Outdoor Kitchen / August 2, 2018 / Rosamonde Laliberte
Next you must choose the type of finish for your stone countertop. First of all never use polished stone for an outdoor kitchen countertop. The surface will blind you with reflected sunlight and always look dirty. Allow the natural stone to look natural and it will enhance the style of the outdoor kitchen. Some possible finishes for a natural stone countertop include honed flamed and brushed. A honed natural stone finish features a smooth surface without the horrible reflection of a polished finish.
Brushed stone moderately rough brushed surface with a certain ruggedness to it. The natural stone countertop will have a wispy texture that will not become slippery when wet. A brushed stone countertop balances the formal honed finish and the natural flamed finish. The brushed finish has a natural texture but presents this texture in a consistent formal way. Use low voltage lighting on the backsplash and under the countertop of your outdoor kitchen. Dont assume that you will only use your outdoor kitchen and grill during the day.
Honed finishes being completely flat do not collect spills because the surface can just be wiped clean as opposed to the rough grittier finishes. Honed countertops also benefit greatly if they are sealed. Flamed countertops feature this rough gritty surface as it is heated to extremely high temperatures and cooled rapidly. The flamed countertop achieves a rugged natural look. The rough surface can be somewhat random as a result of the unpredictability of extreme heat making this finish the most natural.