Solid Wood Countertop Resurfacing

A kitchen remodeling project that is going to be performed on a budget may include countertop resurfacing. Dull wooden countertops that are slightly bumpy and discolored can be revitalized with sanding techniques, sealants, and stains. Your remodeling contractor may use a series of manual or mechanical techniques to treat the wood.

Wood Types And An Assessment

Hardwood products are suitable for tasks that involve slicing or that will be supporting heavy weight loads. Maple, cherry, and birchwood are common wood products that are used to create butcher block materials. Softwood varieties are suitable for tasks that don't involve the handling of food or supporting heavy objects.

If you are uncertain of the wood variety/varieties that currently comprise the countertops in your kitchen, your remodeling contractor will assess and identify them. Some wood varieties may respond better to a series of sanding, sealing, and staining techniques than others. Additionally, more in-depth resurfacing steps may need to be conducted for specific wood varieties. Grain size and the softness of the wood materials may reflect upon how surface materials will respond to some refinishing steps and products.

The Refinishing Process

Your remodeling contractor may furnish a series of food-grade products that can be used to enhance the color and texture of the wood. Shellac, tung oil, linseed oil, and carnauba wax are some non-toxic products that can be used to improve the surface of each countertop. After you select products for the resurfacing project, request to see a picture of how your upgraded countertops will look.

A sample piece of wood can be used to test out various products if you aren't exactly certain what type of refinishing techniques and materials you would like to be used during the project. Clean, dust-free surfaces will respond to the application of stain and sealants better than surfaces that haven't been properly prepared. Your contractor may use several sandpaper grit types, prior to vacuuming the surface of each countertop.

Cleaning agents will be applied upon the completion of the sanding process. Any trim work or accessories that surround the wooden countertops will be taped. This will prevent them from being exposed to stains or sealants that are being wiped or brushed across each counter's surface. If several coats of a product are going to be applied to each wooden material, there may be a required amount of drying time that will need to elapse between coats.

For more information on countertop resurfacing, contact a professional near you.