Wood instead of
Granite, stone, engineered stone, cement, solid surfaces. All of these have been so popular for many years.
What about wood? It’s organic and sustainable. It has its advantages and of course its disadvantages, depending on your preference. Did you know that wood is Anti-bacterial by nature? The wood allows the bacteria to move deeper into its fiber in order to be eliminated by the wood’s natural substances.
Being wood is organic, the change in the humidity of your home environment can initiate a natural shrinkage and create small checks. Keep in mind, they can heal themselves when moisture in the air is restored. Around 50-50% relative humidity is recommended. The many species include:
- American Cherry
- Brazalian Cherry
- Knotty Alder
- Red Oak
- Spanish Cedar
- White Oak
What about wet areas?
Water and wood are compatible. The right sealer is also attributes to its protection and care. It’s not uncommon to see under mount sink applications in kitchens, vanities or bar areas. In fact, I have seen the wood cut out of the sink being used as a Mobil cutting board, placed in its cut out to make for more counter top, when the sink is not needed. Don’t be afraid to use wood in wet areas.
How do I care for the wood top?
A natural wood top is cared for with a mild soap and water for clean up. Mineral oil that is food safe is applied initially and once a month. Usually a food safe mineral oil is applied safe beeswax and mineral oil formula with an anti-microbial agent will restore luster to an oiled rubbed finish. Any stains can be removed with lemon, salt, or fine sand paper.
The other option is to have a food safe environmentally friendly satin factory finish. One product that is used at a factory is
DURAKRYL 102 It is a protective food safe urethane. It is resistant to stains and most cleaning products and solvents.
Should red wine stain a surface, it can easily be removed with a bleach solution or fingernail polish remover without having any damage to the factory finish.
Wood can be used as a design detail.
Wood is a classic element. Every specie has a color palette of its own. The impression they portray in their individual color variations and grain, express a personality of their own.
Wood can add life to a decor. A minimalist expression utilized in design environments today can appear bare, and uninviting. Yet adding an aura of wood, lends just the right amount of warmth and character to the space.
Knowing that wood is organic, sustainable, anti- bacterial and has a natural essence that varies in colors and grain, the potential to use it in design as a counter top is a given. Even as some species oxidize over time, the oxidation attribute more character and beauty to the wood’s origin.
Wood is able to heal itself when the moisture of an environment may cause checks. A wood counter top can act as a focal point or a visual anchor even a landing spot. Woods bring interest and intrigue to a space. Wood has great potential don’t be afraid to consider it as a counter top.
More importantly, It can bring life to a cold space.