Over the past few years, we’ve seen a major increase in interest in wooden countertops. The water transfers from our hands to the faucet, then drips from the handle to the counter…where it sits, burning a hole in my wood. Oiled surfaces provide protection to the wood and keep it from drying out and warping or cracking. If you are at all like me and appreciate beautiful things, taking care of something lovely is not really a burden at all. Cheng Design: has contemporary style wood kitchen islands with undermount cutouts for anywhere between $6,000 to $7,000. As you can see, the entire process from start to finish is direct from us to you.
One caveat about wood countertops is that you need to be on the alert for people who aren’t sensitive to the differences and may start slicing bagels in the middle of your beautiful walnut countertop. Still, no wood is going to be as strong as stone, and most wood is prone to scratches and even dents. Our custom handcrafted wood bar tops can be built to your specific dimensions creating a one of a kind piece.
Because of the great recommendations I found on woodworking forums around the Internet, I settled on Waterlox as my wood sealer. Rustic and reclaimed wood countertops are available in a variety of colors and styles to suit your specific needs and taste. The wood’s grain orientation in relation to the top surface of the countertop determines a number of things such as looks, functionality and durability. Butcher-block countertops provide a unique and beautiful solution for your kitchen remodel or your kitchen island.
Grothouse wood bar tops are used in commercial and residential bars throughout the United States. Quartz countertops share the durability of stone but are easier to care for since they are non-porous and anti-bacterial. She panicked as she returned to find her countertop discolored and partially eaten away. Because the end grain of wood is so absorbent, wood glue isn’t the best choice of adhesive for this project.
Recycled/Recyclable: Most wood countertops are not made from reclaimed wood , but that is changing. If you hire a cabinetmaker to custom-build a counter, prices will range from $15 to more than $25 per sq ft, depending upon the laminate chosen, complexity of the edge treatment and size of the backsplash. There you’ll find a list of fabricators, large and small, that produce a wide variety of wood countertops. So, making the 4-hour-round-trip car-ride (towing a trailer) to our nearest Ikea – easily adding at least $60 to the cost of the counter – was not in the equation. Wood kills a lot of bacteria so it is naturally a good choice for countertop material.
But the more I read about it, the more I learned a few coats of tung oil would wear better and protect the wood more than something like polyurethane. This is the most beautiful and traditional style of wood counter, but it’s also the type that’s most susceptible to cracking and warping, if it’s not meticulously maintained. She cleans the wood surfaces with a green scrubber sponge dipped in soap and water (removing stains with a capful of bleach per gallon of water) before putting on rubber gloves and working in mineral oil.
Six coats of an oil-base urethane sealer lend these cherrywood countertops a highly polished look while protecting against moisture and stains. Skilled craftsmen can create beautiful concrete countertops in any color, shape and size. Above: Concreteworks in Oakland, CA, offers a wide range of concrete kitchen counters, including sustainable concrete blends with high recycled content such as fly ash and rice husks.
Ideally the counter would be bracketed to the walls for support, but because I don’t want to drill into the tile (I want to have the option of changing this kitchen around in the future, which is why I tiled all the way down to the baseboard moldings), I opted to use four adjustable VIKA KAJ legs from IKEA. The final stage of the system usually consists of a trim saw that cuts the countertops to rough lengths, typically 8′, 10′ and 12′, ready for distribution.
The Waterlox guide recommended using a very fine steel wool between the second-to-last and last coat of finish to sand out any rough spots, which I did, but it’s still not perfectly smooth. Maker of wood countertops are fairly prevalent, from larger producers that ship virtually anywhere to local countertop shops. The new Jatoba 5” wood floors are exactly what we hoped they would be. Our living room and Dining room have been transformed! 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.
The wood warped (especially over the dishwasher) from the heat and moisture, and overnight with a pan lid taken from a pan of boiling water sitting face down resulted in a waterlogging ring that had to be sanded out at the end of our tenancy at my expense. A sealed surface makes the countertop easy to clean but is not recommended for cutting surfaces. Then we used whatever we liked and could afford — now we think, plan and save to get where we want to be. Our first kitchen makeover was all about speed & budget.
