Wednesday, February 15, 2006

counter tops

thinking about redoing the kitchen:

"Butcher Block:


Butcher block is most often used as a cutting board insert in a counter made of another material. Because of the potential for water damage, butcher block should not be installed next to the sink. Hard rock maple is the best wood for butcher block, as it's particularly durable and has a tight, fine grain. Red and white oak, as well as beech, are also good choices. Butcher block should be treated periodically with mineral or linseed oil."

i want the whole counter top to be butcher block if that is what we choose.

also:
"Soapstone doesn't stain, but must be sealed periodically with mineral oil. It's soft, so it's more prone to scratches than granite, but isn't damaged by hot pots and pans."

quotes are from homedepot.com

both look worn after a while. i am leaning toward the butcher block.

i have no idea how much these cost. but theyre pretty.

9 comments:

The Jay said...

There's a book by Fu-Tung Cheng that showws how to make concrete countertops. It's really a fun and inspiring read. I was thinking about offering concrete tops for the houses we build. They're really pretty, and there's a lot of customization that you is possible.
www.chengdesign.com

dana said...

You should talk to my mother-in-law. She is redoing her whole kitchen right now and has been researching this kind of stuff for about the last 6 months.

jennyo78 said...

Hey Sara, both of those choices are really pretty. I know my mom wanted to use travertine on her counters, but has finally settled on tile for its durability (and just because she likes it). Because it requires more matinence and will experience less wear and tear than the counter top, she's only using travertine for her backsplash. I think most options have their pros and cons and levels of matinence so I guess it depends on your preference. Personally, I would be concerned with water damage around the sink with the butcher block and what I could do to prevent that.

Sally W said...

If the universe did start with a bang - when God loved and the angels sang - one of the sparks that flew - chased time to become you :) xaNax

Sally W said...

If the universe did start with a bang - when God loved and the angels sang - one of the sparks that flew - chased time to become you :) xaNax

Sally W said...

If the universe did start with a bang - when God loved and the angels sang - one of the sparks that flew - chased time to become you :) xaNax

Sally W said...

If the universe did start with a bang - when God loved and the angels sang - one of the sparks that flew - chased time to become you :) xaNax

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