Think I Was Wrong About the Butcher Block? A Remodeler Weighs in


Just the other day, I was waxing on about the regrets people feel about their butcher block counters. In the back of my mind, I’m wondering if anyone’s having a good long-term experience with their wood counters.

So today I get a comment from Bryan with T&B Construction in Howell, Mich., who says this:

As a home remodeler that specializes in bathroom and kitchen remodeling I have installed everything from tile to wood countertops and I agree 100% that the wood finish looks a lot different 6 months from now than it did on the day you installed it.

I can see it maybe lasting 3-5 years, but honestly I have never seen it last more than 6 months. A quick tip however… if you refinish it every 3 months you could keep it going for likely up to 10 years, however it may not be worth the hassle.

I guess I was right!

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3 Comments on Think I Was Wrong About the Butcher Block? A Remodeler Weighs in

  1. Jenny

    I have a portion of my counter tops in butcher block — I can’t imagine having the who thing wood, especially in the water areas. Most of us can’t manage a simple wood cutting board — an entire counter top would be very nearly insurmountable.

  2. Illuminations Lighting Concepts

    I agree with Colleen the up keep alone. It’s a nice concept though!

  3. Colleen

    Uhh, I couldn’t imagine refinishing my countertops once every three months. I love the look in the pic, but the upkeep and life of the product seems too much of a downside.