Here is the where the sink will go- you can see where I used wood putty to fill the gaps between the counters and the 1×2’s. 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. Quartz countertops are manufactured man-made surfaces with contemporary appeal created from pigmented resin and ground quartz chips. If necessary, we just waited until everyone left and then we’d go in and clean up the kitchen our way, no harm done. A hammered antique look would mask some of the natural dents and dings that naturally occur on many kitchen surfaces.
If you want to try your hand at making and finishing a wood countertop yourself rather than ordering a fully finished product, Waterlox is the sealer and finish that comes up repeatedly. A pro installation will cost between $30 and $50 per sq ft, plus the cost of the tile. Reclaimed wood that was used from older trees is much sturdier than the newer counterparts made from younger trees. Choosing a wood that’s hard will be more resistant to denting and damage than a softer wood. End grain and edge grain full strip (no butt joints), or finger jointed wood tops built from valuable, time-tested hardwood species.
Although Waterlox is not currently offered as a prefinished option, the craftspeople at The Joinery will make an unfinished countertop for you and you can finish it yourself. Whether you are choosing an island countertop, a kitchen countertop, a bathroom countertop, a wet bar countertop or a cutting board / butcher block, Craft Art has the broadest selection of the highest quality wood surfaces to meet your needs! Requires Proper Sealing: If a wood countertop is not sealed correctly, it offers a porous surface where germs may hide and multiply.
And no matter what countertop you decide is right for you, don’t forget to complement your selection with a variety of enhancements, including backsplashes, integrated sinks, cutting board inserts and beveled edges. Wood maintenance can be another issue, though: While polyurethane seals can protect a counter for a few years, many owners prefer to draw out the natural beauty and warmth of wood with a less glossy mineral oil finish.
We wiped away the excess silicone and even used a rag soaked in mineral spirits to wipe the area to make sure there was no residual silicone on the wood or sink. Often used in butcher’s blocks, the assemblage with wood connectors is made of wooden blocks of 1 5/8” x 1 5/8 glued together. A custom wood countertop is functional art that adds value, character, and warmth to your home.
Or you can try various stains or varnishes to get the looks you specifically desire to match existing kitchen cabinets, flooring or stairs. I admit I was a bit skeptical that something without harsh sealing properties (like Waterlox) could do an adequate job: our countertops are exposed to water daily. Wood countertop are handcrafted from rare salvaged old growth curly redwood slabs with natural live edge. Wood countertops can be made from a number of lumber varieties, including oak, maple and cherry. You should clean any cracked countertops often and apply a finish over the countertop as soon as possible to seal cracks.
In other words, I loved my wood counters, like my stainless appliances and white slipcovers and even my open shelving, but they may not be the best choice for everyone. Well, it may have something to do with a resurgence of the natural aesthetic in home design, something we pointed to back in October Wood is able to capture that natural look while still giving off a modern vibe. While thinking of rustic and reclaimed wood countertops, chestnut, antique oak, rustic pine and heart pine come to mind.
This unequaled level of creative control guarantees that your countertops will perfectly match your kitchen and your own personal style. A kitchen island that serves as an alternate eating area or as a service station for entertaining is one example of the decorative wood countertop. We have other kinds of countertops in our home, white laminate in the laundry room, wood in the hall bathroom, and modern cultured marble in the master bathroom. Wood counter tops are our fastest growing and most popular product that we manufacture.
Simple solid-color tiles cost as little as $1 per sq ft, but the average cost is more in the $3 to $5 per sq ft range. The answer to that question depends on the look you want to achieve and how much work you’re willing to put into maintaining your counters If you appreciate the natural beauty of wood and are willing to spend the time required to clean and maintain them, wood countertops might be the perfect choice for your home. For countertop or tabletop projects, we recommend using a damp rag on the surface as needed. Still, if not given the proper sealant, wood can develop bacteria and mould problems.
I can easily apply some to a spot or two that might need a little bit of finish (like around the sink where I wipe a lot) in only a few minutes without having to do the whole top. See what wood countertops can do for your home; call us today for a free home visit, or come see us in our gallery showroom. Claro walnut live edge wood slab used to overlay stone countertop creating a unique breakfast bar.