A couple of weekends ago my husband and I got a little weekend getaway in Cincinnati. We had a wonderful time, but one of my secret motivations was to go to IKEA since it is the closest one to us. I had plans on getting the Numerar beech butcher block countertop for my kitchen island. I have been wanting to lighten up the space since we have black painted cabinets. I thought a cream colored island with a butcher block top would help brighten it up a bit.
I ended up adding beadboard and board & batten to the island itself to add a little character to it and then painted it with a couple of coats of Dutch Boy’s Antique White. If you missed that post click here to see the process.
IKEA Numerar Beech countertop island
Puritan Pine Minwax stain
Minwax Pre-wood Conditioner
IKEA Behandla wood sealer (this is a linseed/tung oil blend)
electric sander with various grits of sandpaper
tack cloth or other cloth to wipe dust free
1. The Numerar countertop comes in beech, birch and oak. I opted for beech because I liked the grain of the wood on this one the best. I knew I would darken it up just a tad with some stain.
2. Using my old laminate countertop as a template we measured that and cut the butcher block to size using a straight edged piece of MDF with clamps attached and a circular saw.
3. Then we sanded the entire piece down with various grits of sandpaper until it was all smooth and all the saw lines were removed.
4. I wiped it down with a tack cloth removing all the dust and put a coat of Minwax Pre-Wood Conditioner on it. Applying a coat of that helps ensure even coverage. After 5 minutes I wiped it down.
5. Next I applied a coat of Minxwax Puritan Pride stain with an old t-shirt. I wanted to darken the wood just a little and this was the perfect shade to give it a little more depth while still keeping it a light wood.
6. After that was dry I put a coat of the IKEA Behandla wood treatment of on it. I let it dry for about 4 hours and then put another coat on it sanding with 220 grit sandpaper in between. Then the next day I did the same thing. The third day I didn’t do anything, then the 4th day I put another coat on it. I did this same process for 10 days and a total of 8 coats.
7. Then I removed the screws from the old countertop and added the butcher block countertop in its place.
I do love the look but now I am considering painting all the cabinets light. My fear is trying to keep those light cabinets clean. I am already constantly wiping down the island since I painted it. For those of you with white cabinets are they terrible to keep clean? For now I want to live with the space and see how I like everything before I make any rushed decisions. I am also contemplating butcher block everywhere. But…we shall see. For now, this is what my kitchen looks like.