How to Install Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher block countertops are an attractive addition to any kitchen.

They are easy to install and easy to repair if they become scratched. A butcher block countertop is the way to go if you like to cook. Follow these steps to install the countertop of your dreams.

Remove your old countertop. Use care not to damage the cabinets. Measure the countertop.

Buy a butcher block countertop that will flatter the colors in your kitchen. A light wood makes a kitchen feel warm and inviting.

Attach corner supports underneath the counters to properly support the countertops.

Lay the countertop onto the cabinet and securely screw it in place. If there is a small gap between the countertop and the wall, don't worry because you won't be able to see it once you install the backsplash.

Install the backsplash of your choice. For tile, cut the tile using a grinder with a countinous rim diamond blade and then attach the tile to the wall. For other materials, follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Things You Will Need

  • Supports
  • Screws
  • Backsplash materials

Tips

  • Butcher blocks burn and scratch easily. Treat your countertop with mineral oil once a week to protect it.
  • Always dry your countertop completely to prevent mildew.
  • To extend the life of your butcher block countertop, use a cutting board instead of the butcher block for cutting.
  • To prevent staining, wipe spills immediately. Use lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide to remove any set in stains.

Warnings

  • Butcher blocks are an ideal place for germs and bacteria to flourish. Sanitize your butcher block countertop with vinegar or bleach to kill bacteria after every use.
  • Never put hot pans directly on your countertop--they will burn the wood.