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Help with wood

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Bob, Aug 30, 2019.

  1. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Forumite

    Aug 1, 2009
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    We've finally agreed upon and ordered a kitchen!

    But with some major compromises to fit with over cautious compliance requirements in the shop (if it's fine with my qualified electrician and it's fine in terms of building control requirements then it's fine with me - but not with them apparently) but it's left us sourcing certain items ourselves.

    My biggest headache being worktops.

    Now the budget has been blown by the island top - that alone is more than hubby optimistically though we might get the whole kitchen for so the ideal matching granite worktops are currently off the table. Which is fine because I like the idea of a contrast. I despise the feel of the plastic laminates that are all the rage at the mo and needing a 4m length leaves me with a solid wood.

    I love wood, its what was in my head before we ordered the kitchen, in fact it was always going to be a traditional shaker with oak top - except it isn't, we've gone for a slightly more modern style, so now my wood needs to as well.

    I want a grey, a pale grey, not painted but stained then oiled. This is food preparation surfaces so needs to be safe and I cant stress enough that I'm not looking to make the wood look like a laminate, I want to see the grain and I want it to feel like wood, but more of a drift wood than a yellow pine, it's to complement a mid grey colour called Lava but I can't bring it up on the website. Something like this https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/264335419630 but in actual wood.

    My options are: https://www.worktop-express.co.uk/search?search=4m+solid+wood#

    Could anyone suggest the best wood to take a stain, my gut would be one of the lighter, possibly the birch or might I be better trying to white wash the oak? I did try to call the company but the lady on the phone wasn't as knowledgeable as I might have liked, I'm hoping one of you lovely lot might have more of an insight?

    Thanks :)

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  3. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Forumite

    Mar 9, 2012
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  4. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

    May 25, 2008
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    Beech looks nice and takes a dye well, but I've never used a grey dye.
  5. Withnail

    Withnail Well-Known Forumite

    Jan 25, 2010
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    I'm always up for help with my wood, should it be forthcoming.

    Fnarr etc...

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