When you are building a new kitchen or remodeling an existing kitchen, why not add some charm with butcher block kitchen counters? They add a lot of visual interest to your kitchen and can even increase the value of your home. If you love the rustic look of a stone floor or wooden cabinet, but also like the convenience and efficiency of a modern Kitchen Countertop, a butcher block counter top is a great option for you.
A butcher block countertop is the perfect solution for small kitchens or spaces. These pieces of solid wood have the same strength as more solid materials but take up much less space. butcher block counters usually measure from two to four feet by two feet and are typically laminated in a white wood color. Most of these blocks are pre-finished and ready to install, although you will want to choose a wood that suits your cabinets.
Before installing your butcher block pieces, make sure you wipe them down thoroughly to remove all dust and stains. If there is any type of stain on your countertop, make sure you remove it before gluing your new counter top down. You may also want to make sure you wipe down your knife and other utensils before you glue them down so you do not accidentally glue something else down while working on the project.
Wood kitchen countertops that are laminated with a wood grain texture are very smooth and give the counter top a nice appearance. However, the smooth surface attracts food and drinks. If you want a bit of a rough grain on your butcher blocks, you can sand the wood grain before you glue the pieces down.
When choosing the wood for your DIY butcher block, be sure it matches the color and texture of your kitchen cabinetry. If your cabinets are white, you can choose a lighter wood for your butcher block planks. Dark or brick-colored wood is perfect for a traditional-looking kitchen. It gives the cabinetry a great look and will blend well with your kitchen cabinets. If you have dark cabinets, however, you can go with a light colored wood.
Another consideration for your butcher-block countertop is whether or not you would like it to have an underlay. Underlay helps prevent the food and drinks from dripping onto the countertops as well as providing a little extra grip for your knives. It also helps keep your counter tops clean by keeping the dirt off of them.
If you choose to go with a wood-grain texture for your butcher-block countertop, it is important that you let it age to its full beauty. You don’t want it to be shiny because then it will scratch easily. Instead, choose a wood that has a little more natural beauty to it such as a Walnut or Cherry. A wood with a glossy surface is harder to keep clean, which is why it is typically preferred for the kitchen top. An overhanging surface is also more difficult to clean, but if you have a smooth wood surface, this is not an issue.
Another feature to consider when choosing your butcher block countertops is its compatibility with your other kitchen counters. If you are going to be using hot tools on it, you will need a different style than if you are using cold tools. Also make sure the color of your butcher block matches the color of your cabinets and the walls in your kitchen.
You can purchase these pre-fabricated pieces from most home improvement stores and do-it-yourself centers. Or you may wish to build one up yourself. The easiest way to go about this is to buy two matching pieces so each one will match the other. Then simply glue them together using wood glue or silicone glue.
Once you have glued them together, sand the tops until they are flat and smooth. Now apply medium grade wood stain to the entire surface. This will give it a rich color. Remember to sand the bottom as well since it will need to sand also. Finish it off by applying a protective sealant to protect it from stains and moisture. This will help prevent your countertops from cracking.
After sanding and staining, apply medium-grit glues to all the surfaces of the pieces you just cut. Make sure you use a wood bond glue since it will be easier to seal. Also make sure you let the glue dry before you begin any woodworking tasks. Apply a finishing coat of stain and then let it dry. These steps will keep your butcher block safe and happy for years to come.