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Wood Kitchen Countertops

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Wood Kitchen Countertops

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.
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Wood Kitchen Countertops

What are its pros? You can cut and eat and do almost anything on wood countertops. It’s also quieter; you won’t hear banging or clinking sounds when pans or glasses are placed on it (and breakage is less likely should glasses or other items fall). Wood is not vulnerable to citrus, as some stones are, and many species are naturally heat-resistant.  When properly sealed, wood countertops also offer natural, anti-bacterial benefits. Lastly, with so many looks—striped, end-grain cubes, solid tops with “live edge” detailing—wood countertops are as comfortable in modern kitchens as they are in traditional ones.
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Wood Kitchen Countertops

When it comes to naturally beautiful countertops, it’s hard to beat the warmth and character of wood. Before you opt for wood as a counter surface, though, it’s helpful to know its benefits and drawbacks. To gain a deeper understanding of the material’s pros and cons, we reached out to New York architect Andrew Franz for his insight. Read on to find out if wood countertops are the right choice for you.
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Wood Kitchen Countertops

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.
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Wood Kitchen Countertops

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.
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Wood Kitchen 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.
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Wood Kitchen Countertops

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?
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Wood Kitchen Countertops

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.
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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.
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What woods can be used for countertops? While maple and bamboo may be the most popular species on account of their availability and sustainability, many hardwoods are equally well-suited for countertops. A lot has to do with the look and use or regional preferences. Local woods, such as mesquite in the Southwest, can perform just as well as black walnut or cherry. Many FSC-certified or reclaimed woods are also good choices and meet LEED certification guidelines for sustainability. Softwoods like pine are generally not appropriate or high-performing.
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What makes wood a good countertop material?  It is readily available and sustainable and comes in an endless variety of colors, species, shapes and finishes. It’s warmer to the touch than any other counter surface. It can be cut, fabricated, and installed easily by a carpenter, so it may be less expensive and faster to procure than stone and solid surface alternatives. The color and character of wood countertops improve with age. And it can be sanded, refinished, and touched up with relative ease.
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Hickory is the strongest American wood, the “Hercules” of American countertops, and the very first American hardwood. So if hickory could survive the Ice Age 50 million years ago, you can bet it will survive the wear and tear it’ll receive in your kitchen! thepioneerwoman.com
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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

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