One Room Challenge laundry room remodel, week 3 is underway! Well, this week was full of ups and downs. Today I want to show you how we made our own butcher block countertops for our farmhouse style laundry room. All of this is being done for our One Room Challenge. If you are new to this, this is a six week challenge put on by Calling It Home
As of today we are still waiting on our floor tile and some other items that we need for the design. I keep telling myself that this will all work out. I am hopeful to have my floor tile by this weekend so that we can pull this baby together.
This week was full of projects that were not dependent on having the floor tile in. Our main project on Saturday was working on creating our reclaimed wood butcher block countertops. This is definitely a high for me.
How we made our butcher block countertops:
I had a strong desire to use reclaimed wood for the counter and its is coming together nicely. We came across some pretty massive old beams that had been used for railings on a hotel. They have been sitting out for a number of years, discarded and unloved. Did I mention they were almost 20 feet long? Imagine little old me assisting my rather large husband in carrying these around. I like to think I held my own.
Since we have access to tools that made this project possible, we snatched them up and began tedious process of making them beautiful again.
We began by cutting the beams into 2 inch wide slices. We were able to get about 8 slices out of each beam. This wood was going to make amazing butcher block countertops.
Once we had them all cut, we sent them through the planer to smooth them all out and make them all the same exact width.
The next step was to cut the edges off each board so that they were all square and would sit nicely next to each other in preparation for gluing and clamping.
Look that that wood, isn’t it amazing?
Once we had all the wood cut, we laid it out the the width we wanted it. We wanted them to be the standard countertop depth. We then added glue to the sides of each piece of wood and secured them to each other. An easy way to do this is with a small paint brush.
This makes the application less messy, and you will have less glue to wipe off after clamping them together.
After they were all glued together, we used clamps to hold the wood together for at least 24 hours. This gave the glue a chance to cure and set properly. Be sure to wipe the excess glue off the wood. This will make sanding and smoothing out the wood much easier.
Sanding the butcher block countertops:
Now, this is where the hard work comes in. Use a belt sander to do this. Use a rough grit sandpaper…I used a 60 grit. Begin sanding the wooden countertops, going with the grain of the wood.
You want to use the rougher sandpaper first so that it will get excess glue and the roughest edge off the wood.
Once you have gone over the whole countertop, make sure you are keeping it all level and smooth. If you are happy with the progress, you can change to a smaller grit sandpaper, maybe a 100.
You will repeat this process until the wood becomes more smooth. You will want to use a fine grit sandpaper last, so that it will give it a soft smooth finish to the butcher block countertops.
Once you have the countertops to the finish you want them, you can seal them with a food grade mineral oil.
I would wait to oil them until you have installed them. We installed these countertops in our laundry room in our laundry room folding station.
We installed these by adding glue to the tops of the base cabinets. You can see the full tutorial of that here.
If you want to see the finished space, check it out HERE
WANT TO SEE WHAT ELSE WE HAVE BEEN UP TO ?
Shiplap. We were able to install the shiplap on the walls where we were not tiling. It was installed and painted along with the painting of the window trim.
We have also been working on our open shelving that will go above the farmhouse sink. We are making them the same as the ones we have made for our dining room. You can see those here.
ONE SET BACK:
We found that our laundry room floor was slightly uneven and because of this when we had a leak of any kind, instead of draining in to the floor drain, it ran under the washer and dryer, which resulted in a tiny amount of mold. We were able to get that taken care of but ended up spending a night using self leveling concrete to level up the floor so that we no longer have that problem.
Here is an update of my to do list:
Demo- take out cabinets, flooring and trim off the window.
- Install new tile floor
Build closet to conceal water heater and water softener
- Build sink base for the new farmhouse sink
- Reinstall cabinets in new arrangement
Add new trim to the window
- Add new counter tops
- Install subway tile
Install shiplap to the other walls
- Build and install new shelves above the laundry sink
- Install farmhouse sink
- Build shelving for laundry baskets
- Build hidden dog feeding tray
Paint all shiplap and window trim
- Remove door and replace with new barn doors on tracks
- Replace old cabinet hardware with new.
Build shelving above the sink
All in all I think it is starting to come together. We still have plenty to do and we definitely plan on getting it all done. Failure is not a word I understand.
Hopefully next week I will have some really exciting things to show! Like some tile floor!
Thanks for taking some time out of your day to see what was happening at Twelve On Main. Have a great day and remember…
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