Monday, March 26, 2012

Countertops from Doors!!

It was a labor intensive weekend to say the LEAST!  Lord Have Mercy!!  I have been wanting butcher block countertops FOREVER!!  I just really wanted that warm feeling that wood gives, and felt that they would work the best with my kitchen….alas, butcher block is not cheap….so I started researching….and I came upon The Mustard Ceiling blog wherein they used oak doors that they found to create countertops in their kitchen and I loved them! 

SO….last Saturday Steve and I went to Anniston to Remodelers Warehouse (LOVE that place) to see what we could find so we could have wood countertops….

We found birch doors with beautiful graining…..$60 each….we got three….

Hello!  In this photo Steve had already been ripped them down to the width I “thought” I wanted….turns out I wanted them one inch less…so Steve ripped’em down another inch….(oops)


If ya’ll will remember, about two years or so ago I painted my oak cabinets  cream…..then I spray painted my white laminate countertops black….yes, I said spray painted….they worked well for awhile, and it was always intended to be a temporary fix….and they started to get scratched and the black started to get on my last nerve!  I would wipe them down and in 5 seconds you could see dust on them….made me CRAZY!

So the process started…..and WHAT a process!

We started with this….


Now, when you hear people say….you never know what you will find until you start pulling stuff out?  They are right!  When we took out the old countertops, we didn’t find rot, or termites….thank goodness….but we did find this….

A random hole in the sheetrock….paneling that was cut off….




The kitchen was a HOT mess….stuff everywhere….no sink all weekend….


Oh Lord what a mess!  I kept sweeping, like that would make it all neat and stuff….


So….plan B….install a bead board backsplash…..


My precious sweet husband who makes all my visions a reality….


He only had to cut around two windows, three switch plates and a microwave….not fun…

just sayin’…Lord have Mercy look at that island!!! LOL!


I caulked and painted the bead board and had originally intended to paint it back green….and as I was painting it green….I kept looking over my shoulder at the white….so I ceased and desisted with the green paint….went to Lowes with my handy dandy mason jar full of my cabinet paint and had them match it….Where’s Waldo?  See the paint in mason jars on the island?  Yeah, that’s how I roll…

Now to the pretty part….


I took these photos this  morning, so the light is not great, but the sun coming in the window on the wood I thought was so pretty…

I left out the corner cabinet thingy….I have so much more room without it….

Steve used dowels to join the two pieces together….he is awesome like that :)




So there you have it!  I stained the wood dark walnut.  I started with special walnut and it wasn’t as dark as I wanted it.  I tested it on a scrap piece of wood first, then went back with the dark walnut and it was exactly what I wanted. Much sanding was also involved…..

I do LOVE them and it was exactly what I invisioned….and the cost was $180 for three doors and $20 for one sheet of bead board….so $200 total on this remodel…..gotta love that!

Thank you so much for stopping by…I will try and get some better photos later….

So….what do you think?

I will be linking up to the following this week:

Met Monday

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays

Wow Us Wednesdays

Cowgirl Up

No Minimalist Here

Simple and Sweet Fridays

Lou Cinda



  1. Oh how beautiful. The counters look amazing. I would never have thought to use the doors. Great idea and the beadboard is beautiful also. Hugs, Marty

  2. Oh my gosh! I absolutely love it!! It looks so amazing. Great job by you and your hubby! Can't wait to see more pictures. Please don't wait to long to post them.

  3. Thanks for emailing me this AM to tell me about your project. Your kitchen turned out BEAUTIFUL! I'm happy I could help inspire. You and your husband did an amazing job.

  4. OH my gosh Lou Cinda this looks GORGEOUS!! The shots with the sun streaming through are beautiful! Please please take more pics so we can see more! LOVE your curtain and all your pretty accessories too!

  5. Almost forgot!! Kuddos to the hubby for doing an awesome job!!

  6. It looks FANTASTIC!!! I just love your red, black and white scheme too. Really pretty!


  7. LouCinda, they look so good. What a great idea using wood doors. I do hate the mess while a project is taking place. We took out our corner garage thing too when we had granite put in. So much more room is right.

  8. Oh Lou Cinda, your countertop looks GREAT! You and hubby did an awesome job!!! And yes I said you because I know you supervised the whole process...LOL. Can't wait to see more. Hope you're having a wonderful day, Gail

  9. Wow! You and your hubby did a great job! I love the counters and the beadboard looks wonderful! I love that look. And the price was right too!

  10. Everything looks gorgeous! Love the countertops and the whole sink area with the cute valance and lamp...great job to you and your hubby!

  11. I love your new counter tops. One would never figure out they are made from doors. Absolutely beautiful!

  12. Wonderful redo!
    love it!
    dee dee

  13. Your countertops look great! I would never have thought of using doors. I love beadboard also. You have your kitchen decorated so beautifully. Love the green!

