As part of a kitchen renovation, you can add warmth and functionality to the space by installing butcher block countertops. Butcher block is a type of wood construction that consists of solid wood strips that are bonded together to form a thick, durable slab of wood. The type of wood typically used for a butcher block countertop is hardwood, such as maple, cherry, walnut, or oak. This is because hardwoods have a dense grain pattern that is perfect for reducing bacteria accumulation, which makes the countertop easier to clean and safe for food preparation.
Installing a butcher block kitchen countertop isn’t an easy project, so hiring a professional countertop installer to get a clean, finished installation should be considered. Prior to installation, unpackage the butcher block countertop material and let it acclimate to the room temperature and climate where it will be installed for about 48 hours. This allows the wood to stabilize in the new environment and reduces movement, expansion, and shifting after installation.
Installation steps for the countertop include removing the sink and old countertops, measuring and creating a countertop template, cutting and joining the butcher block countertop sections, creating a sink cutout, sanding and applying a finish, installing the new countertop, and reinstalling the sink.
Learn more about considerations and requirements for installing a butcher block countertop as part of a kitchen remodeling project.