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Where We’re At: Kitchen Reno

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We’re making slow and steady progress as far as our kitchen goes. This weekend we worked on our countertops. We chose to use butcherblock because we love the way it looks and it’s pretty much the most inexpensive material to use. We got ours at Ikea. They’re the oak Numerar ones. The first step was to sand the butcherblock. Mitch sanded it with 120 grit sandpaper first then went over it with 220 to make it really smooth.

This was the tedious part. We had to scrape off the dried silicone around the cutout for the sink. We made sure we got it all–otherwise the stain wouldn’t “take” to the wood. What we should have done is had all this finished before we installed the counters. But nope, we did it the hard way. Fun times.

Next step, staining. After much deliberation, we chose Special Walnut from Minwax. After applying the stain, we let it set for about 15 minutes then took a rag and wiped off the excess. We did this three times while waiting at least three hours in between. Now we’re waiting some more. We have to wait for 72 hours before we go on to the next step which is sealing with Waterlox.

And yes, I know you’re diggin’ the yellow “backsplash.” It will be gone after we finish the counters. We found someone who will install the tile for–get this–$23/hr. (I love living in the country!) So soon enough we’ll have our white subway tile back there.

I’m really happy with the results so far. I think it’s going to turn out beautifully. Did you notice my awesome hardware? Yeah, it’s duct tape and screws. We’re still waiting for our official bling. Hopefully this week I’ll be able to show you them. Before I sign off, I must give a shout out to Vanessa from this & that who gave step-by-step instructions on finishing butcherblock countertops. She did the same thing in her kitchen and was our go-to girl this weekend. You can check out the beautiful results here. So there ya have it–our weekend in a nutshell. Now on to the next project–finding a place to wash our dirty dishes.