Choosing Wooden Worktops for Traditional Solid Wood Kitchens
The large choice of wooden worktops available at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets include many timbers that are an ideal choice for traditional solid wood kitchens, imbuing a sense of opulence into even the grandest of homes. Hardwood’s innate versatility means that the surfaces can accommodate almost any kitchen environment, meaning there’s a choice for every taste and budget.
In this information guide, we have chosen some types of solid wood worktop that we believe are suitable selections for traditional kitchens, with additional tips on making them work in your home.
TRADITIONAL TIMBER CHOICES
We appreciate that it may be difficult to pick a favourite wood worktop – particularly as our range is so comprehensive! Fortunately, there are many types of hardwood that are ideal for use in a traditional kitchen setting.
It should come as no surprise that our oak worktops are by far the most popular of our wooden worktops: this material makes an ideal surface for any classic kitchen. Our elegant European timber is available in standard and full stave constructions, and in a choice of our regular oak or Prime Oak grades.
Our oak worktops complement a wide range of designs and themes, from bright white classic kitchens, to those featuring Traditional cabinet frontals painted in any of Farrow & Ball’s trendy grey or green hues.
If you’re opting for a traditional theme, our walnut worktops would make a fantastic choice. These incredibly smooth surfaces exhibit a beautiful grain pattern and rich colour variation that look superb when combined with neutral shades in a traditional kitchen.
Other popular choices for traditional kitchens include maple and ash worktops, which are both light in colour and incredibly hard wearing. Maple worktops have a bright, reflective surface with delicate figuring, whilst our ash worktops have a more pronounced linear grain that makes it a great alternative to oak. Both look superb when combined with Traditional cabinet frontals painted in one of Farrow & Ball’s darker shades.
SMOOTH SURFACES FOR SOLID WOOD KITCHENS
Each of the worktops in our collection arrive with a smooth sanded 150 grit finish as standard, but without having had any further treatment applied, allowing you to apply the finish of your choice.
Whichever wooden worktop you pick, we recommend using Rustins Danish Oil to enrich the timber’s natural colour and create a food-safe finish. It dries to a low-lustre sheen which we believe is ideal for retaining wood’s appearance.
Be sure to follow our guidelines for sanding and re-oiling to ensure your worktop stays smooth throughout its life:
Start with 150 – 180 grit sandpaper, and sand the entire worktop, including any edges. Once you have rubbed down the entire worktop, use a soft cloth and vacuum to remove sawdust from the surface and surrounding area.
Once complete, you can move onto a finer grit sandpaper before repeating the process. For an incredibly smooth finish, we recommend you sand the worktop 3 or 4 times (with paper of up to 400 grit).