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.


  1. Do you think I could use this on my hardwood floors that are looking pretty dull and lifeless?

  2. I love your counters and your kitchen. I would love to redo my kitchen with butcher block counter tops. Love the fact that you went green. Great job!

  3. Countertops look amazing, I would use the same when I make my kitchen makeoner in the summer.

    House cleaners Ealing

  4. YUM on the wood counter tops! We just 'built' our 3rd IKEA kitchen, so I've been following their product changes + improvements through the years. Their current counter tops are a lot beefier than they were. I know they're relatively reasonably priced, + as we can see, butcher block looks fantastic!

  5. How's it holding up with waterproofing around the sink? How many coats did you do on the top and bottom? Sorry for all the questions I'm embarking on the same project!


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