10 Month Check Up

DIY wood countertops

It’s a good question. I hear it pretty frequently. I completely understand. So, you want new counter tops. You see some great DIY jobs…but you want to know just how well these amateur jobs actually hold up to real life. I’m certainly no expert. Not even close. But one doesn’t need to be an expert to know that pink counter tops need to go. ASAP.  One red pickup truck load of lumber fixed my problems just nicely…and it was fairly easy on the wallet, which sure doesn’t hurt either.

DIY kitchen counter tops

There’s plenty of real life going on this house, I assure you. There’s play dough pies and and dropped plates and sticky messes and the odd construction job all happening on these wonderful wood counters. They have all the frequent opportunities to meet disaster that any other part of my house has…and they have survived exceptionally well.

DIY kitchen counter tops

To be fair and honest. They are not perfect, they actually never were to begin with. There is probably at least four small dings from stuff banging into them. There are two seams (shown in the above picture) that have shifted slightly. No one would probably ever notice, but I can tell because I spent hours sanding them perfectly smooth to begin with. Wood swells and shrinks based on temperature, so I’m not entirely sure that that could ever be fully prevented from happening….unless you could manage to have no seams at all. I know a lot more about sanding and staining now, so there are a couple spots I wish I had done better. Again, nothing that would stand out to anyone else though.

DIY wood counter tops

The dark stain shows dust and smudges really easily. That doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but it might some people. I just clean it more and that’s that. We used six coats of floor grade polyurethane on them, so water isn’t a problem. I still try to make sure I wipe up spills right away, but I’ve not had a single problem with water damage. I make sure to use a cloth under hot dishes, so I’ve not had any issues with heat damage either. Basically, if you care for it the same as any other wood counter top, you shouldn’t have a problem.

The whole deal cost less than $300 to do, making it super budget friendly. I don’t know that you could do much better than that for brand new counter tops. I know this much, walking into a hardware store and ordering yourself more than 15 feet of 25 inch wide counter top is going to land you a bill bigger than $300!

So, to answer the questions I get. Has it held up? As well as I could have wished. Does it scratch and ding easily? Not if you don’t use it for a cutting board! Would you do it again? Absolutely! Would you recommend it even for someone who isn’t super handy? Lets put it this way, if you can cut a straight line, you can do this.

Let’s give them another ten months and we’ll see how life is treating them. I predict it will be just as crazy around here, but I’d say we are off to a pretty good start. You can read more about the kitchen and the counter tops HERE.

Psalms 107:9   For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness

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28 Responses to 10 Month Check Up

  1. Jeri says:

    I would be afraid that I would go through all that work and 10 months later I would have to redo the countertops. But, I love the makeover. I want to redo my kitchen with black countertops and white cabinets. Beautiful!

  2. I love it. I have some store bought butcher block and it isn’t perfect either. So I think you affordable option is a great one. I love the stain and how you see the grain of the wood!

  3. B. Perry says:

    I think they look terrific! This was such a good idea – even if they had turned out badly, you didn’t risk too much. My husband and I redid out kitchen with a kit for the cabinets and did the countertops following an online tutorial. The cabinets are wonderful but the countertop is needing some touchup. This won’t be a big deal, though. Thanks for doing a follow up so people can know what to expect. Belynda from Kentucky

  4. jamie@kreyv says:

    These are amazing! I love how they are so unique, and I LOVE that you can see the grain of the wood. Gorg!

  5. Thirkellgirl says:

    I like them! We are almost done with an Ikea kitchen remodel and I had decided on birch butcherblock for the counters, but when I went to place my order they were sold out in three states! I literally picked my black laminate countertops in two minutes, and I love them. They cost about, get this, $150 for the whole (admittedly small) kitchen.

  6. Liz says:

    I really like how you can see the woodgrain through the dark stain! You did a great job both in the installation and money saving!

  7. Kim says:

    I love your countertops and you can’t beat the price. You did a great job and considering the beatings most counters take, I would say they are holding up remarkably well. You are the one using them everyday and living with them, so if you are happy with them and don’t mind the imperfections that’s all that matters! I love that you followed up ~ it is helpful! :)

  8. I recently used a product to change the color of my countertops and didn’t hold up at all. However, I don’t always use a cutting board like I should. The countertop was light blue and it had to go. Your countertops look beautiful!

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  12. Karen says:

    I am in love! I want to try this in a bathroom here. I am featuring at my party later today. Just so gorgeous and the price is right. Thank you so much for sharing Abby!

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  15. Oh my goodness these are amazing!!!!!

  16. Emily says:

    I love these, they look so rich and warm. The dark stain and grain of the wood is beautiful. I have seen wood counter tops before but not this well done. I would eventually love to put in marble in my own kitchen but that is years away. This might be just the thing to do until then. I wonder if this would work in a room with dark wood floors? I noticed you have a lighter tile. I have dark wood floors and worry it might be too much dark wood.

  17. Shona says:

    I absolutely love your countertops! Beautiful! I will definitely stay tuned to see how they hold up.

    good luck!

  18. Jess says:

    I just wanted to let you know, my Mother in Law put down
    1 inch cherry boards for her countertops. She put 8 coats of poly on them and she’s had them now 29 YEARS. Yes, every 10 years or so, she refinishes them, but honestly they look great and they continue to be quite stylish!! Oh and she’s a HUGE cooks so she uses her kitchen ALL the time.

  19. Sheila says:

    These look amazing! Can I ask what kind of wood you used for your counter tops?

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  21. Sarah says:

    So… you said you used a floor poly to finish them. I would be worried about food safety. That’s why I always just used food-safe finishes on my wood counters. I guess maybe if you always only use cutting boards?

  22. Krista Napier says:

    I think they look awesome. I just purchased two solid birch doors to use as counter tops. I can’t wait! If mine look as great as yours, I will be totally satisfied! Great job..

  23. Peggy Bostic says:

    My husband and I have just purchased our small, one level home after being in a tri level larger one for ten years.
    Our new(OLD) kitchen looks much like yours. We are in the process of planning our re-do. Your blog has been a great help and inspiration.
    Blessings,
    Peggy

  24. Leona says:

    Lovely! What is the brand/name of the stain you used?

  25. Rochelle Hitchings says:

    Would you mind sharing what kind of wood you use. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

  26. Brook says:

    What type of stain and varnish did you use?

  27. brian says:

    I’ve done the same countertops in my home. The only thing I would reccomend to anyone doing this is buy longer panels and you won’t have as many seams…use 45 degree cuts in your corners and edge glue them together as well as screw them from underneath. These panels are soft so I used a 1 1/2 face from around the edges…which also make your counter top appear thicker which I kind of prefer..also the oak is way more resistant to banging into the of the counter with random things in the kitchen. And also I’d reccomend adjusting the stove legs so that the stove isn’t an inch below the counter. Cut your counter nice and tight to the stove…level the stove and add a thin bead of silicone.This way good and grease can’t get in there…very nice for a DYI!

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