Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Butcher Block

Butcher block countertops are one of the most versatile options as it can be stained to match your kitchen decor. The most common type of butcher block is made from boards placed on their sides and glued so that the narrower edge forms the surface. The strips may be continuous lengths with no joints, or random- length pieces that are finger-jointed. You also have your choice of woods including American Maple, Birch and Walnut.

Benefits of Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher Block is one of the most affordable countertops.

Butcher block countertops will cost you just $ 20- $ 60 per square foot in supplies. That beats the cost of most other popular options, including stainless steel ($ 20 to $ 150), glass ($ 25 to $ 100 per square foot), concrete ($ 25 to $ 75 per square foot), marble. ($ 25 to $ 75 per square foot) and soapstone. or limestone ($ 20 to $ 75 per square foot).

You can save even more money by choosing a DIY installation over hiring contractors to do the job. Professional installation generally adds $ 5 to $ 10 per square foot to the total cost. For skilled homeowners, installing a DIY butcher block countertop is not a complicated business either: it involves cutting sheets of wood to size with a circular saw, creating the necessary holes for sinks and other accessories, then assembling the various segments on a cabinet with screws.

For context, let's compare that to another trendy countertop material like quartz. Not only does this cost almost twice as much in supplies ($ 70 to $ 100 per square foot), but it is generally not suitable for DIY - the countertop slab is too heavy for one person to lift, it must be cut with a saw damp and can damage surrounding surfaces of the house if dropped.

CON: It is ultrasensitive to liquids.

You have likely been warned to keep wood out of the bathroom because of how it reacts to water. Wood can collect germs, develop mold, stain, or even warp when exposed to moisture. To counteract these unwanted effects, you will need to seal butcher block countertops immediately after installation and monthly thereafter - a little more maintenance than a non-porous countertop made of glass, stainless steel, quartz, or ceramic tile. Fortunately, all you need is a coat or two of food-safe mineral oil (buy online) or walnut oil (buy online) applied with a soft cloth. These non-toxic sealants create barriers that keep spills accumulated on the surface and thus prevent water damage.

Every 10 years, or as needed when stains grow, use sandpaper (start with 80 to 100 grit sandpaper, then move to 220 grit sandpaper as surface smooths) to sand the sealer old. Re-grease the sanded surface to make it look new.