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Butcher Block Pantry Remodel Projects

Butcher Block Pantry Remodel Projects

As we transition from being stuck at home during the Summer to being stuck at home during the Fall, what better way to kick-start the baking season than with a butcher block pantry remodel? Both functional and beautiful, butcher block has rapidly grown in popularity for pantries. Clear out your clutter, reorganize, and bring some warmth and classic charm into your pantry this Fall. With a fresh new pantry, you’ll be all the more motivated to whip up some treats to mail to friends and family. Plus, expanding or reorganizing your pantry means you can better stock up on staple items and decrease the amount of home deliveries you’ll need. Below are some of our most recent favorite remodels from real life customers.

butcher block pantry remodel

Katie created this masterpiece of a baker’s pantry, utilizing  BB Co. Brand Beech Plank Style butcher block for both the cabinet tops and the wall shelves.  Not only am I impressed by this butcher block pantry remodel, I’ll admit I’m jealous of all her storage!

Katie had an issue with a wall not being square, leaving a gap along one long and one short side on one of her tops. She came up with such a clever solution to a rather common problem, that I just have to share! Rather than ordering backsplash to try to cover the gap, or trim to fill with wedges, she purchased some simple hardwood quarter round trim, stained to match the beech wood, and applied around all edges. It looks professional and like it was the plan the whole time. Katie did a great job and I’m sure will be baking up a storm this season!

butcher block pantry remodel

Kathleen’s project involved a bit more customization, and creates a warm aesthetic with John Boos Walnut Edge Grain tops for her client’s California pantry. The combination of the rich walnut wood with the bright shelving provides for a stunning contrast.

butcher block pantry remodel

We went back and forth with different layout options for this U-shaped area, and decided on 45-degree miter joints to keep the flow as natural as possible. As you can see, a lot of work goes in behind the scenes to make your butcher block pantry remodel project a success!

Are you planning to tackle any home improvement projects this season? If your plans include a pantry remodel, we would love to help!

Small DIY Butcher Block Projects

Small DIY Butcher Block Projects

Small DIY butcher block projects can make a big impact! While often easy, fast and affordable, they can result in a huge sense of accomplishment, too. Butcher block is ideal for the kitchen, but also cleverly used in other places in the home: check out all these creative projects our customers have tackled!

DIY butcher block kitchen island

Restore a vintage buffet with a new butcher block top to make a kitchen island that is not only practical, but a showstopper! Tip – remember to always remove the original top and place butcher block on an open base cabinet to prevent possible warping. Featured – White Oak Edge Grain from BB Co. brand.

Create a DIY butcher block Coffee Bar in a sweet niche with a wood countertop and attractive backsplash or quaint signage. Tip – oil your butcher block once a month to protect and moisturize. Featured – Boos Walnut Edge Grain.

Wet bars are becoming increasingly popular. For a nice contrast, consider butcher block in one of 15 different species. Tip – order conversion varnish or Waterlox finish for more water proofing. Featured – BBCo. brand Ash Edge Grain.

Cherish an heirloom table for years to come with some fresh paint and an upgraded butcher block top. Makes for a great food prep surface and dining spot. Tip – order oil finish if you intend to use as a chopping block, or Varnique finish for dining. Featured – Boos Blended Grain Maple.

Our DIY butcher block customers have made practical kitchen carts from vintage pieces, end tables and even (tool) rollaways, by adding a butcher block surface for the top. Tip – remember to always remove the original top and place butcher block on an open base to prevent possible warping. Featured – 4.5″ thick Beech Edge Grain BB Co. brand.

DIY butcher block pantry

Every serious baker deserves their own bakers’ pantry to keep their precious specialty appliances and necessities organized and easily accessible. Tip – order custom sizes, and a conversion varnish finish for low maintenance countertops and shelves. Featured – BB Co. brand Beech Plank-style.

DIY your own custom cutting board by choosing the dimensions to exactly fit your kitchen space. Choose from 1 of 15 different wood species. Tip – remember to request reversible (15% upcharge) if needed. Featured – BB Co. brand Maple Plank-style 1″ thick.

Butcher block is not just for kitchens! Make your own coffee table by simply adding sturdy hairpin legs. Tip – order with varnish finish and treat it like the piece of fine furniture that it is. Featured – Boos 7″thick Maple End Grain.

DIY butcher block desk

Consider a DIY butcher block desk. Again, choose a varnish finish for low maintenance and add some vintage hairpin legs. Tip – End grain is very hard wood, so to prevent it from cracking always pre-drill holes before screwing in legs. Featured – Boos Walnut End Grain.

There are endless clever uses for butcher block, like this custom speed bag made by another creative DIYer. Tip – order custom sizes and shapes of butcher block by calling us at 877-845-5597. Featured – Boos Maple Edge Grain.

It’s easy to start a DIY butcher block project. Visit our online configurator for ordering a custom John Boos butcher block or a Butcher Block Co. brand butcher block. Then send us your pictures so we can feature your creation in an upcoming blog!