Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dark Tung Oil Butcher Block Countertops

This is our second time using butcher block countertops in a kitchen remodel. There are several reasons why I love them, they're affordable, easy to install and look great. 

We tried using as many green products as we could, so in this kitchen remodel I wanted to use all  natural tung oil.
There are many tung oil products out there but only a few are pure tung oil.
Here are just a few of the advantages of using pure tung oil:
  • Doesn't form a glossy finish
  • Forms a flexible water proof finish
  • FDA approved for food contact
  • Doesn't darken over time like linseed oil
  • Resists abrasion and acids

I found a dark tung oil from the Real Milk Paint Company which adds a rich beautiful patina.
They also sell many other environmentally friendly products including paint.

Real pure tung oil is non-toxic so it's a great choice for a countertops, however most people recommend thinning pure tung oil with mineral spirits, turpentine or naphtha. If you add these solvents to thin the tung oil it is no longer non-toxic. 

The Real Milk Paint Company has a great solution for this, they recommend and sell a citrus solvent to mix with tung oil, which allows it to remain non-toxic. This was really important to me.

Let me tell you it was so easy to apply. I followed their applications instructions on the bottle, and also found tips and suggestions on their website.


I even used it on the kitchen island top, I love it and 
trust me I'll be using this stuff again on other projects.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cottage Kitchen-Before and After

Today, I'm sharing our kitchen reno at the beach cottage.
The before kitchen was obviously not the original 1955's kitchen and it was gross to say the least. 
I think we removed in cabinets in record time because they were hardly secure and the counter-tops weren't even attached. We donated all of the cabinets and appliances.



We kept the sink in the original location to save money, but relocated the fridge next to the sink
We saved space by using smaller appliances like a 24" dishwasher and smaller counter-depth fridge.


I decided that I wanted a normal size stove, so to save money
 I found a great used slide-in on craigslist for $100.00

I wanted open shelving rather than upper cabinets, the space is small so I didn't want to crowd it, plus adding shelving rather than cabinets saves a ton of money. 
The kitchen accessories are a mix of new and vintage, I made the fresh oysters sign from an old piece of wood that we found in the attic, I love how it turned out.

In a later post I will show you how we used galvanized piping for the shelf supports.

Stayed tuned for more info on beautiful counter tops.