Before you get all excited about installing a wood kitchen countertop, I have a few things to share with you. Unlike many of the things people buy, birch countertop plans are usually not cheap. They usually start at around a hundred dollars, go all the way up to the thousands range. When people are faced with spending a lot of money on a project, they are often surprised by the results. A beautiful wood kitchen countertop will last for years if you take proper care of it.
Many people mistakenly think that wood is cool to work with. While it is true that the dark color gives off a vibe that people find inviting, wood is actually quite hard on the body. It can be difficult to cut safely in and out of the wood. If you accidentally chip a piece, there is a good chance that you could ruin the surface. Even just a tiny cut can leave a large scar.
In addition to requiring careful cutting, wood is porous. Soap, salt, and other cleaners can leave a nasty residue on the surface. These substances can actually change the color of the wood over time. For example, tree resin can turn a light color wood to a darker brown or black over time. Most wood kitchen countertop plans include a resin additive as part of the construction.
But there are some easy ways to prevent damage to your wood kitchen countertop. First, never use soap or water directly on the surface. Use a cloth, sponge, or towel to blot the surface clean before applying any cleaning solution. This will help keep dirt and soap scum from building up. If spills occur, blotting them up immediately will keep them from building up.
It’s best to choose a stain for your wood kitchen countertop instead of paint. Paint will allow oil, grease, and wax to easily seep into the wood. Over time, the stain will build up and make your countertop look old before its time. Plus, the stain may not be completely compatible with the natural coloring of the wood. Wood stain is an excellent choice.
Selecting a wood stain is only half the battle. Once you’ve chosen a stain product, it’s critical to choose the correct wood stain. A wood stain product should be used based on the wood type (hardwood, softwood, etc. ).
There are a number of different wood stains available. Depending on your needs, and personal preference, you can choose one of several excellent wood stains. One excellent wood stain would be Walnut. This wood stain has incredible ultraviolet protection and acts as a protective layer for wood. Walnut wood kitchen countertops will withstand years of daily use and maintenance.
Another wood stain to consider for a wood kitchen countertop is Madura. This wood stain contains aluminum oxide that protects against sun damage and helps prevent stains. This wood is also an excellent choice for beginners as it does not have the same degree of ultraviolet protection as walnut or other woods. However, Madura does have an outstanding color palette that will blend nicely with any decor. With proper care, a Madura wood kitchen countertop will last a lifetime.
The third stain to consider for a birch kitchen is a medium wood. This is a mid-weight hard wood that will not crack, peel, or warp. This mid-weight wood is perfect for those who prefer a lighter wood, or a kitchen with limited space. This type of wood will work well with a host of decorating styles including traditional, southwestern, and cottage styles. If properly maintained, a medium wood such as a Beech or Maple countertop will last a lifetime.
Fourth wood to consider for a birch kitchen countertop is a soft wood. This soft wood, such as pine, will help provide a unique texture and rich coloration. It will add an appealing glow to your kitchen. This wood is often used in place of harder wood, such as oak. Soft wood kitchen countertops are an excellent option for families who are trying to stay cost-conscious. They are also a great choice for those who are simply looking for a natural, easy-to-clean surface.
Your birch kitchen countertop will only benefit from the topmost layer of stain. You can add another layer of stain to help protect the wood, as well as add another decorative style. You can choose any color you would like, including classic hues like red, brown, or black. You can create a custom, one-of-a-kind stain for your wood. Simply contact Lowes to inquire about stains and custom orders.