new wood countertops installed (Yay!)

TheRedHouseMay 31, 2012

I've been lurking here for a long time and have learned oh so much from the members of this forum. Thank you all for that! I'm de-lurking to share a photo of our new counters. We're in the midst of a kitchen makeover -besides the new countertops, we'll be adding a backsplash and painting the cabinets.

The counters are reclaimed Douglas fir from area industrial buildings. We're totally thrilled with the way they look. When the builder/installer left he told me to go ahead and beat them up because we can always sand and oil them to be as good as new. That's what a clumsy girl like myself likes to hear.

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jerzeegirl

That countertop is gorgeous - I love the color of the wood. How is the wood treated - is it simply oiled or is there something else sealing it too?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 3:03PM
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rhome410

Gorgeous! Enjoy. My island top is Douglas fir... Out of our yard, so newer and maybe softer? But it does get beat up. I expected it, so it doesn't really bother me. I know we can do a major sanding if I want to really fix it.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 3:25PM
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pawa

Oh wow! So nice! - Your jug is cute too!
I really like how it was pieced together.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 4:37PM
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TheRedHouse

Thanks!

jerzeegirl, it's Osmo top oil. It has 3 coats now and they left me enough to do another in a couple of weeks. After that, I'll either buy more Osmo or use tung oil.

Here's a close up in case anyone is interested.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 5:46PM
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catlover5

They are so beautiful! Enjoy.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 7:05PM
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oldbat2be

Now that is one (wolf whistle) beautiful countertop!! There's nothing like the warmth of wood. Congrats!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 10:02PM
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CEFreeman

Pretty, pretty!

I've been collecting reviews of all these darned wood counter products. Osmo is well reviewed, but since they all sound the same to me, it's confusing.

Anyway, just gorgeous. :)

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 12:11AM
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library_girl

wow...those are beautiful. I love the unique grains!! Can't wait to see the rest of your kitchen...But I do have a question because I plan to use Osmo on my walnut countertop - do you have a sink installed in your counter and if so, did you treat it with anything other than Osmo? I wasn't planning to, but then read something breezygirl wrote recently that made me think I should do something else around the sink area.

Enjoy the new countertop!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 1:27PM
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carybk

Gorgeous wood and it has a great story too. Congrats.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 3:21PM
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TheRedHouse

Hi library girl, the counters just have Osmo around the sink. I have a towel right below the sink and just wipe up the few drops that get on the counter as soon as I can. Hopefully, it'll just become a habit. We did swap out our old double bowl sink (witch had one smaller swallow side) and faucet that soaked us every time we used the sprayer. With a single bowl with a center drain and faucet that isn't scary, there is a lot less water around the sink in general now. Keeping most of the water in the sink is a totally new experience for us. I'll attach a pic that includes the sink.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 3:30PM
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library_girl

Thanks for the info - I totally know what you mean about keeping most of the water in the sink is a totally new experience for us...

Good luck with the rest of your renovation!!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 3:00PM
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