Wooden worktops and ceramic sinks - help!

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batfuttocks Sat 27-Jul-13 20:24:32

We are about to move into a new house and will need to install a new kitchen almost immediately.

It's an old cottage and we are looking at a cream painted kitchen, shaker style units, with a solid timber worktop.

The worktop is oak and beautiful, but expensive. Is it madness to install this in a house with three young children and a feckless husband?! I've read that lots of maintenance is required (this doesn't faze me, if it works) but is it inevitable that we will get black marks if we have a butler or Belfast sink fitted?

If you oil it regularly, does it still mark if the kids place a glass with condensation on it on the top and I don't get there quick enough?

I lOVE the worktop, it's a 60mm deep one and so much nicer than the granite and stone alternatives, but don't want to be weeping in twelve months over the money I have wasted if we go for it.

CinnamonAddict Sun 28-Jul-13 22:22:23

Aaah, no, stay clear of my version grin

I would still go for what you love, pay someone to oil it twice before installation and then forget about it. We are a messy family and the wood can take it.
Good luck with your move, kitchen, birth...

batfuttocks Sun 28-Jul-13 22:07:44

Ah, we'll we have a baby due in four weeks, so perhaps the painting (as well as the oiling!) would push me over the edge smile

Your kitchen sounds beautiful. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the options! However need to crack on with some decision making as I'm not sure it will be much fun having a protracted period with no kitchen whilst busy with a newborn and two bigger children on summer holiday!

CinnamonAddict Sun 28-Jul-13 21:54:38

Sorry grin
We were planning an Ikea kitchen all along but after we went there (several times) got fed up with their "filler spaces" meaning space we couldn't fill with cupboards because our measurements were not standard. I had certain things in mind - big cutlery drawer, small drawers for cooking spoons etc, open shelves, higher worktops, etc ...
Carpenter gave me a quote for the cupboards and doors, assembly, etc. and came to roughly same amount. I did paint it all (4 times, inside and out) along their assembly, which took me about 3 weeks. So to be fair, if you're not crazy enough you stay clear of this option. Not sure I would ever do it again.
Our kitchen is the standard 1930s kitchen - with the wall knocked out to the dining room, kitchen roughly goes 80cm into dining room. Not huge, but very functional <whisper> and beautiful, I love it. Had the plans up while we were gutting the place and everyone (plumber, electrician, roofers ...) made alterations and suggestions on it - quite amusing. Like a giant brainstorming kitchen plan (while we had actually no kitchen at all for 3 months) And tbh some things I would never have thought of. After almost one year I would not change a thing in the design and layout. Certainly not my sink <strokes sink>

batfuttocks Sun 28-Jul-13 21:37:08

<brain in meltdown>

batfuttocks Sun 28-Jul-13 21:36:39

Probably a bit short on space but beautiful sink.

Carpenter? At ikea prices? confused

<brain meltdown>

Beamur Sun 28-Jul-13 21:30:48

My Mum inherited wood worktops when she bought her house. She has done virtually no maintenance and they look fine, but the people who installed it put in a butler sink without a proper drainer which is a total PITA.

fossil971 Sun 28-Jul-13 21:26:06

Those big ceramic sinks are like a French design, I thought of getting one too after staying in a villa which had one. The campsite we were at last week had 6 of them in a row for washing up! They are great if you have the space.

CinnamonAddict Sun 28-Jul-13 19:20:09

Sink

That's the one but I didn't buy from this website, I can't remember. It was £200. Our carpenter made the kitchen, I bought everything else (worktops, sink. tap, oven, hob, extractor) online. The carpenter was same price as Ikea btw, but I painted the cupboards myself.
Just to give you even more ideas to confuse you grin

batfuttocks Sun 28-Jul-13 18:58:49

Just retreading the replies and the comment about the dromsjo sink.

