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Truth About Butcher Block Kitchen Countertops

A little over a year ago we had our kitchen remodeled and it was the best thing to ever happen to us! (Not to be dramatic or anything haha)
As we were designing our perfect kitchen, we had our hearts set on butcher block countertops. EVERYONE, I repeat-EVERYONE, was telling us NOT to get them. So many people laughed at us (including the contractor) saying in a year we are going to regret it big time.
But we’ve seen so many farmhouse kitchens with them!?! Why were they installing it if butcher block was such a terrible choice for a kitchen?!
We just couldn’t let it go. So after a ton of research, we decided to screw everyone else we’re getting them.


We have officially had the butcher block countertops installed in our kitchen for over a year now. I am SO impressed with how well they held up especially since our kitchen gets some serious use.
So what’s the sitch on butcher block countertops and how do you know if they’re right for your home?!
Keep reading, I got ya covered. I am sharing with you all my MUST have products for your new countertops as well as tips for taking care of them and making these beautiful, unique countertops last for years and years to come!! (yes, even if you have kids!!!)

Taking Care of Butcher Block Countertops

Installed but not yet sealed. The sealer your or your contractor uses is crucial to the longevity of your countertops
Freshly Sealed- notice how it darkens the color and brings out the wood grain

When you are comparing products and materials, make sure your contractor is using a high-quality seal. The seal they use makes ALL the difference. It protects the countertops so much longer without you having to do any sanding or re-sealing.
It’s important to remember water and heat damage the butcher block the fastest. But if you make even a baby effort, it’s really easy to keep up with. Use hot pads and wipe away any water splash/spills immediately.

There is also a massive misconception that once you have butcher block, you can throw your cutting board away. ABSOLUTELY NOT. Just like any other kitchen countertop available, you never want to cut directly on the counter or place any fish or meat on a porous surface.
Although butcher block is less porous than granite, you still never want to put anything directly on it.
Cleaning butcher block countertops are also super easy! All we use is Distilled White Vinegar. I love using vinegar SO MUCH MORE than a chemical countertop cleaner. It sanitizes like bleach but is safe if our food or animals were to come into contact with it. We buy the big gallon of it, put it in a spray bottle, and have cleaner for a year!

Tips for Keeping your Butcher Block Countertops looking new:

  1. Keep a waterproof sealer on hand with a sheet of sandpaper.
    Anywhere that water, steam, or heat has damaged you can lightly sand down and re-seal once a year
  2. Use hot pads
    Putting heat directly onto the surface with ruin the seal and your countertops in general. Instead, use hot plates, just like you usually would.
  3. Use a drying rack with a tray to catch the water
    It makes washing and drying dishes easy and keeps the water away from the countertops
  4. Wipe any water or steam off the counters immediately
    When you’re done washing the dishes run a towel over the area. And when you’re done cooking, wipe down the countertops. EASY PEASY.

Top Favorite Products for Butcher Block Countertops:
Member's Mark Distilled White Vinegar Jug, 1 gal

  1. Distilled White Vinegar 
  2. Boos Butcher Block Cream
  3. Cutting Boards
  4. Drying Rack with Protective Bottom
  5. Hot Pad
  6. Watco Butcher Block Sealer

Other than that, have fun cooking and enjoy your BEAUTIFUL countertops. Butcher block warms up the room and adds a unique touch to each and every home.
If you decided to install butcher block in your kitchen or bathroom, I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram or shoot me an email for a chance to be featured.

Thanks for reading!

  1. Great tips and love your writing style!! These butcher block counters look even better over time. I love how you chose something that speaks to you, bringing added value and character into your home. When we love a beautiful space like this, we’ll take the time to take extra good care of it and it shows! xo <3 L

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