Thinking about butcher block countertops? Here’s my experience with them after six months, from the initial maintenance to everyday use and care.
My husband and I bought our first house over six months ago, at the end of August, 2015. It was custom-built just two years earlier. One of my favorite features in the house was the butcher block countertops.
Butcher block is becoming a popular trend in kitchens, but what is it actually like to have it in your home? I’m sharing my experience today.
Cost and Installation
Since the countertops were already installed when we purchased the house, I don’t know the overall cost or the process of installing the countertops. I do know that the countertops in my home were purchased from Ikea. You can see the prices and find installation instructions on their website.
Maintenance and Upkeep
When we bought the house, it was obvious that the previous tenant hadn’t taken very good care of the countertops. There were many stains and burn marks from placing hot pots and pans on the counter.
Before moving in, we refinished the countertops. This is a very dusty project, so it’s best to do it before moving in if you are able to!
We started by sanding down the countertops using a power sander. This got rid of all the stains and burn marks! Next, we added a clear coat to seal the wood and let it dry for about 24 hours before putting anything on the counter.
Everyday Use and Care
We’ve had our house for a little over 6 months now and I am still loving the countertops! I am careful to avoid putting hot pots and pans directly on the counter, and I wipe up any drips or spills right away.
A lot of people ask me if you can cut foods directly on the countertop. When we were refinishing the countertops, there were a lot of marks and cuts from where the previous tenant had done that. We thought it looked beat up, so we decided not to do this ourselves.
Cleaning is so easy! You can’t use most cleaning products on the wood, but it’s easy to sanitize with vinegar. Just spray with vinegar and let sit for a few minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to let drips or puddles of water sit on the countertops. One area I always have to be careful of is around the sink. After doing dishes I always make sure to wipe down the area with a towel.
Would I Do It Again?
In a future home, would I install butcher block countertops? I definitely would! I love the look of the countertops, and after six months of use they have held up well and are easy to clean and care for. And you know I get a lot of use out of my kitchen as a food blogger!
Another countertop look I love is granite, but I think that butcher block has it’s advantages depending on the budget and the style you are going for. It’s much more affordable than granite and definitely provides a difference look for the kitchen. For my current house, I think it’s the perfect option!
What do you think of butcher block countertops? Would you want it in your house?