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Wood countertops can be both functional and decorative. Functional ones, like a butcher block, are ideal for food preparation. Decorative countertops are often installed to provide a more luxurious finish. Once sealed, wood countertops are sanitary for chopping meat, and hot pots and pans can easily be placed on the surface because wood countertops are heat-resistant.
The majority of wood countertops are made from traditional butcher block, and while they may see some mild meal prep, they're rarely used for chopping these days. They're favored more for their looks. Less expensive woods often line the kitchen as a handsome, budget-friendly surface; pricier species top islands or breakfast bars, where they provide a welcome textural contrast or a furniture-like finish. The variety of woods available is impressive, from subtly grained maple to deep, rich walnut to dramatic mesquite to exotic iroko. Yes, wood is a good choice, but it does require some attention. This Old House's guide to buying, installing, and maintaining these countertops will ensure that the surface you select will look and perform beautifully for years.
While some like to think of wood as adding a nostalgic element to the kitchen, a better word might be “approachable.” There's nothing pretentious about a wood countertop, but when used as a counterpart to a gorgeously finished kitchen island base or impeccably tailored cabinetry, the resulting look might be as varied as antique-chic, cottage-casual or rustically elegant. Wood countertops are also more affordable than most stone or stone-look materials.
Like a tree in its natural environment or an elegant coffee table centerpiece, a wood countertop can provide a finished look to a wide range of kitchens. Rustic kitchen areas will benefit from an unfinished, natural wood countertop, while classic kitchens will pair beautifully with a finished wood, like teak countertops.
I want dark stained butcher block or wood countertops too but for my laundry room. I want white cabinets… I think it’s just gorgeous. I’ve been pricing out the size I need though. It cost more than the granite did for my kitchen! I am thinking of going with the cheapest wood (probably maple or oak) and staining myself. I appreciate the sealer you told us about. I plan to look for that and use that. I guess my issue is I need a 12′ long piece by 39-42″ (depth of full size washer/dryer). I plan to have my contractor router the edges if he will… I just think granite is over-done and also I have granite in the kitchen and like it but I want something warmer, homier and different. If it costs less, I’ll be very happy! I would love to stain and seal it myself. I love doing that sort of thing. I hope my contractor lets me do it.
I can not find the Aqua Spar on the internet, Can you send me a picture or a web link to the exact product you used. I want to make sure I get a great sealer for my wooden countertops when we put them in. This marine sealer sounds like its exactly what we need. Also another question, Ive read about avoiding heat and coldness on the countertops. Can you use a slow cooker on the countertop? Is that going to discolor the wood?
That wood is absolutely gorgeous!! Love that cherry. We have had wooden countertops for a number of years (made from 12 inch wide pine boards) and I love it, and we abuse it! (to some degree). No matter what kind of countertop I have had, I never sit anything hot on it nor do I cut directly on it…so wood has not required any change in that thinking. But we do sit dishes (not hot ones) and wet things on it all the time. We have lived with it from toddler kid years right up through a zillion teenagers hanging out here. It still looks great except for one small section between the dishwasher and the sink that gets very wet (and stays that way alot) Will probably redo that this summer. So I really think that wood, when properly sealed, can hold up to more abuse than we think.
Call them the cure for the cold of common stainless steel. After being eclipsed by showy stones like granite and marble and maintenance-free engineered materials like quartz and solid surfacing, natural-wood countertops are enjoying a real revival. Constructed from pieces of hardwood laminated together with glue for strength and stability, they provide a warm, organic landing surface in a kitchen, one that is wonderfully forgiving, gentle on dishware, and able to absorb the noise of a busy household. Wood can also be revived if damaged; if it gets dinged, stained, or gouged, you can refinish it.
Your kitchen is just lovely and I have to say the countertops are my favorite feature! They just say “homey” in a way that no other material can. I’ve lived in little Manhattan apartments for nearly 7 years, so ANY countertop is a luxury! Thus far, I haven’t had one that I could remodel but if/when I do, wood would be high on the list of possible countertop contenders.
Beautiful counters! We have a small portion of wood counter in our kitchen. I didn’t choose it since it was here when we moved in, but I have to say that I love it! Our wood counter is really narrow and under a bank of cupboards, so we use it mainly to hold the cake plate full of cookies and a teapot. It doesn’t get “cooking” use. Although our counter isn’t a deep colour like yours, it does help warm up the space and break up a large bank of floor to ceiling cabinets. It also helps to tie in the wood floor and ceiling that are in the rest of the space. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.
Beautiful counters! We have a small portion of wood counter in our kitchen. I didn’t choose it since it was here when we moved in, but I have to say that I love it! Our wood counter is really narrow and under a bank of cupboards, so we use it mainly to hold the cake plate full of cookies and a teapot. It doesn’t get “cooking” use. Although our counter isn’t a deep colour like yours, it does help warm up the space and break up a large bank of floor to ceiling cabinets. It also helps to tie in the wood floor and ceiling that are in the rest of the space.
Hi – I loved this all so much that I just did my kitchen countertops in a very similar fashion. We have kids, pets, and a high traffic kitchen – I hope I can care for them as well as you did! Now that they are done….how do I clean/sanitize them without ruining the varnish? Thanks!
Thank you Melissa, I have always admired wood counter tops, and have thought about them for my home, but I would want to break up the wood with another surface and my kitchen is not conducive for that. Your kitchen was so pretty I can see why you took extra care. You always are so helpful with information that is practical and honest, thank you for that, Have a great week. Kathysue kathysue recently posted..Traditional Design Can Be Fun
Teak wood is a beautiful choice for a kitchen countertop. It is durable and withstands moisture well, plus it has an eye-catching beauty. On the other hand, reclaimed wood is a top choice for accenting a country-inspired kitchen design.
It’s been a year now for your wood countertops and I still love them. I don’t find them much maintenance at all except for the occasional sealing and I’ll admit, we =use them, and they still look amazing. I would recommend them to anyone (no pun intended!) :)
Wood countertops can be made from a number of lumber varieties, including oak, maple and cherry. Consider staining your countertop with food-safe blue, green, red and yellow stains for a unique surface.
Hi Melissa, We had wood counters in our last home and I loved them. They were a butcher block style with a nice fat edge. We choose to use wood from the Myrtle wood tree, right here in Oregon. They were so beautiful. We went with the unsealed, Danish finish versus the marine finish. They were never any trouble. We used cutting boards, didn’t set wet or hot dishes directly on them and never had a problem. I wiped them down cleanser, but dried them when I was done and re-conditioned them, with olive oil about once a week. Shannon recently posted..The Real Gritty Before Pictures
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