Lately I have been thinking about the far off, but much anticipated kitchen redo for my little starter home. I actually love my kitchen, but there are a few things I would change or add to it. Besides taking down the TWO layers of wallpaper, I would love to replace the Formica counters which look like they are from the 1970’s sporting a marbleized appearance and gold flecks in abundance.
I have been looking at my options which need to stay in the inexpensive range due to my lack of mullah and the fact that my house is a starter home and beautiful counters like granite would probably not fit in the neighborhood.
With that said, I learned about butcher block countertops and discovered a new love! I think they are gor-ge-ous! Just take a look at these pictures!
I got this next picture from HGTV.com’s review and tips on different counter tops. I am in love with this look and have decided to put in a farmhouse sink someday when I get these lovely counters.
And who wouldn’t want this kitchen?
I think I have established how beautiful butcher block countertops can be.
Now I have to look at it from a more practical view. From what I understand it can be unwise to have butcher block close to a sink because the wood is pourous and at risk for rot or mold. Ack! No one wants that, but from what various sites say this isn’t a problem as long as you periodically seal/oil it. I think I could handle this.
Also, butcher block can tend to scratch, however, I won’t be cutting on it and other reviews say that it isn’t too hard to sand out scratches. I don’t think I would mind a few anyways as this can be a form of “character.”
The other thing to consider is cost. I have found that this is pretty much my least expensive route (minus the farm house sink) if I get my counters from Ikea. The next least expensive counters would be formica which can look nice when you are on a budget, but I really love the butcher block countertops. Formica hardly requires any maintenance though and so I wonder if this would be a better route when it comes to the sale of this starter home in a few years.
What do you think?
Would you buy a house with butcher block countertops in the kitchen?
Would I be hurting the resale value in my home?