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!

Overhang Supports for Butcher Block Countertops

Overhang Supports for Butcher Block Countertops

Here is one more way we are your one-stop-shop! We sell hundreds of butcher block countertops each month to DIYers, contractors, designers, and small businesses. And very often, their plans involve countertop or island overhangs designed to accommodate seating for dining. One of the most common requests we have is for us to sell overhang supports to aid in proper installation.

Butcher Block Co. is pleased to announce we have added overhang supports, including steel brackets and corbels, to make it possible for our customers to source these products and experience a one-stop shopping experience.

BRACKETS

When to use them: We recommend any butcher block with a side overhang of 8″ or more or an end overhang of 12″ or more, be properly installed with support brackets (or support corbels).

side overhang
Side Overhangs

end overhang
End Overhangs

What types do we have: We carry 5 different steel support brackets to meet your installation applications.

How to choose the right bracket: Use this decision tree to help you choose the right bracket for your application. Most people choose hidden brackets because of the benefits of a) providing a floating appearance and b) not having hardware that could interfere with a person’s leg room when seated at the overhang.

overhang brackets

How to choose the right length bracket: You will need to determine the amount of unsupported overhang that you want. We recommend only 4 to 6″ be unsupported. Then you measure the lengths from either the inside base cabinet (hidden brackets) or outside base cabinets (visible L bracket). For detailed directions see product feature info on each bracket at ButcherBlockCo.com.

How to install brackets: Installation is simple and fast. Generally, it requires screwing the bracket into the base cabinet. The addition of a 1×4 or 2×4 to the inside base cabinet is recommended, for anchoring the support bracket. Hidden brackets are mounted flush with base cabinets by simply notching out for the thickness of the bracket. Then follow standard butcher block installation instructions for anchoring your countertop to the base cabinet (link).

CORBELS

When to use them: Use a corbel when you are looking for both functional support AND a decorative accent to your overhang. Same guidelines apply: for overhangs 8″ or more on sides and 12″ or more on ends of countertops.

What types do we have: We carry 9 different steel, decorative support corbels covering 6 different design styles. (Three designs are available in both a 1.5″ and 2″ width.)

support corbels

How to choose the right corbel: This is easy. It is all about what appeals to you, and what fits your decor and application. Choose the corbel design, then the length required to support the overhang you have planned.

How to install corbels: Typical installation requires a 1×4 or 2×4 support be placed inside a base cabinet to which the corbel will anchor. Refer to our Corbel Installation Instructions for more details.

Butcher Block Co. wanted to offer our shoppers a wide enough selection of overhang supports so every customer would discover multiple options, but not so many that she would feel overwhelmed having to choose from too many.

Customizable Country Work Table Fits Every Kitchen!

Customizable Country Work Table Fits Every Kitchen!

Our John Boos Country Work Table is the most popular butcher block table we sell! Standing at a counter height of 35″, it is the perfect table for food preparation. It provides an additional work surface and more counter space for appliances, if that’s what you need. But the main attraction is that this table is customizable to fit your kitchen decor and space. Plus, with multiple add-on features, it can buy you more storage capacity, too! 

13 COLORS

country work table colors

The Country Work Table is available with a natural wood base (i.e., table apron, legs and shelf/shelves) or it can be finished with one of 12 colors. Nine paint color options run the gamut, from Barn Red to Clover Green and from Caribbean Blue to an orangish Spicy Latte. Or choose one of three wood stains in walnut, cherry or gray. You’re sure to find the hue that complements your kitchen decor.

7 SIZES

country work table sizes

The Country Work Table is available in seven rectangular sizes. The smallest is about 3ft long x 2ft wide and our largest is 5ft long x 3ft wide. Depending on its style and size, you might use your table as a kitchen island for dining, positioned in the center of the kitchen. Or you can set it against a wall and use it for added counter and shelf space. With so many sizes to choose from, you can design the table that best fits your kitchen space.

3 SPECIES

country work table species

Our Maple and Oak butcher block Country Work Tables are by far the most popular versions, tried-and-true for years. However, our newest addition with a blended grain walnut butcher block top is very trendy now, as more customers are gravitating toward the warmth and richness of walnut for countertops, island tops and cabinetry in their kitchens.

STORAGE OPTIONS

storage options

Everyone loves a little extra storage space, especially in the kitchen. Add a drawer to your table to tuck away cooking utensils and kitchen gadgets. Select a few wicker storage baskets, perfect for farmhouse kitchens. And order one or two slatted shelves if you need extra space for appliances, cookware or decorations. Finally, the addition of casters instantly makes your table portable, allowing you to move it when and where you need it, then easily store it until next time.

