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5 Creative Uses for Butcher Block

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Butcher block is a popular material to use in the kitchen. However, we wanted to share some creative uses for our favorite material to inspire you to use butcher block for your DIY projects that go beyond the kitchen:

1. Garage Workspace

Anyone working in a garage or shop needs a good workbench. Having one with a heavy duty frame and a nice solid top is great. Having a butcher block top as the work surface allows the top to be hard enough to work on, but take the abuse and still look great. The wood tops have a little bit of give and take as a work surface, while a metal top does not. This allows some of the energy to be absorbed by the table when in use. Most of the butcher block tops are made with Hardwood Maple. You also have the option of just getting a butcher block top that can be added to any setup, be it a cabinet, workbench, or anything in-between.

2. Outdoor Cooking Area

A butcher block is a conversational piece in its own right, and having it crafted well will make it an eye-catching attraction for your outdoor cooking area as well as a handy place to prepare food. Among the best surfaces that answer for both issues are bamboo and teak; both exceptionally durable, and with surfaces that are harder for bacteria to find purchase. Marble and porcelain tops, either slabs or butted tile, are also popular options for similar reasons. But any choice in dense wood is equally viable.

3. Craft/ Sewing Table

Adding a butcher block to the top of a table, dresser, or changing table is a great way to DIY your own craft/ sewing table. Choosing a base with extra storage will give you a place to neatly store all of your supplies. Butcher block is known for its durability, making this project a wonderful (and practical) addition to your craft room.

Creative Uses for Butcher Block from hardwood reflections

4. Bathroom Vanity

Butcher block is a popular choice for kitchen countertops but we love to see it used in bathrooms as well. A bathroom vanity made from butcher block is a great way to add some extra warmth and interest to the space. Make sure to seal your butcher block to ensure that it remains water-proof for this high traffic area.

5. DIY Built-Ins

Adding butcher block to DIY built-in cabinets is the perfect way to add warmth and dimension to your shelving project. Butcher block offers a variety of wood types, grains, and colors so you can customize your shelves by contrasting textures and colors to create visual interest.

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Gel Stains for Butcher Block Customization

With six colors to choose from you can easily customize your Butcher Block Countertop with your favorite stain color. Hardwood Reflections Gel Stains are designed specifically for butcher block or other interior wood products that require a very high-end finish for an area of heavy use.


Build an Acacia LIVE EDGE Butcher Block Kitchen Island

Learn how to add a unique look to your kitchen countertop or island with Hardwood Reflections Acacia LIVE EDGE Butcher Block. Live Edge means the characteristics of the outside of the tree are on the edge of the butcher block and will go in and out up to a half of an inch. In this video, you will learn how to turn our Acacia Island Top Butcher Block into a DIY table by utilizing pre-drilled holes for legs, and finish with mineral oil to make a food safe DIY Table Top. These also work great in the kitchen and can be made into beautiful Food Safe Grade Butcher Block Counter Tops!


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