On moving into their home in 2012, the couple began to notice that the worktops were beginning to look marked, stained and ‘unloved’. However, they wanted to retain the wooden texture and that they felt was important to the ‘’warmth of this open plan kitchen space. Rather than investing in a new and potentially expensive replacement worktop, they looked for a solution that would improve imperfections and provide protection for many years to come.
A recommendation from their carpenter led to the couple choosing TopOil from Osmo UK, a microporous natural hardwax-oil finish known for its durability and hardwearing nature.
Before application, the worktop was sanded down to remove any scratches or surface stains. The first coat of TopOil 3058 clear matt was then applied using a flat brush. Once dry, a second coat was applied by cloth.
TopOil is almost odourless, contains no biocides or preservatives and will not crack, flake, peel or blister. The finish achieved with Osmo TopOil ensures the worktop is impervious to a wide range of liquids, such as wine, beer and cola.
“Over the years, our worktops have experienced plenty of marks from water and heat damage. TopOil provides a protective coating that means in the event of a spill, liquids can be easily wiped from the surface without leaving a stain” commented the homeowners. “I’m really pleased with the results and would definitely recommend Osmo to anyone who is looking for an affordable yet, professional finish.”
Available in seven different shades, there is a finish to suit all wood species. The clear finish places emphasis on the wood’s natural grain and helped to retain its light colouring. This was a key factor for this couple, as they wanted the wooden worktops to still match their existing laminate floor.