When you think of wood for your countertop, do you see wide wooden panels placed side by side in a predictable pattern? Well dismiss that boring and generic notion. If wood is what you’re after, you can have something unique and beautiful that will fit your kitchen style. Here’s a look at the tons of choices available with wood countertops.
When it comes to purchasing wood countertops, expect to pay $30-$105 per square foot, depending on the type and thickness of wood used, cost of installation, finish, and size of the job. Find out what it would cost for your own home here.
Wood is considered an extremely durable countertop option, and can easily withstand the test of time. Regular cleaning, along with the occasional application of oil, can keep your kitchen countertops looking like new for years to come.
Wood countertops are easy to clean and maintain. Simply wipe them down with soap and water regularly. Steer clear of bleach additives and abrasives, as these can damage the wood finish.
Oak: This is a very popular type of wood for countertops today. Oak generally comes in two shades: dark and light. Light oak is also referred to as golden oak and is bright yellowish-tan in color, with tan grain lines running through it. Dark oak is a deeper tan color with brown grain lines, giving it a nice, rich contrast.
Pine: One of the lightest-colored wood materials, pine is most often used in the construction of furniture and countertops. Pine has a color range of pale tan to off-white, and is generally used with light-colored or white cabinets in the kitchen.
Cherry: This is another very popular wood for countertops because there are so many other furniture items that can go along with cherry to match not only your countertops, but the whole kitchen style. It comes in a dark wood with a deep maroon sheen, or light for a unique, closer-to-orange color.
Walnut: One of the few countertop woods that is actually brown in appearance, walnut is the wood that most people think of when they think wooden countertops. It is neutral and complements any type of color addition in your kitchen. This type of countertop is the one you would choose if you didn't want your countertop to be the focal point of your kitchen.
Mahogany: This wood is a deep brown color with a reddish hue and gleams in the light. The rich flavor of this wood is truly unique and stunning, and is perfect for countertops that will take center stage. Mahogany is not the most popular of woods used in countertops because it runs a bit more than other woods, but you can stain a pine to look like mahogany.
Wood has been a popular building material for decades –countertops included. It is now used to lend an Old World feel to any home.
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