Cherry wood countertops: Dark, soft, straight-grained and smooth-textured
These days, there are all sorts of synthetic and engineered options in kitchen countertops. Yet traditional wood remains an appealing choice. It is always unique, as no two pieces of wood look alike, very durable and easily maintained and repaired. There are a handful of hardwoods commonly used to make wood countertops, and among these is cherry, bringing a long history of fine furniture into the kitchen.
Changing Colors & Unique Finishes
Cherry is a darker and softer than oak and maple, its main competitors in wood countertops. Adding to its rich color is the sharp contrast between cherry’s creamy sapwood and redder heartwood. The heartwood is well known for changing color over time, from a slightly pinkish hue to a warmer red. Cherry is straight-grained and smooth textured with unique markings resulting from brown pith marks and gum pockets. It has good moisture resistance (very little shrinking and swelling) and takes stains and finishes very well.
Types of Grain Exposure
Butcher block wood countertops, including cherry, come with one of three grain exposures: edge grain, which consists of wood strips placed on edge and glued together; face grain, which exposes the surface width of the board; and end grain, a type that creates a more checkerboard pattern by placing blocks of wood on their edges, revealing growth rings.
Prices for cherry countertops range anywhere from $75 to near $200 per square foot, depending on thickness, width, depth, species and more. Backsplash, installation, and fancy edges will further increase the price.
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Despite all the synthetic and engineered kitchen countertops out there, wood still remains a very popular choice—with many homeowners flocking to cherry for its smooth texture and rich color. Not sure if it’s the right choice for you? Check out the facts.
Prices for cherry countertops range anywhere from $75-$200 per square foot, depending on the thickness, width, depth, species, and more. Installation is an additional cost. Get a couple price quotes from local installers to learn more.
Cherry is naturally moisture-resistant.
The wood takes stains and finishes very well.
Cherry has deep color, fine grains and smooth texture, making it a great choice for kitchen countertops.
It is softer than maple or oak, and therefore a bit more prone to nicks and scratches.
Cherry tends to change color over time.
It requires more maintenance than other countertop material options.
Cherry, as with most types of hardwood, is extremely durable and can easily withstand the wear and tear of a normal kitchen. With the proper care and maintenance, a cherry kitchen countertop can last for decades.
To keep cherry countertops looking new, they must be routinely cleaned with a simple solution of mild soap and water. Avoid abrasive cleaners, as these can ruin the finish. Also, regular mineral oil treatments should be used to protect the wood.
Common Questions and Answers
What are the main differences between cherry and its competitors, oak and maple?
What is the difference between the different grain exposures that cherry countertops come with?
Butcher block wood countertops, including cherry, come with one of three grain exposures: edge grain, which consists of wood strips placed on edge and glued togeth
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