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Butcher Block Countertops

Are you looking to update your kitchen but don't want to spend a fortune on countertops? We were in the same place when we moved into our first home. We knew that we would need to replace the countertops but we didn't want to spend our whole renovation budget on countertops. As I researched cheaper countertop ideas, I came across butcher block countertops and fell in love with them. Not only do they have a modern look but they are super durable. It has been over a year since we installed them and we still love them. From our experience, here are some helpful tips, frequently asked questions, benefits and drawbacks to butcher block countertops. 


Where to Buy

You can get butcher block countertops at almost any home improvement store. You can also get them from places like Ikea. However, we found that the best place to purchase butcher block countertops was from Menards. Not only were they the best deal but they were also the best quality. One of the factors that I love about Menards butcher block is that is solid wood all the way through. 

  • Menards Butcher Block Top 25" Wide x 96" Long x 1.5" Thick 


Best Sinks for Butcher Block: 

You can get butcher block countertops at almost any home improvement store. You can also get them from places like Ikea. However, we found that the best place to purchase butcher block countertops was from Menards. Not only were they the best deal but they were also the best quality. One of the factors that I love about Menards butcher block is that is solid wood all the way through. 

  • Ikea HAVSEN Apron front sink, white, 25x19" 


Is Butcher Block Counters Easy to Clean?

One of the most common questions associated with the butcher block is whether it can be easily cleaned. The short answer is yes. As long as you clean the countertop immediately after preparing meals, germs will not be able to take root and grow in the wood. 


How Durable is Butcher Block?

Butcher block is extremely durable. You can place hot pans on it without worrying about burns or stains. It is recommended to to not put pots of boiling water or oil on butcher block because they retain their heat longer and may burn the wood. 


Can I Refinish/Stain my Butcher Block?

Butcher block is extremely durable. You can place hot pans on it without worrying about burns or stains. It is recommended to to not put pots of boiling water or oil on butcher block because they retain their heat longer and may burn the wood. 


Do You have to be Careful with what you Spill on Butcher Block?

You have to be a little careful of what you let drip or spill on butcher block countertops (especially if you have more natural finish to them). Things like oil, dark liquids, and black coffee can cause stains. However, like I mentioned above, if you do get stains, butcher block is very easy to sand and refinish.


Does Butcher Block Require a lot of Care?

Because butcher block is made of wood, I have read you have to be careful to not let your butcher block dry out. It is recommended to oil the top of your butcher block every 6-12 month to keep it from splitting. 



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