This past weekend I finally installed the remaining counters in our kitchen renovation. After they were in (and looking pretty darn good), it was time to choose a finish. Half of my counters are recycled granite, picked up off Craigslist from a kitchen remodel (yes, I'm aware of the potentialradon). The other half, wood butcher block (chosen for easy of installation, ease of refinishing, ease of recycleability) surrounds the sink so it needs to be waterproof. I also want to be able to cut directly on it, therefore choosing the most safe finish is of top priority.
Reading online yields a plethora of finishing options:
- Drying Oils - (linseed, tung, and diluted varnish)
- Nondrying Oils - Including vegetable and mineral oils.
- Vegetable Oils - e.g., olive, corn, peanut, safflower
- Mineral (or paraffin) Oil - (not baby oil as it contains other ingredients)
- Paraffin Wax
For wet things:
For sharp things: