I also get the feeling that some of you are looking at your computer screen scratching your head and saying, "René says that black countertops are bad". That wasn't the point I was trying to make yesterday. Some of my favorite kitchens have black countertops. Again, a better title would have helped.
A few of you requested more details on what I do not like about uba tuba granite specifically, I will go into further details. Keep in mind, these are my "opinions".
1. Granite is basically indestructible. It can handle hot pots which I love. If you drop a glass on it, granite wins every time.
2. Uba tuba is a neutral. I would pick it any day over 1980's tile with yucky grout or formica or even beige-y granite.
3. Because uba tuba is black it plays nicely with white cabinets.
1. It looks dated. Just like the asymmetrical bob in the 80's, uba tuba screams early 2000's to me. We've had it for 15 years and there are so many more options now. And there were classic options then that I was not aware of. Should've done my homework.
2. It is shiny and requires constant cleaning. I clean our counters throughout the day with a 50/50 solution of water & alcohol to wipe off fingerprints and smudges. This may not bother someone else.
3. The flecks of color are mostly brown and too earthy for my taste. Again, someone else may love it.
4. This isn't specifically uba tuba related, but I prefer a square edge on counters and ours isn't.
Moving on to black countertops I like as mentioned on facebook yesterday. And by the way, these are both classic options that I believe will not look dated in 10 or even 20 years.
I love soapstone for its lovely veining and soft hand as seen above. Read more about soapstone here.
Honed granite is also a favorite as seen in this gorgeous kitchen. I especially love black granite when paired with a contrasting island like we did in this house.
I hope this helps. I love you and want what is best for you. Now run along and play. ;)