Install a Butcher Block Countertop
A butcher block countertop is a great choice for a kitchen remodel. It is easy to install, and gives your kitchen both a practical and classic feel. If you are installing one in your own kitchen, here are a few materials that you will need, along with some steps to help guide you.
Step 1 - Remove Old Countertop
Use a crowbar in the seam between the counter and the cabinet. Take a hammer and hit the end of the crowbar to loosen up the countertop. Work your way around all of the edges to loosen up the entire countertop.
Step 2 - Install Butcher Block Countertop
Measure the area where the butcher block will go. When measuring, keep in mind the extra area if you need to install a back splash. You can buy the block in the size that you need to fit, or you can buy a larger one and cut it yourself. If cutting on your own, measure with a tape measure and then mark with a pencil. Put on safety gloves and goggles and use a saw to cut along the mark that you made. Wipe off any saw dust that was formed. Attach supports to the corners with a drill, and screw them in so that they can support the countertop once it is installed. With help from a partner, lay the block onto the surface ,and fit into the supports. Screw from the bottom up, underneath the cabinet. This way, you will not need to make any holes from drilling in the surface of your countertop. For any holes that you can see, fill them with a wood filler that matches the color that you have selected.
Step 3 - Install BacksplashIf you are installing a back splash, apply silicone to the back of the wall and then carefully attach it. Hold onto the back splash for a few minutes, to allow it to dry. Use caulk to fill in any seams that may have gaps between the back splash and the counter, or around the back splash. Wipe off any excess caulk.
Step 4 - Stain and Seal
Find a stain that matches the decor of your kitchen. You may want to brush it on a scrap piece, so that you know you like the end result. Use a paint brush to cover the entire block and then let it dry for several hours.
Now that you have installed the butcher block countertop and stained it, you will want to seal it to protect from stains, scratches and heat. To do so, apply one thin layer of sealant to the entire surface and allow it to dry for several hours. Then, repeat for another layer and let it dry for at least 48 hours before placing anything on top of it. Make sure you use a food grade sealant, as you will be prepping food on your new countertop.