New Counter Tops

 


These were my butcher block countertops.  I love butcher block countertops and have had them in my last two homes.

It is hard to see but for whatever reason these butcher block countertops are drying out more than normal in this condo.  Normally I would oil them about every 2 to 3 months.  Since we moved in and installed these I have had to do them about every two weeks.  They were drying out and staining and leaving water marks etc.

I would have to take everything off the counters and oil them down and let it sit overnight.  Then wipe off any oil that did not get absorbed into the wood.  This was becoming high maintenance to have to do this every couple of weeks.

This piece over between my washer and dryer and stove had to be installed in a funky way opposite the other counters because of the size of the cabinet.  That to me always seemed off.



My daughter took these butcher block pieces and her hubby is going to make her a nice large cutting board top for her island.

I always liked the look of marble but it is way too expensive.   
I found a faux marble countertop in stock at Menards. 
After measuring Terry figured out what pieces we would need. 
Cost about $300 for the pieces. 
I think you will be surprised at the look I got for $300.


I think the new counters make the kitchen look brighter.

It is a faux marble look.





This is the other corner in the kitchen.  Added a couple of more storage cabinets.  Debating on whether to change the top of this to the faux marble.  I like the white barnwood for now.





I added the little counter top lamps to bring in light at night.


My next little project is to find some cute fabric,  fabric flowers or lace to make these plain shades look a little cuter.  On the hunt for something to bring some bling to them.  I hung a cast iron bird feeder near the sink for a soap dish too.

Have a great Friday and Happy Weekend.
xoxo
Kris






53 comments

  1. Morning Kris.
    Love your new counter tops and it makes your backsplash look even classier. I am glad you got the faux marble look because my daughter has marble in her kitchen (it was there when she bought it) but it stains and leaves rings and she is not real happy with it. She even sealed it beforehand, but evidently you must have to seal it a lot. It looks fabulous and I am sure you must really be enjoying it.....
    Nice your daughter can use the butcher block as well. Have a good weekend,
    Blessings, Nellie
    Hope you guys are keeping warm..........

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  2. Love your new countertops! Beautiful and just completes your kitchen. Love the lamps too. Stay safe. We're snowed in with 7" of snow and ice!

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  3. The new counters look great! It is amazing how much lighter your kitchen looks.

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  4. I love your new coubtertops. Very clean and bright.

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  5. Light, bright and very pretty!

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  6. Those counter tops are just perfect, Kris! I like them much better than the butcher board. They really tie everything together! And those lamps are wonderful! I love using lamps in my kitchen. It really adds a nice, cozy tone to the room. Just lovely!

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  7. They look just like marble! Nice! And I love the little countertop lamp. It's so cute!

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  8. Wow, Kris! $300...that's crazy. It looks like a much more expensive change. I would think that even faux marble would be more. It looks great. I also love the lamp and soap dish additions. It's always those little details that really take a room to the next level and I'm loving the whole look!! Have a super weekend and stay dry and warm! xo

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  9. Kris, I adore your counters! They look so good and for the money...YES GIRL, YES! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  10. Your new countertops look amazing!!! I would never guess they are faux marble. I love the little bird feeder soap holder...so cute! Your kitchen looks sooooooo pretty!!
    ~Des

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  11. Beautiful, as always, Kris! I love lamps on a kitchen counter - they just add incredible warmth in the evenings! You always create such a cozy home, love it!

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  12. wow Kris, the countertops are gorgeous. They look just like marble, and they really lighten up the space; so light and bright! great choice!

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  13. Love your new countertops! As I've always said, you guys are so handy, it amazes me! The little lamps look lovely at night - they add a soft, warm, cozy glow to your kitchen. And that cast iron bird soap holder is too cute!

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  14. Dearest Kris, good morning!

    You found yourself a wonderful product; we love Menards and sometimes they have much better finds than the two other leading competitors! This faux marble looks perfect and will probably wear much better than real marble, correct?

