With the purchase of a home, new or old, comes many many projects. It the personal touches that make a house a home. One of the most important areas in a home, in my opinion, is the kitchen.
Counter space in my kitchen is limited and I had the opportunity to bring back to life and old butcher block table that, unfortunately, has been outside for the last three years exposed to all the elements.
The table was covered by a tarp for the most part, so that did help a bit. Still, it needed a lot of work to breathe new life into it. So, the tools I determined would be needed for this included a belt sander, an orbital sander, a respirator mask, and a pair of safety glasses. Because safety is a must with these types of projects.
My main goal with this project was to use the belt sander to get through all the damaged parts of the table’s surface. After hours and hours of sanding, I got to a point that I was happy with where the rough exterior was smoothed and ready for finishing.
At this point, I got down past the damaged parts of the table. Past all the parts of the table that felt like it was holding on to any moisture gathered from being outside for so long. So, that dark spot you can see on the table is likely just a water stain. I was happy with where I was at on the table at that point. Next, I took the small orbital sander with fine grit sandpaper and went over it for a smoother finish.
My next step was to clean off all the dust from the table and put the finishing touches on it before moving it to the kitchen. I did some research on conditioning butcher blocks and counters. From all the products and DIYs I read, I choose to use a 9:1 ratio of mineral oil and wax.
So, mineral oil can be found in most grocery stores in the pharmacy section, and wax that is usually found in the canning section. I combined the mixture in a pot on the stove. First, I melted down the wax before mixing in the oil and with a foam brush. Then I simply brushed on the mixture to the table’s surface as evenly as possible.
The table has made a great addition to the kitchen and has doubled as a spacious workspace for cooking. The style fits in perfectly in my kitchen; a neutral tone of wood can really be added to any kitchen because, well, it’s neutral!
Megan is a recent homebuyer who is sharing her experience with us! Interested in guest blogging with us? Send an email to curbappeal [at] lewith-freeman [dot] com!