This Faux Butcher Block Countertop Looks Real but is a Third the Cost

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We saved hundreds by making our own faux butcher block countertop instead of buying one. And it looks just as good!

We knew we wanted some kind of wood countertop in the pantry part because we wanted it to match the shelves and we didn’t want to spend a lottttt of money on granite or even laminate.

We priced out butcher block countertop from the main hardware stores and for the 8 feet we’d need (not including the little end pieces around the corners), we were looking at more than $200.

Instead, we bought two 4’ x 8’ plywood from Lowe’s for $70, which covered the whole countertop area and had left over for more projects.

You can read a more in depth breakdown of this project HERE.

Cut plywood, sand, apply glue

The plywood was too wide for the countertop depth we needed, which was great because it gave us extra scrap wood.

After cutting it down to the right size, we sanded it down until it was smooth. This took awhile, but was well worth it for the cost it saved.

Note: You only have to sand the top side of the top piece, don't take the time to sand the other sides since they won't be visible.

Then we applied a generous amount of glue to the top of the bottom piece.

Clamp pieces together, let glue dry

With the pieces being so large (23" x 96") we used six clamps - one in each quarter and two in the middle along the long sides.

We let it dry about 6 hours.

Stain, place on top of cabinets

We put a couple of construction screws from the top down into the cabinets in the very back corners – they’re hardly noticeable, but I might wood fill it and touch up the stain if it bothers us.

Other than that, we just wood glued down the countertop into place.

Apply edge banding

It’s basically a very thin veneer with dried glue on the back that you iron onto your surface.

The one I bought is 1.5” thick, which is a teeny bit thicker than our plywood sandwich, but it’s easily trimmed with a box cutter or edge trimmer.

First, hold up your edge banding along the countertop and cut the piece down to the length you’ll need with the box cutter. If you kind of score the top of the banding, it’ll snap off really clean.

Next, line up the edge banding with the top of your countertop and hold your hot iron over it for a few seconds. Keep moving along the surface, lining up the edge banding with the top and holding the iron over it for a few seconds so the glue behind melts.

Check seems

And that’s it! You’ve figured out how to fake a butcher block countertop and have probably spent between $50 and $100 instead of several hundreds for your project.

I’m not sure I’d use this method in our kitchen, but in something like a pantry, bar cart, buffet, coffee table, camper, etc. it’s the perfect budget solution.

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  • Indm0120 Indm0120 on Mar 03, 2023

    I had been debating whether to do this in my laundry room as a countertop over my washer/dryer. Now that I've seen the results I know this is what I'm going to do!

  • Julie Julie on Mar 03, 2023

    My son used 2x4s in the same method for counter in his kitchen. He finished it with several coats of polyurethane. It’s beautiful, but as it is wood, you’ve to be careful with hot pots and pans and things that scratch. It’s a lot less expensive than other finishes.