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Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? Do you find it difficult to locate the things that you need to cook, bake or serve meals? If you are unhappy with the look or layout of your kitchen, a kitchen renovation is in order. One of the best decisions I have ever made was hiring a remodeling contractor to assist me with the renovation of my kitchen. This contractor had some great ideas for storage, organization and layout that I never would have thought of. If you are considering renovation work in your home, this blog can help you find ways that a remodeling contractor can help you make the most of the project.

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How To Fix Scratches And Cracks In A Butcher Block Countertop

Ronald Hayes

If you find scratches or cracks on your butcher block countertop during a remodel, you don't have to replace the whole countertop. However, you should repair the countertop right away, since damaged butcher block countertops are more vulnerable to bacteria. It is possible to fix minor scratches and cracks no more than two inches wide or long. Here are some tips to repair minor cracks and scratches on butcher block countertops.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • work gloves
  • dust mask
  • rag
  • tarp or garbage bags
  • tack cloth
  • putty knife
  • 200-220 fine-grit sand paper
  • sander
  • beeswax
  • saw dust
  • penetrating oil (linseed or tung oil)
  • wood glue
  • wood putty

Remove all items off the counter. Spread tarp over non-removable items or cover them with garbage bags to protect them from sand dust. Lay tarp on the floor, and wipe the countertop with a rag and warm water.

Repair Scratches

Wearing work gloves and a dust mask, attach the fine-grit sandpaper to the sander. Sanding helps to smooth the damaged surface so the adhesive sticks better. Apply light pressure to the surface, and follow the direction of the wood grain as you sand. Wipe sand dust off with the tack cloth.

To fix the scratches, break off a piece of wood putty, and push it firmly in the scratch. Let the putty cure according to manufacturer's instructions, then sand the area to make it flush with the rest of the countertop. Apply two coats of beeswax with a rag to cover any scratches you might have missed, and to add a shine. Putty tends to shrink while it cures, so you may have to reapply it.

Fix Cracks

Sand the area as for scratches, sanding slightly past the crack so the sanded area matches the undamaged areas of the countertop. Add several drops of wood glue to the saw dust, and press it down with a putty knife. Keep moving along the length of the crack to make the damaged area even with the undamaged surface, and use the putty knife to remove excess material.

Add a layer of penetrating oil with the rag over the whole countertop, and let it dry. You can choose from two types of penetrating oils: linseed oil and tung oil. Drying oils such as linseed and tung oil help absorb water by hardening the countertop surface. Avoid using vegetable oil, flax oil, or olive oil for sealants, since they will eventually sour.

Your butcher block countertops should look as good as new without having to replace them. If the countertops are seriously damaged or the cracks are large, consider hiring a remodeling contractor to fix or replace them. To learn more, speak with a business like Rynone Kitchen & Baths.


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