Wood Counter Tops for the Kitchen
Back in the 1980’s when I bought my first house, wood counter tops for the kitchen were all the rage. But then the love for wood turned to stone and homeowners opted for marble, granite, and quartz. Now it seems people are gravitating back to the warmth of wood in the kitchen. Some day I’ll update my counter tops to wood. Until then, here’s some kitchen eye candy.
Wood counter tops add warmth to a kitchen and they look great with any color cabinets.
Photo by Dillon Kyle Architects (DKA)
I’m lovin’ all the texture in this kitchen – a brick wall, subway tile, butcher block counters, and beadboard cabinet fronts.
Photo by Entrance Fastighetsmäkleri
Wood counter tops mimic the rich hardwood floor in this light and airy kitchen. Pops of color add a touch of fun!
Photo by Alison Kandler Interior Design
Of course, they look perfect in a humble country style kitchen. I think I need to de-clutter my kitchen shelves after seeing this picture.
Photo by British Standard by Plain English
Photo by British Standard by Plain English
You can pair wood with any color. And there are a wide variety of wood tones, from light to dark.
Photo by Craft Art Elegant Surfaces
I like the drain board to the left of this charming farmhouse sink.
My favorite kitchen designer is deVOL Kitchens and it would be a dream to have them re-do my old kitchen. I know they’d be able to retain its historic charm while improving the flow and appearance.
Wood shelves mimic the wood surface of this kitchen’s island.
Wood counter tops look good in any kitchen – in my humble opinion.
Which do you prefer – wood or stone counter tops in the kitchen?
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I love the warmth of wood – and would love to do butcher block in my kitchen. I guess I’d have to research as to how much maintenance they are, and how long do they last.
The look of wood counters is beautiful. I wonder how they stand up to a messy cook like me. My counters are usually a disaster after I cook. I wonder what the care would be and how they would hold up to someone like me? I splash water around a lot, too! Anyone have them and how do you take care of them? I ask because I am planning a kitchen update.
I adore my wood counter tops. I’ve had them for 9 years and they look as pretty today as they did when we installed them. I cook and bake a lot and don’t have any problems with them. When we installed the counter tops we gave them 3 coats of polyurethane in a gloss finish. I never worry about water or wine spilling on them. Everything just wipes up with ease. Previously to the wooden counters i had granite and i will NEVER go back to stone. I would chip or break so much glass ware and china and the stone would mark easily. It wasn’t worth the hassle. Wood all the way for me.
I love the way wood counter tops look with white cabinets…..dreamy! Maybe some day, sigh……but alas a kitchen reno is so far away from my budget at the moment! Good thing I love my little country kitchen as it is!
All so pretty!
Love the wood counter tops they are very pretty. I worry though about the maintenance. I personally went with quartz when I did my reno 3 years ago and love it. Cleaning is such a breeze and no extra maintenance which is even better.
Wood is my favorite, even worn 15 years old, beautiful.
Oooh pretty! I loved these. I haven’t seen a wood countertop in a very long time.
I agree. wood adds so much warmth. after adding a wood counter in the laundry room I am thinking about doing the backside of the kitchen. these are lovely kitchens.
I am so fortunate to have both in my 1903 kitchen. When we renovated ours, we used granite with a dull finish on the areas that would be used for food prep and in the area where we left the original cabinets, my husband replaced the dated 60’s counter with old wood counter tops he found at a salvage yard that once graced the pantry of a 1900’s home. I think the combination of the two surfaces gives
our kitchen an updated look without sacrificing the 1900’s charm. The upkeep with the wood has not been something that would have kept us from installing it. I’m sure the wood counter tops they offer today are easier to maintain..
We have granite through the house. It’s okay for the baths but I would like wood or even stainless steel for kitchen.
When we remodeled our kitchen about five years ago, we installed butcher block counter tops, and I have never regretted it. And, I am not a careful person when it comes to maintenance or interested in having to think constantly about how I use them. I have accepted that they aren’t going to look perfect but a useful part of our kitchen. It’s funny that you mentioned needing to declutter your shelves when seeing the kitchen in your post with blue cabinets and mostly bare shelves. My first thought was that the shelves in the picture needed more stuff! Maybe there’s a happy medium?:)
That would be so much fun to work in that kitchen…the cream and yellow one…back in that wonderful alcove. How cozy!