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It is not surprising butcher-block countertops are always seen in both comfortable country cottages and rustic farmhouses. The surface is made from assembled wooden boards, which is warmer and even more inviting than some other materials and will not go out of style. Taken from nature, butcher block is eco-friendly and biodegradable, which gives an earthy element into all kitchens. If you want to know more about the butcher block countertop, read on below and check out our inspiring images to create the perfect countertop for your kitchen.

VINTAGE FAUCET

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Artful Styles, Inc.

The walnut butcher block looks divine in this traditional kitchen.

ENDGRAIN WALNUT

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Insignia Kitchen and Bath Design Studio

This country kitchen gives us all the feels of traditional home cooking.

HARDWOOD COUNTERTOP

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Texas Stair Treads LLC

The sturdy hardwood countertop stands out with the blue cabinets.

DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE

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Meg Corley Premier Interiors

Lightwood countertop matches the bright white walls and cabinets.

URBAN INDUSTRIAL

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Matt Guidi

You can have the same Maple edge grain counter from Chop Bloc.

SOLID WOOD

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Two Chefs Construction

The counter features stunning color and grain from hardwood called Sapele.

CUSTOM WOODWORK

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Armani Fine Woodworking

The island has become the focal point with its gorgeous wood color.

CUSTOM FABRICATED

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JAMES DIXON ARCHITECT PC

The chopping block was custom fabricated by a millworker in Boston.

CLASSIC KITCHEN

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Jenny Baines, Jennifer Baines Interiors

The light wood counter is able to bring contrast and natural element to this white kitchen.

MAPLE TOP

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TEA2 Architects

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What Is Butcher Block Countertop 

From stone to laminate, you will find several countertop materials to select from in case you’re updating your cooking space. However, when it involves the ideal mixture of longevity and value, among our preferred surfaces for hardworking kitchens is the butcher block. The thing that makes butcher block distinct from other kinds of wood slabs will be the material’s construction. It’s composed of straight pieces of wood, which are thoroughly glued in to make an especially robust surface that, with regular maintenance, lasts for numerous years. To find out the way you are able to integrate the material inside your cooking area, we gathered our favorite images of kitchens with butcher block countertops. Check them out!

Can the butcher block be utilized as a cutting surface area? Indeed, unsealed butcher block is effective as a big stationary work surface and has long been employed like this for hundreds of years (after all, it comes by its name honestly). Having said that, it is significantly harder to clean up a butcher block counter like it’s a movable cutting board, which is why lots of users utilize cutting boards in addition to the butcher block. Plus, as stated, cutting on butcher block over time actually leaves scratches and marks—character-defining to some, best stayed away from to others. How much does it cost? Prices differ based on wood type, thickness, and grain construction. Generally, custom-made quality butcher block wood countertops start at around $75-150 per square meter. Put simply, a great butcher block is much more costly compared to mid-range granite but less costly than top-of-the-line natural stone.

The best part is the fact that a few companies provide off-the-shelf butcher block worktops in regular counter depth sizes with adjustable lengths. If your arrangement allows, this is the reasonably priced approach to take. And the DIY inclined are able to cut unfinished butcher block slabs to slip around appliances, sides, along with other hurdles—not a thing you are able to pull off on your own with stone. Since wood is very basic, numerous homeowners mix it along with other materials: You can set up almost all butcher block countertops, add an integrated cutting surface area, and choose a butcher block island instead. But butcher block table tops have its drawbacks too. We cleared through the sawdust to uncover the options offered, as well as the advantages and disadvantages below.

WALNUT

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Oakley Home Builders

Gorgeous and rich wood counter for this traditional kitchen in Chicago.

FORM & FUNCTION

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Kaminski + Pew

The walnut butcher block island looks great with the engineered wood flooring.

COASTAL KITCHEN

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Evens Architects

The island in this beach style kitchen covered with walnut butcher block.

MULTIFUNCTIONAL

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Craft Art Elegant Surfaces

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Types Of Butcher Block Countertop

First, we have edge grain. Edge grain may be the one most widely used for counters since it is less costly, stable, and strong compared to the others. It is produced by putting long boards all over their sides and also joining them, so their long narrow edges form the surface area. The boards can be constant lengths of wood without any joints, or random length boards which are finger-jointed. Next, we have face grain butcher block, which is built of boards that are laid flat, and their complete widths developing a surface area with a sleek appearance. Prone to marks when utilized for chopping and slicing, face grain is much less ideal for dealing kitchen counters than the others. End grain, on the other hand, is created from little rectangular blocks arranged to ensure that the ends (with growth rings) are apparent on the outside. The most durable one and most costly kind of butcher block, it is excellent for surfaces devoted to cutting, since it camouflages knife marks and it is mild on blade edges.

How do you care for your butcher block? When you are somebody that likes spending time in your home and also enjoys their reasonable share of design shows, you have undoubtedly come across the newest home trend: butcher block countertops. These surfaces aren’t just extremely classy, they are practical too (they are huge cutting boards, after all!). But here are a few items to know before you spend money on changing your countertop or simply upgrading your kitchen island. We have got the scoop about what you have to think about before taking the leap.

The most important consideration is you will need to look after them. While beautiful, butcher block countertops demand a lot more maintenance compared to their marble or stone counterparts. You will need to treat the area with mineral oil to secure the natural wood and sandpaper to sand down and then fill in any scratches or maybe nicks, which have occurred. Typically, this type of re-treating should be done once yearly, but it additionally depends on the way you use the countertop. The good is, if maintained properly, these countertops are able to survive a long time.

