Wood Countertop Ideas
Wood countertops are a popular choice because of their durability in both wear and style. Browse this collection to find which material is the best fit for your countertops.
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This wood grows dark and lustrous with age. For a natural patina, avoid cleaning it with abrasive chemicals. Instead, wash the counter with warm, soapy water only and rub it with mineral oil once a month.
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This wood-top island has an earthy feel and is filled with open storage.
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This painted island is made of low-cost pine and topped with butcher block.
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Cherry Kitchen Countertops
When this kitchen was remodeled, leftover cherry flooring was used to top the cabinets by the range.
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Cherry wood Countertop
Cherry wood on the island warms this kitchen. Six coats of an oil-base urethane sealer protect the wood counters from stains and moisture.
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Kitchen Island Countertop
Wood countertops like this one are easy to maintain. If they burn or scratch, use a belt sander to make them look new again.
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Six coats of an oil-base urethane sealer lend these cherrywood countertops a highly polished look while protecting against moisture and stains.
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Wood countertop surfaces of different heights distribute the mass of an oversize island well, allocating distinct spaces for gathering and chopping.
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A zebrawood top makes this desk feel like a piece of furniture rather than a bank of cabinets.
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Topped with 3-inch-thick butcher block, a 4-1/2-foot-square island is the utilitarian and social centerpiece of this kitchen.
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Hardworking Island Top
A butcher-block top of end-grain maple adjoins the work island's expanse of verde tropical granite, which was quarried in Brazil.
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Teak Butcher Block
To offset the formality of marble countertops in the rest of the kitchen, teak butcher block tops the island and warms the space.
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Distressed Kitchen Countertop
Custom-constructed of knotted alder planks, the high front counter hides dirty dishes from guests seated at the intimate dining table beyond. A local craftsman stained, glazed, and distressed the wood on-site using knives and forks to give the piece the look of real use and wear.
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An Array of Options
Hard woods of all kinds can be used in a kitchen – walnut, cherry, and alder among others, and chefs love a giant slab of butcher block for its convenience in food prep.
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Warm it Up
Choosing wood as a countertop brings warmth to a kitchen space in contrast with the common cooler materials used in kitchens such as glass tile, ceramic sinks, or stainless steel appliances.
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Wood countertops are also an affordable option in comparison with pricier solid surface choices, and retailers like IKEA sell slabs of butcher block that can be stained darker or even routed with an ogee edge.
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Wood countertops have a reputation for being a higher maintenance surface than granite or marble, but if sealed properly they're virtually waterproof. The one thing homeowners must avoid is the placement of anything too hot on the wood, but trivets and pot pads within arms reach will prevent any accidental burns.