Wood Kitchen Countertops

Natural and completely down-to-earth, a wood countertop can provide a rustic or luxurious finish to your kitchen area.

Wood kitchen countertops

Wood kitchen countertops

Wood countertops in this beautiful kitchen compliment the white cabinets.

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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.

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.

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.

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.

Treat wood countertops with mineral oil every month. Stains can be sanded out; just be sure to re-oil the area to protect the surface.

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