I am thrilled to report we LOVE LOVE LOVE out countertops. Coffee drops left all day? One wipe with a sponge, gone. Water around the sink? No stains whatsoever. Dishwasher problem w/ warping (as one well-meaning person told me: those counters will be warped in 3 months, guarenteed) Uh, no warping. We did have a mishap with a heavy pan (ummm, hubs....maybe we shouldn't be using heavy cast iron camping skillets in our brand-new kitchen!) and it left a small dent. Not noticeable and actually kinda cute...adds to the character. If it were a stone or tile counter that chipped I'd be crying....
They have mellowed to a beautiful golden tone. They have a sheen to them. They feel like smoothest silky smooth.... they add that warmth the kitchen really needed I think. It feels so organic and alive, yet modern.
We plan on reapplying the Behandla oil as manufacturer suggests, twice a year. It was easy... just wipe on with a cloth, let it sink in for 10 mins or so, wipe off excess. We did this about 7-10 times over a period of 3-4 days, until no more would sink in. It totally waterproofs and stainblocks the wood. It adds a honed sheen. I love my countertops.
So, if you are considering wood, give it a serious look. The price can not be beat. Our counters cost a total of 504.00 for 2 nine-foot long counters, a 36inch counter and one 6 foot desk. We added granite to the island only using a remnant and that 7x4 foot piece cost us the same as all the wood counters! So worth it , though, for 1000.00 we got all that footage covered and it looks so great and is so functional.
Here are some great inspiration pics...no , the first picture:thats NOT MY kitchen, I wish, No, really I LOVE my kitchen, mine is the last pic...
above photo from HGTV
Above photo from Addicted2 Decorating's post- click here to go there- she's got much mo' betta pics than I do of GORGEOUS wood countertops.
We are now (finally!!!) finishing up the backsplash and I will reveal that soon. We chose subway tile with a nice crackly finsh in 2 soft beigey tones. I love how it looks so far.
THIS is mine:
See ya soon!