I love IKEA butcher block countertops. They're so versatile, so beautiful, and so inexpensive — so what if they also tend to be a little lacking in a certain flair? Here's an idea: make this one-size-fits-all kitchen staple into a one-of-a-kind unique surface with just a few tools and a little bit of know-how. Alex and Wendy from Old Town Home recently faced the same conundrum — they loved the butcher block look but wanted a little something more than just a plain square edge. Enter a router, a specialty bit, and a couple of extra materials to help do the job smoothly, and suddenly the plain Jane countertop has a fancy curvy finished edge.
This is a great example of taking an inexpensive but sturdy material and using a little creativity to customize it for a high-end look! Visit Old Town Home to see a very detailed how-to, complete with lots of helpful photos and explanations.
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(Images: Old Town Home)