WATERPROOF WOOD

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Craft Art Elegant Surfaces

The black walnut plank Style countertop by Craft Art for this traditional kitchen.

STRENGHT & BEAUTY

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Kenneth Fromme

The beautiful rich color of the wood counter adds a timeless appeal for this kitchen.

LARGE TRENDY

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Kriste Michelini Interiors

The walnut butcher block perfectly matches Simply White by Benjamin Moore.

SEAMLESS

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SweisKloss

The wood countertop blends seamlessly with this craftsman style home.

EXQUISITE TASTE

A.Jennison Interiors

The wood block counter combines well with Benjamin Moore’s Black Knight paint.

BLEND OF COLORS

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Brownhouse Design, Los Altos, CA

The butcher countertop with a blue painted island cabinet instantly gets attention.

CLEAN & UNCLUTTERED

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A. Lynn Design

This farmhouse kitchen features a sturdy butcher countertop and white cabinets.

ITALIAN MINIMALIST

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Nolan Painting Inc.

Add a bit of natural element to your industrial-looking kitchen through a wood slab.

BACK IN THE DAY

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Normandy Remodeling

The combination of Caesarstone countertop and butcher block counter provides a visual break for the long island.

WHITE OAK

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risa boyer architecture

The island is a fumed white oak. It darkens the wood without staining.

TIMELESS

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Nerland Building & Restoration, Inc.

The walnut countertop steals the show in this all-white traditional kitchen.

REFINISHED

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Kuche+Cucina

This transitional kitchen features white Carrara marble and walnut counter for the island.

RESTORED

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Mahoney Architects & Interiors

This gorgeous kitchen features bright lighting and airy space with the white cabinets and wood island.

VINTAGE FIXTURE

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Buckminster Green LLC

Enjoy preparing your meals in this classic and elegant wood counter.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Butcher Countertop

Butcher block, consisting of wooden strips formed together into a dazzling slab, is a trendy and timeless material for kitchen countertops near me. But country kitchen vibes and warm tones aside, there’s a lot about the counter that homeowners do not understand. To learn if this countertop material is right for your kitchen, go through this extensive list of butcher block countertop advantages and disadvantages prior to committing to an installation.

PRO: Butcher block is among the more inexpensive countertops. Butcher block countertops beat the expense of other widely used choices, including stainless steel, glass, concrete, marble, and limestone or maybe soapstone. You are able to save a lot of money by selecting a do-it-yourself system over hiring contractors to carry out the job. Pro installation usually adds five dollars to ten dollars per square foot on the total cost. For useful homeowners, a DIY butcher block countertop set up is not tough to do, either: It involves cutting sheets of wood down to size with a circular saw, developing the required gaps for sinks along with other fixtures, consequently mounting the different sections with a box with screws.

CON: It is ultra-sensitive to liquid. You have likely been warned to keep wood from the bathroom due to the way it responds to water. Wood is able to gather germs, stain, grow mold, and warp when subjected to moisture. To deal with these undesirable effects, you will have to seal your butcher block countertops immediately following installation and monthly afterward—which is more maintenance than non-porous countertop made from glass, quartz, stainless steel, or maybe ceramic tile take. Thankfully, all it will take is one to two coats of food-safe mineral oil or maybe walnut oil used with a soft cloth. These non-toxic sealants create barriers that keep spills collected on the counter and therefore prevent water damage.

PRO: You are able to keep it spic-and-span with simple household products. While soap is able to streak or maybe spot vibrant glass or stainless countertops and acid-based cleaning solutions could erode quartz countertops, both are stable holding a butcher block. Put simply; cleanup isn’t rocket science! For daily cleansing of butcher block countertops, scrape off foods debris with a plastic spatula, now make use of a sponge saturated in a mix of two cups warm water, along with single teaspoon dish detergent to clean away the residue. Vinegar works wonderfully as a stand-in for water and soap. Additionally, it is effective at both cleaning and disinfecting the countertop.

CON: Butcher block countertops ding very easily. Being softer and more yielding over stone, granite, and glass, butcher block countertops tend to be more susceptible to dents and scratches. One of the ways that homeowners prematurely use their butcher block countertops is to use them as cutting boards. Regardless of the name “butcher block,” you would do very well to fight the desire to chop on its surface. Knife blades are able to lead to irregular wear on some areas of your respective countertop, so have a separate cutting board for kitchen prep work, instead. If a wayward knife stroke dents the countertop, sand down the dent with fine-grit sandpaper, then use mineral oil on the area. You are able to work with this very same strategy to eliminate burn marks on the countertop left by a warm pot.

 PRO: It is able to last for a few decades. Observe the above-mentioned suggestions on installation, closing, and washing your butcher block countertops, as well as the exterior, should make your countertop last for 20 years or even longer. This will give it more edge over laminate countertops (which usually go on for just ten to 15 years prior to an inevitable replacement) and also places it on par with the ever durable granite countertops (which also keep going a minimum of 20 years).

Butcher block countertops introduce warmth to any kitchen area. They add a bit of rustic charm and are particularly crucial to establishing that contemporary farmhouse kitchen vibe. We hope that this post helps you in deciding whether this type of countertop is right for you. Please check out our other remodeling tips and ideas to inspire you for your next project.

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