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DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops Tutorial

DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops — For those of you that asking how to build a butcher block countertop … Here it is! I’m going to tell you exactly how I made them and I’ll even tell you about the mistake and problems I came across.

DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops: How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops: How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops, DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops

First of all I would just like to say that the end results do not 100% look like real butcher block. The only way you are going to get counters that look like real butcher block is to get the real thing or make a trip to IKEA. Has a really go tutorial on how she did hers using IKEA countertops.

With that being said, my counters do resemble butcher block just not 100% and the cost was only $56 for the whole project. I did my counters all by myself and took one whole weekend to complete so Ladies don’t think that this project is too difficult to take on. If you can work a jig saw than go for it.

Before and After Pictures

But first here are some before and after pictures:

(Before) How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops, DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops

(Before) How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops, DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops

(Before) DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops: How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

(Before) DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops: How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

(Before) How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

(Before) How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

(After) How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops, DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops

(After) How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops, DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops

(After) DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops: How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

(After) DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops: How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

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How to Build a Faux Butcher Block Countertops

I first removed to older tops with a hammer, you might want to remove all the drawers and look under your counter to see if there is a couple of screws in the corners first and remove the kitchen sink.

Sorry I didn’t take pictures of that step. It was surprisingly easy. I never messed with any plumbing and was very hesitated at first but there was now way to go forward with this project until I did. There has to be the first for everything!

Removed Older Tops - DIY Butcher Block Countertop

Remove Older Tops (DIY Butcher Block Countertop)

Decide on what kind of wood you want to use. I wanted my counters to be thick so I used two pieces of 2″by10″s and 1 piece of 2″by8″ for each counter. I measured the lengths of each counter and had my Orange (Home Depot) cut them for me so I wouldn’t have to. You can use some heavy duty plywood instead of wood planks.

Decide What Kind of Wood to Use - how to make a butcher block countertop

Decide What Kind of Wood to Use (How to Make a Butcher Block Countertop)

The counter where the sink goes I arranged my wood planks in the order that I wanted them but upside down in the driveway. I numbered the planks 1-3 and the right and left side of each plank. Remember that since the wood is already upside down to mark the left side of the planks as right.

Arrange Wood Planks - How to Install Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Arrange Wood Planks (How to Install Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

I Arranged My Wood Planks - How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

I Arranged My Wood Planks (How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

Arrange Wood Planks - Do It Yourself Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Arrange Wood Planks (Do It Yourself Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

I sealed the bottom of each plank with a couple coats of sealer since it is the side with the sink. What I did that I wish I didn’t do: I got to careless with the sealer and let it drip down the sides of the planks. I didn’t think it was a big deal at the time.

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Seal the Bottom Plank - How to Build a Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Seal the Bottom Plank (How to Build a Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

Seal the Bottom of Each Plank with a Couple Coats of Sealer - DIY Faux Butcher Block Counter Top

Seal the Bottom of Each Plank with a Couple Coats of Sealer (DIY Faux Butcher Block Counter Top)

I flipped the planks right side up and placed the old counter on top in order to trace out exactly where the kitchen sink goes. I used a jig saw to make the cuts. This is the only cutting that I actually did myself for this project. Look at that nasty black mold. Yuckers!!!

Flipped the Planks Right Side Up - DIY Faux Butcher Block Kitchen Island

Flipped the Planks Right Side Up (DIY Faux Butcher Block Kitchen Island)

After the cuts were made I took those pieces inside to attach to the cabinets.

Attach to the Cabinets - Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Attach to the Cabinets (Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

Before I glued the planks down to the cabinets I wanted to make sure that the sink hole was cut properly so I replaced the sink and made sure that the plumbing matches up right.

Make Sure the Sink Hole Cut Properly - DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops Tutorial

Make Sure the Sink Hole Cut Properly (DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops Tutorial)

I used construction grade adhesive to glue the planks down to the cabinets. When we do decide to get brand new counters I can remove the countertops with a heat gun so no biggy.

Construction Grade Adhesive - Glue the Planks Down to the Cabinets

Construction Grade Adhesive: Glue the Planks Down to the Cabinets

I worked on only one counter section at a time and started with the back plank and worked my forward and also gluing each plank together. I weighted the wood down with some bags of cement that I already had. Just use anything heavy. The glue dries in about 15 minutes.

I wanted to hide the wood seams as best as I could so I filled them in with wood filler and let completely dry.

Wood Filler

Wood Filler

Filled with Wood Filler - How to Build a Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Filled with Wood Filler (How to Build a Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

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I waited for 2 hours and then started to sand down the wood and smooth out the wood filler. I used my electric belt sander for this project but still had to hand sand in some areas. And I love this sander because I can attach my vacuum to it to cut down on some of the dust and mess. I used tons of sand paper and several different grits.

Electric Belt Sander - DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops, How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Electric Belt Sander (DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops, How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

After cleaning up all the dust I stained the whole surface. I wanted to use up some stain that I already had so I used red mahogany. I put on it on with a paint brush in a small area and rubbed it in with a rag.

After the base coat of stain was dry I made two more shades of stain. For one I used some black walnut stain and added a little of black paint to it and stirred until the stain turned thick like a gel.

Wood Finish - How to Build a Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Wood Finish (How to Build a Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

Stain the Whole Surface

Stain the Whole Surface

The second shade I mixed some red mahogany stain with some tan craft paint until it gelled up as well.

I did this so that the stain wouldn’t seep under the taped areas.

I used tape to tape of sections on the wood that I wanted to darken and lighten up with my stain goop that I made.

Use Tape to Tape of Sections on the Wood - DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops Tutorial

Use Tape to Tape of Sections on the Wood (DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops Tutorial)

The Stain Wouldn't Stain the Wood - DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops Tutorial

The Stain Wouldn’t Stain the Wood (DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops Tutorial)

See in the corners where the stain wouldn’t stain the wood. That’s where I let the sealer drip.

I used the tape to measure the strips that I was taping up.

Measure the Strips

Measure the Strips

Brush with Stain Gel - How to Make a Butcher Block Countertop

Brush with Stain Gel (How to Make a Butcher Block Countertop)

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I brushed the stain gel on and let it set for about a minute and wiped it off. The lighter strips turned out a little to light so a kind of dry brushed some more red mahogany stain over those areas to darken them up a little.

After I had the counter looking the way I wanted I sealed it with polyurethane. I believe that I did 7 coats, I didn’t count. I just kept going until I got the desired shine.

Seal with Polyurethane - How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Seal with Polyurethane (How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

Sealed it with Polyurethane - DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Sealed it with Polyurethane (DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

I spent $56 on wood, poly and glue.

Final Results - How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops, DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops

Final Results (How to Make Faux Butcher Block Countertops, DIY Faux Butcher Block Countertops)

The trim cost $18.

I hope this DIY faux butcher block countertops helped for those who contacted me wanting more info on how to make faux butcher block bountertops.

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