Counter tops always add to the overall look of a kitchen space and DIY wood countertops are a great way to do up your kitchen and hone your skills in carpentry at the same time.
There are some things that you simply cannot make yourself, for example, kitchen islands will take a fair bit of professional skills with carpentry tools.
However, DIY projects can easily involve making your own counter top out of pre-bought counter tops or salvaged wood etc.
That way you save a lot of money and you also personalize your home furniture.
DIY wood countertops
Do not be daunted by the idea of DIY wood countertops.
They are in fact easy to make if you have some experience with wielding carpentry tools.
Many people do it simply because it is a good way to improve the looks and aesthetic appeal of their homes without burning a deep hole in their pockets.
Make a trip to the local discount stores.
You are sure to find basic wooden planks or tongue and groove wooden flooring that is great for making a counter top.
Look for wood types to suit your needs and budget and go for pine, fir, cedar.
Mainly hardwoods that will be durable and can sustain constant exposure to daily knife usage etc.
When buying old wood look for the straightest planks you can find which are free of dents, knots, chips and warps.
Trim the edges so that the sharp edges are smoothed and shape them preferably into rounds.
When you finally join the planks together, the rounded edges will help you fit them snugly together.
Tongue and groove flooring is easy to transform into a counter-top as it involves holding the tongue in place in the groove with super glue, clamping it shut and waiting for the clamp to try.
You can then polish or varnish the counter top according to your liking and in accordance with your kitchen decor.
You can easily use old furniture for DIY wood counter tops because they are he best source of raw material available.
It is important that you use salvaged or distressed wood for DIY projects because they save the planet in the long run.
Remember that a tree takes as long as 80 years to mature before the wood can be used for furniture making and it only takes a second for it to be cut down unceremoniously.
Also, not only are you doing a good deed, you are also saving yourself a lot of money.
DIY wood counter tops can be a long and exhausting project physically, though it is easy enough to actually work on.
Have all your equipment handy before sitting down to it and make sure the nails, paint brushes and other tools of trade are near at hand.
As is the ritual with all DIY projects, spread newspaper all over the ground before you start and preferably set up your DIY wood counter tops project in the basement or yard where it will not interfere with your daily lives inside your home till it is finished.
Wood counter tops
Wood counter tops are an extremely aesthetic addition to your kitchen.
They immediately add a sense of sophistication and look sturdy and durable.
Wood counter tops also come in beautiful colors which are either natural, lacquered or varnished according to interiors of houses and the brilliant yet subtle sheen of these kitchen accessories can leave you breathless.
Buy or make wood counter tops that fit your kitchen and suit your needs.
Do not go overboard as wood can make your kitchen look extremely cluttered as it has a bulk of its own.
These come in a range of designs and you can easily pick one to suit your needs.
You can buy or make butcher block counter tops out of solid wood or you can have a counter top made out of several planks of wood joined together to form a wide space.
The latter option is a great idea if you are handy with your tools and are skilled at carpentry.
If you have old furniture or left over wood you can easily make your own wood counter tops.
This is not only a great DIY project, it is also a way to be eco-friendly.
Remember that wood can be recycled and it is a resource that is renewable.
However, do keep a few things in mind when it comes to investing in wood counter tops for your kitchen.
Remember that if you are a busy cook and regularly make food at home, you will need to keep your counter top sparkling clean.
This is especially true if you are in the habit of chopping meat on it.
Yf you do not take care to thoroughly clean and disinfect your wood counter tops after using it for meat then you may risk infecting other food stuff kept on it.
However, this is a better alternative to plastic counter tops any day as studies have shown that while bacteria might get absorbed into the surface of wood counter tops, they eventually die.
Wood counter tops will also not be affected much by knives – whereas plastic will be scarred by multiple grooves in no time.
However, with time, these counter tops can warp and crack and with heavy usage of large and sharp knives, may suffer damage.
That said, taking care of wood counter tops is fairly simple and easy. All it requires is daily maintenance.
Wash the wood counter tops with a warm solution of lemon juice and water and mild detergent after you are done for the day, remove stains with bleach or hydrogen peroxide mixed with water.
If you wish to remove stains and do not like the look of your old wood counter top then you can give it a sparkling look by sanding it down.
Remember though, that vinegar should never be used for cleaning solid wood counter tops as it might damage the surface irrevocably.
You can use it for wood that has been sealed with a protective finish but bare wood will be worn away and splinter in no time as vinegar is said to dissolve the binding glue that holds wood particles together.