My Butcher Block Countertops, Two Years Later

A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from a reader asking me to write a post about how our butcher block countertops are holding up. I have to admit, I’m a little embarrassed I didn’t think of this myself….of course I should write a follow-up post.

Two years ago, in September 2011, I wrote a post about how we installed our own butcher block countertops.Here they are right after installing and sealing…

And here they are today… Okay, so they actually look better in that second photo, but that’s just because we finished the kitchen, I bought a real camera, and wood darkens with age.

I am very careful to always use cutting boards and hot pads, I rarely do anything directly on the countertops beyond kneading bread and whipping up a delicious PB&J. We haven’t gotten out scot-free though. See all these little circles?

Next up we have a crack near the sink. I think it was a normal hairline crack that became exposed when we cut out the sink…just a bit of bad luck, really. Here it is from the side…

The good news is that everything can be fixed by sanding down and resealing the counter. And besides those three flaws the counter still looks great, even around the sink.

So now for what I’m sure is everyones burning question – “Ashley, if you had to do it all over again, would you still choose butcher block for your kitchen counters?” And my answer is…maybe. Hear me out.

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