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When the plywood is in place, use your nail gun and nails to secure the wood to the original counter. Place multiple nails at the edges because you don’t want the countertop to bow up. If you’d like to burn your countertops, pull the plywood away from the walls and away from anything which could catch fire. At this point, proceed with steam, in order to favor the dilation of the scraped area.

This will remove the gritty baking-soda paste and help the restored patch match the rest of the wood. Wipe along the grain of the wood, and apply the polish in smooth strokes, each about 8–10 inches (20–25 cm) long. Apply a layer of tung oil to the wood to restore its color. You can purchase tung oil at a paint-supply store or a home-improvement store. Dip a piece of clean cloth into the tung oil and rub it over the formerly burned section of wood.

Though the kitchen remodel is done, the maintenance is not. Butcher block countertops are cost-effective and a gorgeous option for counters. Also, when the counters are dry, you can begin using them again. Put any canisters you may have removed or any appliances back on them as well.

Salvaged fir floor joists repurposed as a plank-grain top add character to a space that blends industrial and old-world elements. Crafted from varied species, this unique counter celebrates wood’s natural beauty. Because it’s also more prone to movement, end grain is often thicker, to counteract cupping and warping. Up until the 1880s, butchers worked on thick rounds of sycamore, which were prone to splitting. From types of wood to maintenance, our experts help you weigh your options before putting in a wood kitchen countertop.

Because of the huge demand for this wood, however, a slab of wenge can be very expensive. It can also be very difficult to work both with hand and machine tools. So unless you’re a woodworking expert, you can’t DIY your way with this wood. Technically, bamboo curled wood wreath is not wood but a type of hardened grass. But with the rise in popularity of engineered bamboos, it has become one of the most in-demand materials for kitchen countertops. But aside from its aesthetics, walnut is also prized for its strength and durability.

Since the paint is removed and reapplied during preparation, there are clear color differences which in most cases cannot be easily repaired. A meticulous, patient and detailed job so that you can lift the burned part and then sand with a very fine grit sandpaper. Apply the paste to the stain and let sit for five minutes, then rinse off with a soft cloth. If you’re looking to have a very distinctive-looking kitchen countertop, then wenge is the wood for you.

Let stand overnight and brush the wood along the wood grain with a natural-bristle brush. Therefore, you must apply mineral oil to your counters in a healthy amount once every 2 weeks for the first 6 months. This maintenance task isn’t an expensive thing to do, nor is it a huge chore, and will make your countertops healthy. It’s common for them to even feel sticky for a day or two after the application of mineral oil.

If you’re thinking about a DIY countertop, you might also want to check out MY DIY Concrete Countertop Tutorial and How To Wax Concrete Countertops. You should have no problem finding an assortment of wood epoxies at a local hardware store or home-improvement store. If the cloth is too wet, you’ll end up leaving a water stain on the wood. How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Choose the right paint and primer to give your kitchen cabinets a high-quality finish—without breaking your budget. This Old House painting expert Mauro Henrique shows host Kevin O’Connor the proper way to paint cabinets for a new, updated look.

Drop-in sinks work best with clear-coated or factory-finished countertops along with a flexible sealant beneath the rim to protect the wood. Avoid marine varnish; while water resistant, this high-VOC finish is not food safe. Attach a piece of 80-grit sandpaper to the bottom of an electric sander. Concentrate on the burn area until the stain fades. Sand the entire counter top to prevent wells from forming in butcher block surface.