I was really wanting a to do a low cost makeover on my kitchen, and the countertops had to go. The Mr. won some big brownie points with this Thrifty Diva after suggesting we DIY wide plank butcher block countertops. Like every other DIY project of starts, the Mr. & I headed off to Home Depot to get the goods (the tools etc. are things we had on hand).
- Select pine 1x8inch boards (in various lengths depending on your counter measurements) $200
- Rounded edge pine trim $25
- Brad nails
- Kreg jig
- Corner palm sander
- Miter saw
- Skill saw or jig saw
- Stain $14
- Polyurethane $10
- Wood conditioner $11
- Sand paper $10
If we had bought regular pine over pine select our costs would have been lower, however, choosing pine select boards would have less imperfections and would less likely be warped. You can find pine select in the “appearance board” section, they also sell poplar and oak in this section. Oak and poplar are harder woods than pine. If you’re worried about scratches you should go with a harder wood, but proceed with caution because your costs could easily double. We don’t mind the extra character that pine brings, and it fits into my Thrifty Divas DIY budget.
Thrifty Diva measuring tip: when your buying your wood, you will want to have your measurements of your countertop, and decide if you want to butt cut the corners of the countertops that will touch, or if you want to miter them. We opted to go with the miter cut, so both corner edges come together on 45 degree.
The rest is really easy from here y’all. Cut your boards per your measurements, and screw the boards together with a kreg jig. This is why it is important for the boards to be super straight and not warped or twisted. If the boards are warped it will not be as smooth of surface, and the butcher block will be unlevel board to board. Thankfully we didn’t have problems like this since we chose the pine select.
When we were installing the countertops, the Mr. added in some extra support for the weight using scrap plywood. Sorry for the awful pics y’all, I snapped them while I could with my iphone.
I wish I could offer more advice on cutting out the sink. In the midst of building our new counter tops I surprised the Mr. with a new farmhouse sink… He was thrilled as you can imagine, I said a little prayer while he worked his magic and made some adjustments to the hole he had already cut.
I was then ready to sand away with 220 fine grit sandpaper. Remember to sand with the grain! After that, you’re all set for install! I sanded the counters again after installing, and I made sure I used a stain-able wood filler on any gaps. I then sanded again to remove as much excess wood filler as possible because usually wood filler does not take stain the same as raw wood.
Once the countertops were in, we installed pine trim to beef up the look of the counter and to give a nice finished edge.
When we were all done sanding, we wiped down the counters well with a cheese clothe, and then used Minwax wood conditioner, and followed their instructions. We used Mixwax Special Walnut for the stain color, and once the stain was dried then applied 3 coats of Minwax polyurethane in semi-gloss.
I love how inexpensive and how awesome looking these countertops turned out! It was definitely worth all the sanding! Check out how I continued to farmhouse look with DIY backsplash here!