If you are looking for a stunning wood kitchen countertop for your new custom kitchen then why not consider a black-stained butcher block countertop? The dark stained version of this type of wood countertop really stands out and lends a very stylish look to any type of kitchen. With its dramatic dark grain variation and intense rich color black polished butcher block counter tops make a dramatic statement in any contemporary kitchen or bath design scheme. Black polished butcher block counters are made by simply cutting thin strips of wood that are then pressed together.
Black butcher block counter tops have a high sheen that makes them stand out and look even more luxurious than traditional wood countertop materials. They have a smooth, soft feel when touched and they are quite durable for use in the most demanding kitchen environments. Because they are almost entirely solid wood, the darker shades are generally less expensive to purchase, and they will last much longer than other wood countertops and cabinets. There are several different shades of black that can be used in wood countertop applications and depending on your taste you may want to go with a lighter or darker shade to compliment your current kitchen decor.
If you like earthy, rustic styles you may want to consider a traditional flat black slab as a top layer over a wood base. These blocks are available in several natural colors including: light birch, dark ash, and even cherry. Another option that is becoming increasingly popular is the use of genuine walnut veneer. This gives the wood countertop the rich dark color of wood but without the expensive price tag that comes with genuine walnut veneer. Walnut veneer has a smooth texture and is easy to stain. Many people choose to do their own wood veneer application because it is not only affordable, but also a fun project that you can do yourself.
If you are looking for a wood material that will not only give you rich, bold color that will contrast beautifully with your kitchen decor but one that will also show details and be highly functional, consider using mahogany. This durable wood material can be easily stained and will provide a countertop that will be virtually indestructible. Its naturally brownish coloration is highly versatile, which means that you can stain it any color you wish and use it in a variety of applications. If you decide to stain your mahogany block counter tops, however, be sure to use only the grade A wood cleaner and mild acid stain remover because you may end up with some pitting or scratches that will show details in your kitchen. This is not considered a negative feature because it simply adds character to the wood.
Maple is another highly desirable kitchen wood because of its hardness and softness. Because of its character, maple wood is often used to produce beautiful cabinets and matching appliances. Like mahogany, maple countertop stains are easy to work with and the grain of the wood does not wear down easily. Because of these characteristics, maple is an ideal candidate for black butcher countertops.
Oak is the strongest wood available for kitchen countertop construction. It has a very straight grain and its strength makes it ideal for use in both indoor and outdoor applications. Like many hardwoods, oak can be stained in a variety of colors and finish. One downside is that oak’s price increases as it gets older, which makes it a less affordable choice for younger families or those planning to sell their home.
Unlike some other building materials, hardwood diy kits are readily available for butcher block countertop construction. These kits can be found online and in some discount stores. These kits contain everything you need to create the perfect kitchen, no matter what style you prefer. Whether you are looking for a traditional, contemporary or themed look, you can find a butcher-block countertop in a style that will fit. You can also find a DIY kit that includes all the necessary hardware to install the top, which will save you time and make the installation process quick and easy.
For more durability, black walnut may be a better choice. Black walnut is stronger than oak and has a more even grain. It is less porous and therefore is less likely to stain or discolor. This wood also makes a great choice for your new butcher countertop or as a back splash in your kitchen. Because black walnut is more dense than lighter woods like pine, the wood can help to reduce energy costs. Walnut also looks great in a darker, more elegant finish.