We like the irony of the suggestion that timeless classics can go in and out of fashion but that’s exactly what seems to have happened with the traditional country kitchen.
Over the last decade or so, minimalism, handle-less cupboards and space-age appliances have been the order of the day and it’s becoming harder and harder to distinguish a modern kitchen from an operating theatre but luckily, trends suggest that people are moving away from the clinical look to a more warm, homely look and feel.
While our bespoke, handcrafted range of kitchens (and wardrobes, studies and dining rooms) does accommodate the latest smart technology, the look and feel is distinctly ‘traditional shaker kitchen.’
Each kitchen is hand-built by artisan craftsmen using traditional techniques inspired by times past but driven by today’s technology and innovation.
So why are people turning to traditional instead of maxing-out on minimalism?
Wilson Fink’s Creative Director Kevin Day thinks it’s all about a renewed appreciation for artisan craftsmanship.
‘As wonderful as our ranges of Kuhlmann and Beeck kitchens are, they are made to absolute precision by robots in huge factories. There are plenty who want kitchens of this type, and they are stunning, but over the past few years, more and more of our clients are genuinely interested in how their kitchen is crafted.’
‘When we talk to potential clients about the Relish range, we end up talking about who our craftsmen are, how long they’ve been building things from wood, the amount of work that goes into creating a kitchen from scratch. It’s an artform where the number of artists is getting fewer and fewer with each passing year. As we tell them, they develop a growing appreciation of the work that goes into crafting a truly bespoke kitchen and become more and more interested in having one in their home.’
Which moves us neatly onto the question that naturally follows conversations about real wood kitchens…
How Do I Look After Real Wood In My Kitchen?
It’s an age-old misconception that wood is harder to care for than laminate and other synthetic materials. It isn’t. That’s not to say that you don’t have to look after it, you do, but the point is that it’s just as easy to look after.
Spills – Every kitchen surface in the universe will have something spilt on it at some point (some more than others – you know who you are!) but it’s hardly the voice of experts to say that if you do spill something on a wooden work surface, wipe it off immediately, especially if it’s pasta sauce.
If the surface does get stained, there are plenty of products on the market to choose from, including lemon oil. Using wire wool, the acidity in the oil should clear the stain but we’d advise to use it on a small, inconspicuous area first.
Scratches – The bane of any and every wooden surface but the beauty of wood is that big scratches can be sanded down and you’d never know they were there. You can use a hard wax filler on small scratches but if you do rid yourself of scratches in your wooden surface, make sure you re-oil.
Re-oil? What does that mean?
Oiling your wooden worktops is important and it should be done every 3-4 months. It ensures your wood stays in first-class condition and elongates its lifespan, often by years.
There are a number of specific wooden work surface oils you can use including Linseed oil, Danish oil and Tung oil. These oils penetrate the timber and hardens in the wood’s surface fibres as well as preventing bacteria growth, warping and moisture spoiling the wood.
*WARNING* Don’t use olive oil. In certain circumstances it’s been found to actually encourage the growth of bacteria, it takes days to dry and the resulting ‘stickiness’ can hinder future sanding and retreating.
In terms of how to oil your wooden worktops, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and you should be just fine!
So to conclude, if you buy a bespoke kitchen from the Relish range, we’ll make sure you know how to look after it!
Call us on + 44 (0) 1923 856 449 to arrange an appointment, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or if you’re local, pop into the showroom at 339 Watling Street, Radlett, Herts, WD7 7LB and we will look after you.