Butchers block countertops are the height of home and kitchen fashion at the moment. It is no wonder when you see homes that have them installed already. They can certainly add a touch of elegance, opulence and class to any kitchen. Butchers block countertops can be quite expensive though. The materials that they are made from are not cheap but the demand for them is fuelling the increasing prices.
As a result, they may be priced out of range for a number of individuals and families that simply do not have enough left in their budget after other home improvements and renovations. There is a viable solution though – making butchers block countertops yourself.
Butcher Block Countertops Materials
Most butcher block counters are made from various types of wood. You can use any hardwood, ranging from walnut to mahogany to oak to maple. Obviously some woods are harder than others and if your counters do get a lot of use then it may be wise to choose oak or maple as they are harder than other woods.
You also have to consider your utensils though. The wood has to have some give because it would damage knives, for example, otherwise. Choosing wood for making butcher block countertops is logical because it has strength and longevity if maintained properly, but it is also aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
There are also other materials available for making butcher block but few are very popular when placed against the demand for wooden ones. Cement is one of them. If sealed, it holds well and is extremely difficult to damage but may actually damage your utensils and can chip china if it is not placed on the top delicately. On the other hand, it will last and last so you may never have to replace it, and it is easier to maintain than wooden butcher block counter top.
How To Make A Butcher Block Countertop
Making a butcher block countertop will vary as far as technique and method are concerned depending on the material you use to actually make it. There are some basic steps though, which are outlined below:
1. Carefully measure your existing work surfaces and alter any dimensions necessary, if you do want to alter the appearance of the kitchen for example. Measure to the nearest centimetre and then add another 5 centimetres on to that to allow for human error.
2. When you have your materials you can begin shaping them for making butcher block countertops. If you choose cement, you will need to mix the cement and pour it into a damp mold. Leave it to set for two to three days before working with them. If you have chosen wood then you can begin right away.
3. Cut the materials for making butcher block countertops down to size. Re-measure them twice and mark on the underside with a pencil before cutting.
4. Place them in position before using a strong adhesive and several strategically placed nails to fasten them in place.
5. Use a sealant on cement or concrete and a sealant and varnish on wooden butcher block counter tops to provide the finishing touches.
6. Leave them for a day or so to make sure that the sealant has fully soaked into the material and then they are good to go.
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