Ikea Butcher Block Countertop {giveaway winner announced}

by Chris on August 13, 2012

Long title, eh? It kind of matches the process of this laundry room transformation. Baby steps. Soooo we started with the DIY pedestals. It was a priority for me, so we knocked it out first. Let me tell ya—still in love. DIY washer dryer pedestal

We had inexpensive laminate installed when we built. The ol’ “It’s just a laundry room” argument. Well, I was over it. I drove two long hours to our “local” Ikea and purchased a butcher block counter.  I chose the Numerar in oak.


Here’s a little before and after for ya. I sanded it down to get the filmy stain off that it comes with. Easy enough. Then I applied Minwax Dark Walnut (a couple of coats?) to warm it up. Beau. ti. ful.

Ikea Oak countertop

Dark Walnut butcher block

Once it dried, I applied some Polycrylic to seal it up. Since this is not being used in a kitchen, I didn’t worry about taking any extra precautions. However, when using it with food prep, I would definitely look into other products that might be more food friendly.

Minwax Dark Walnut

Noooowwww onto the other side. I wanted a new sink and larger faucet, and as my husband says, I “like to make things difficult”. I wanted an undermount sink. Too much to ask? Perhaps.

Stainless undermount sink

I found the sink and faucet on Ebay, and I was feeling pretty good about the money I had saved! Luckily, one of our friends is a woodshop teacher, and he said he could cut it out for us. I wasn’t there when they cut it, but I’m told it wasn’t super easy. Hubs can be a little dramatic when it comes to these things, but it did take a while.

undermount sink laundry

For this being a first for both of them, I was really impressed with how it turned out! I can tell you this much—they drilled a hole into the wood, then used a jigsaw to cut out the perimeter. Then, they sanded down the edges to a smooth finish. They drilled it into the counter from the bottom and applied some clamps to hold it in. This still needs another coat of stain, but I will then run a bead of clear silicone along the sink line to make sure it’s all waterproof.

laundry undermount sink

Want a little sneak peek of our other “first” in this room? Cutting tile. It’s 80% done, and I’m smitten.

carrara backsplash

And now for the announcement you’ve all been waiting for. Or not? The recipient of the $175 gift card to Kirkland’s is Tracy D!!! I’m pretty sure she won because she used the word amazeballs. Computers like that word.

Oh! How generous! I love the way your patio is turning out I woulda been too chicken to paint something so new but it looks amazeballs! I totally get that forcing self to sit outside in this heat, we just installed a porch ceiling fan and even though it is swelling out we are out there anyway. At least the fan gives a little breeze instead of being hot and still. Anyway, before I write a novel on here….I love Kirklands. I’m always looking for decor items, lamps, pillows, furniture, truly the list goes on. Right this minute, I’m in need of some patio items cause I got a chair for me and the hubby, but nobody else. :( we want people to come visit and sit for a spell except I’m sure they don’t want to sit on the ground! So help please. I’d be so grateful.

Congratulations to Tracy and thank you to all of you who entered!!



Kim @ Plumberry Pie August 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

looks great! yes, and i’m still jealous of your pedestals!! enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Paula August 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

WOW! That’s all kinds of luxurious!

It’s two hours to Ikea for me too. Sniff, sniff…

Ally August 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Butcher block counter…..sigh of envy….this is my dream.

Jaime Costiglio August 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Chris can you feel my jealousy seeping through the computer – love, love, love your butcher block countertops. I was just on Ikea.com today contemplating using Numerer for my next build and you’ve convinced me – it was fate that your post went up today. Alas, like you, my ‘local’ Ikea is a short 45 min drive but it will be worth every traffic-filled minute! Thank you for egging me on with dark wood stained heaven.

Chris August 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I love it, Jaime!! Perhaps it was fate! ;) It’s just so inexpensive and pretty to pass up, no? Good luck!!

Tracy D. August 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Like I’m having a hard time typing right now cause of the tears! Are you serious? For reals?! Oh my goodness! I never win anything! Oh my! I usually have something to say,*( like all the time) but right now all I got is Oh my goodness! I can’t thank you and Kirklands enough! I gotta go get some tissue now!

Chris August 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I’m grinning from ear to ear!! I have passed your name and e-mail along to Kirkland’s, Tracy! You should be hearing from them soon. SO happy for you! Congratulations!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} August 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Holy cow. That is stunning. Of course you guys would stain it the perfect color. And that tile. . .quite the tease. I am so impressed. Show me the whole room!! :)

Chris August 15, 2012 at 1:06 am

Showing you the whole room would involve seeing laundry on the floor and paint cans on the washer and dryer! We’re what you call “slow and steady” around here. :) I don’t know how so many people finish projects in a weekend! We take a whole weekend to do one PART of a project! I love it when you stop by!

tricia August 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

Love the butcher block top! We are thinking of removing the granite from our kitchen island and putting butcher block in : o ) And yes, the laundry room is “amazeballs” indeed!

ToTheMoonandBack August 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Loving that sneak peek! So what I wanted in out laundry room, but with the depth of my space the Ikea counters wouldn’t work and didn’t want to get into the hassle of matching cuts. Can’t wait to see your space finished:)

Bernadette @b3hd August 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Loved and pinned this. WE have a cobbled together counter top in our laundry room. For the longest, my hubby wanted to build pedestals for ours but the overhead shelf really does work better for us tall folks. That said, we kind of pieced together a countertop that works well enough for now but I think an Ikea butcherblock counter top stained a dark color like this would totally flow better in our space. May have to try it out.

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