JJ Williams
JJ Williams
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  • Saint Joseph, MO
Asked on Jul 12, 2018

Are there any alternatives for butcher block?



I am re-purposing a table into an island for a tiny kitchen. I want to top the table with Butcher block but it is not really in my tiny budget. Is there another way to get the butcher block look with out the expense? I am planning to paint the table and apply a crackle medium to get that aged look for my farmhouse tiny kitchen. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

2 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Hey JJ, you could always use a few big boards and glue and clamp them together. Sand them down and BOOM you technically have butcher block for a fraction of the price.
    • JJ Williams
      on Jul 13, 2018

      Wow! This is beautiful!! Great idea! And I love the rustic look! I think this just might work. My dad has all the tools and my husband has clamps! Thanks!
  • Flipturn
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Has the height of the table already been raised up to a counter height? If not, it will be uncomfortable on the back to use as a working island due to having to bend over at an awkward angle.

    If having the top only partially covered with a 'butcher block' surface rather than totally covered might work for you, you could purchase a large free standing thick wooden cutting board and just mount it on top. That would help to raise the overall height of the table a couple of inches and would not be nearly as expensive or difficult as constructing a new full top.

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