Granite countertops are SO last decade. So what’s taking their place? Good old-fashioned wood.
It’s always seemed strange to me that in the society where we remodel our kitchens every 10 to 20 years, we like to put in stone countertops that will last for centuries. Doesn’t it make more sense to use a material that, while long-lasting, is also biodegradable at the end of its use? Besides, wood countertops are not only better for the environment, but they have a warmth and beauty that can’t be beat.
There are plenty of sustainable options, including FSC certified wood, bamboo, and reclaimed wood. Take a look at some pretty examples and then take our poll:
A couple of worries I always hear expressed about putting in wood countertops have to do with staining and scratching. In truth, a wood counter would not be a good option for someone who doesn’t like the occasional imperfection. Good maintenance practices, including periodic use of a tung oil or a beeswax rub, and quick wiping up of spills will go a long way towards preventing stains. If the countertop does get stained, it is usually possible to remove it with a light sanding. The amount of scratching that may occur will depend upon the species of wood used more than anything else. The denser the wood the left scratching will occur.
On a personal note, I’m currently planning to put in wood countertops in my own kitchen. I live in lovely house built in 1925, that was the victim of a late 80′s kitchen remodel, including golden oak cabinets and beige laminate countertops. Ugh! Plans for a full kitchen remodel (done right and with respect for the architectural style of the home), are on hiatus, pending, well, a lot of things. However, painting those cabinets a soft white, and replacing the laminate with wood will be an inexpensive, environmentally friendly way to add a little charm to an otherwise charmless space in our home. Due to budget restrictions, we will be opting for this wallet friendly countertop from Ikea…
To find out about other options, try my post on 6 Sustainable Countertop Solutions.
So, what is your kitchen countertop of choice?