The Butcher Block Reveal

11.21.2013


Okay, I have teased y'all long enough. After all the sanding, building, painting, painting and painting the butcher block is finished.


After painting the legs white, then black and then I did a gray wash and that wasn't looking good either I finally decided to paint them just like my kitchen island cabinets.

I painted the legs with Chateau Gray Annie Sloan chalk paint and used the lacquer and a brown glaze just like the cabinets.

Mr. Savvy sanded off all the old grungy fishy film that was all over this block and even after sanding and sanding we still have lots of cut marks. I am glad they are still there. The one corner seemed to be the main spot where fish and other things were cut.

Labels and marks were left on.

I used butcher block oil to bring some life back to this wood.

Mr. Savvy had to figure out how to attach these big old legs so he added strips of wood to the holes in the legs that were already there to brace them together and he used L brackets to attach them to the block.

Here you can see how they are the same color as the cabinets. We added castors, but they did not look right and it made the block too tall. 

It was a very bright morning when I took these pictures. I am loving this butcher block in the middle of the kitchen. 


I knew this block had potential when we found it.

Cost breakdown:
Butcher block: $160
4 very old legs $50
Butcher block oil $5.00
Paint, lacquer and glaze: already had

You can find out more about this project herehere, and here.

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67 comments:

  1. Great save Kim! It turned out amazing.

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  2. Good call on the leg color!

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  3. What a makeover!!! It looks fantabulous!!

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  4. Just perfect Kim! And what a steal on the price....definitely a bargain. Jane

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  5. That was the perfect choice of color for the legs. Good job!!

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  6. looks amazing, definitely love the change on the legs and finish, you all did a great job refurbishing it!

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  7. It turned out fabulous Kim. I love the changes on the legs.

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  8. Such a great piece! Adding the legs was sheer brilliance :) My parents had one in their kitchen for years, I sure wish my mom would have saved it for me. Although I foolishly probably wouldn't have wanted it at the time, back in my 30s. Silly me.

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  9. I like your choice of matching the legs to the cabinets. That really looks nice!

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  10. It looks wonderful and I love a butcher block. I had one in a previous house and it was such a favorite. I used it all the time. Hugs, marty

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  11. can't believe how much improved you've made it, yet still retained the original look. love your kitchen, butcher block and all!

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  12. Wow! It turned out great! You and Mr. Savvy did a great job on it. I like that is isn't huge, so it doesn't take up too much space in your kitchen. Are you going to actually use it now to cut food on?

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  13. Stunning, and you can use it everyday!! Enjoy.

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  14. Wow, Kim! You two make quite the team ~ it's perfect!

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  15. Now that is a cool piece Kim! Great job.

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  16. I am glad to see that my projects aren't the only ones who take on a life of their own!
    I love it, Kim!

    xo

    Andie

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  17. You did a beautiful re-do on the piece, Kim! Gorgeous in your kitchen!

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  18. Wow, this really turned out great!!! Love the legs and the color too.......nice job you two!!!

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  19. What a great piece to anchor a kitchen. My daughter "inherited one" when she bought her last house. She was lucky-the original legs are in very good shape. I tried to get it away from her- lol- she said NO! I like that the legs match your cabinetry. I think that was a great idea.

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  20. Your butcher block looks gorgeous Kim! Love the finish you put on the legs.

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  21. You did a superb job bringing out the beauty of the wood in the old butcher block! It looks fabulous in your kitchen.
    Mary Alice

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  22. Love how it turned out! Great job!
    I had a similar experience with a butcher block found at a garage sale (though not as old as yours) http://www.wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/01/butcher-block-kitchen-islandits-for.html
    Have a great week! Thanks for sharing!
    Nancy

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  23. Fabulous, Kim! I love all the markings - so much character!! Beautiful piece and just in time for holiday entertaining :)

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  24. Wow Kim it's gorgeous!!!! Love the color you chose for the legs! Perfect color for your kitchen! You are very lucky what a beautiful find!
    xx
    Anne

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  25. It's gorgeous Kim and love the color of the legs, what a wonderful addition to your kitchen!

