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I'm Erin

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DIY Butcher Block Countertops

DIY Butcher Block Countertops

This Maker Gray tutorial shows how I made new countertops for my kitchen using a butcher block slab I bought from Ikea. This was a fairly easy and inexpensive remodel and a big upgrade from the old formica that came with the house. I hope you find some inspiration to do your own. Thanks for watching!

Materials and Tools I Used:

I started the project by measuring for my cuts. I then secured a straight edge guide to run my circular saw along and made my cuts.

I started the project by measuring for my cuts. I then secured a straight edge guide to run my circular saw along and made my cuts.

Next I sanded my counters, increasing my sandpaper up to a fine grit for a smooth finish.

Next I sanded my counters, increasing my sandpaper up to a fine grit for a smooth finish.

Before I stain wood, I use a wood conditioner. This helps to even out the color and create a much more even stain coat.

Before I stain wood, I use a wood conditioner. This helps to even out the color and create a much more even stain coat.

Next, the stain. I chose walnut for this project. The longer you leave it on, the darker your stain will be.

Next, the stain. I chose walnut for this project. The longer you leave it on, the darker your stain will be.

To protect these countertops (especially against water and moisture), I chose to seal them with several applications of Waterlox.

To protect these countertops (especially against water and moisture), I chose to seal them with several applications of Waterlox.

I started by sealing the bottoms and sides with two coats of the Waterlox Original, letting them dry for 24 hours in between coats. I started by using a paint pad but ultimately ditched that and just used a good quality paint brush for the tops.

I started by sealing the bottoms and sides with two coats of the Waterlox Original, letting them dry for 24 hours in between coats. I started by using a paint pad but ultimately ditched that and just used a good quality paint brush for the tops.

The tops needed more protection than the bottom. I started this step by applying two coats of Waterlox Original, with 24 hours of drying in between. I also sanded each coat before applying the next with a piece of super fine steel wool.

The tops needed more protection than the bottom. I started this step by applying two coats of Waterlox Original, with 24 hours of drying in between. I also sanded each coat before applying the next with a piece of super fine steel wool.

I wanted the countertops to have more of a matte finish, so I used a mixture of 50/50 Waterlox Original and Waterlox Satin Finish for the last two coats of sealing - for a total of 4 coats.

I wanted the countertops to have more of a matte finish, so I used a mixture of 50/50 Waterlox Original and Waterlox Satin Finish for the last two coats of sealing - for a total of 4 coats.

And then installation! I removed the old formica tops and slid the new ones in place. I used shims to make the tops completely level.

And then installation! I removed the old formica tops and slid the new ones in place. I used shims to make the tops completely level.

To secure them, Ikea conveniently provided some angle bracket hardware and screws. I pre-drilled the holes and then screwed one side to the cabinet base and then one side to the countertop.

To secure them, Ikea conveniently provided some angle bracket hardware and screws. I pre-drilled the holes and then screwed one side to the cabinet base and then one side to the countertop.

To make sure I didn't cut too deep, I used painters tape to make a depth guide on my drill bit.

To make sure I didn't cut too deep, I used painters tape to make a depth guide on my drill bit.

The last step to completing the countertops was to caulk the edges. We'd been wanting to add a backsplash so I added the tile backsplash before finishing with caulking the seams. And with that, the countertops were complete!

The last step to completing the countertops was to caulk the edges. We'd been wanting to add a backsplash so I added the tile backsplash before finishing with caulking the seams. And with that, the countertops were complete!

Here's the before and after. New countertops, backsplash and appliances. Such an improvement!

For more detailed instructions on the countertops, be sure and watch the video. I'd love to see pics of your countertops if you decide to make your own. You can find me on Instagram @makergray

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