If you’re looking for a project that will bring your woodworking to the next level, consider building a butcher block and subway tile countertop for your new kitchen. Do it yourself projects are very popular and these are no exception. In fact, they’re so popular you may want to build more than one. Most of my friends who live in New York City have a custom wood kitchen countertop built there or near theirs. I’ve even heard of people putting one up in their garden shed or garage.
The most attractive feature of a butcher block and subway tile countertop is that it’s simple to customize to your own taste. If you have young children, you can stain or paint them the colors you wish. You can even get creative and carve designs or patterns into them for an extra special touch. For instance, maybe you love the Disney character Mickey Mouse. You could have a wood carving of him or her on your faux butcher block kitchen countertops.
Or maybe you’re a fan of the TV show Cheers. You could get an authentic set of hand carved wood butcher block and subway tile countertops for your kitchen. My mom’s favorite were the woods with the polka dots on them. She loved that she could use them for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week!
Wood kitchen countertops add warmth to any kitchen and reflect the beauty and elegance of wood. When sealed and finished properly, they will keep moisture out while giving your countertops a polished look. To seal your wood surfaces, use a water-based penetrating sealer. A wood sealer like Behr or Architizer will give your countertops the protection they need against stains, spills and aging. The sealer will also protect your countertops from splintering.
When you buy Behr clear wood surface seals, you get a lifetime protection. They work on hardwood and all other wood surfaces alike. These clear penetrating sealants penetrate deeply into the wood and give a deep, gloss finish. They are easy to use – simply spray onto your butcher block or subway tile and buff to your taste. Once you’ve stained or painted your countertop, you can then re-seal it as needed.
To make your butcher block or subway tile as lovely as it is when it is new, sand it smooth using an electric or cordless sander. This prevents the wood surface from getting scratched up and allows you to work around it. After you’ve sanded the surface, use a wood stain or paint to match your kitchen decor. You can even stain or paint your subway tile right on the countertop if you’d rather do everything at home instead of going to the store.
The best part about butcher block and subway tiles is that you can use them over again. This means you don’t have to repaint your counters every few years like you would a traditional wood or granite tile. If you have small children or pets, these tiles are a great alternative to wood because they won’t scratch.
Many people use these tiles in their kitchens, bathrooms, and family rooms. They add a touch of texture and elegance to any home. You can choose a variety of natural colors like beige, brown, or even green. You’ll find subway tiles offered in different thicknesses and sizes. Some measure a full quarter inch and others only measure about half an inch. The type you choose will depend on how much traffic your counter sees and how much wear and tear it gets.