Some DIY projects are a lot of work. Some are successful and others aren’t. I wanted to share how easy it was to refinish a butcher block, because WOW! What a success for such little effort. (The hardest part of this project was carrying the butcher blocks downstairs!) If you have a butcher block, cutting board or even wood utensils you want to refinish to look like new, you should definitely give this project a try. With just a little sanding, wiping and drying, your wood cutting boards and butcher blocks will look like new.
Here’s what you will need:
- Hand Sander
- Sanding paper in grits 80, 100 and 120
- Boos Block Board Cream
- Paper Towels or old T-shirt
When my husband and I purchased these butcher blocks 15 years ago, we purchased a lemon oil block conditioner that smelled great but left this weird sticky residue that simply would not dry. We didn’t have the bottle more than 1-2 years before it started smelling rancid and I threw it out. After that, I didn’t take care of the blocks other than wiping them down after use. This Spring I had a massive cleaning fit and it seemed like a good time to try and restore our butcher blocks to new.
We use our blocks more for counters than for cutting – but that doesn’t mean they don’t get a lot of use and incur a lot of stains. There was a large dried out area in front of our grill and stains from the grill feet that we weren’t sure would come off.
SANDING THE BUTCHER BLOCKS
First, we sanded down the entire surface with an 80 grit sandpaper. We went through about 3 sheets quickly, since it was picking up layers of black gunk from the top.
We then used a 100 grit sand paper and and then finally 120 grit sandpaper for a smooth finish.
When we were done sanding it felt amazingly smooth. Here is after result:
The darker spot on the lower right is where I laid a paper towel to let the toasted almonds I make for one of my favorite salads cool. (Which is Kale & brussels sprout salad, recipe courtesy www.Epicurious.com.) I didn’t realize the olive oil soaking through the paper towel was leaving an oily residue, so I now put the paper towel on a plate.
MOISTURIZING THE BUTCHER BLOCKS
Next, we worked in the Boos Block Board Cream by hand, following the manufacturer’s instructions. We wiped it on the sides, legs and edges, then let it dry overnight.
And here it is finished – amazing! They look and feel brand new. The cream is a mix of bee’s wax and food grade mineral oil which creates a wonderful surface. Water just beads up magically on the surface.
REFINISHING A CUTTING BOARD
Refinishing the butcher blocks worked so great I wanted to try it one of our cutting boards too. We used the same steps.
Begin sanding with 80 grit sandpaper, then go to 100 and then 120.
Wipe on Boos Block Board Cream following the instructions.
And it worked great, again.
The overall project only took about 30 minutes, but oh what a difference! Maybe this quick project will inspire you to refinish a butcher block or cutting board.