Soapstone is a beautiful and unique natural stone that has some local history right here in New Hampshire, even though it is often associated with Vermont. Both the NH and VT quarry supplies have dwindled over the years to the point that most soapstone today comes from more distant quarries, in places like Brazil.
Soapstone is much softer than other countertop stone, making it much more prone to scratches and chips – yet this softness actually helps build a natural “patina” that is appealing in its own right in the right kind of kitchen. It also gives soapstone a unique silky feel that makes it inviting to touch.
Soapstone has a long tradition of popularity for sink construction – both for kitchens and utility rooms, and these classic soapstone sinks are certainly one of the defining icons of period kitchen design.
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A beautiful soapstone slab tops the island in this kitchen.
Genuine soapstone counters and a gorgeous copper hood highlight this kitchen featuring Signature Custom Cabinetry.
This kitchen combines paint with antique pine for the cabinets. The antique pine cabinetry was made by our own shop using wood salvaged by the owner.
The painted Signature island cabinetry houses a traditional soapstone sink next to a modern stainless steel dishwasher. Original hand hewn beams are visible overhead and salvaged attic floor boards were refitted and refinished for the floor.
A wide bank of windows well lights the soapstone sink.
The formal dining is in the room beyond. You get a good view of the two-sided pantry from here.
The sink itself is a genuine antique -- complete with original soap dish. We added new soapstone counters at both sides...
The beautiful little soapstone sink alcove features a traditional non-lacquered solid brass faucet.
This Vintage Custom Cabinetry kitchen features a combination of flush inset cherry and genuine milk paint accent pieces
A bird's eye view of the soapstone counter that shows its natural veining patterns. The window behind the cooktop is a matching new window placed to restore the exterior symmetry.
The backsplash has a traditional scrolled end design.
The Shaker style cherry cabinets were made for us by Signature, while our own shop made the central worktable.
The soapstone countertop extends out into the boxed bay window behind the sink.
The soapstone sink is newly fabricated in the traditional sloped front style.
Vintage Custom Cabinetry built a custom birdseye maple sink base to accomodate the owner's salvaged antiue soapstone sink.
The salvaged soapstone sink came with the drainboards and backsplash.