Woodn't You Like To Know--My Take on Butcherblock Countertops

Since we remodeled our kitchen almost a year ago, I have had several people ask me about my countertops. Where did I get them? Do I like them? Did I make them? How do I take care of them? Etc.
There are ALOT of differing opinions online about butcher block countertops. Trust me. I researched EVERYTHING before I got them myself. Now that I’ve had them for almost a year now, I’ll share my personal opinion from my own experience.
1. What are they?

Maple wood.

2. Did you make them?

No. I explain the reason why in the blog post below.
3. Where did you get them?

Our cabinet guy knew a guy who knew a guy….seriously. Long story short, we got them from Bond Brothers in Illinois. Read all about it in the post below.

4. Did you install them?

No. We didn't want to take a chance on messing something up, so we hired someone to install them. Read more in the post below.
5. Were they expensive?

Nope. Thankfully, we got them for a very reasonable price. Don't believe people when they tell you butcher block counters are expensive :)

6. Do they stain easy?

In a nutshell, I'm still figuring this out. Some things I thought would stain them haven't and some things I thought wouldn't stain them have. I'll have to get back to you on that one :)

7. What do you mean by “oil” them?

Mineral oil and an old tshirt are just about all you need to keep the tops in good shape. Read more in the post below.
8. What about water?

So far, so good. Butcher block is somewhat "sensitive," so you do have to take extra precautions. But as long as you wipe up water and don't let it just sit there and you oil the tops properly, water shouldn't be an issue.

9. Do they scratch and/or dent easy?

Kind of. They are wood and not stone, so there is potential to dent or scratch it. Normal everyday use shouldn't be an issue, but if you drop something on it, it's likely to dent.
10. Do you like them?

Yes and no :) They are beautiful, but require some extra attention. Overall, I think I would do it again if given the chance. But mainly because of the price.
Click the link below to read my more detailed answers to the questions above and see the few other random FYI facts I have learned from having butcher block in my kitchen. While you are there, be sure to check out my kitchen remodel :)
Woodshop Diaries
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Betty Kinder-Kirby Betty Kinder-Kirby on Mar 22, 2019

    What is the cheapest route for me to have counter tops replaced? Don't have much money to do this job, but need badly!

  • Pamela Driskill Pamela Driskill on Mar 22, 2019

    Would I be able to use an epoxy on it for better protection?

  • Melena Whiteside Melena Whiteside on Jan 14, 2021

    How are they holding up near the stove? I heard it is not a good idea to have b block right against the stove/range.

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  • Julie Julie on Jul 06, 2019

    My husband made our Brazilian cherry counter top about 12 years ago before it was a "thing". I still love them. All it takes to keep them looking beautiful is a little oil. We use regular vegetable oil. It soaks right into the wood.

    You can seal this type of wooden counter top but we chose not to do that.

  • Joanie Joanie on May 26, 2020

    Beautiful! I'm in Awe.......I would love to have this in my kitchen. I just had a new floor put in and this b.block look would blend so great!!