Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Butcher Block Island Before & After


I redid this butcher block island for a client and am giddy with the results!

The before …



And after! (A little styling never hurts either, right!?)



For the top I wanted a hand rubbed finish opposed to a manufactured finish so I decided to give Tung Oil a go. Have you used it? This was my first time and most definitely won’t be my last. I LOVE how it turned out, and after five coats it’s got to stand up to wear and tear!







The Process

Prep – Clean and sand

Prime – Zinsser Oil Base

Paint – Benjamin Moore Aura (White Dove),

then Poly with Varathane brand in Satin

Top – Sanded and then stained with 2 coats of Minwax (Dark Walnut)

and finished off with 5 coats of Tung Oil


I don’t know if it’s just the warm up in the temps or what but I have got the itch. (Not that itch … ha ha ) The furniture redo itch! I have bought a few things to refinish this week and will be posting on Facebook anything that’s up for grabs so be sure to follow along!


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  1. OOOOOO I love how it turned out! I want to try that Tung Oil sometime too! Nice work!!!

    1. You should try it! It's a little time consuming because you have to wait 12 hours between coats and need quite a few coats but it's worth it for sure!

  2. How is the Tung Oil? I've never used it. Cute project!!

    1. This was my first time using it and I was skeptical until about the 3-4th coat ... and then I fell in love!! You have to wait 12 hours in between coats so it's a little time consuming, but I love the natural finish it gives! Give it a try :)

  3. Super cute, I will be following you :) keep posting the awesome redo's!

  4. Gorgeous! I’m hosting a new linky party at

    I would love to have you!