Does anyone have VARNISHED (not oiled/waxed) wooden countertops?
I really want wooden countertops in my cottage-style kitchen, but I am NOT interested in the current vogue for oiled/waxed wood counters -- too risky, with red wine, tomatoes, and water splashing everywhere! I would like to finish the wood with either a marine varnish, a polyurethane, or bowling alley finish. (Yes, I know they're not "edible", but I don't plan to eat the varnish or chop food directly on the counter). Does anyone have varnished or otherwise permanently sealed wooden countertops? How have they held up, especially around the sink and stove? Can you buy a good finish product that has a satin finish rather than a high-gloss?