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The kitchen is the perfect place to express you and your family’s personalities.  
Whether you’re after a cool, contemporary vibe or a cosy, rustic room, the use of characterful reclaimed wood in your kitchen can help you transform the bland and boring to fabulous and functional. 
Here at Chunky Monkey we’re fitted a fair few unique kitchens. From higgledy piggledy nooks and crannies to minimalist, clean lined designs, and from natural finishes to dramatic colours, we’ve used reclaimed wood and salvaged timber to breathe new life into the ‘heart’ of many homes. 
In this blog we take a look at some kitchen design considerations when it comes to real wood 

A whole wooden room or wood accents? 

We love natural wood and so we naturally love a very ‘wooden’ themed room! 
Wooden worktops, wooden cupboards, wooden tables, wooden dressers and wooden wine racks...we love them all! 
But, that’s not to say you always have to go the whole hog! 
Often we can help to rework existing aspects of a kitchen, giving cupboard fronts a lick of paint for example and finishing them with new handles. 
That way, you can focus the rest of your kitchen redesign on one or two stand-out pieces of new reclaimed wood furniture; a dresser, a storage peninsular or dining table for example. 
By incorporating a bit of colour, say by painting the cupboard or drawer fonts, or by using contrasting wax finishes, or mixing things up with some steel-framed furniture, you can successfully blend a variety of interior design styles to reflect your tastes and suit your home. 
Then, when it comes to accessorising your new room, the possibilities are endless! 

What wood works best in the kitchen? 

Often, we work with Oak and Pine. But not always! The important thing is to ensure that all timber used in a kitchen is appropriately seasoned and sealed, for obvious reasons. 
We’ve actually created kitchens from many other woods, including Cedar, Elm and Maple...as always, if a customer has a specific idea or ‘look’ in mind, we’ll do our best to make it happen! 

How to keep the wood in your kitchen looking tip-top 

We’d always recommend you keeping a wooden worktop as dry as possible, but hey, it’s a working kitchen, accidents and spillages happen! For sink drainage purposes, we often route out flutes in the worktop which gives a lovely, seamless finish to the design. 
We use a waterborne lacquer to ensure the finish is as hard wearing and functional as possible. It is important not to use very harsh or abrasive cleaning products though. With the proper treatment, wooden worktops are incredibly forgiving and last for years and years. Combine some great cupboards, storage solutions, maybe a wine rack...and a table at which to gather and your reclaimed wood kitchen will be good to go! 
As always, we love to talk all things reclaimed wood, and so if you have a grand kitchen design you are itching to get off the ground, or are after a one-off heirloom quality bespoke piece to complement your existing kitchen, pop into our showroom or give us a call
We can’t wait to talk! 
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