IKEA Butcher Block Countertop {Answers to your questions}

January 2, 2012 AT 4:08 pm 64 Comments


Happy 2012!!

I am so excited about this New Year!  And  I am so excited to share it with you. 

The holiday rush is now over, and I am in the mood to get things in order.  Are you?

One of the things I wanted to do is try to share a few posts with some more details about my kitchen.  I had a lot of you ask questions about the specifics of our makeover like paint colors, stain color, etc.

So I am going to try and answer those questions.  (Hope you are not getting sick of my kitchen.  Smile)

Here is some information that I wanted to share about our IKEA butcher block counter tops:

Here is the link to the exact butcher block that we purchased…http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20057397/#/60057395


They come in different types of wood, lengths, and depths.

Cy cut the pieces of butcher block so that there would be a seam right under the faucet, and two 45 degree seams in each corner.

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Cy wanted me to make sure that I told you that he used PL Adhesive to adhere the seams together.PL_Polyurethane_Premium_Construction

This stuff is the bomb!  When it dries, it is actually stronger than the wood that it is holding together.  By using this adhesive, it eliminates the chance of the seams splitting or shifting over time. 

He also attached a 1×2 underneath the seams with screws for extra strength.

After the butcher block was attached to the cabinets, we needed to fill in any gaps in the seams with wood filler.

Here is a little trick:

When sawing the butcher block, be sure to save some of the saw dust from the floor.

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Then mix some of the saw dust with the wood filler before filling the seams.

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This will help the wood filler blend more evenly with the wood and help the seam to accept the stain the same as the rest of the countertop.

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Next, just press the wood filler mixture into the seam with your finger.

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Once the filler is dry, you can sand it smooth with a sander. 

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Once the seams were all filled, Cy then sanded the whole countertop really well and then applied ONE coat of this stain…

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You can see that the stain gave the wood just a little bit of a deeper color.

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Then we applied 4 coats of Satin Polyurethane, sanding lightly between each coat.

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Perfection!  I love the way it turned out!


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In the video below, you can see how Cy made the rounded corners in the wood around the sink.  We applied a bead of caulk between the wood and the sink to keep the moisture out.

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I’ve had my countertops finished for a couple of weeks now, and I can honestly say that I am thrilled with them.  They are extremely durable and easy to clean.

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Here is a little video I made of some footage of Cy working on the counters.



If I didn’t answer one of your questions in this post, please let me know in the comments, and I will get back to you.  Smile


Have a blessed day!


Before and After Pictures of our Kitchen Makeover {without mouse over effect!}

December 28, 2011 AT 2:30 pm 75 Comments

I know these pictures are a repeat, but I wanted to share the before and after pictures of our kitchen for those of you who cannot use the mouse over effect on your computer.

It was just too many pictures to put in yesterday’s post.

So here they are!











































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We have a few more things left to do, and I will share those with you soon.

I will also answer a bunch of your questions about our counters, lighting, floors, etc. in a future post too.

THANK YOU so much for all of your sweet comments!  Sharing this kitchen renovation with you made it so much more bearable during the difficult days.  Smile



Here is an updated picture of our kitchen!



Kitchen Makeover Reveal

June 21, 2011 AT 8:50 pm 37 Comments

Do you remember the kitchen makeover we started over at our friend’s house over a month ago?

We started it right before our move (not a real smart idea).

But my hubby finished it about a week ago, and we love the way it turned out.

Here’s some background information if you missed it:

I have a longtime friend, Mandy, who called me about some advice on re-doing her kitchen.  She had gotten a contract on how much it would cost, and my husband knew he could do it for a lot less.

So Mandy asked us to complete the makeover.

Because we love that kind of work so much, we said, “yes!”

We had to work within their budget which determined a lot of our choices in materials.

Here is a look at the “before”.

The “after”…




The parquet floor was not in good shape and needed to be covered.  A wood laminate was perfect for our budget.





Mandy definitely wanted to get rid of her pink countertops, and we decided to paint her stovetop black with appliance paint to match her other appliances.




My hubby installed a bead board backsplash all around the kitchen and all new outlets.


He also installed under the cabinet lighting throughout the kitchen, but I forgot to take a picture of that.  Oops.


The makeover also included all new hardware for the cabinets, and a fresh coat of white paint.


A HUGE change that was made was removing the wallpaper.  NOT an easy task!

We painted the walls a nice neutral color, and then Mandy brought up an antique table and chairs that she had downstairs.  She also added some decor from around her home.

Pushing the table against the wall gives her more room in her small kitchen. It’s mostly just Mandy and her hubby using this table on a daily basis.  When they have company, they can move the table out for more seating.

My favorite piece on the table is this little antique box!  La-huv!


We still need to get a window treatment.  I am looking for a roman shade that will look good.



I think Mandy’s kitchen turned out beautiful!  It is such a huge improvement!

One more look at the before and after…




Now, look what which room we are tackling next at Mandy’s house!…

The demolition has already begun!  Woohooo!!!

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