Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Laundry Counters

This week we built something that Luke really didn't want to build: the laundry room counters.  I know it's just a laundry room but I really wanted butcher block counters.  I love they way they look with white cabinets and this room is going to have plenty of white cabinetry going on.  But butcher block was out of our price range.  Luke wanted to buy a 10' preformed laminate countertop and just trim it to fit.  
There was nothing wrong with the laminate, it just wasn't what I wanted.  But Luke was swayed by the fact that we would save $100 by making our own counters instead of the laminate.  We started with this pile of oak flooring leftover from the back two bedrooms.  
 Because it has a beveled edge it does not match the original oak floors so I can't use it in our kitchen remodel.  But there's no reason to let it go to waste. We ran it all through the planer then glued and clamped all the pieces into one large board.  Luke spent hours sanding it down until everything was smooth (he would love to have a big planer than could handle a 24" board.

While he was out of town I stained it with a walnut finish

And sealed it.  When Luke got back for the weekend we finally installed the sink base cabinet and set the counter in place. 
 After the sink was installed we could finally move the washer and dryer back in.  Hurray for clean clothes!








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