One of the best things about butcher block countertops is its durability and versatility. When you choose this style of wood counter top for your kitchen, you’re getting more than just practicality. You get a design element as well, that really adds character to your kitchen. And because it is customizable, you can have one that is exactly the size of your kitchen, or one that is much larger. In fact, if you have a larger kitchen space, it’s probably more economical to have one that is more substantial and built-up with granite tops and stainless steel appliances and cabinets.
The key to choosing butcher block countertops is to know what type you want. There are several types of wood countertops including solid wood, laminate wood and engineered wood. Solid wood countertops are built up from layers of board attached to each other and the surface has no finish applied to it at all. Laminate countertops are made of thin layers of material that are bonded together under high pressure, but the surface has a smooth, flat finish applied to it.
Engineered wood countertops are the most recent style and are becoming popular with homeowners because of their low cost, durability and modern design look. Engineered wood kitchen countertops are built up from individual pieces of boards and there is a smooth wood veneer on top to give them the rich appearance of wood. The reason they are easier to work with is they don’t need to have any finishing applied to them. The veneers also insulates better than solid wood. When you compare a slab of wood with a solid engineered wood countertop, the slab wins every day.
Before you choose a butcher-block countertop, you need to consider several things. First, think about the size of your kitchen. If you have a smaller kitchen with limited space, you might want to go for the economical wood like pine. However, if you have a larger kitchen space and plenty of space, you’ll probably be looking for a more expensive wood like maple. Another thing to consider is the wood’s grain. Some woods have a nice round or square grain, while others have more of a wavy look to them.
In addition, there are some woods that are more durable than others. Pine for example, is very durable but will start to splinter after some time. On the other hand, maple looks great and can last for decades with proper maintenance. With butcher block countertop, it’s all about the wood and what you like about it.
After considering these factors, figure out what color you’d like. You can find many colors in wood and they come in just about any color. Some may be lighter and some darker. It really depends on the grain of the wood and what you like. In addition, it’s important to mention that the darker colors will cost more than the lighter ones.
Finally, think about the texture. There are some woods that are softer than others. The most popular ones are oak and cherry. For the most part, the softer wood will cost less than the one that is harder. It’s just a matter of preference.
When you’re ready to buy a butcher-block countertop, you have several options. Look at the kitchen and see what you have to work with. Then, figure out what kind of wood you like. Lastly, check the price.
Now for the wood. Try to find something that has a similar color and quality to the wood that you already have. Also consider any type of finish – natural, paint or stain.
Now it’s time to install. Use wood glue or simply apply it with a knife and then nail it down. Don’t forget the studs. After that, take the router and run it across the top from top to bottom. Make sure to get even coverage. Then take the cardstock and cut it to fit.
Install the router again and then attach the cardstock with the nails. Then you can finish installing the butcher block countertop. It’s that simple!