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Butcher Block Countertops are Affordable and Durable
From stone to laminate there are many countertop materials to choose from if you are updating your cooking space. But when it comes to the perfect combination of affordability and durability, one of our favorite surfaces for hardworking kitchens is butcher block.
What makes butcher block different from other types of wood slabs is the material's construction. It is made of straight pieces of wood that are carefully glued together to create a particularly sturdy surface that with regular maintenance, will last for many years.
To see how you can incorporate this material in your cooking space, we gathered our favorite kitchens with butcher block countertops.Continue to 2 of 17 below.
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Acacia Wood Butcher Block Countertops
Shiplap walls, black cabinetry, and beautiful, butcher block countertops in acacia wood are the winning trio in this modern farmhouse inspired kitchen featured on Maison de Pax. The open shelves with dishware are another notable feature worth mentioning. When combined with the white walls they seemingly disappear, which makes the kitchen appear bright and uncluttered.Continue to 3 of 17 below.
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Oak Wood Butcher Block Countertops
This show stopping cooking space by Avocado Sweets Design Studio based in the U.K. pairs rustic wood features with colorful accents. The butcher block kitchen countertops are oak and their glossy finish was created using a waterproof and food safe sealer. A deft blue kitchen range and matching over hood by Lacanche completes the space.Continue to 4 of 17 below.
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Walnut Wood Butcher Block Countertops
Shannon, the home décor blogger behind by Home Made Lovely, shares every detail of her kitchen renovation here. To make every penny of her remodeling budget sing she went with affordable butcher block countertops in walnut wood instead of expensive stone. Adding open shelving to the mix instead of upper cabinetry stretched her dollars even further.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Fake the Look of Butcher Block With Poplar Wood
If the cost of butcher block wood is priced too high for your decorating budget, you can fake the look using inexpensive poplar wood, the cheapest type of hardwood used in home construction.
Here, Alyson, the do-it-yourselfer who pens the blog The Ragged Wren used the budget material to create countertops and a kitchen island topper. She says while poplar wood dings and dents a little easier because it is softer than butcher block, she doesn't mind because those little imperfections enhance her kitchen's rustic vibe.Continue to 6 of 17 below.
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Pair Butcher Block Countertops With an Undermount Sink
Think you cannot pair an undermount sink with a butcher block countertop? Maureen, the DIY'er behind this homey kitchen featured on her blog called Red Cottage Chronicles, proves you wrong. The trick for pulling it off is to treat the wood surface with a waterproof sealer. To keep your butcher block in tiptop condition, you will need to repeat the process yearly.Continue to 7 of 17 below.
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Create a Butcher Block Workstation
These days many modern kitchens mix and match countertop surfaces. A fantastic for instance is this farmhouse inspired kitchen by Rauser Design based in Austin, Texas. The cooking space features both soapstone and butcher block countertops. The latter creates a food prep space next to the range perfect for slicing and dicing.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Make the Most of Butcher Block CountertopContinue to 10 of 17 below.
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Modern Kitchen With Rustic RootsContinue to 11 of 17 below.
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American Cherry Wood Butcher Block Countertop
Here is another example of how to combine different countertop materials in your cooking space. The team at Vidal Design Collaborative, a firm based in California selected a butcher block countertop in American cherry wood for the kitchen island and soapstone for the counters along the wall.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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How to Make Butcher Block Countertops Feel ModernContinue to 14 of 17 below.
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Consider Butcher Block Countertop ThicknessContinue to 15 of 17 below.
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Thin Butcher Block Countertop on a Kitchen IslandContinue to 16 of 17 below.
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Butcher Block Works With Hardwood Floors
Studio McGee, an interior design firm, based in Salt Lake City, Utah created this modern farmhouse inspired kitchen for a local client. Adding dramatic warmth to the bright space is a stained butcher block countertop in walnut wood. It coordinates beautifully with the hardwood floors, and gold cabinet pulls.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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