One of the best ways to transform your home is to start small. Pick one zone of your house and begin there before moving onwards to other elements. In the kitchen, you can make some small but significant changes by updating your countertops and giving them some new life. That’s where butcher-block countertops enter the picture.
What Are Butcher Block Countertops?
Although wooden countertops seem straightforward, there are ways that homeowners can take them to the next level. Cuts of wood are assembled to create the slabs. Once upon a time, actual butchers used these wooden slabs for their daily work since these countertops were made in a way that would ensure they lasted for more than a human lifetime – given how many decades you can live in your home, that’s pretty impressive!
All butcher-block countertops are made from wood. However, each of the three primary types shows a different grain, which is what sets them apart:
- Face Grain: Face grain sees the boards placed side by side. The top of the counter is from the face of the boards, as opposed to the edges (sides) or the ends. If you need to do heavy-duty chopping, though, this probably isn’t going to be the best choice. It does come in useful if you need to use cutting boards more often than not, though.
- Edge Grain: These boards are also put together lengthwise. However, the difference is that the faces are glued together and hidden so that only the sides show. It is both affordable and durable, which gives you the best of both worlds. When you want to have a butcher block countertop installed, then this is the way to go.
- End Grain: With end grain, the ends of the wood boards are the ones facing upwards. Wood squares are visually impressive, and with this design, you can emphasize the tree rings that can also make your countertops draw the eye.
Do They Last?
The question of durability is tremendously essential. After all, when you are planning a home improvement project, you always want to be sure that you’re getting the best return on investment for it. Laminate countertops do last, but not for as long as butcher block does. At the same time, the butcher block lasts almost as long as granite does, which is one of the most common countertop materials.
You can get up to 20 years of lifespan from your butcher block countertop if you do everything you need to take care of it! So what should you do? Clear off the surface and then use a sandpaper block to remove any signs of staining. Then use a damp rag to wipe away the dust. Use a paper towel and wax to rub away any residual staining.
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