I get a lot of questions on my butcher block countertops. The main thing I get asked is if I like them and how they are holding up. When we remodeled our kitchen in March of 2015 (you can read more of that HERE) I knew I really wanted to do butcher block countertops. For a couple of reasons, I love the warmth they add to a kitchen, the price and how quickly you can get them verses having a template made and not having countertops for a week or two. We actually had our kitchen cabinets refaced as we lived in the home so cutting the down the time that we could have a functioning kitchen was important.
We don’t have a lot of counter space, but even if we did I would still have went with butcher block countertops. I am even happier with them than I thought I would be.
The first week we had them a cup was left on the counter that leaked and left a little pool of water sitting on the butcher block all night. When I saw it I gasped like I walked into a crime scene, but all was good, no ring of water was left. I also get asked I cut right on the butcher block, and the answer is no. Even when I had granite counter tops I didn’t cut right on them, I always used a cutting board.
Not all butcher block counter tops are alike. I had Ikea butcher block counter tops in our basement kitchen in our Utah home. You had to seal the Ikea butcher block counters and you couldn’t leave a cup or anything on it with out leaving a ring or being worried it would leave a mark. There are still things that can stain my current counter tops, vanilla extract, grape juice and I am sure other things I haven’t noticed. I was able to get a vanilla extract stain off with soap and water.
We did maple butcher block counter tops on our current home. Maple Tops are manufactured from tight grained, hardwood that resist denting and scratching. Maple tops are less absorbent than other hardwoods, making them so they repel water easily. You can find exactly what we did HERE.
Here are some more butcher block counter inspiration (source)
If you do have the Ikea butcher block counter tops I thought THIS was a helpful post from one of my friends, Driven by Decor on preventing it from staining.
If I had to rate my counter tops I would give them a 10 out of 10, I would do them again on my next house and bring along my marble cutting board.