  14. Oh your counters look lovely! We just bought the Ikea wooden counters, but if we had heard of this idea, we definitely might have gone that route!

  15. Your countertops look amazing! I can't believe they are made out of just three doors....that is incredible!!!! Your whole kitchen looks so beautiful. I can only imagine how happy you must be feeling :o)

  16. Man, you owe that Steve big time, Lou Cinda! : ) He did a great job and the final look is fantastic! I just love it ~ sun streaming in and all. I love your lamp, too. I've probably told you that already at one point or another!

  17. Your kitchen looks so warm and inviting. I love the re-do. Beautiful.

  18. Oh my gosh, that looks fantastic! I can't believe you just jumped in and did that. I'd be intimidated.

  19. Wowwwww, Lou Cinda! What a beautiful transformation, girl! And for so cheap! I LOVE that beadboard backsplash. Did you caulk where the beadboard met the cabinets and countertop? I've been thinking of doing the same thing in my kitchen and wondered if we should trim it out or just leave it and caulk it?

    xoxo laurie

  20. Oh my. I absolutely LOVE this idea!! I'm not much of one for stock anything and this is a truly unique and inexpensive way to do something original in the kitchen. I'm bookmarking this project as we'll be doing new cabinets soon and I want these doors for a countertop. Just love it!!

  21. Now you need to take Steve out for dinner on you...he did one awesome job...they look outstanding!!! Thank you for sharing at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY.


  22. What a project. But boy, did it pay off. The counters look so much better and love how the bead boards made a big difference. Great Job!


  23. Your kitchen looks so beautiful! I know it was a lot of work! All worth it! The counters look gorgeous!

  24. Your new counters look fantastic!

  25. Gorgeous! I'm in awe of your kitchen. The bead board and the counter tops really add such a cottage feel. I love it!

  26. Wow!!! Big difference! Looks really great! I love it!

  27. Lou Cinda....this was an amazing transformation! I really love the warmth this gives your kitchen!


  28. Great job by the both of you!!!! We are contemplating a countertop redo, thanks for the options!

  29. I am so impressed. Your kitchen is beautiful. I can't believe how much larger and spacious it looks without the corner cabinet. Love the wooden countertops.
    You are a blessed woman to have a husband like Steve. That man is a keeper!

  30. Wow! This looks great! You have a lovely blog.I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Visiting you from Wow Us Wednesdays.

  31. Lou, you are blessed with a wonderfully talented carpenter there! I give you credit for the vision, but the work is amazing! I love the counters and bead board. Enjoy that gorgeous space!
    Please join us for the party, we'd love to have you!

  32. Doors for counter tops!!!!! Oh my gosh Lou Cinda this is genius itself!!! What a gorgeous transformation it made in your kitchen and of course, you can never go wrong with bead board!!!

    Oh girl this is just amazing- now come do my kitchen!!!


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  34. Whoop Whoop!!! Love them! Your husband is SO that!!!

  35. Wow! How perfectly lovely this new kitchen is! Gotta say, I've never seen wood counter-tops like this and I love 'em too.
    These would look awesome in my kitchen!
    I don't suppose I could borrow you hubby?? Mine isn't as uh, shall we say, hands on, as yours, lol.

  36. Thank you so much for linking up to "Cowgirl Up!". I really appreciate your participation. See you next week!


  37. Lou Cinda! Your new countertops are amazing! What a wonderful, handy husband you have! And what a clever idea to use the doors. You both did a great job on the countertops. They really do looks amazing!

  38. That's amazing! I've been wanting Butcher Block for ever! They look so pretty.

    I'm visiting from The Mustard Ceiling. :-)

  39. What a great job you did! We think a like for sure. We did practically the same thing to our kitchen (I think we even have the same cabinets and backsplash), and all in one weekend as well. I'm of the 'get it done fast while the momentum is high' school of thought. I love it!!

  40. Oh Lou Cinda.... that is a spectacular look. Everything looks so pulled together and cozy... Dee.Lish. I'm trying to get zippy around here and do a couple of little makeovers.... no progress on that yet. :-)

    Big huggies.... xoxox

  41. LOVE this makeover! Yall did a great job! I have wood counters and a beadboard backsplash too and I love them.

  42. Beautiful!Great idea for a wonderful transformation. I know that you are loving it too!

  43. Your kitchen is amazing and inviting! Lou, you oooooze with talent and humor. God has really blessed you my dear friend.

  44. Janice, God blessed me with you....

    love you much!

  45. I scrolled down to read about this countertops. Brilliant! They look beautiful and so does the beadboard backsplash. laurie

  46. AMAZING!!!! Fabulously creative!!!! The counter tops/doors look absolutely fabulous. I have put a lot of finishes on counter tops before but would have never thought of so cool!!!!

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