Lately, we’ve been busy wrapping up details on a bunch of boring non-blog worthy projects… caulking trim, installing toilets, fixing squeaky floors. But…before we got into all these boring projects we finished our GORGEOUS new butcher block hardwood countertops!
They didn’t start this gorgeous though. We ordered this slab of Sapele Wood Butcher Block from the Hardwood Lumber Company. I found out about them through House Tweaking’s beautiful butcher block counters.
For ordering to arrival it was about 4 weeks. They were SO good to work with and e-mailed me as it left their factory, and then e-mailed to make sure it arrived safely. First we sealed the bottom with a poly varathane in the garage.
Then we brought it inside and installed it to finish the top and sides with Waterlox. We spent almost $100 on a gallon of this Waterlox, but I’d say it’s well worth it for the gorgeous durable finish that it gives.
When I put the first coat on I was practically drooling. It took about 5 coats every 24 hours, this is how it looked after the second coat.
After all five coats this is how it turned out:
I went with the Ogee edge for a more custom look. I also liked how it made it look less “raw”. Thankfully the Hardwood Lumber Company routed it for just a small up charge.
I LOVE how it contrasts against the dark island that we painted.
Our wood stools also look pretty amazing with it.
I also LOVE the way the wood tones of the counter work with the laminate wood floor. The Hardwood Lumber Company has a TON of different butcher block counter options, but I loved how the Sapele tones went with other furniture throughout our house.
While we’re talking about floors can I just mention this GORGEOUS Monroe rug I got on Amazon for under $100??
OK, back to the counters… because the overhang is more than 10 inches, we had to add extra support. I just painted these corbels to match the island and nested them between each panel.
Looking straight on you barely even see the corbels, and they don’t really take up any leg space either. I love the large overhang because it feels more like eating at a big table rather than a counter.
Because we sealed the wood with Waterlox we don’t really have to worry about water rings or stains. We don’t use coasters or placemats, but I don’t leave glasses of ice water on it for extended periods of time.
I really can’t get over how gorgeous they are.
This kitchen has come SUCH a long ways from when we bought it at auction!
Anyone remember this kitchen??? I’d say we’ve made a HUGE improvement!
*After deciding to order these countertops I contacted the Hardwood Lumber Company and exchanged a blog post for a discount. I would have ordered them anyways, but this was an opportunity to save a bit of money and share about a product that we love.