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Make Your Own Beautiful Wood Countertops for Under $200!

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Want new counters, but can't spend thousands of dollars on natural stone? I'm going to show you how to make your own wood countertops for pennies on the dollar. They are gorgeous, warm and surprisingly durable!
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I know your thinking, "What about water?" I'm telling you that we are not careful with these counters at all! We have even left water overnight- my husband is a sloppy coffee pot filler and dish washer- and you would never know it happened!
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I started off with 1" x 24" x 6' pieces of Aspen that I bought at my local home store. They were around $40 each. I only needed 3 for my entire kitchen.
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Before installing- I gave them all a nice sanding and stained with Minwax Provincial. Then the entire surface got multiple layers of polyurethane. I used Minwax wipe-on Poly, but used a foam sponge to apply. A light sanding in between coats made them smooth and a baby's butt. I have a baby so I know how smooth they are- I change 10 diapers a day!
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To join at the corner, I used a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes.
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The joint is super tight using that method. The boards are 3/4" thick so I didn't really want to use biscuits. This worked like a dream.
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Since I didn't want to waste my boards and cut a hole for the sink, I simply used 1" x 2" aspen to build a frame in the back and front. It's held up by 2x4's that I installed to support the sink and a few brackets in the plywood on the back of the cabinet. It's not in the studs obviously, but the weight of the sink is dispersed on the 2 x4's and the large counter pieces on the sides.
To finish the edges, I took 1" x 2" x 6' pieces of aspen and cut them lengthwise into almost a square for the edging. Glued and brad nailed in place.
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Here's the before white laminate.
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Once I installed the counters from the bottom with self tapping screws, I gave the tops another couple coats of poly paying special attention to the edges.
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They are super durable, easy to clean and just gorgeous in our kitchen!
For step by step information and more detailed instructions- please see my website below!

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  • Anjcoughlin
    Anjcoughlin Scottsdale, AZ

    Can I please use this picture in a PowerPoint presentation as inspiration?

    • OnBlissStreet
      OnBlissStreet Rockford, IL

      Which photo and where will you be using it?. Please email me at blissstreetcreations@gmail.com

  • Debs
    Debs Magnolia, KY

    Love the look of the wood for your counter tops. Saving this one for sure!

  • Betty Jones

    Getting ready to do this to my countertops but cant find the aspen at Lowes. I found some 1x24 in several lengths but it doesnt say aspen. It is wrapped in in clear wrap. The wood has knots in it and i didnt see any in your.

  • Chelsea
    Chelsea Lucedale, MS

    My husband and I did this on our kitchen me it looks amazing we are still looking for the right piece of trim we want. We did ours with rosewood and thought we liked the way it looked until I made a kitchen island from 2x4s and used birch wood for

    • Dani Johnson
      Dani Johnson Lawrenceburg, TN

      So you prefer the birch wood over the rosewood? How is the birch holding up since installations?

  • LABrown
    LABrown Chatsworth, CA

    Beautiful! I have hated my kitchen since we moved in to our house three years ago. I've contemplated wood counters, but was worried about durability. Now that I've seen what you have done, I'm definitely ready to give it a try. Thanks for the

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