As excited as I am about my gorgeous kitchen, I’m almost hesitant to show you this before I show you my one-year-old’s updated dinosaur room, because DIY to my husband, who built the kitchen island, is a lot better than DIY from me. I use glue guns, he uses power tools…. Oh well! Here it is!! IT IS GORGEOUS!!!
We got our countertops from a company called Chop Bloc. They are edge grain walnut but Chop Bloc has all sorts of wood and style options to choose from. Traditionally, butcher blocks are end grain and cutting boards are edge grain. But take note, because although more expensive, End grain is better for your knives, require less maintenance and will last longer than an edge grain cutting board.
I was really worried when my husband first suggested that we put in butcher block counter tops. I thought they would be really high maintenence. As it turns out though, they take just as little maintenance as any other countertop, and the best part is if something drastic happens to them, you can sand them down and refinish them!
My favorite thing to do lately is shoot photos for the blog on my countertops! When the sun hits them from any angle you get a different look. I love the colors and textures that the light brings out in them and they are the perfect background for any photo!
My husband Ben designed and built the steel base for our island, (a.k.a. he is amazing) and I absolutely LOVE it! It is beautiful and provides so much more room for cooking. He has done quite a few rustic industrial projects around our house lately and I am so excited to see it all coming together.