Best Products: IKEA Groland Butcher Block Island

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IKEA strikes again. In the quick apartment makeover we are doing we're going hi and low, and really excited about some of the items we've found. This one is a particular standout: the Groland Butcher Block Island, which will only set you back $199...

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This thing is heavy and has nice details in the stainless steel towel racks on both sides, stainless cuffs on the feet and the woven wood lower shelf.

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We've been sanding and oiling it for the past few days and the top is getting dark and rich.

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Don't get us wrong, we love the John Boos blocks, particularly the Cucina D'Amico Butcher Block and the Cucina Americana Work Table Collection, which looks somewhat similar. But for $1,200 we'd rather save the money here and spend it elsewhere.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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