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  26. Love it Kim!! Love the old breadboard on the wall too!

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  27. Are you planning on using it as a cutting board or for some other purpose?

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    1. No, probably just to set stuff on like I have. Pretty convenient so close to the fridge.

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  28. That turned out beautifully Kim.

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  29. OOH WEE! That turned out fabulous!

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  30. I love it! The legs are the perfect shape and the Chateau Grey compliments the wood tone. What a great piece.

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  31. WOW, what a transformation! I love that you went with the Chateaux Grey … looks amazing in your kitchen!

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  32. You will give it the love it deserves. Heavens, you already have!
    Brenda

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  33. Kim, it turned out BEAUTIFULLY! Love that the legs match the cabinets. Perfect.

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  34. Looks great! You have a remarkable insight in how to do everything. It looks wonderful and seems to function well.

    I wonder what happened to the butcher block my in laws had at their beach housel You have brought back memories.

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  35. Great choice in the paint color….what a perfect addition to the kitchen…and Mr Savvy did a great job too!!! So glad you finally found the butcher block table you have been wanting for such a long time.

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  36. Wow!!! You and Mr. Savvy did a wonderful job Kim. It is beautiful...

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  37. Thank you for hosting Kim! I hope you enjoy some time off! Happy Thanksgivig!

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  38. Oh me of little faith! I should have known that you would find the perfect way to paint the butcher blog legs...matching your cabinets and using a glaze and dark wax to age the look. Super job. Do you hire out to paint for others? No? You should...decor painting!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Glad to hear you plan to rest,relax, and rejuvenate.

    Judith

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  39. You will get tons of use out of that and it is beautiful. The legs look fabulous.

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  40. Very nice. Mind telling us the name of lacquer and glaze you used? Thanks

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    1. Nanci, just click on cabinets in the sentence that says I used lacquer and glaze and it goes to my kitchen cabinets tutorial with all the products used.

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  41. I have butcher block envy! Beautifully done.

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  42. Love this! I am going to guess that this will be one of the most used spots in your kitchen. Great job.

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  43. AWESOME! I've always wanted one. @ Kerry, me too, I'm pea green with envy. j/k You deserve it.

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  44. She is a beauty ! Great choice on the leg color !

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  45. It is better that so many of the knife marks remain, can you imagine if they all came off - you'd never want to use it! As it is makes me want to come over and chop some veggies, wood makes a very distinct sound when you chop.

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  46. An added table is always good in the kitchen. I love it.

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  47. Incredible piece! I love the new legs and the way they match your cabinets! Fabulous! Hugs, Leena

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  48. Kim this looks fabulous! What a wonderful piece. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  49. Perfect color for the legs Kim - looks great!
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  50. LOVE how this turned out. Fantastic project, as always, Kim!!

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  51. It was a great find, and now it looks fabulous.

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  52. It looks great! The legs look like they could have been original!

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  53. Oh Kim, this came out gorgeous!!! I really love the fact that you left the labels and markings. This is so much history to have in your home. I love what you did with the legs. I sometimes opt for my old way with paint and a glaze. Sometimes it gives a piece just the look you want with more working time to play with the finish. I am so itchy to get my hands on some projects. Hoping things just keep moving for us!

    Cynthia

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  54. Great JOB! I have a butcher block, also. (came with the building I bought) Only cleaned it so far, but you have inspired me to keep going. Thank-you, Kim.

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  55. Hi there it came out wonderful! love the stamping left on , thanks for giving us a peek!

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  56. This is fabulous Kim, the stamping and marks...SWOON! I love your paint choice with the leg color matching your kitchen island!

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  57. Kim it turned out beautifully!! I'm so impressed with your DIY skills. I feel so out of it not having time to come visit you here. I'm taking a look around while I'm here to see what I have been missing.

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  58. Love the way it turned out. I miss my old butcher block but had to sell it when I moved to Washington, it was just too heavy for me to handle :(

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