchen top, however it would have to be smooth (ours is "riven" so not smooth, which would possibly trap bugs on a kitchen surface??). Looks lovely, although obviously I haven't tested with hot pans!

ElsieMc Fri 18-Jan-13 20:13:45

My friend has slate worktops and floors. She hates them, says they chip and show marks and blames her DH for not sealing them. We had them in our holiday cottage last year and there were ring marks all over them and I was worried the owner may blame us - so there may be something in what she says.

lalalonglegs Fri 18-Jan-13 20:35:09

You have to be very careful with acids - I spilt some lemon juice over mine and it made a horrible white stain. Luckily, if you soak it with olive oil it disappears but I think you have to get on to it quite quickly.

patchworkchick Sun 20-Jan-13 11:10:54

I have had riven slate flour before and that did flake if knocked. The work top is smooth and just looks amazing. A sample coming and will see what happens once I've oiled it.

patchworkchick Sun 20-Jan-13 12:13:31

flour? Floor!

happyholidays42 Wed 17-Jul-13 15:35:11

Has anyone used a company called Saddleback Slate to supply and fit their slate worktops? Sounds like it's a small family run business and am keen to go with them, but difficult to find reviews for them on-line.

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