When we remodeled our kitchen several years ago, I researched obsessively about the best method for finishing butcher block counters.
We did not want a finish that was a lot of work to maintain, or allow the wood to get stained or scratched easily. I also wanted to somehow stain the butcher block we purchased into a darker warmer shade. Most importantly, we wanted to use a finish that was completely food safe.
In the end, there were two non-toxic finishes that I was considering, tung oil and wood bowl finish.
If you’ve read about our kitchen already, you know we adore our dark tung oil butcher block countertops. I saw a photo of what they looked like on birch butcher block with the nice matt finish, and I was sold! You can read more about the dark tung oil countertops in this post.