Monday, February 18, 2013

$90 DIY Kitchen Countertops

 Only $90!?! YES! You read it right!!
Here's How...

Measure the length and width of your countertops.. 
make sure you have accounted for any overhangs! 
Call your local saw mill (we drove 2 hours away for ours) 
Ask them how wide their mill will cut (most can cut up to 24" wide.. and that's what you want) 
We had to go wider because of our sink.
Ask them if they have Douglas-Fir (or Oregon Pine).. it is a very hard, resilient wood that is recommended for countertops and such.
Tell them what you're project is, and they will give you a price and cut enough for you.
I wanted 2.5" thick, but 2" is plenty for most normal kitchens.. if you go much thinner you are subject to warping.
We wanted raw bark on the front of ours, but you certainly don't have to.

Make sure tops of cabinets are LEVEL before beginning

Measure and cut your pieces.. we kept taking them in the house and laying them out, just to make sure.. we only had to re-cut a piece once!

Then you SAND!!!!!!!!!! Start with 60 grit, move to 80 then 100, then 150, then 180, and finish with 200 or 220 depending on how smooth you want them.
Make sure you are gluing and screwing them together from the bottom, if you have conjoining pieces. When they are in place, screw them to your cabinets from underneath.(obviously)
At this point you can stain them.. I chose not to, and went with the natural color that the polyurethane pulled out. P.S We used the same polyurethane that we used on our floors (find that post HERE)
We bought it at PPG Porter Paints.
OH and we applied 6 coats!!!! Sanding lightly between each coat.

I am in LOVE with them! They are sturdy and stay very clean... 
I DO NOT cut on mine.. I ALWAYS use a cutting board!
I use vinegar and clorox wipes to clean and disinfect.

The arrow is pointing at one of my favorite things in my kitchen!
It is Vintage Ceiling Tiles that were salvaged from a building in Paris. And I cut them up for my backsplash. YES, they were expensive! But I am sure you can find them at flea markets or antique shops for less.
 Yes, my drawer fronts are chalkboard! Awesome huh!!!

From the flowers in my sink above! I just love arranging flowers, and I LOVE having fresh flowers in my home, it just makes me feel happy! Thanks to my Mom who gave them to me!
To see my complete kitchen remodel, and the scary before pictures click HERE.
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15 comments:

Cindy Eikenberg said...

Your countertops are beautiful! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this great inspiration! ~Cindy, littlemisscelebration.com

mwimp said...

yay!! so glad to see the tut! we're so doing this for our kitchen counter tops. i luv the natural beauty of it!! we have two saw mills right down the road from us. our town was founded for the saw nills. we even have a saw mill festival every year!!

mwimp said...

oh! how did u find the tiles for the back splash? i looked on ebay but they only have 1 or 2 in stock. i didnt know if you bought from an online salvage company. while i'm sure they were expensive, the look they give is amazing!! our home depot has a hammered copper backsplash that i'm dying for but its $100/linear foot, so that is an absolute no go!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

This is awesome. I love it! I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

Mandy Jean said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!! These are so great! Thanks for posting a tutorial!

Take Care,
Mandy Jean
www.mandyjeanchic.com

Marie bloominghomestead said...

What a great idea! I would love for you to share this at my link party this week.
http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2013/02/crafty-tuesday-22513.html
-Marie

Selene Galindo said...

Awesome idea! Yours turned out very nice!
Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

butikrabia said...

very good :)

Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog said...

Wow! Such a unique and rustic look! Great job!!
I found you at Not Just a Housewife-Show Me What Ya Got! Thanks for sharing your project!

~Abby =)

housewifehowtos said...

Wow, these look amazing! My mother-in-law has been looking for an inexpensive way to redo the countertops at her cabin. This would be absolutely perfect, and we have a lumber mill nearby. Going to call them today. Thanks!

If you haven't already, I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-10/

mwimp said...

girl i'm telling you - when u come to texas you will have to come by and see the copy cat version i did of your counter tops - just give me 6 months to have it all done, k? i stalk this post every day, i'm so in luv with them, LOL!

Bobi Jensen said...

Wow, your whole kitchen is gorgeous. I love your style!

I have a weekend Link party if you'd care to join:
http://www.bobijensen.com

Quality Kitchen and Windows said...

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Karla said...

Your counter tops are beautiful! I don't think I've ever seen anything like it, and may just have to be a copy-cat if I can convince my husband!

Jackie Toye said...

I love the Old/New Look. beautiful job on the countertops and mixing it with the stainless steel. Creative