I planned on having this post up a few weeks ago but we hit some setbacks with the plumbing under the sink and the sudden loss of our precious yellow lab (Max) at the old age of 13. He was the best dog and we love and miss him very much.
After almost 4 weeks, I am happy to report that it's finally done and I hope you are inspired to try your hand at this DIY if it is a project you have been wanting to tackle. Not only is it pretty easy to accomplish for 2 people, but it's also very cost effective and beautiful!
The first step is to choose the type of butcher block you want. There are so many options. We wanted a budget friendly option and that's why we went with one from Ikea. They do have a variety of options, including ones that are not solid wood. We knew we wanted solid wood and so we decided on the Hammarp Birch Butcher Block from Ikea. I knew I wanted to stain it but I wanted to use only natural, food safe products and my biggest roadblock was finding a food safe stain option. After days of endless searching with no results, I was pretty frustrated! Then, out of nowhere, it hit me, Miss Mustard Seed Milkpaint! Yes, I could stain and finish the butcher block counters using only her products! I had some Curio on hand (which is the only brown in her line) which I used as my stain and ordered some all natural hemp oil and beeswax to use as my sealers.
First we measured where the counters were going. Make sure you do this a few times to make sure your measurements are accurate! We made our cuts on a table saw and I proceded to sand the butcher block with my trusty palm sander (starting with 80 grit and working my way up to 220 grit) to get a nice smooth finish. Once the pieces were all sanded and wiped down I started staining with the milk paint.
I wanted the counters to be on the darker side so I mixed my paint a little thicker. I then painted it on, waited a few seconds and wiped off the excess paint with a clean rag. I ended up with a beautiful warm brown and it was perfect! Once I was done staining all the counters, I let them dry overnight. The photo below shows the paint on before being wiped off.
The next day, it was time to seal the counters. I started by adding a coat of hemp oil with a brush. You can also use your hands, it makes for a nice hand moisturizing treatment! I ended up doing 3 coats total on each counter. Just make sure you wipe up any excess oil that didn't soak in after a few hours. As you can see below, the oil is almost completely absorbed. This wood was thirsty!
Now comes the fun part, installation! But, before we could do that, we had to get rid of the old tile counters. Easier said than done! It took us 2 days! Here you can see hubby and his handy helper Rocky unhooking the water so we could remove the sink.
After we bashed out all the tile You can see me (yes, I live in my pj's whenever I can!) vacuuming the mess off the plywood so we could unscrew and remove it.
Once the plywood was off we were ready to bring up and install the new counters. Make sure you follow manufacture instructions on installation. I added one coat of beeswax with a rag and buffed it to a shine. Here it is all completed…..
I can tell you that after about a week of using the counters I have been pleasantly surprised at how well they are holding up especially to accidental water spills! So, if you are in the market for butcher block counters and using non toxic, natural products, give Miss Mustard Seed Milkpaint a try!
For the first few years living in this house, I really didn't like the laundry area but I could'nt do much with it until we had the money in the budget to replace the washer and dryer. Being the focal point of the room, I did'nt want to makeover the space until I had a new set. After doing lots of research we decided to go with the Maytag front loader and we are loving it! Who knew laundry could be a joy? Trust me, after dealing with the old 80's top loader set long enough, it was a joy! This is the before shot. I tried to make the best with what I had but never loved it.
Before we could put the new set in place, we ripped up the laminate floor and painted the original hardwoods underneath. I went with the Ultra Pure White porch and floor paint from Home Depot in flat and sealed it with a heavy duty gloss varathane. We also planked the area behind the washer and dryer with 8" wide plywood boards that I painted white. Once the walls and floor were complete, it was time to put the washer and dryer into place. We had a wood table top laying around and hubby added it above the washer and dryer for me, which I loved as it gave me more room to decorate! The rest of the walls got a fresh coat of paint in Secluded Beach by Valspar. I made the WASH sign with letters I found at Ben Franklin (a local craft store) and painted them white. As much as I loved the galvanized bucket light that we made, it was too dark for this space.
Hubby hung the shelves and added a dowel so that I would have hanging space. Once they were up I was ready to decorate with some of the awesome vintage finds I had been collecting for this space.
I painted the wood tabletop white and added a cute wire basket light fixture. You can find it here. The baskets hold dog necessities and our first aid kit. To hide the washer and dryer, I added linen curtains with fabric I bought at Jo-Ann Fabrics.
The vintage ironing board leaning against the wall is a treasure I found on offerup and I actually use it! I wanted a ticking striped cover for it, which I found on an etsy shop here. She custom makes them to fit many different sized boards and has a huge fabric selection. If you are in the market for one, definitely give her shop a visit. Many of the fun decor accessories, like the large laundry basket and rug beater (I jokingly call it the husband beater ;)) I found while antique shopping with the hubby or on Etsy.
Of course, no space is complete without flowers! They add the perfect pop of color! I am pretty thrilled with how it turned out and it is now a light, bright and pretty space to do all the piles and piles of laundry. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I hope I have inspired you to pretty up your laundry room. I always love hearing from you so please feel free to email or leave a comment.