|Forum topic by PeteH||posted 07-13-2012 08:49 AM||7333 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
07-13-2012 08:49 AM
So I started a kitchen remodel almost a year ago, I’m still not done, and my budget is gone. I’ve decided to go with a butchers block style counter on the island/peninsula, but I’m having trouble deciding on the wood. I was thinking poplar because of the low cost (local yard has rough cut for $1.40), but I know it’s fairly soft. Fortunately, most of the stuff they have has very little mix between heart and sapwood, so it’s almost all the nice light color with virtually no greens or browns. This surface will be used mostly as a prep counter and a bar at which to sit and eat. Does this sound reasonable or should I spend a the extra money on hard maple? As a side note I already have nearly enough poplar to do it that was intended for a wardrobe I was going to try to build for my girlfriend, but I’m slowly realizing I may be in over my head on that project anyway.
Of course if I use poplar, finishing will be an issue. I have a light beige floor and I’ll be installing tan/beige countertops in the rest of the kitchen, so I want to keep this light as well. The cabinets are a dark/deep redish stained maple (Harvest in the Diamond cabinet line). Any pointers there would be appreciated as well, as I haven’t worked with Poplar before.
Thanks for whatever help you guys can give me.