Last night, as I crawled into bed, I declared, “I didn’t post on my blog all weekend!” There was something liberating about that. I love my blog, but I recognize that I can sometimes be a slave to it and it’s nice to step away for a day or two every now and then. I hardly even looked at my computer at all. Last week was a busy and intense work week and I was feeling a little burnt out, so I just spent time with my family. Of course, spending time with my family did involve a bit of DIY… My husband and I finished up the butcher block counters, so I could work on the finishing this week.
We decided to buy the walnut butcher block from Lumber Liquidators made by Williamsburg Butcher Block Co. I wanted a richer looking wood and I didn’t want to have to stain them. Wood is a great option for counters if you’re okay with the maintenance. I like the fact that it’s a good DIY project. Most natural counter materials, like granite, quartz, etc. require professional fabrication and installation. This will give me a beautiful looking kitchen at a fraction of the cost.
This is another project for a freelance tutorial article, so all of the details on how to do this project DIY style will be available on the HGTV.com website in a few weeks. There were parts of this project that were tricky and time-consuming to figure out, but overall, I was surprised with how doable this project is. We spent the most time on the cutout for the under-mount sink. Since it’s going to be visible, it had to be perfect. If we were installing a regular sink with a lip, we could have just cut out a rough hole with a jigsaw.
Once the hole was cut and we dropped the faucet in place, we experienced one of those awesome DIY moments. One of those wow-WE-are-the-ones-who-just-made-THAT kind of moments.
…and the faucet is gorgeous. It’s the Waterhill Faucet in Stainless Steel by Moen. (I’ll share more about the faucet in another post.) I can’t wait to see it against the herringbone marble back splash, finished counter and under mount sink.
We did a slight round-over edge around the sink and a classic Roman Ogee edge on the rest. It’s amazing what a difference a router can make on a project like this.
…and I just put the first coat of finish on this morning. I did a lot of research and decided to use the Waterlox original finish.
It’s looking glorious so far.
Anyway, I have to laugh at myself a bit. It occurred to me that I’m always tackling big refinishing projects in March, which probably has the most unpredictable weather of any month of the year. I was looking at the weather report, hoping for an unusually warm week, so I can air out the house really well while applying the finish. I’m working in my basement, but I am still opening some windows for a few hours after each coat. So, I’m snuggled under blankets as a damp 40 degree cross breeze blows through the house and praying there won’t be snow on Wednesday!
I know it’ll all work out.
It always does…
Disclosure: I was given the Moen faucet in exchange for a review on my blog. I paid for all of the other products mentioned.