There’s something about a shiny piece of wood that makes me feel very happy. If I was able to have you over for cheese & crackers, I could take you through the house on a shiny wood tour. Wouldn’t that be fun? Most folks think that using a high gloss finish will make the imperfections in the wood stand out, or make it harder to clean. Well, I do it anyway. I guess I’m a SWR… “Shiny Wood Rebellion”. Maybe I can turn you into a rebel too, after I tell you about our “DIY Refinished Butcher Block Kitchen Island”…
There she is up there, in her glistening glory all ready for that snack I promised, and heck it almost looks clean enough to skip the plates. Well, let’s not go that far, but this 25 year old island butcher block sure looks clean and shiny for her age.
If we go back 10 years, here’s what the island looked like when we first moved in. If you look closely you can see that the butcher block had a very strange coating on it. To be honest, it made it look like veneer, and the wood grains were completely covered up. We didn’t even know that there was an oak butcher block underneath all that crud until my husband decided to sand it off.
Rick really worked his booty off that night first using a non-toxic stripper & putty knife to scrape off what he could, and then finally using his electric sander (all sources below). FYI, if you plan to strip something yourself, you’ll also need a mask, and some tack cloth to get all that sand off the stripped wood before you stain & seal it (all sources are listed below).
So, here we are, 10 years later 👆🏻 and the island still looks pretty darn good (with our DIY wood pillar) with the lovely staining job Rick did. Especially considering how much I cook. However, if you look below you can see the top coating is wearing off, and the scratches are getting pretty bad. It was definitely time for a fresh coat of urethane.
By the way, those little dark peck marks were made on purpose by me and the kids before we stained it to help give the wood some character. It scared Rick a little, but it ended up being a cool idea. We did the same thing to our master bedroom’s planked ceiling and even added our initials.
Okay, I think it’s time for after photos This is how shiny our DIY refinished butcher block kitchen island is now…
It’s look good enough to sit on and spin, right? Well, I’m a little too old for that, but I can tell you how Rick did it quick and easy. Not the spinning silly, but the refinishing 😆.
How to: DIY Refinished Butcher Block Kitchen Island
ALL SOURCES LISTED BELOW
First, I cleared off all the mail, and other things that pile up there.
Second, Rick lightly sanded it with 100 grit sand paper, then 150 grit sand paper and wiped off any dust with tack cloth.
Lastly, Rick used a 2 1/2 inch angled brush to put on 2 coats of urethane allowing that first coat to dry for a couple hours before applying the second. Then we waited 24 hours before using the island.
ALL SOURCES LISTED BELOW
Apparently, I am a shiny person 😆, but if you are not a shiny person 👍🏻, and you prefer more of a flat or semi-gloss finish, then you would just switch the sheen of the product you use. The product we used, which is listed below, comes in whatever sheen you prefer.
Now, who wants to come over for some cheese and crackers? I will be sure to get some vino for us.
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