Kitchen Overhaul Part III - Still Plugging Away...

My kitchen remodel project took on a new life when I installed the butcher block countertops. Love is too weak a word for how I feel about them!


When I left you in Part 2, I had just ripped a hole in the wall to create a passthrough that would allow more daylight into the room from the adjoining laundry.  It's been so nice to use the kitchen without turning the lights on all the time.  The project got bumped up a month when a friend offered to pick up the butcher block from Ikea for me (a 10 hour round trip).  I left the counters in the spare room for a few weeks to acclimate to the house and then got to work cutting them down to size for the new layout.  In the meantime, I continued to work on removing the old countertops.  Max decided to get into the act by chewing through the exposed dishwasher hoses.  GAAHHH!  Bloody cat!


I picked up one more base cabinet and trimmed it out for the dead space in the corner.  An idea came to me out of the blue and I'm happy to say it is working out beautifully.


Here's a sneak peek at the custom cabinet I'm working on for the blind corner.

Once the counters were cut and placed (allowing a 3/16 expansion gap all along the wall) I began to fasten them down from underneath.  That was not fun!!!



 I researched butcher block finishes, and researched again and again finally deciding to stick to the old fashioned approach of using only mineral oil to coat the wood.  I didn't like the warnings on all the other products, flammable - wash up with mineral spirits - wear gas mask (not really).

I picked up some food grade thick mineral oil from a drugstore and dumped it on.  The point is to saturate the wood with the oil until it won't absorb any more.  The steps are to coat with mineral oil several times on the first day and leave each application to soak in.  Then you wipe the excess off.  Do another coat every day for the first week.  Then one coat a week for the next 3 weeks and then once a month forever more. Mineral oil is cheap and not harmful to the environment.

The only downside to this option is that any papers set on the countertop will soak up the oil, and that will always happen for as long as you choose to use mineral oil as a finish option...

During my research, I discovered that vinegar is very harmful to the glue that holds the butcher block wood pieces together.  A better cleaner/disinfectant is lemon juice and table salt.

This is how it works:  Sprinkle the salt on the counter, slice a lemon in half and rub the lemon over the salt.  Let the mixture sit for an hour and clean it off with a damp sponge.  It takes away odors and stains too!  You can also clean it with just plain soap and water (on a well wrung out sponge).

Next up was trimming the spaces left from the reconfiguration of my non-custom cabinets.  That wasn't fun either but after I got the backing pieces in place (shooting myself in the finger with my nail gun in the process), it was easy to add the spacers.  I installed the baseboards and kickplates as well.


Next is repainting the kitchen, the rest of the cabinets and adding those special touches that will knock this kitchen design out of the park!


Thanks for following along - have a great week!

If you want to see the other installments of Kitchen Overhaul 2014, click HERE





28 comments:

Kolein said...

Yeah.

I want your autograph.

Laurel Stephens said...

I'm so excited for you! I love your new counters, and I'm so impressed you installed them yourself.

sweet violets said...

Looking good!!! You are amazing!!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Girl you are GOOD!! Can't wait to see it all complete!

Reenie said...

I wish I could do stuff like that on my own!! Looks great ~ can't wait to see the grand finale. :)

Shirlee said...

You are a fearless DIY-er by taking on big renovation projects. Your kitchen is getting close to becoming your dream space and I know it's going to look fantastic when it's all done. Love the countertops!
Sorry about the mishap with the nail gun. Ouch!

ANNE said...

Thanks so much Cleo!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Looks great, Anne. I use mineral oil on all the wooden cutting boards, trays, etc. that I make.

Libby said...

Your kitchen is coming together nicely. Love everything you've done so far. That butcher block is gorgeous!

Hartwood Roses said...

Anne, I love what you've done so far!!

September Violets said...

This is looking amazing Anne!! Great idea to install the butcher blocks, although all that prep work with the mineral oil sounds a bit tedious. I'm sure they're going to age beautifully for you though, and since you love wood you'll probably enjoy the process of keeping them in top shape. Can't wait for next installment! Wendy

Mel@JunkinJunky said...

Awesome. Love your fearlessness!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Looking good Anne! I love butcher-block counter tops... those and concrete would be my two to choose from.

Tania

Bliss said...

The new HGTV show... Kitchen Overhaul With Anne.

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

Love how it's coming together Anne! I am in the middle of remodeling mine and I know how much work it is.

Debbiedoos said...

Dang girl, you are a worked bee! Going to be awesome!

Amy Ellis said...

I hope your finger is okay and healing!!! But oh, how worth because your kitchen is looking downright awesome, Anne. Butcher block is quintessential to a real cottage kitchen, what a perfect choice. I think our ancestors did plenty of trial and error to figure out that mineral oil is probably what works best, no matter the century, Lol.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

You are amazing...your hard work is paying off big!

Nancy Reinke said...

Well, Miss Smarty Pants, you are an awesome DIY'er. Love the countertops, and can see how this is shaping up to be one beautiful kitchen. Do you even sleep at night? I bet you're so excited about what you're doing that you just lie in bed waiting for morning to come so you can get back at it. Or maybe you're just so dead tired after working your fanny off that sleep is no problem. Probably the later. I love seeing your dreams come to fruition. Hugs ~ Nancy

Art and Sand said...

I someone's comment about you and a TV show. You certainly could do a tv show with your DIY skills.

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Everything was sounding awesome till the part about shooting yourself in the finger with the nail gun. OUCH!

You are seriously the most awesome DIY chick out there :-) Your kitchen is going to look fabulous when it's all done! Go Girl Power!

fiona anderson said...

Wow, I was happy that I was able to hang a couple of doors, you are a serious DIYer, I'm so impressed with your skills and the kitchen is looking great. I checked out the house tour too and love your pretty cottage.

Jennifer said...

There is nothing you won't tackle! You're a fearless decorating DIYer Anne!

lynn said...

beautiful work, anne! kitchen re-dos are very hard work. i didn't know about the lemon and salt cleaner--tfs:)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Bloody Cat - you sound just like John LMHO !!!
What a beautiful job you've done - I'd say you've already knocked it out of the park - but can't wait to see it completely finished !
XOX

Mary Beth said...

Your kitchen is coming along gloriously, Anne! I loved all the tips you shared about butcher block ~ I had no idea.

pembrokeshire lass said...

Anne....what can I say. It's absolutely delightful! It's always so great to visit you and see your remodelling. You are an inspiration. Joan

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

As you can see, I'm still catching up. Your counters are beautiful Anne and I'm not surprised! You always know just what to do!