Need Your Help Choosing a Wood Island Countertop

gdwright07November 24, 2012

It's been a struggle. Our first house and we're in the market for an island. Thought about a stone countertop but prefer the warmth wood brings to the table. The trick is finding the perfect wood I guess. Thought for sure black walnut would be our guy, but that turned out a bit too dark for our liking. Have a teak sample from craft art that's too redish/orangish and another teak sample from jaaron that's pretty close to the right tone, but somewhat lifeless in comparison to the other two. Since we have somewhat busy floors, we're shooting for plank construction with a less busy wood species. Looking for your suggestions. Paint is BM Revere Pewter, granite is Giallo Vinceza. Attaching some pics to help you visualize. Sample pic from left to right is craft art teak, jaaron teak, craft art black walnut. Last pic is the website snapshot of jaaron teak which we liked quite a bit, though the sample we received is somewhat lacking. Can't place my finger on it. Thanks in advance.

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juliekcmo

Ours is John Boos Hard Rock Maple, in the oiled finish.
We cut right on it. Not all wood species are hard enough to be NSF rated. This is.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 6:30PM
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gdwright07

Okay thanks, interested in additional comments and suggestions that anyone might have.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 1:17PM
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localeater

You might like lyptus, it is warm sustainable(farmed) hardwood. Remember, all woods will change color over time, walnut will lighten, others will darken or become more gold or red or orange. The color of a wooden countertop will also vary with the finish used, ie waterlox or oil.
I assume you are doing waterlox and you are not cutting on it, based on your mention of "plank style"

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 4:11PM
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gdwright07

Yeah definitely going a waterlox type satin finish.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 4:48PM
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gdwright07

Yeah definitely going a waterlox type satin finish.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 7:06PM
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herbflavor

Your space reads neutral-the floor is a clasic hardwood that is a backdrop for anything- end grain bamboo parquet would be that right mix of classic/durable/beautiful and complex yet subtle enough to help the space and not overwhelm it.That's what I would do.....I think its Teragren and they have different shades....don't avoid the end grain-it would really work in your kitchen and give a timeless quality.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 7:18PM
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motherof3sons

The middle sample blends beautifully with the counters and does not overtake the floor.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 8:10PM
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mickeyb70

I like the middle sample too. It picks up the flecks of brown in the granite.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 8:16PM
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gdwright07

Thanks for everyone's feedback so far. We're leaning towards the middle sample too (teak from jaaron). Sample was a little lackluster though, not sure if you can tell from the picture. Wood quality seems a bit off and I think we'd prefer a bit more sheen.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 8:59AM
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secondcup

I just got a black walnut from Craft Art, actually. Mine is a bit lighter than your sample overall, but pieces of it are probably about that tone (or how it looks on screen, anyway).

What about one of the reclaimed woods? They have more character but won't experience as much (if any) change over time... they've already aged!

This is Reclaimed Beech:

This is Reclaimed Chestnut:

And this is a Black Walnut that seems lighter than your sample.

can you request something on the lighter end of the spectrum? (they'll probably give you the manditory "its a natural product thing" like companies do with stone, but that doesn't mean they won't try! I am pretty sure they have to put that in writing to for the whole CYA thing. - msg me if you need me to write what CYA stands for!)

Here is a link that might be useful: site where i got pics from

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 11:51AM
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