This DIY Countertop Makeover from Laminate to Butcher Block post is brought to you through a partnership with Giani. Although I received products to facilitate this post, all opinions are my own.
I have always wanted butcher block countertops but I never really thought it would happen until we moved or until the countertops were so old and worn out I would be forced to replace them. Then I found out about the Giani Butcher Block Countertop Paint Kit and realized that I could turn my existing laminate countertops into butcher block at a fraction of the cost.
If I would have known that all I had to do was spend one weekend with my kitchen out of order while my husband and I got to work transforming our boring laminate into eye-catching butcher block, I would have done this a long time ago!
When we moved to Iowa and bought this house, the thing that I loved the most about it was the kitchen. I loved it so much that I couldn’t complain, I had just sold my previous home with a galley style kitchen that was so small we had to put our table in the living room for eating because it just wouldn’t fit in the small space. Needless to say, this kitchen was an upgrade and had more to offer than I felt like I even deserved so I was thrilled to take it as is, after all, it was like I was getting the kitchen of my dreams.
So you can see why I settled for the laminate countertops that were just a few shades off a color that I would have chosen for this kitchen for so long. I loved it, it was still the nicest kitchen I have ever had but I always thought it would be nice to update the countertops.
So when I received the Giani Butcher Block Kit, we got started preparing the kitchen for the transformation.
That included making plans to eat out for a couple of nights which sounds kind of fun but once you are forced to do it for a few days, it lost its allure. I was happy to know that the next time I was able to cook, it would be in a kitchen with butcher block countertops which was totally worth the inconvenience to me.
So after clearing all of my countertops and storing my kitchen items in the living room for a few days, I got started taping.
The kit came with all of the items you would need to do 35 square feet of countertops, including tape. I did overdo it on tape at times and needed to run to the hardware store to pick up another roll but now I have some extra tape for all of the DIY projects I will be doing in the future so it worked out perfectly.
Once everything was taped, I was able to start with step number one, the wood base primer.
I felt like I had lost my mind at this point because as much as I wanted butcher block countertops, I wasn’t really prepared for the idea that I may hate the outcome and now there was no going back.
I am always so nervous about things like this though. I second guess my decorating decisions every time I do something drastic but luckily I haven’t had too many blunders in the past so I should learn to trust myself a little more.
Waiting for things to dry in between steps was by far the most time-consuming thing in this project, the actual work didn’t really take that long and at times it went by really fast when trying to work before the paint dried.
It was kinda funny to see green stripes on the counter in-between steps and I was so excited when it was time to pull it off after the last step to reveal my new butcher block countertops.
I loved the way they turned out and I would recommend this kit to anyone wanting to update the look of their kitchen without breaking the bank.
The final look is exactly what I was hoping for and maybe even better because my husband even loves it. I’m not sure if its because he put his blood sweat and tears into the project or if it is because he likes the look of the wood but either way, the whole family loves this transformation. Are you bored with your laminate countertops and want to upgrade to Butcher Block without spending the money? Try this DIY Butcher Block method for less!