Ikea butcherblock countertops are not only beautiful, but super affordable. We used butcherblock to repurpose our existing builders-grade island and extend seating. This made the island more usable and comfortable for our guests to enjoy! Our entire kitchen transformation on a budget was a labor of love and increased the value of our home.
Our kitchen island, before installing Ikea butcherblock:
Embarrassing pictures ahead. I admit to being in a DIY learning curve – but if nothing else, it will make you understand that we all have to start somewhere when it comes to enhancing our DIY skills!
DIY Ikea Butcher Block Countertops
Our goal was to make the island level and extend it so we had more leg room.
As far as the demolition, I of course have no photos of that process. But to explain what we did…first we shut off the power completely to the island. Then used mallets to pound (upwards) on the island countertop to remove it. Then just hammered away the drywall. The studs were cut down using a tool called Sawz-All until it was completely level. We then had to patch and repair the drywall that was attached to the island.
We made a template out of cardboard, and tested the legroom with our tiny chair…15″ overhang. Much better!
And…after the demolition, our view into the family room definitely improved…
Our trip to Pittsburgh Ikea (130 miles one way) produced two very nice walnut countertops. A single countertop unfortunately was not wide enough to cover our island, so we had to buy two to splice together. (Island width was 45″x80″ for more legroom and a 15″ overhang).
Biscuit cutter, essential tool for adjoining the two countertops.
Ready for wood glue, and…biscuits!
Clamp it, wait 24 hours.
Once it was glued, we placed the template back on top and traced the shape, then cut using a jigsaw. View from the loft…
Added corbels from Architectural Depot:
Two 96” x 25” Ikea butcher block countertops.
From Lowe’s we purchased Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations paint kit, electrical supplies for adding outlets.
Cardboard from JoAnn Fabrics (large enough to make a template).
Best Tutorial: How to Install a Butcher Block-Countertop (from This Old House)