Let’s start by saying that prepping and installing 1 1/2-thick oak wood counters and a food-related holiday like Thanksgiving really don’t mix very well.
As if you needed me to tell you that.
And where do we stand in our DIY wood counter installation? Not done yet. But getting close. This is the lone photo I have for you right now:
I wanted a dark finish that a contrasted with the painted white surfaces, so I’m happy with that. How I got there…not so much.
The breakfast bar in the photo is the original wood veneer that was full of water marks and stains which we refinished to match the counters, and not only does the dark stain cover the sins of 25+ years of use, but also coordinates the two woods together nicely. So – happy about that.
What am I not happy about? The thicker counters we had to get because our Portland Ikea store is perpetually out of the thinner (and cheaper) counters were much harder to work with. Heavier. Harder to cut. And the oak (again – no choice, the other woods weren’t in stock, either) is rougher than I had envisioned because of the distinct graining. We sanded a lot and there still is a roughness when compared to our other Ikea counter.
But the worst was the fact that when we cut the hole for the sink, a section where the oak was joined came apart right in the front. Not only is it unsightly, but this is the sink area where lots of water will be. I mean – hello? They’re counters made to have holes for sinks cut out. Sigh. So we’ve glued, clamped, filled, restained, and recoated with poly which will hopefully make it water-tight again. But not. happy. about. it.
I’m hoping that we’ll be able to put the last pieces of molding on and complete the other little finishing tasks during this next week so I’ll be able to share a full kitchen reveal after that.
Which of course I’ll be happy about.
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