Make Your Own Beautiful Wood Countertops for Under $200!

by OnBlissStreet
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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!
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!
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.
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!
To join at the corner, I used a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes.
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.
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.
Here's the before white laminate.
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.
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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  • Jutta Allert Forkel Jutta Allert Forkel on Jan 17, 2022

    I sent you a message back in June but you never answered. Would this work on an island with an overhang? We originally did the top in marble look tiles.

  • Mike Mike on Apr 30, 2023

    There is a backsplash on the white stone, but not with the Aspen. Did you cut the white stone n add the white tile backsplash?

  • 4mo82523836 4mo82523836 on Jun 12, 2023

    Is it alder (not aspen)?…Can’t find aspen…

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  • Sharonnf7 Sharonnf7 on Apr 26, 2023

    You did a very good job !! They are beautiful.

  • Kwe29893753 Kwe29893753 on Jun 05, 2023

    I have white cabinets as well and I sure wish I would have replaced the countertops with a dark warm wood like this. So beautiful! Fabulous job!