Wood as the only countertop material, would you do it?
Everytime I think we've got everything figured out another question/possibility pops up. I want to choose counters, backsplash, and paint at the same time to ensure that we don't 'paint' ourselves into a corner literally and figuratively.
We've been looking at various types of counters but leaning toward granite. Last night I off handly showed DH a picture of some lovely cherry countertops which led to some preliminary investigation.
Nearly every kitchen I've seen with wood uses it as a secondary material on an island. I'm wondering if any of you would consider using wood as your primary/only countertop material, or should we stick with granite?
Here are a few things that might help you guide me in the right direction. We are a family of four with a 13 yo daughter who loves to bake and decorate sweets (think lots of food coloring) and a 9 yo son who is learning to cook. We aren't super careful or extremely neat in our kitchen, I've been known to remove the hand mixer from a bowl too early, spill things, place the food side of open can tops on the counter without thinking, and spill grape juice, kool aid, and red wine. We want to enjoy and use our kitchen without fear of ruining it. We all like to get in the kitchen and help. I have also been known to cut something on my current crappy, flaking underneath laminate if I was in a hurry. I will set something hot on them in a pinch. I justify these actions because I know in my mind the laminate is on it's way out and there's just no other place to put it sometimes. But, honestly I've done it for years. Even when a remodel seemed perpetually out of reach and I knew I shouldn't. I invariably splash water onto the counters when I wash any dish, and generally am not a careful cook.
DH's only real life reference to wood countertops is a butcher block table top that lived in the bakery of his grandmother's grocery store. It had been cut on, cleaned with chemicals, and generally abused by people who had no vested interest in it. It had dings, scratches, stains and is not anything anyone would want in their kitchen. Yet, he remains open to the idea because he trusts my judgement (silly man), so I have to make a wise, well informed decision on this matter.
So what do you think? Should I just shut down this line of thinking entirely and find a granite we like and can afford. Or is wood something you think we might still be happy with ten years from now. Oh and one last thing, I haven't found a granite I love and probably won't in my price range, but there are some I like, just not LOVE. I really enjoy the warmth of wood in pictures I've seen but don't know anyone IRL that has them I can look at. My future kitchen will have antique white cabinets, brushed nickel fixtures, painted pine walls, and am a contemporary cottage look. I know either counter material would work in this setting.
Thanks so much for all your wisdom, guidance, and sometimes brutal honesty. I'm sure my future kitchen would look very different without you.