One of the latest fads to take hold of our kitchens: the butcher block counter top. Whether edge grain, face grain, or end grain, it can be an awesome additional to your home with a range of colors and patterns from woods like oak, to birch, to cherry, to even bamboo.
Besides being highly desirable for their looks, wooden counters have a range of features:
- Lasts a long time and absorbs dings and scratches.
- Plays well with other materials like metal, plastic, or rock.
- Less noise than harder surfaces with dishes and utensils.
- Wood tends to be antimicrobial and antibacterial.
A few properties to keep in mind are:
- Wood is prone to shrinking, growing, or cracking due to humidity or dry weather.
- If not sealed properly, the wood may rot or change color.
- Heat or spills can burn or change the color of the wood, though this could be sanded out.
I hope this inspires your kitchen creativity and let us know if you pick a wooden countertop or have one currently!