If you want a countertop that has a warm, natural look and beauty that can enhance the appearance of any home or business, you should look into installing butcher-block surfaces in your kitchens or bathrooms.
If you have a particular piece or type of wood you would like to use as a small side table or countertop, it can be done! A mix of multiple wooden planks, mable, birch, or bamboo are just a few of the examples that can be made into butcher-block countertops. Butcher-block surfaces are great DIY projects and simply consist of planks of plywood being glued together and sealed. You can further enhance your surface by staining or using a particular finish to customize the look of the wood, as well as treating the edges of your countertops. Edge grain butcher-block styles consist of parallel wood planks, while end grain butcher-block surfaces are made of glued end wood pieces in a checkered pattern.
With many styles of butcher-block surfaces, including butcher black, face grain, panels, parquet, and many others, you will be able to find a design that matches the interior of your home perfectly. Depending on your taste and style, variations of butcher-block can be implemented in traditional houses, contemporary offices, as well as country homes and cottages.
Butcher-block is considered to be a natural countertop excellent for chopping and preparing food. Even if there are a scratch or two from knives used in the kitchen, it will add to the eclectic look of the tabletop. However, if not careful, butcher-block can be easily damage by standing water, spills tat are not cleaned properly, and hot pots and pans. Since butcher-block is a porous material, it is important that you seal all wood surfaces with mineral oil or a similar protectant on a yearly basis. Additionally, wood should be sanded down and refinished every ten to twenty years, depending on the user traffic.
Even though butcher-block is an excellent surface for chefs needing prep and cut food, the surface is not as durable as natural stones such as marble and granite ad does require a decent amount of maintenance. Per square foot of butcher-block, you can expect to pay around $40 to $150, depending on the style and type of wood used.
If you are willing to spend the time and energy to upkeep your butcher-block surfaces, they can be a beautiful addition to your home or office!