Textured Worktops: The Complete Guide
With the natural look becoming more prominent in kitchens far and wide, textured worktops are on the rise. Texturing a worktop provides a more contemporary, authentic and natural stone feel for the customer, helping them to achieve an even more premium look to the stone in their kitchen. Kitchen worktops have never looked so good!
This style of finish will create an uneven tactile finish to the stone. Unlike laminate worktop, some of these finishes you can get direct from the supplier of stone and are unique to them. Alternatively, you can purchase a range of diamond texturing brushes to create your own textured look.
Types of Textured Worktops
There are lots of different textured finishes available on a worktop, we are going to take a look at a few of the most popular:
Soft Stippled Finish
This finish is unique to Ivett & Reed and will give the natural stone a light texture, similar to leather.
Is a textured finish usually found on granite. It involves the surface of the stone going through a process of being flamed and then brushed. It gives the granite a similar look to rivern slate, but makes it much more scratch-resistant. This look is also known as Anciento or Riverwashed. This finish is ideal for anyone looking for modern kitchen worktops.
This is a popular choice of finish commonly found on limestone and slate. A Honed Finish is created using abrasives like texturizing brushes and will provide a smooth matt finish without a visible groove. This finish can be applied to granite but can be quite difficult to maintain.
Is exactly as it sounds, a finish that is nice to touch. This finish will leave the stone beautifully contrasted with smooth and polished raised areas and a leathery lower area.
This will produce a rough texture to the stone but with eye-catching sparkling granules, perfect for kitchen worktops.
To achieve this rough, fine-grain look you must first give the stone a light honing and then follow with sandblasting.
This leaves a rolling surface to the stone which accentuates its natural colour. It is achieved by soft brushing.
This finish is quickly gaining popularity across kitchen worktops. The density of the texture will vastly depend on the composition and type of stone. This finish is often applied to granite over honing as it will retain the stones natural colour while closing the pores of the stone to help it become more stain resistant.
To achieve the leathered/Brushed finish you would need to use a range of Diamond texturing brushes. The process is simple, you would start with the lowest heavier grit and then work your way to a lighter grit until you get the desired finish. The lower the grit you use, the heavier the texture you will create. If you would like to add colour after texturing finish with a ceramic buff.
Stonegate’s Clayton Worsley has put together some simple sequences to help you achieve this look, depending on the stone you are using.
Check out our video with a step by step guide on how to texture on Granite:
Sequence for Granite
30# 60# 120# 220# 400# 600# and 320 Ceramic Buff
(use an additional 20# for heavy texturing)
Sequence for Engineered Stone
30# 60# 120# 220# 400# 600# 800#
Sequence for soft satin Engineered Stone
30# 40# 60# 120# 220# and Silicon Carbide brush “Sic Black” gr. 240#
Top Tip – When texturing you should always use water as this will keep the brush spines straight. However, we would advise ensuring you do not overflood the process as this will reduce the effectiveness of the texture.
Here at Stonegate Tooling we offer a fantastic range of products to help you achieve the look you need.
- D-Line Diamond Texturing Brushes
- 100mm M14 versions for Electric of air polishers
- 125mm Snail lock versions for in line edge polishers
- Dry stone Polisher
- Fikket Versions for surface polishing Jenny Lynd machines or Surface polishers
- 250mm Diameter Versions for surface polishing Jenny Lynd machines or Surface polishers or CNC Use