It's kind of interesting that I get numerous emails every week asking about my Butcher Block Countertops. Mostly what people want to know is how I feel about them now that we've been in our house almost two years.
I decided I should take pictures and write an update post! (You can read my original post here.)
I love my counter tops more than I ever thought I would. Especially once I have quit stressing that I was going to ruin them!
The biggest thing I love about them is how forgiving they are. I've gotten a couple scratches and one really deep gouge. All I had to do was sand it out and re-oil.
The dark Tung Oil was such a perfect choice for the finish and I'm so happy that I went that route. They took on such a nice rich color from the dark Tung Oil and since it is an all natural product and food safe I've never had to worry about it.
I've only oiled again twice since installing the counter tops. And both times I used regular Tung Oil instead of the dark. I didn't feel the need to darken them any more so the regular was what I chose. I also ordered that from Real Milk Paint, as I have discovered that their Tung Oil is the best on the market. I've made the mistake of purchasing Tung Oil from Lowes and from a local hardware store and it was absolutely not the same.
I have oiled around my faucet and sink more frequently as I want to be sure that it repels water. A lot of readers have asked if I have any water damage around that area. I have absolutely none, and I'm not that careful either. I always wipe it dry when I'm finished in the kitchen, but I don't worry about it while I'm cooking or prepping food. The oil causes the water to bead up so nicely that it doesn't worry me at all.
The next most common question is if I would do things differently if I had it to do over again. The answer is absolutely not. I think the butcher block is timeless and beautiful. I also think it adds a very warm glow to my kitchen and fits the farmhouse style perfectly.
I think my counter tops are one of my most favorite things in our house!