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What Are Reclaimed Kitchen Worktops?

By Edited Mar 6, 2014 1 0

If you are renovating your kitchen, chances are you are wondering why kitchen countertops are so expensive. Most people end up choosing laminate countertops over wood just because of budget, unaware that reclaimed kitchen countertops can be an ecologically minded and low cost way to enjoy wood countertops on your kitchen or bathroom.

But What Are Reclaimed Kitchen Worktops, Exactly?

Reclaimed countertops are just that, second hand working surfaces bought from reclamation yards, second hand jobs or even directly from companies doing large scale renovation of their premises. Most of the time, the previous owner was a school, a laboratory or other business using long tables or benches, but you can technically use reclaimed wooden kitchen worktops belonging to old cottages or from people who are just renovating their old kitchen. In fact, any sort of timber that is given a second lease of life to work as a kitchen surface fits the bill.

Going Green in Your Kitchen Remodel

Reclaimed kitchen worktops are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic composites and other man-made countertops. Along with recycled glass kitchen worktops, they are one of the most popular choices for people who are ecologically minded, but minus the sometimes quite high recycled glass countertops cost. However, the final cost will depend on how much treatment and restoration work the wood requires in order to be used as a kitchen surface or food preparation area. At the very least, you will need to clean them thoroughly, including sanding to remove the old sealing, and reseal and oil them again with food friendly resins.

Where to Find Reclaimed Kitchen Wood Worktops?

Depending on how much work you want to put in preparing and restoring your kitchen wood surfaces, you can find reclaimed wood from a variety of places. Lab benches and tables, for example, are popular because the length and width are similar to what is required of many kitchens, but you can also look at old school or canteen tables. The easiest way of finding this sort of furniture is by looking at reclamation yards, specialising in giving a second chance to items proceeding from architectural salvaging. On the other hand, you may take the reclaimed wood approach, and just buy timber wood that is going to be discarded by building companies.

More often than not, this discarded wood will need heavy treatments before it can be used again, as it may have been stored in the wrong conditions and may have water or even insect damage. Some recycling yards will collect waste wood from builders and businesses, and offer it for sale: this is a perfect opportunity to do something for your planet while making your kitchen look amazing and unique. 



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