There are hundreds, actually thousands, of versions of the John Boos Country Work Table given 13 colors x 7 sizes x 3 species x 3 shelf options x baskets x drawers x casters, oh my! So certainly you can design a configuration that’s just right for you and your kitchen!

Seven Kitchen Design Styles That Americans (And We) Especially Like

Seven Kitchen Design Styles That Americans (And We) Especially Like

Over the years, kitchens have evolved to become so much more than places in homes where meals are prepared and consumed. Today’s “great kitchens” also serve as family rooms, media centers, conference rooms and virtual offices. Now more than ever, with the kitchen serving as the hub of family activity as well as the focal point of the home, it’s important to choose a kitchen design style that suits the needs and tastes of you and your family. With that in mind, the Butcher Block Co. presents an overview of seven of the most popular kitchen design styles.

While a home’s overall design style can dictate, or dramatically influence, the style selection for your kitchen, that’s not always the case. Moreover, realize that most kitchens incorporate elements associated with multiple design themes. This causes the majority of kitchens to be classified into either of two broad style categories: traditional or contemporary.

TRADITIONAL

About one in three North American kitchens can be categorized as Traditional – i.e., incorporating aspects of design from across multiple centuries and common to both the English countryside and modern-day Europe. Considered classic and timeless, but never ostentatious, traditional-style kitchens feature such details as glass-front cupboards, painted wood cabinetry, and vintage hardware and light fixtures. The use of warm, rich colors and plush furniture makes traditional kitchens warm and comforting.

CONTEMPORARY

Kitchen Design Style

About a quarter of kitchens can be classified as contemporary – i.e., incorporating modern, state-of-the-art materials in efficient, minimalistic designs. In a contemporary kitchen you’re likely to encounter such materials as stainless steel, glass, concrete, and chrome used in combination with a simple but bold color palette – sometimes limited to black, white and gray. But it’s not likely you’ll find much decoration, since the Contemporary designer is mostly focused on utility and efficiency.

MODERN

Modern Kitchen Design Style

While “contemporary” and “modern” are synonyms, they describe kitchen design styles that are actually quite different from one another. Whereas the Contemporary style of design is focused on the present, the Modern style harkens back to the mid-century modern era of the 1950s and 1960s, and sometimes more broadly, to the decades of the 1920s through the 1970s. Modern kitchens often showcase wood as their featured material, and color palettes that incorporate earth tones. About one in ten kitchens follows the Modern style of design.

TRANSITIONAL

Transitional Kitchen Design Style

In this case, the term “transitional” alludes to a blending of two styles: Traditional and Modern. In the vernacular, we might refer to this style as a blending of the old with the new. For example, a Transitional kitchen might combine stainless steel or black appliances and fixtures with dark cabinets exuding warmth, all juxtaposed against neutral-colored walls. The Transitional design style is followed in roughly 15% of kitchens.

FARMHOUSE

Country Farmhouse Kitchen Design Style

Kitchens designed in Farmhouse style, typically described as open and inviting, encourage “simpler living.” Cabinets, tables, and chairs are made of quality hardwood. Such a kitchen might well showcase a farmhouse table, an apron-front sink, a wood-burning potbelly stove and a hearth. Another distinguishing characteristic of this style is its use of bright colors we often associate with rural settings, such as red, yellow, and blue, mixed with pastels.

COTTAGE

Cottage Kitchen Design Style

Designers employ the Cottage style of design when the objective is to create a casual and welcoming atmosphere associated with vacation or summer cottages designed for relaxation and entertaining. More often than not, a cottage-style kitchen is characterized by a light and airy look achieved through the use of light, muted colors; white beadboard cabinets; a farmhouse sink; wood floors that add warmth; and vintage light fixtures that provide a “retro” feel.

COASTAL

Coastal Kitchen Design Style

As one might imagine, coastal or beach-style kitchens are likely to be cheery and bright, illuminated by abundant sunlight and featuring gentle and soothing shades of blue, green, white, and beige (in a callout to sand-colored beaches). Lighting tends to be subdued, and seaside or maritime-themed décor typically features seashells, sea life, sailboats and fishing, for example.

