While David and I kept busy priming and painting and doing all sorts of things, our contractor made definite progress in our kitchen.  A few weeks ago I ordered wood butcher block countertops:

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Why wood countertops?  I challenge anyone to find another kind of cute farmhouse-y countertop that is so reasonably priced.  Second of all, I really like how wood countertops look.  Here are some of my inspiration photos:

 

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http://www.beneathmyheart.net/2012/01/ikea-butcher-block-countertop-answers-to-your-questions/
I really think they look great and I can’t get over how affordable they are!  So anyway, we ordered 3 8′ sections and they arrived the other day.
I wish I could say we were super crafty DIY-ers and installed the countertops ourselves, but seeing as we don’t have the proper equipment, have never done anything similar before, and don’t want to mess this up, we delegated the cutting/ installation to our contractors.  And they did a super job!  Check out the pics below of the untreated wood they just installed in our kitchen:
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By the way, do you see our farmhouse sink?!  Love! IMG_1679
We are really excited with how they’ve turned out!  After a bunch of online research, I’ve decided not to stain the countertops but to just “seal” them with food-grade mineral oil.  This way they’re not toxic and they won’t change the color but rather saturate it.  Anyway, that’s a whole ‘nother blog post, so stay tuned!!  🙂
-Lynne