wood counter surfaces bring natural elegance, distinction,
and warmth to kitchens and baths, no matter what the
style of your home. Wood fell out of favor decades ago,
as seemingly more sanitary surfaces were developed.
It is now understood that wood countertops, when properly
cared for (using mineral oil, not animal-based oil),
are both long-lasting and sanitary. And they are enjoying
a well-deserved resurgence as homeowners are searching
for uniqueness in design.
countertops allow for wonderful design flexibility.
Start with a wide selection of woods to choose from;
with grain placement you can really show off the beauty
of the material. Almost infinite finish choices and
edge shapes make for a truly unique design element.
You can add a surfacing option, such as antiquing, wire
brushing, and hand planed. Wood countertops can be thick
and substantial or thin and sleek. And—good to know—many
sustainable woods make great countertops. Add an integrated
drain board, custom knife slots, or a built-in cooktop
or trivet and functionality also rules in the kitchen.
any wood, but especially with wood countertops, a sealant
is required and it should be periodically re-oiled.
A good sealant keeps the natural moisture balance of
the wood, but keeps spills and surface water out. This
is especially important if a sink incorporated into
the counter is planned. Use soap and water or a mild
detergent for cleaning. For the inevitable stains or
scratches, a bit of sanding and sealing or refinishing
does the trick.
no two pieces of wood are exactly alike. So, if you’re
looking for something that will truly be unique in your
kitchen, bath or bar, consider wood as an attractive
yet effective option.