Solid Wood Kitchen Worktops – Just Stunning

elm work surface in kitchen with drainer in view and wine glasses

When planning a new kitchen worktops are an important feature.  If adverse to the thought of solid wood kitchen worktops read on. Eco-friendly and enduringly popular, the natural grain features of elm or oak adds a natural beauty bringing a touch of character to the heart of the home.


Oils are by far the best finish for a solid wood worktop, giving the wood a natural radiance but also water resistance. We recommend Osmo TopOil.  Available in tinted versions, matt, satin or a natural finish.

Features and Highlights

  • A professional worktop oil designed for wooden worktops and table tops
  • Provides a tough, durable, lasting finish
  • Excellent resistance against liquids such as water, juices, wine, coffee, beer and fizzy drinks
  • Ideal for use in high humidity areas
  • Does not peel, flake, crack or blister
  • Enhances the natural beauty of wood
  • Based on natural oils
  • Food safe when dry
  • High V.O.C 


Always do a test area before starting any project to assess product suitability and final finish. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the tin at all times. Osmo Top Oil is ready to use and does not require thinning. Stir well before use

  1. Apply the worktop oil thinly along the wood grain using an clean, lint-free cloth.
  2. Work the oil into the surface of the wood grain
  3. Remove any excess surface oil with a clean, lint-free cloth
  4. Allow to dry appropriately with good ventilation
  5. Lightly sand the surface if required taking care to remove all dust that this may create
  6. Apply a thin second coat as above

To make sure you get the longest life and best appearance from your solid wood kitchen worktops, it takes a little effort on your part.  Surfaces are easy to maintain with a ready to use maintenance spray . The spray cleans and moisturises the wood at the same time as maintaining and protecting the finish.  Applied with a lint free cloth the spray is quick drying and leaves a streak free finish.

The grain of the wood is enhanced once this product has been applied and if the final finish is not shiny enough, buffing it with a cloth will create a sheen. Because the natural oils and waxes penetrate deep into the surface they help to keep the wood supple thus preventing it from getting dry and brittle, therefore reducing swelling and shrinkage.


  1. Worktops are highly durable but avoid dragging heavy or sharp items across the surface.
  2. If you dent the surface, immediately spray on some water place a damp cloth on top and iron the surface. A good quality worktop will react well to this an the dent should rise up.
  3. The worktop will benefit from applying another oil coating every few years.
  4. Mop up stains and spills as soon a possible.
  5. Use a good quality pan or pot stand, most wood worktops will withstand some hot articles being placed on them it is best to avoid where possible.

I say it’s a small sacrifice to pay to maintain your solid wood surfaces. It gives you the pleasure of seeing that beautiful grain day after day.   View our portfolio section to read about a client who has a stunning elm worktops in their kitchen.

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Ben Sutton has established himself as independent hardwood timber merchant and supplier with a solid reputation built up over the last 20 years. He is committed to providing a bespoke and professional service to his clients at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality product. Follow Ben on LinkedIn.