First part: Baking corner

I decided to divide all the DIY kitchen unit project into smaller units. There will be a baking corner, sink & dishwasher section, cooktop & oven section and all for dining section.

First will be the baking corner. I needed extra mixing & product storage space. I already know that I will love it!


I decide to start with that, cause there is no need to cut holes for built-in sink or cooktops or made a special size for dishwasher or oven. Just a simple table with shelves.


Now I’m at the point where no turning back! Sanding! Everyone hates sanding! It’s dusty and it’s … DUSTY! I’m ready for that part!


But I can’t decide should I use lacquer or flax oil for the finish. Flax oil finish is more natural but won’t protect my surface at all. On the other hand – lacquer gives protection but it isn’t natural and I’m not sure if it’s ok with “food making”.

Any suggestions!?


7 thoughts on “First part: Baking corner

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      woohoo – you go girl!

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      I’m so impressed by your project. Wonderful. As far as finish is concerned, I would suggest oil rather than varnish. You say oil will not protect the surface; I’d say it will protect it as well as varnish which begins to look not so good after a little use and it’s much easier to renovate a surface treated with oil – just re-oil or, if necessary, a light sanding then re-oil. You mention flax oil; linseed might be an alternative and there are specialised oils. The floor of our flat is timber, admittedly a harder wood – mahogany – and doesn’t show much wear after five years. I’m thinking I should re-oil it for the first time. It had two coats of a specialist oil. Of course a work surface might need re-oiling more often.

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      I had a look at your floor finishing post; interesting to see you used a paper towel and heated the oil though the floor looks to be pine (?) and if so should soak up the oil fairly easity. Our floor is of mahogany over 100 years old (‘rescued’ from colonial buildings in India) so very hard indeed and needed a special oil to penetrate it. Two coats were applied using a brush with a long handle which looks very like the brush you picture in your post though ours probably has softer bristles as it’s not a scrubbing brush. Our floor needed to be sanded as the old timbers were of slightly different thicknesses but here we can hire a floor sander which collects the dust in a bag which makes the job easier. I did intend to fill the gaps between the boards with dust collected mixed with a special substance sold for that purpose, to prevent the small gaps collecting dirt, but never did it. I’ve kept the dust so I may do it before the second oiling after six years of wear though this time it will need only a single coat to get back the gloss as there is no sign of wear as such. The biggest problem now is moving the furniture around to allow the floor to be oiled in sections; when first done there was no furniture.
      As I said before, I’m really impressed with your projects, especially for a busy mum (“mom”).

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        Thank you, I guess it’s pine and I from near forest. I was tired of oiling it with brush and found that this way it was faster. We already lived in so I oiled in sections and I had furniture to move and kids too :). I’m glad it’s over and I think I do one more coat later in winter….

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