If you want to renovate part of the kitchen, it is best to transform the countertop to give a new design and style to the entire space. For this reason, wooden countertops are a practical, economical and very easy way to improve your kitchen.
Here are some tips you need to know on how to install a wooden kitchen countertop to help you make the best decision for your home.
The first thing you need are the materials needed to install the countertop. Here are some essentials:
- Postformed countertop.
- Side termination caps.
- 16 mm lag screws.
- 30 mm lag screws.
- Multipurpose glue.
The following are the necessary tools . For your safety, always wear glasses, gloves and a mask; in this way you will avoid accidents and injuries. We list the most used tools:
- Saw bow
- Miter box
- keyhole saw
- circular saw
- Work bench
How to plan the project?
The first thing is to choose the model of countertop to your liking . To do this you have to measure the length of your current countertop to see if it works with a single board or you have to buy more due to the different shapes of each kitchen. For the final finish to be perfect, you should buy the tops, covers and trims in the tone that best matches the countertop and the wall covering.
How to install the wooden countertop, step by step
We give you the step by step of how to install the wooden countertop:
- Place the cartridge on the workbench , make sure it is stable when you cut the tip of the cartridge. Then screw the nozzle onto the cartridge .
- It consists of extracting part of the paste to check that the product is not damaged, which would reduce its adhesive properties.
- Carefully cut the nozzle leaving a diameter of about 6 mm. Then insert the cartridge into the cartridge gun.
- We recommend applying the mounting glue maintaining a uniform speed and pressure , without pressing too hard. Apply the same amount of adhesive to all sections.
- Place the wooden sticks in the corners of the table and glue the countertop on the table, pressing lightly.
- In the last step , check the final position to make sure the countertop is aligned properly, and then remove the wooden sticks. Try installing a matching backsplash with your countertop to make your kitchen look perfect.
Advantages and disadvantages of wooden countertops
The first thing we name the advantages of installing a wooden countertop are:
- The wooden countertops are an excellent choice if you are looking for a warm and decorative material because they provide natural.
- It is an environmentally friendly material that is renewable and can be recycled.
- It is best to choose quality solid wood countertops , made of beech, oak or walnut.
- It allows you to choose between various thicknesses, although the most common is that it is between 4 and 6 cm .
- It is a noble material for both rustic and avant-garde style kitchens.
- Wood countertops look great mixed with modern materials like stainless steel or glass.
The disadvantages of having a wooden countertop:
- They mostly require strict maintenance to keep that beauty intact. It is necessary to be clear that you will have to brush it, sand it and varnish it once or twice a year if you want it not to deteriorate.
- When varnishing, it is recommended to choose quality products that protect it from moisture and stains, and make it more resistant to impacts.
- You should get used to using cutting boards whenever you work on the counter.
- Very hot pans that could burn the wood should not be placed on the hob .
- Try not to accumulate water on it. That is, it is not wet for a long time, otherwise it can spoil you before its time.
- Do all maintenance work , which can sometimes be tedious.
Types of wood
Here we list a list of the types of wood used for kitchen countertops, with their basic characteristics.
- The maple has fine pores, it is very clear color and has a homogeneous structure.
- The birch has very fine pores and a light color that encompasses a range of colors from white to golden yellow, and a silky luster with characteristic reflexes multicolor.
- The beechwood has a slight yellowish red and has a pore structure and very particular veining.
- The tonality of oak wood can range from yellowish white to honey yellow or grayish brown.
- The deciduous wood of the alder is light and flexible, reddish brown in color and with a subtle, regular grain.
- The wood of the spruce is quite soft and malleable, its hue ranges from yellowish white to reddish white and gives off a strong smell of resin.
- The cherry wood is noble and very expensive, so it is frequently used in the most exclusive range of wood stoves.
- The walnut wood is noble and very decorative.
Maintenance and cleaning
The fronts can also be easily cleaned with the usual cleaning products. That is if you have to avoid using abrasive products or others that can damage the surface. The use of abrasive cloths or scouring pads should also be ruled out. Products based cleaning nitro or synthetic resin - based synthetic can damage wood stoves.
After cleaning, the fronts should always be thoroughly dried to avoid moisture . Before using a new product it is recommended to test it, applying it to an area that is not visible.
The ideal room temperature for a wooden kitchen is approximately 23ºC and the relative humidity should be between 50 and 55%.