When we first started dreaming about our kitchen, of course I wanted to put granite in. However, as we started adding up the costs of all the other things that needed to be addressed in the kitchen, we soon realized that granite was going to be way too expensive. As I researched cheaper countertop ideas, I came across butcher block countertops and fell in love with them. Not only do they have a warmer feel than granite but they can be installed for a fraction of the price.
After a lot of research, we decided to install them in our kitchen. It has been almost a year and we love them. From our experience, here are some helpful tips, frequently asked questions, benefits and drawbacks to butcher block countertops.
HELPFUL INSTALLATION TIPS:
Where to Buy: You can get butcher block countertops at almost any home improvement stores. You can also get them from places like Ikea. However, we found that the best place to purchase butcher block countertops was from Menards. Not only were they they best deal but they were also the best quality. One of the factors that I love about Menards butcher block is that is solid wood all the way through.
Menards Butcher Block Top 25" Wide x 96" Long x 1.5" Thick
$179.00 per piece (Click Here)
- Best Sinks for Butcher Block: One of the things that we didn't think about when we first started planning and installing the butcher block was what kind of sink would be the best for installation and durability purposes. One of the things that we learned was that a sink that sets on top of the butcher block is better than the butcher block setting on top of the sink. If you look at the picture of our kitchen, you will understand what I'm talking about. The sink rests on the countertop.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- Is it sanitary? One of the most common questions associated with butcher block is whether it can be easily cleaned. The short answer is yes. As long as you clean the countertop immediately after preparing meals, germs will not be able to take root and grow in the wood.
BENEFITS OF BUTCHER BLOCK:
- Price: You cannot bet the price of butcher block. It gives a kitchen a very modern and updated look for the fraction of the cost of granite. We got the butcher block on sale so new countertops for the entire kitchen only cost us about $300.
- Durability: Butcher block is extremely durable. You can place hot pans on it without worrying about burns or stains. It is recommended to to not put pots of boiling water or oil on butcher block because they retain their heat longer and may burn the wood.
- Easy to Refinish: Butcher block is easy to refinish. If your countertop is starting to look scuffed or stained, you can lightly sand with a hand sander and then just apply a new coat of butcher block oil and it will look like new.
- Stained Color: I personally like the natural wood color. However, butcher block looks great stained too.
DRAWBACKS OF BUTCHER BLOCK:
- Stains: You have to be a little careful of what you let drip or spill on butcher block countertops (especially if you have more natural finish to them). Things like oil, dark liquids, and black coffee can cause stains. However, like I mentioned above, if you do get stains, butcher block is very easy to sand and refinish.
- Environment: Because butcher block is made of wood, I have read you have to be careful to not let your butcher block dry out. It is recommended to oil the top of your butcher block every 6-12 month to keep it from splitting.