Butcher Block Countertops

What do y’all think of Butcher Block Countertops?

When I first considered the idea… I wasn’t too sure that I liked it for anything more than a kitchen island.

But the more I see it, the more it is growing on me.

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I know it’s crazy…but I’m really starting to love this look! I think it is so fresh looking against white cupboards! (And don’t even get me started with the farm sinks… I’m trying to convince my hubby that we NEED one. haha)

So, the other day Jon and I were browsing around the Ikea website (his idea, not mine. I usually want to jump out a window when I’m in an Ikea. There is just something about how crowded it always is and their general style is usually far from my love affair with vintage and cozy)… and we found butcher block countertops. Yes, it would require a little DIY… but the price!

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Length: 49 5/8 “
Depth: 25 5/8 “
Thickness: 1 1/8 “

For $39.00!

Length: 96 7/8 “
Depth: 25 5/8 “
Thickness: 1 1/8 “

For $59.00

I suppose you can get much thicker butcher block for a higher price… but if you are on a budget and want to get rid of your out of date, out of style countertops… this is a very affordable option!

We are still weighing out our options (and of course a kitchen countertop redo is all contingent on whether we get to move back into our house in California…which we are currently renting out. We may not even get stationed back in California… so this could be a moot point.)

But at any rate, I just thought I’d pass along a good finding to y’all!

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  • http://www.jensplacetovisit.blogspot.com Jen S.

    I never thought of the butcher block counters (only islands as you mentioned) but mixed with the white cabinets, I have to say that I like them :) I think they look nice. Plus, the price is awesome!!
    I’d never seen stainless steel counters before either. I think it’s very cool looking. Our appliances are stainless and although I think they look real nice, they are SO HARD for me to keep clean and not all smudged up!
    You always post the best ideas… thanks Melissa :)

  • http://www.jensplacetovisit.blogspot.com Jen S.

    I never thought of the butcher block counters (only islands as you mentioned) but mixed with the white cabinets, I have to say that I like them :) I think they look nice. Plus, the price is awesome!!
    I’d never seen stainless steel counters before either. I think it’s very cool looking. Our appliances are stainless and although I think they look real nice, they are SO HARD for me to keep clean and not all smudged up!
    You always post the best ideas… thanks Melissa :)

  • Helen

    I grew up with butcher block counters. (my mom was a gourmet cook in her free time). Anyways I would never get them all over…maybe just the island. The problem is they can develop mold if you wet them or they get wet from prepping stuff and they are also hard to clean. I did not like them at all.

    Now the stainless is great. My hubbie’s boss has stainless counters and she loves them. She said the only prob is keeping them smudge free so if you are anal you may not like them. Hard to keep shiny and free of marks but she loves them. She too is a very good cook so I listen to her a lot.

    Anyways I like the look and I think it looks good but maybe just not that practical? I prefer a slab of granite or marble then do something different for the island.

  • Helen

    I grew up with butcher block counters. (my mom was a gourmet cook in her free time). Anyways I would never get them all over…maybe just the island. The problem is they can develop mold if you wet them or they get wet from prepping stuff and they are also hard to clean. I did not like them at all.

    Now the stainless is great. My hubbie’s boss has stainless counters and she loves them. She said the only prob is keeping them smudge free so if you are anal you may not like them. Hard to keep shiny and free of marks but she loves them. She too is a very good cook so I listen to her a lot.

    Anyways I like the look and I think it looks good but maybe just not that practical? I prefer a slab of granite or marble then do something different for the island.

  • Allyson

    I have butcher block but only on an island and its ikea! I am not a modern type, but the price was right. My hubby and I did our kitchen redo (in white!)on a major budget and made our island out of 2 dressers back to back with a book case at one end and a half moon table at the other(made from butcher block, but stained and sealed to match our dining table). I love it. I have granite on the wall sections of cabinets and I like having both. Ikea used to sell a thicker butcher block, but that a few years ago. Don’t know if they still do. Wish I could do stainless, but I found it to be tough on knives and I am one of those people who hates fingerprints. Plus the cost was huge! We bought our granite for half the cost of stainless and that was with the fancy edging. Found out that farm house sinks were cost prohibitive too, dang it. Gotta love the white kitchen with butcher block though. If you want photos of our VERY INEXPENSIVE island, just email me and I will get some over to you. Happy hunting!

  • Allyson

    I have butcher block but only on an island and its ikea! I am not a modern type, but the price was right. My hubby and I did our kitchen redo (in white!)on a major budget and made our island out of 2 dressers back to back with a book case at one end and a half moon table at the other(made from butcher block, but stained and sealed to match our dining table). I love it. I have granite on the wall sections of cabinets and I like having both. Ikea used to sell a thicker butcher block, but that a few years ago. Don’t know if they still do. Wish I could do stainless, but I found it to be tough on knives and I am one of those people who hates fingerprints. Plus the cost was huge! We bought our granite for half the cost of stainless and that was with the fancy edging. Found out that farm house sinks were cost prohibitive too, dang it. Gotta love the white kitchen with butcher block though. If you want photos of our VERY INEXPENSIVE island, just email me and I will get some over to you. Happy hunting!

  • Gail

    We have ikea butcher block countertops and LOVE them. We treat them with oil every now and again to make sure they are pretty water resistant (you can use regular olive oil) and if they get scratched or nicked you can sand the finish down with sea salt and then rub oil into it. And we love the way it looks! (we have white cabinets too, pale yellow walls, and french blue ceramic tile floors.)
    Have fun choosing!

  • Gail

    We have ikea butcher block countertops and LOVE them. We treat them with oil every now and again to make sure they are pretty water resistant (you can use regular olive oil) and if they get scratched or nicked you can sand the finish down with sea salt and then rub oil into it. And we love the way it looks! (we have white cabinets too, pale yellow walls, and french blue ceramic tile floors.)
    Have fun choosing!