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.
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.
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.
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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