    I sure miss you - I still need to show you my newly renovated bedroom. I still have to save up to get good bedding to even take any pictures to make public but it is pure white bliss!

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  15. WOW, it is lovely. I love the little lamps.
    We are going with butcher block in our new kitchen. We should start to install our counter tops next weekend.
    Today we are off to help the boys with a project.

    Love you! Carla

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  16. Cute soap dish! Great idea. I think the counter tops are beautiful. I also like the barn wood you've used. Got to get lots of mileage out of small kitchens. I have to have lamps in the kitchen. I currently have two.
    Brenda

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  17. Love, love your counter tops and they look like they cost 10x more. Your kitchen is just beautiful!

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  18. Love your new countertops. I think they give your kitchen a brighter more cohesive look. xo Laura

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  19. The faux marble looks fantastic and I know there's a lot less maintenance involved. Great choice!

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  20. I love how it looks, Kris. It really looks upscale. I love butcher block and had it in two houses but it really is a lot of work. Jenn will love having it for a cutting board.

    Your kitchen is just as lovely as can be. The little lamps add some nice ambiance. xo Diana

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  21. Hi Kris! Wow - your $300 countertops look like a million! Unfortunate that the butcher block didn't work out, but new tops are really beautiful. I love the charm lamp light brings to a kitchen. The bird feeder soap dish is a sweet addition as well. Jane

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  22. Beautiful! I love how the grey veining ties in with the appliances and the stripes. Great choice Kris! xoxox

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  23. hmm don't know if my comment loaded or not! Trying again... This looks fabulous and I love how the grey veining ties in with the stainless steel and the stripes. Great choice Kris! xoxox

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  24. Wow, Kris! Another great project completed! Not only did you get the look of marble, but you got it for such a bargain! You & Terry are so resourceful, and it's so cool that your daughter can use the butcher block. Your kitchen looks so good.

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  25. Love! Love! Love! I would go insane with that wood grain going in another direction. I just love this whole look!

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  26. LOVE the new court tops! Marble, real or faux, is my favorite! They really brighten up your kitchen! Great job! Hugs!

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  27. OMG..Soooooooooo in love with your new countertops. Wow..You are so blessed to have your very talented handyguy/partner to work magic for your new home...you two are quite the Team..Hmmm..where is that HGTV Show.. ;0) .. I am in the market in the near future(hopefully) to redo countertops and definitely want white as I have had black mix ones for 17 years now..its time. I love the way all the pretty decor looks in your kitchen and know you will vamp up the lampshades, too. I really like the new cabinets with the shiplap, also..! I know your daughter was happy to get the recylcle wood, too, for their project. I hope you are able maybe one day when they get "aroundtoit" to share that with us..sounds great, too! (I am still waiting to get a lot of those aroundtoits myself, lol)...Take care and hope yall are staying warm toughing out "Old Man Winter".. x0x0 Thank you for sharing..always enjoy your posts.

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  28. I love the new look! The faux marble looks real... and makes the backsplash just pop. The little lights are so romantic and adorable. I can certainly see them all vintaged up by you. The plain shade is just not your style!!! Love it all.

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  29. I love your new fax marble countertops. Your kitchen looks so elegant. The sweet bird soap dish is darling. Why not have a Terry install LED under counter lighting. It can be added inexpensively and it also gives you more counter space. You can also add it at the top of the cabinets. Just a thought. Paul added ours and I absolutely love it. Xoxo

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  30. Oh, my! Kris, I love the change. The countertops look fantastic, and they really do make your kitchen look much brighter. Wood countertops are nice, but they are a lot of work. I've had them in the past and much prefer my current countertops, which are along the same line as yours. Whenever people see my faux marble countertops, they think they are the real thing. I know you'll enjoy your new countertops for a long time. I also love all the accessories you've added to your kitchen. You always do the sweetest things, like the soap dish. Brilliant! Anyway, I love what you've done, and, as always, I come away from your posts inspired. Hugs and keep warm! P.S. $300 is crazy inexpensive!

