Those looking for green alternatives for their kitchen remodeling have more options than they think. If you are looking for something warm that can blend in with a traditional kitchen theme then you may want to consider using reclaimed wood countertops. These are easy to maintain and getting these counters would mean that you are doing one more thing to help preserve trees.
You must realize, however, that this kind of counter may not always have an even consistency. It depends on where you find the wooden slabs. There are ways to conceal the grain to hide the mismatched surfaces but you may not need to do this as you can reseal it and apply certain finishes to restore or create beauty. This just means that your counter will be unique and one-of-a-kind, it is easy to blend this in with your kitchen design if done properly.
The first thing you must do is to take note of the dimensions you need the wood to be and head off to the architectural salvage yard or other similar areas. If you are lucky, you may find a single piece that can be cut and shaped to match your requirements. More likely though you will have to pick and combine two pieces of wood or more to use for your kitchen remodeling. Commonly salvaged wood would include oak, chestnut, cypress, and pine. When searching for wood slabs, do not place much focus on the current state of the wood and try to see what it can be turned into after sanding, shaping, and being pieced together.
A proper finish for reclaimed wood countertops is absolutely necessary to make it more durable and withstand the daily rigors of the kitchen environment. Your wooden countertop will need regular maintenance semi-annually to ensure that it lasts.