Refreshing Butcher Block

The butcher block top of our kitchen island had become dull and blotchy in appearance, so we sought out a solution to this problem.  We learned that refreshing a butcher block top, for any type of cabinetry or furniture, is an easy process.

Here is what our butcher block top looked like before we started:

We selected the Howard Butcher Block Conditioner from Lowes to refresh our top.  This project took about 1 hour from start to finish.


Step 1:  Prepare the Surface

The butcher block conditioner uses a blend of beeswax, Brazilian carnauba wax, and food-grade mineral oil.  So, it needs to be warmed before applying.  I set the bottle of conditioner in a bowl of hot water and proceeded to clean the top.

Soap and water worked fine to clean the top using a clean kitchen sponge.  I paid special attention to work out any stains on the surface.  I followed this with a clean water rinse, toweled off the remaining moisture, and let the top dry.

Step 2:  Apply the Conditioner

Using a clean cloth, I applied a liberal amount of conditioner to the butcher block.  The idea is let it soak into the wood.  I worked the conditioner in with circular strokes at first, and then finished with strokes along the grain.  I followed the directions for the conditioner and let it soak in for 20 minutes.

Step 3:  Remove the Excess

With another clean cloth, I removed the conditioner that had not soaked in.  I used strokes along the grain of the wood during this process.

Step 4:  Final Polish

The last step is to lightly polish the surface with another clean cloth.  And this is the result!

This project is a quick and easy way to restore the luster of your butcher block top.  The conditioner we used is non-toxic, so this would be a great project for kids to help with.

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