So I took a trip over to the stone yard to finalize my soapstone plans this past weekend and walked out empty-handed.


They accidentally got some slate mixed in with a shipment of soapstone from India and are selling it for 50% off. Being soapstone experts, not slate, they weren’t able to tell me much about it except it’s incredibly hard (harder than granite).


It does have a completely different texture than soapstone. The slate felt hard and smooth, like granite. It didn’t mark when scratched at. Soapstone, to me, almost feels leathery (which I really like).


I’m still researching, as there seems to be a lot of misinformation out there. But am curious – do any of you have slab slate countertops? What do you think about it?


For those curious about slate counters, I found this post is helpful.

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3 Responses to Slate?

  1. Ooo… this is a toughie. I know nothing and am no help, but I’ve always loved soapstone. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

  2. Erica F says:

    I had thought about a lot of different counter top materials when we were doing our kitchen. I love soapstone and then considered quartz, but ultimately selected granite based on a suggestion by our countertop fabricator.

    Slate was never even something I thought about, although after reading the link you referenced above, I really like the sound of it.

    We chose a black granite heavily streaked with white called Via Lactea or Milky Way. It’s been one of our favorite home improvement choices and we get lots of compliments on it.

    I was particularly impressed with our fabricator – because even though he mentioned there was a possibility that he might need to have a joint or two in our longest run [an L-shaped piece containing a cut-out for our 42 inch triple bowl sink] – he was able to cut that particular piece out of one slab!

    Can’t wait to see what you select. I’m sure it will be beautiful.

  3. Antonio and Sagine says:

    The slate and the soapstone look beautiful….is it a stoneyard in Newark that you went to?

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