White marble and similar surface materials, and drinking tea

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Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:03 am

I'm going to be buying a new table for drinking tea at, and I wanted it to be made of white marble or a similar looking surface so that it matches the rest of my apartment. I think that as long as the table has some kind of protective seal on it, then tea won't stain the table should some drops fall onto it as long as I wipe it off within a certain time.

If anyone has any experience with this please let me know!
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:58 am

i don't have experience with marble, but i think as long as you keep up on its maintenance (spraying the sealant on there once or twice a year or whatever), it should be fairly stain resistant. you could call up a marble countertop dealer and ask them about coffee stain resistance, they'd probably know best.

i drink tea on a white quartzite table all the time. it hasn't stained yet, but marble's softer and more porous.
so far i love it. are you considering quartzite at all?
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:35 pm

pedant wrote:
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white quartzite
This is a good suggestion, looks very similar to white marble. Do you also need to spray sealant on it frequently?
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:43 pm

I think the sealant I have says once a year
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:02 pm

My dining table is made of white marble and it doubles off as my tea table too. I added an additional layer of tempered glass on the surface. The glass acts as a protection for my white marble and is transparent enough to see the white marble.
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I have a white marble coffee table, it is ground to a polish, and is used for tea often. No staining at all. I do use a stone polish every month to clean and protect it, Goddard’s Granite & Marble Polish.
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Let's see if I can find someone to build something like this for a reasonable price :oops:
Asked 1 furniture company for a quote
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Shine Magical wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:21 pm
Let's see if I can find someone to build something like this for a reasonable price :oops:
Asked 1 furniture company for a quote

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Looks good!.. Are you planing to use a tea tray with an outlet hose to drain your tea or are you going the minimalist path of not using a large tea tray? You will need to consider the height of the bucket where you will drain the refuse to. Personally I prefer a full height table with chairs. I have bad knee joints and sitting down with my legs crossed gonna kill me one day.. hahahaha....
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:30 pm

OCTO wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:26 pm
Shine Magical wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:21 pm
Let's see if I can find someone to build something like this for a reasonable price :oops:
Asked 1 furniture company for a quote

teatableblueprint.jpg
Looks good!.. Are you planing to use a tea tray with an outlet hose to drain your tea or are you going the minimalist path of not using a large tea tray? You will need to consider the height of the bucket where you will drain the refuse to. Personally I prefer a full height table with chairs. I have bad knee joints and sitting down with my legs crossed gonna kill me one day.. hahahaha....
The table is mostly for me to solo drink and do my hobbies on since I like to have my legs straight out underneath but when I have guests we'll all fold our legs.

chair I already tested and liked
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:12 pm

So you are wanting to make it coffee table height? Mine is designed by Florence Knoll, she designed various types. You might find a vintage one locally, or have it made. Design specs are easy to find on the internet.
https://www.knoll.com/product/florence- ... ion=design
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:51 am

My kitchen table is made from the same quartz as the counter. The fabricator glued a piece of plywood underneath (finished, of course) and then my contractor fastened the table base to it. I purchased a ready-made metal base that was rated to hold the weight of the top. I think it’s 200 pounds. Your table may be smaller and so lighter, but that’s one way to approach the construction.
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Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:06 pm

Quarz, marble, or any stone as material for a tea table....

I shudder at the thought - once a while a lid slips out of one's finger, or a similar accident...

I rather have wood as a surface
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Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:57 pm

theredbaron wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:06 pm
Quarz, marble, or any stone as material for a tea table....

I shudder at the thought - once a while a lid slips out of one's finger, or a similar accident...

I rather have wood as a surface
I use a nice thick cloth between marble or wood surfaces when using teapots cups, mainly to dampen any clicking sounds, but also to act as a cushion for falling teaware and liquids. Well, unless I’m taking a sexy photo :) .
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:18 am

I placed an order for my custom table today from Room & Board. I'll post pictures of it when it arrives in 8 weeks.
I didn't end up going with white marble, as I want to have a kettle on the table at all times and the heat would likely damage the marble surface over time. I also shortened the table a bit, as sheets of any kind of rock material over 72" is usually broken up into several parts because it becomes more fragile for transport and much more expensive.
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:21 pm

Looking forward to seeing it! What did you end up going with, if not marble?
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