A wooden butcher block countertop lends rustic charm to any kitchen. But even if you install them yourself, the slabs can be pricey. Here's a cheaper, do-it-yourself alternative.
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Over at BLDG 25, FP Naomi tells us how it's done. Naomi reclaimed an old cabinet with a piece of plywood and some paint sticks: yes, the kind you can get for free at the hardware store. She used these, along with wood stain, to create a beautiful, faux butcher block countertop out of the sticks. To make it happen, she simply glued the paint sticks on top of the plywood, filled in the gaps, sanded it all down, then stained it.
Plywood is a popular cheap alternative for countertop upgrades, but the paint sticks make it look a little more rustic and interesting.
Naomi uses this on a small side cabinet, but it could work for larger surfaces, too: kitchen countertops or even a dining table. It seems like a relatively simple project — all you need is the wood, a saw, some glue and a few other odds and ends — and best of all, it's inexpensive. Check out her tutorial at the link below.