Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cost and Materials for DIY Butcherblock Kitchen Countertops

Here is a before and after photo of the kitchen counter remodel project. Below is a materials list and the final cost for our project.



Now that our butcherblock countertop project has come to a close, I went back and worked up a materials and cost list for anyone wishing to take on this project. We have about 100 square feet of counter space in our kitchen. At Home Depot, the cheapest basic run of the mill Formica countertops were $48 a square foot. What we liked in the "cheap" range was $68 a square foot. So we were talking between $5000 - $7000 including installation. ( That is when I about passed out. )

For our own DIY project we spent about 10 days of work time ( a lot of this time was waiting time for coats of stain and polyurethane to dry ) and just under $260* in materials!!! No, there is not a zero missing from that number. For smaller counterspaces, obviously this will be even cheaper. And the beauty is, I love it more than the store bought ones we were looking at!

Material List
All of our materials were purchased at Home Depot.

Tools List:

  • Mider Saw

  • Table Saw

  • Jig Saw

  • Belt Sander

  • Hand Sander

  • Saw Horses

  • Drill

  • Two 36" Trigger Clamps

  • Putty Knives

  • Tape Measure

  • Rags

  • Box Fans ( to speed the drying process )

Our step by step process:

* This cost is for materials only and does not include any tools you may need.  We did end up purchasing a belt sander and a mider saw for the project and because we wanted them for upcoming projects. So this may or may not be an additional cost if you don't already have these tools or know someone you can borrow them from.

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