DIY Walnut Kitchen Countertop
I really wanted to have a plank wood counter for my kitchen remodel and was quoted around $6000 (yikes!). Decided to try the DIY method and here is how they're turning out. My husband and I like them, but I'm sure people will either really like them or not like the variations in the wood. I wanted them to have some character. :-)
The walnut planks right after purchasing from the lumber yard.
After the boards have been joined with the wood glue and pocket hole screws. Then, sanded with a power sander. No finished applied yet.
Not done yet, but in the home stretch! Routing the edges and applying Waterlox to seal it.
A close up of what can happen with grease spatter. This is a small spot (and the only one), but I guess the grease melted the finish. A little sanding and reapplying the Waterlox should fix this issue.
Here is how the finished project looks. I love the warmth of the walnut. It has held up really well. Definitely have not had any problems with water.
- Walnut planks (Yukon Lumber Co., Norfolk, VA)
- Kreg jig & Kreg pocket hole screws (Lowes)
- Titebond wood glue