Adding DIY wood countertops to your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and even an outdoor kitchen has become a popular remodeling project that even the beginner can handle.
It's not a surprise that wood countertops have become so popular. A wooden surface adds warmth and interest to your space and gives you a look that can fit any style from modern to rustic depending on how you decide to finish them.
Wood countertops can also be a very budget-friendly addition, depending on what type of wood you choose to use. Most of the plans below use either butcher block or pine boards to create unique counters that add classic character to your kitchen. And because custom wood countertops can be very expensive, you can save thousands of dollars by building one yourself.
Here are eight DIY projects that will help you build your own wood countertop.
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Inspired by the results achieved by installing butcher block in their laundry room, this couple decided to tackle the bigger project of installing wood countertops in their kitchen. They take you through the process of measuring, cutting, installing, and conditioning the counters to get a beautiful result.
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If you're looking for the look of reclaimed wood but also want the ease of using new wood, this is the project for you. These faux reclaimed wood countertops take new wood and make it look "old" with a few surprising aging techniques. The result is a unique countertop that looks right at home in a farmhouse style kitchen. It's surprisingly affordable, too—the whole project costs less than $400.
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Instead of sticking to just a kitchen island, this wood countertop plan can be used all over the kitchen—even for the tricky task of cutting butcher block for an under-mount sink. The result is a gorgeous countertop that looks good in all kitchens. Also included are tips for prepping, sealing, and maintaining wood counters so they look great for years.
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It's hard to believe that these wood countertops are so budget-friendly. The secret is that they're made from simple stained pine boards to create a modern and elegant touch. Adding this countertop to a small space like a butler's pantry is an affordable project that's also fairly simple. The outcome is modern and clean; you can find all the details on how to get the look over at Designing Vibes.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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If you want something easier than constructing a wood countertop from scratch, this may be the project for you. This plan calls for an already-made butcher block countertop from Ikea. There's a video tutorial on how to cut the wood countertop with a circular saw the easy way, as well as a follow-up on how the counters are doing two-years after the project.
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Wood countertops are perfect for the laundry room and since this is a small project, it's an ideal practice project to hone your skills before taking on a bigger project such as a kitchen. Affordable pine boards are slightly aged to give it a warm feel. The result is a lovely laundry room that's never looked so good. This free plan includes how to build, install, stain, and age the counters to get just the look you want.
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This DIY wood countertop project is ideal or installing a counter in an RV kitchen but you could use the same techniques to put them anywhere in your home. By making the countertop from pine boards, you'll get a durable counter that looks so much more expensive than it actually is. Every step of the plan is outlined here, including how to measure, cut, stain, and install the counter. This project may just have you replacing all your countertops.
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This wide plank butcher block countertop will be the envy of everyone you invite over. This countertop looks like a custom creation but is actually pretty easy to build due to the straightforward construction technique. This project also fits into most budgets, leaving money over for the rest of your kitchen renovation. There are lots of tips and tricks here, so you can really learn from their process and have smoother results with yours.