Last Updated on March 14, 2022 by Kristi Linauer
I’ve been working hard on my kitchen makeover lately, and I’m so excited to share the progress with you! The biggest project lately has been my countertops, which are now finished. In my last post about the countertops, I showed you how I had installed them and then added one coat of Minwax English Chestnut stain to the unfinished oak. Since then, I’ve sealed them with Waterlox Original. So let me show you my Waterlox butcher block countertops.
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First, let’s revisit the “before” countertops…plain (and very stained) apartment-grade laminate:
And here are my new butcherblock countertops! This is what the countertops looked like with stain only–no Waterlox sealer (and before the sink hole was cut–that’s the template lying on the countertop):
And here’s what they look like now, with all of the coats of Waterlox applied:
I used the Waterlox exactly as the directions stated, so I’m not going to repeat that here. If you want to try Waterlox, it comes with very clear directions, so just follow those. This is the Waterlox Original finish.
You’ll have to excuse the construction mess on the stove. I didn’t want to spray any cleaner next to my countertops since they’re not fully cured yet, and I still don’t have the plumbing in the sink hooked up, so I couldn’t even sponge it off, so it’s a mess. But anyway…
I think my countertops are BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL!!! I had said previously that I wasn’t sure if I’d like the original Waterlox finish, which is a medium gloss. But I have to admit, it’s really growing on me!
And I’m loving my new sink! Well, okay, I haven’t actually USED my new sink yet, since I still don’t have the garbage disposal/drain hooked up, but I think it’s so pretty…and shiny! And it’s soooo deep!! I went from a sink that was probably six or seven inches deep, to this one, which is nine inches deep, and since it’s an undermount, it actually looks like it’s 10 1/2 inches deep. Now THAT’S no apartment-grade sink, I can assure you!
And I also finished one other project…installing undercabinet lighting:
Okay, I seriously need a new camera. I can’t understand how it is that I turn on MORE lighting and the picture gets darker! But believe you me…when all of the lights are on in the kitchen, I feel like I need sunglasses. It’s fantastic!
I went from having two lights in the kitchen–one main light with two bulbs, and a single-bulb fixture above the sink, to now having four recessed lights, one main light (I still haven’t picked out a fixture, but it’ll have at least two bulbs), a sink light, and five undercabinet lights, all in my postage-stamp sized kitchen. And I still have to add the vent hood over the stove, which will also have a light. I love it!
Now if I can just get my cabinet doors and backsplash finished, I’ll be well on my way to having a completed kitchen. That will be such an incredible feeling!!
I ended up not liking this stain color that I chose (Minwax English Chestnut), so in my attempt to find the perfect and easiest maintenance finish for butcher block countertops, I tried several other things before finding the PERFECT sealer. Here’s what I tried:
- Oak butcher block countertops with Minwax Dark Walnut stain and sealed with Waterlox (click here to see how they looked after about 17 months…not good at all!)
- Oak butcher block countertops stained with Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Early American color, sealed with Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in a matter finish
- The absolute best and easiest way to seal butcher block countertops
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