How to Install Butcher Block Countertops

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Butcher block countertops are an attractive addition to any kitchen. They are easy to install and easy to repair if they become scratched. A butcher block countertop is the way to go if you like to cook. Follow these steps to install the countertop of your dreams.

Things You'll Need

  • Supports
  • Screws
  • Backsplash materials
  • Remove your old countertop. Use care not to damage the cabinets. Measure the countertop.

  • Buy a butcher block countertop that will flatter the colors in your kitchen. A light wood makes a kitchen feel warm and inviting.

  • Attach corner supports underneath the counters to properly support the countertops.

  • Lay the countertop onto the cabinet and securely screw it in place. If there is a small gap between the countertop and the wall, don't worry because you won't be able to see it once you install the backsplash.

  • Install the backsplash of your choice. For tile, cut the tile using a grinder with a countinous rim diamond blade and then attach the tile to the wall. For other materials, follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Butcher blocks burn and scratch easily. Treat your countertop with mineral oil once a week to protect it.
  • Always dry your countertop completely to prevent mildew.
  • To extend the life of your butcher block countertop, use a cutting board instead of the butcher block for cutting.
  • To prevent staining, wipe spills immediately. Use lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide to remove any set in stains.
  • Butcher blocks are an ideal place for germs and bacteria to flourish. Sanitize your butcher block countertop with vinegar or bleach to kill bacteria after every use.
  • Never put hot pans directly on your countertop--they will burn the wood.

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