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DIY: Upgraded Ikea Wood Countertops

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 17, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Julie Carlson last modified Sep 16, 2015

Noticed lately in high-end projects: appealing dark wood countertops, finished with a sheen. Here's how to get the look for less. The Inspiration There's a lot to like about this kitchen by UK designer Patrick Williams of Berdoulat; the polished dark wood countertops, the wall-mounted dish rack painted white, and the sparkly glass pendant lights. Above: A kitchen by Patrick Williams of Berdoulat in London has a pleasing mix of warm and cool, glossy and matte surfaces.   Above: The dark wood countertops contrast with the pale walls and the clear glass light fixtures.   Above: The space is traditional yet feels modern in its pared-down simplicity. A Trio of DIY Projects Three design bloggers document their experiences creating low-cost, high-impact polished wood countertops using Ikea components and a bit of elbow grease. Above: Erin of Stillwater Story shares a DIY tutorial on staining Ikea butcher block countertops; she used low-VOC Miniwax Dark Walnut 2716 Wood Stain . Go to Stillwater Story for step-by-step instructions. Above: Vanessa of This and That used Beech Butcher Block from Ikea, prepped with Minwax Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner  and finished with  Minwax Special Walnut 224 . Go to This and That for full instructions (Vanessa says, "Warning: This is a really long post that is not that interesting unless you want to know how we stained our butcher block countertops and installed an undermount sink"). Above: Catherine of In the Fields , a blog documenting one family's adventures in remodeling, spent $240 on countertop materials in her kitchen, including an $80 slab of Ikea butcher block finished with a Safecoat food-safe stain in cedar; for more info, go to In the Fields . Interested in more low-cost remodeling projects? See A DIY Kitchen Overhaul for Under $500 and 15 Secrets for Saving Money on a Remodel . Trying to decide if wood is the best surface choice for your kitchen? Go to Remodeling 101: Butcher Block Countertops .     More Stories from Remodelista New Tile Designs by Neisha Crosland for Fired Earth Heavy Metal: Buster & Punch in London Remodeling 101: Steel Factory-Style Windows and Doors






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