We recognize there are numerous other kitchen design styles not covered here, and not one of them is wrong. What’s most important is that YOU find a style that invigorates you. And regardless of your design-style decision, know that the Butcher Block Co. can supply you with butcher block surfaces, furniture, and accessories to make yours a twenty-first-century kitchen: wood counter and island tops; island, dining, work, and bakers’ tables; kitchen carts; cutting boards and chopping blocks; and knives and knife blocks.

Butcher Block Co. Waterfall Edge Wood-Plank Kitchen Island Tops

Butcher Block Co. Waterfall Edge Wood-Plank Kitchen Island Tops

The Butcher Block Co. Now Offers Wood-Plank Waterfall Edge Kitchen Islands
The waterfall edge design theme has taken hold and the Butcher Block Co. has responded. What makes a kitchen island a “waterfall edge island” is the distinction that its top continues vertically down the ends of the island, mimicking the cascading effect of a waterfall. It’s important that the horizontal-to-vertical transition(s) be especially smooth and appear nearly seamless. The resulting continuous-flow look is visually appealing and can have a profound impact on the feel of any kitchen, especially a contemporary one.

Waterfall edge closeup


Of course, a waterfall top can have a single vertical end, such as in the case of a kitchen peninsula or when upgrading a single end of a kitchen counter. Another variation involves adding a waterfall edge to both ends of L-shaped or U-shaped counters. Like water flowing over a rock surface, a waterfall edge wood top brings visual interest to both islands and peninsulas. A nice advantage of waterfall edge islands is the fact that they can serve as kitchen islands with seating when the top and ends of the island are wider (deeper) than the island cabinet they cover, allowing room to tuck in bar stools or chairs.

waterfall edge island

As mentioned, it’s critical that the horizontal-to-vertical corner transitions appear virtually seamless for a sleek, contemporary look. In order to achieve seamless-looking transitions, the Butcher Block Co. uses only wood planks long enough to span the total “combined length” (top + end(s)) of the contemplated waterfall edge island or countertop. There are limits to these combined-lengths; they vary by species.

Waterfall Edge Island


Kitchens come in an incredibly wide range of colors and looks. That’s why the Butcher Block Co. offers counter and island tops – and now, waterfall edge tops – in 15 different wood species. So it’s highly likely we can create a waterfall island that’s perfect for YOUR kitchen. Over half of the species we offer are light or blond woods. Some introduce a hint of a soft yellow, a pinkish red or a light brown. Others showcase medium-to-dark browns. And whereas some woods are neutral or muted, certain others are visually striking. Whether you’re shopping for a waterfall island with a soft, soothing look, or one that makes a bold statement, we can help you bring the beauty of nature into your home.

15 wood species


BB Co. waterfall islands can ship either pre-assembled (provided the island top and sides are at least 1-1/2 inches thick); or knocked-down and ready to assemble on site. We recommend factory-assembled islands, but sometimes the ready-to-assemble option is the only practical solution, such as when home doorways are not wide enough for a pre-assembled island to fit through.

Create a clean, updated look in your kitchen with a unique waterfall design.
If you would like us to provide a price quote on a waterfall island or counter top, please call or email us at [email protected] with specifics.

Celebrating 4 Years of BB Co. Brand Custom Countertops

Celebrating 4 Years of BB Co. Brand Custom Countertops

This month, we at Butcher Block Co. are celebrating our four year anniversary of our BB Co. brand counter and island tops! We’ve had so much fun seeing these beautiful tops in your homes and restaurants, and we’re excited to share some of our favorite recent projects. We want you to join in the celebration, so check out our BB Co. brand tops here. Share your photos and you could even be featured in a future blog post!

First up, our customer Tyra put together one of the most creative uses of our butcher block we’ve ever seen. Tyra ordered BB Co. Hickory Plank for her beautiful island top, and individual backsplash pieces to build this amazing range hood. Her contractor did a remarkable job, and this is one of our favorite kitchens to date. Hickory has grown rapidly in popularity over the last couple years, and it is not hard to see why when you look at Tyra’s phenomenal kitchen!

BB Co. brand Hickory Plank

Our happy customer, David, ordered a Red Oak Plank top, and customized it to his liking. He ordered the top unfinished, then stained it and applied six coats of polyurethane for this spectacular island top. Great job, David!

BB Co. Oak Plank Top

Finally, we have this absolute stunner of a tabletop from a new Italian restaurant in San Diego. GTC Design (also in San Diego), ordered a Knotty Alder Plank top at 115”L X 66”W (it’s huge!) for their client, Cardellino. Large enough to seat 18 people, this gorgeous table is perfect for big groups, and graces the private dining room at Cardellino. It was paired with an old industrial workbench base, which gives it the perfect touch of rustic charm. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have something like this in your home?!