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  31. Oh that does look much better! It’s more unified now and does make it seem larger! Excellent choice!

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  32. Oh wow, love the new countertops! They brighten the whole kitchen. Excellent choice. Hope you both (and Buddy) are well! xoxo

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  33. Those new countertops look SO good Kris! I also like that the one on the opposite side is different. I think that makes it look less like a kitchen there. Looking forward to seeing what you do with those lampshades xoxo

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  34. Your new countertops are beautiful, Kris! While I love butcher block too I think these new ones really do suit your kitchen better. And they look far more expensive than $300! I think I've missed posts on your whole kitchen finished before and it's a lovely room!

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  35. I love the look of your faux marble countertops in the kitchen Kris. It does look brighter in there from the photos. Hopefully the new countertops will be less work to keep clean and you saved a lot of money too. Enjoy!

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  36. Never ending!!!!
    The countertops look fabulous. Nice addition, Kris.

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  37. The designer and the carpenter make a great team.

    It looks amazing Kris.

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  38. Second try on commenting. These are so pretty. I love the look.

    Your daughter will love the butcblock.

    I know you have had them for many years.

    Happy Sunday!

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  39. Ah Ha Kris I caught you with a pop of red in your kitchen! I love the "stove area" with the cute shelf above it.. the little towell with the red truck, and especially what is ON TOP OF YOUR STOVE!!! I'm hungry now.. love what's on that cute shelf.. the little birdhouse and tall pitchers.... and the lamps are darling. I love having a lamp on the kitchen counter... my mom always did and I grew up with that cozy look of the kitchen at night. The lamp was always left on all night. I'm sure you will recreate the shades to something darling. I have a shade in my craft room that needs an updo... so will see what you do to get some inspiration! Oh.. and the counters look great too! xoxo Marilyn

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  40. Kris,
    LOVE the new countertops! Such a lovely add to your kitchen. I like a little light at night in the kitchen too! My hubby found a terrific battery operated strip light for under my cabinet where our coffee station is. It gives us just the right light. At the cost of electrician per hour....battery light for the
    WIN!

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  41. Kris, I love the new countertops, they look like real marble. The kitchen looks so bright and cheerful. It is a great transformation!

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  42. The butcher block is beautiful, but I'm in love with the faux marble. So stunning.

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  43. I'd never have guessed that they were not real marble. I think the new counters add a real richness to your kitcen. Beautiful!

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  44. Hi Kris! Oh, my goodness! Your countertops are simply gorgeous! They look just perfect in your sweet kitchen. The little lamps are so cute. My tiny eye also caught your darling little paper towel holder! Your kitchen looks so pretty and I'm happy for you. How nice your old countertop can live on in a cutting board for your daughter.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  45. I love them Kris. My daughter just got the same ones and they are beautiful!

    Corine

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  46. Love your new counter tops, Kris. The whole kitchen looks fab.
    Amalia
    xo

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  47. Kris, I love the new countertops. They look just like you now. I love the look of marble but didn't want the upkeep so I went with that look too. You will be so happy with them..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

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  48. Kris...hope this goes through...I am so in love with your kitchen!....How wonderful that you found such great faux marble at an unbelievable price....it totally lightened and gave such elegance to the kitchen..you two have done wonders in your new home....as always!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! ❤️

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  49. Hi Kris! I know you're enjoying those pretty counter tops! Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Hope you have a nice weekend.
    Shelia :)

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  50. WOW!!!! Those counters look real for sure!!! What is it exactly? They look absolutely wonderful. Praying they hold up and you stay in love with them for a very long time.

    Love your daughter will have a dream cutting board for her island. Well done, Kris.

    Thx so much for your visit. Always such a joy to receive your kind comments. Big hugs. ♥

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  51. I love butcher block too, but I think the new look is very you. So nice that Terry can keep the cost of improvements down with all his skills.

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  52. I'm sorry to read about your butcher block counters but the new counters are so pretty. Terry did a great job.

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