Butcher Block Countertops, Part I

We are finally in the homestretch of installing our butcher block counter tops and I’m am so excited to share with you what we’ve accomplished so far! I know some of you have been following along with our little project through Instagram as I’ve shared little snapshots along the way, but I’ll catch the rest of you up to speed really quick.

butcher block countertops, part I

We purchased our butcher block from good ‘ol Ikea. We ended up needing 3 slabs of butcher block to meet our needs (two of the 98” slabs and one of 74″ slabs). Ikea has a few different options for butcher block but our favorite was HAMMARP in beech. The beech option has some really warm red undertones and even though our plan was to stain our countertops dark we wanted those warm tones to shine through, which they do 🙂

It ended up costing us $506 for all the butcher block that we needed, and as far as new countertops go- I consider that a steal.

butcher block countertops, part I

So, there I am making a goofy face at my husband while he documented the great moment of installing our cut pieces of butcher block. I measured, and measured and measured again to make sure we were spot on with out cutting plans. We cut our butcher block using a circular saw and then used a fine grit sandpaper and sander to smooth the edges and take the factory finish off ( because we would be staining). We secured our butcher block to the cabinets with construction adhesive and the anchoring bolts that come with the butch block slabs.

Butcher block countertops part I

This is a shot of the only slab that didn’t need any cuts made to it. I was able to sand it down and stain it outside and then bring it in to attach and seal it. Our stain of choice is Minwax’s wood finish in Espresso. It’s a really nice dark brown with warm undertones and it totally matches our floor stain which s what we were going for. The dark floors and countertops contrast nicely with the white cabinets and backsplash.

butcher block countertops part I

I used Minwax’s Tung Oil Finish to seal the countertops and protect them.  This is a product that I know and love. I’ve previously used it to seal a dining table that Alex and I made when we lived in our apartment. It makes the surface totally waterproof and adds a light shine without looking varnished.

I’m so excited to finish up and show you guys part II of the whole project, so stay tuned for more fun countertop adventures. Have you ever used butcher block before? I’d love to hear your experiences, likes and dislikes when it comes to countertops!

10 thoughts on “Butcher Block Countertops, Part I

  1. I love what you did with your counter tops and am considering doing this to mine. How are they holding up?

    1. Thanks Valerie! They are holding up fantastic and we haven’t had any issues with them thus far.

    1. The butcher block is really hard. we haven’t had any issues with it thus far!

  2. So beautiful! Are you using the counter top for food prep? Any problems with the seal and food?

    1. Thanks Brenda! I don’t do food prep on the counter- any cutting etc would damage the counter tops no matter what kind of seal you put on them. The counters do get wet, have things spill on them and go through regular counter top wear and tear but they have held up beautifully!

  3. Getting ready to build. Can you put hot items on this type of counter? Thanks

    1. I’m not entirely sure- butcher block is made of wood and I didn’t want to accidentally burn my counters so I never put anything hot on the counter without a hot-pad.

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