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?
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