Cinnamon, where is your sink from?

valiumredhead Sun 28-Jul-13 17:36:30

I've had mine for 6 years and have no problems. I would never have anything else.

kitsmummy Sun 28-Jul-13 17:26:09

I agree that it's possible to keep them looking nice. Definitely oil beforehand but be careful which oil ou choose - Danish oil will give a shiny finish, whilst tung oil will give a much more satin finish which is what I wanted - much nicer than Danish/shiny IMO

valiumredhead Sun 28-Jul-13 17:22:47

I use cold wax on my oak work tops which is better than oil.

noddyholder Sun 28-Jul-13 17:04:25

You do need to maintain if you want them to look good.

fossil971 Sun 28-Jul-13 17:02:02

Oh btw the DOMSJO is a lovely sink but a bit of a pig to fit into non-ikea units which are a couple of cm different in size. We had to pack our units 2cm out from the wall and there's a gap between the bottom of the sink and the door under it still waiting after 18 months to have a strip of wood to cover it

fossil971 Sun 28-Jul-13 16:58:59

I would recommend Osmo/ hardwax oil as here. It's completely waterproof, no worries regarding cups, water etc. I have used it on a lot of wood surfaces in our house over the years.

We have used the thinned version on our teak worktops with no problems, although they are reclaimed and one length stubbornly soaks up the oil and won't hold the satin finish, I think the teak has too much oil of its own.

I have no idea why so many suppliers of oak worktops persist with Danish/tung oil - perhaps because they aren't the ones who have to keep wiping and re-oiling for ever.

Pannacotta Sun 28-Jul-13 16:35:52

Benchmarx (trade arm of Wickes) is cheaper than WIckes.
Howdens and Benchmarx are similar price wise (around here anyway, but it seems to vary).

batfuttocks Sun 28-Jul-13 16:21:31

Thank you,all great advice. I'm just double checking quotes from various places, then I need to stick my many where my mouth is! Any views on wickes vs schreiber vs howdens for units (solid oak). Love the Tiverton bone from wickes but planning on comparing before ordering.

CinnamonAddict Sun 28-Jul-13 13:24:00

I would strongly recommend oiling them BEFORE installation. At least twice. Then after it's in once more. Both sides and round all the edges. I think that's worktopexpress' recommendation as well.
After oiling you see which side is "nicer", otherwise you might end up with imperfections in the wood which could have been hidden on the underside.

I have a glass worktop saver where I dump my cooking spoons on, the kettle area is fine without any savers.

treacleturkey Sun 28-Jul-13 13:11:32

I have Walnut worktops by the way.

treacleturkey Sun 28-Jul-13 13:08:15

I had thick wooden worktops from Worktop express put in about 8 weeks ago now. I had to oil them several times (but its quite fun!) but i already have several rings where mugs have been placed, and one black ring where my bf dumped a metal can when i was away for 24hrs! shock smile

They do look lovely but require constant care and non-dumping of mugs/plates etc! Have to be really careful of water splashes around the sink.

i bought a glass worktop saver and tend to dump stuff on there instead!!

ExcuseTypos Sun 28-Jul-13 12:11:41

I have the same as Cinnamon. Our kitchen is now 6 years old and the only stain has been where some bleach spilt when I was cleaning the sink. I didn't notice it and so it has left a mark behind the taps. Everywhere else is fine and I have a 2 teenagers and a messy DH who cook lots too.

Just go with what you like or you'll possible regret it.

Goooooooooooooooooooooood Sun 28-Jul-13 12:05:55

I had a wooden worktop but didn't like it as it never looked clean. It also ended up with too many stains despite me looking after it really well.

If you like the 'lived in' look then oak countertops look beautiful but if you are like me, and like things just so, then I woud avoid them.

Pannacotta Sun 28-Jul-13 12:00:30

Polter your idea to use a glass worktop saver in your tea making area is inspired.
Am going to do this once I get my new kitchen...

CinnamonAddict Sun 28-Jul-13 11:35:56

We have a ceramic sit on 1,5 bowl sink, with drainer. The oiling is time consuming but after that you can forget about it. I slapped on the oil, wiped any excess off after 30 mins.

theWookiesWife Sun 28-Jul-13 11:11:21

I have a maple effect worktop with a solid maple edging all around - makes it look more expensive than it was ! Our Belfast sink sits 15mm higher than the worktop - as I tend to use it as a prep area rather than washing up - as that's what my DW is for ! But on the odd occasion I do want to drain something - I have a thick chopping block with the 15mm routed out underneath - so it just sits 5cm over the side of the sink and any wetness can be wiped directly into sink that way !
Was a compromise as I have a messy family !! This way still looks good and no oiling or worrying about tea stains !!

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