Asked on Jan 15, 2016

Need advice on a wood cutting block kitchen island

I got this for a sweet deal at an estate sale, as well as some other great furniture pieces. Can any one tell me the best way to restore this?
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Wood cutting block kitchen island
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  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Jan 15, 2016
    You can follow this recipe to remove the stains from the top. You need coarse salt, a couple of lemons, and baking soda. Sprinkle the salt on the stain. Cut your lemon in half and use the lemon to scrub the salt into the stain. Add more salt as needed and repeat. Next sprinkle baking soda over the remaining stain. The mixture of the lemon juice and baking soda will bubble up. Then use an abrasive sponge or scrubby and scrub the stain. It takes some time and energy to be sure. Finally it's important to dry the wood really, really well so the moisture doesn't damage the wood. I've done it before with wood cutting board and it worked like a charm but it definitely took some energy! Good luck....great find! :)

  • Lainey Howell Lainey Howell on Jan 15, 2016
    I agree with Juju, cutting blocks need regular light sanding and conditioning. Mine was a present from my dad in 1979. The instructions said to use fine steel wool as soon after a stain as possible to get it off before it sets. Then clean thoroughly so you don't get steel fragments in food, followed by conditioning with a light oil, such as olive oil. That should keep it in shape for years to come. Don't get too carried away with sanding...only enough to remove the mold, dirt and stains!

  • Agree with Juju. Sanding should get up all the gunk. if any black stains remain, you can try bleaching. I wouldn't use steel wool though, those fibers are too small and can get stuck in the grain and you won't be able to see them. A 220 grit paper to finish it off is fine. Mineral oil on the food part of the block will work. The other parts you won't be using for food prep, you can seal with any top coat.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 15, 2016
    That is a great piece. I found this article that gives very good advice on the care and maintenance.

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    • Jennifer Walsh Porter Jennifer Walsh Porter on Jan 20, 2016
      I did some sanding on the butcher block and am amazed how much better it looks. The stains needed to be sanded. They were yucky. I think I am also going to paint the base. In the article Janet shared it showed one painted and I thought it looked very nice. Will post pictures of final project

  • Jennifer Walsh Porter Jennifer Walsh Porter on Jan 15, 2016
    Thanks everyone! I will let you know how it turns out!