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How to repair chips in solid wooden worktops

Well-maintained solid wooden worktops make a stunning feature in any kitchen. Not only does every worktop have its own beautiful and unique grain pattern, but a timber surface is also easily customised, whilst providing a warmer, more affordable option to alternatives such as granite or marble.

Occasionally, however, mishaps do happen, especially when there are sharp implements around (as is common in a kitchen). Should you accidentally chip your worktop: don’t panic. Simply follow these easy instructions to restore your timber work surface to its former glory:

  1. Sand the chipped area with a fine, 600-grit sandpaper to remove any rough edges.
  2. Put on a pair of protective gloves (this is a recommended measure to ensure that your skin is covered whilst completing the following stages).
  3. Using a hard wax wood filler that best matches your timber worktop, carefully fill in the chip. You will need to melt the wax – a result that can be achieved in a variety of ways (although it is always best to use the instructions specifically given on the product’s packaging). For example, you could use a wax heating tool, which is provided in some wood wax kits. Alternatively, cut the required amount from the wax stick and position it in a glass bowl or mug, before placing it in a shallow saucepan of boiling water. You could also cut off small pieces of wax and soften them between clean hands before pressing the pieces inside the chip; once you have done this, simply melt the wax slowly with a hairdryer (set the appliance to medium heat).
  4. Once the chip has been filled, wipe away any excess with a lint-free cloth.
  5. Leave plenty of drying time as specified on the packaging of the wax.
  6. For a smooth finish, gently sand the area again and re-oil with Osmo Top Oil.
Repair chips in solid wood worktops

To find out more about repairing other types of minor worktop damage, please read our informative guide, How to Mend Small Scratches and Marks on a Real Wood Worktop.