BB Co. brand Knotty Alder

We hope you enjoyed our celebration! And, remember – if you are looking to put in a new counter/island/table top, we’re always her to help make your butcher block dreams come true!

Colorful Kitchens – 2020 Trends

Colorful Kitchens – 2020 Trends

Colorful kitchens is one trend to look forward to in 2020. The addition of color puts more energy in the kitchen and makes for a happy, comfortable space.

colorful kitchens - warm gray

EARTHY TONES INSPIRED BY NATURE

Warmer tones like mushroom gray and smoky white will likely replace colder grays and stark white. Browns are gaining momentum and color is making an impact in kitchens. With a focus on health and wellbeing, people are gravitating to nature’s neutral colors, earthy greens and bold shades, with hues inspired by the earth sea and sky.

colorful kitchens

MORE DARING USE OF COLOR

We have seen deep bold tones like hunter green, emerald green and navy in the kitchen this past year. Blues and greens will continue to influence but will be married with earthy tans and browns. Look for “freshened” bold colors to replace jewel tones. Colors like sharp reds, light teal, turquoise and aqua.

beautiful blue colors

BLUE – THE COLOR OF THE YEAR

Blue will play a significant role in 2020 colorful kitchens. The Pantone Color of the year is Classic Blue; Sherwin Williams’ 2020 color is Rich Navy Blue; and PPG paint is featuring their cobalt blue hue called Chinese Porcelain this year. Beautiful blues in varying shades from light to gray-blue to navy have calming qualities that induce a sense of comfort.

mid century modern wood tones

CABINETS OF LIGHTER WOOD TONES

White Shaker cabinets will continue to be the most popular cabinet in kitchens, but wood tones will remain a strong second. Mid-century modern tones in wood are predicted to emerge this year with lighter tones like teak, hickory, white oak and walnut. Blue cabinets will likely find comfort in colorful kitchens, too, either as tuxedo kitchens with blue lowers and light upper cabinets or on contrasting kitchen islands.

colorful kitchens island

KITCHEN ISLANDS & COUNTERTOPS

The kitchen island is the focal point of many colorful kitchens. Nearly half of kitchen remodelers who upgrade their kitchen island choose a contrasting color for the base, with island colors of gray and blue often chosen. When an island top is selected to contrast with the countertops, wood is the number one choice for the island top. For countertops, quartz will continue to dominate over marble given its advantages of durability and color/texture selection. On the horizon are porcelain slab countertops which are durable and absolutely beautiful in pattern and visual depth!

colorful kitchen tile

FEATURE-WALL BACKSPLASHES

Subway tile is everywhere, but now there is a twist. Tiles in unique dimensions, sizes and shapes are emerging, as is, new ways to lay the tile such as vertical and herringbone patterns. Homeowners looking to fully embrace color in the kitchen are creating feature-wall backsplashes that extend from the countertop all the way to the ceiling!

wood tone flooring

FLOORING & MORE

Wood tones dominate flooring, whether it is engineered hardwood, laminates, luxury vinyl or wood-look tiles. Colored appliances, often following the color of the year, are clever additions to keep the colorful kitchen a fun place to gather.

Will you be embracing the colorful kitchen trend this year?

Kitchen Design Trends 2020

Kitchen Design Trends 2020

The U.S. housing market exhibits strong momentum heading into 2020. Interest rates, still at historic lows, helped drive new-home construction to a 13-year high in December. Further fueling supply, tens of thousands of baby boomers will exit the housing market altogether when they transition to senior-living communities. And there’s ample pent-up demand among those hoping to finally break into the homeowner ranks.

Against this backdrop, the consensus among industry experts is that 2020 will see U.S. homeowners continue to invest heavily in home improvements, especially remodels of kitchens – the most popular room targeted for renovation.

According to Houzz, spending on kitchen remodels jumped a whopping 27 percent last year alone!
Exactly what will kitchen remodelers spend big on this year? Key kitchen design trends can be grouped into a handful of themes.

SMART TECH KITCHEN CREEP WILL ACCELERATE
Tech-savvy millennials have come to expect it, and older homeowners will come to rely on it in order to more safely and comfortably age in place. We’re talking about “smart” kitchens with connected “smart-home” appliances and devices that can be activated and controlled via a smart speaker, phone or watch. Some connected devices, such as smart lights and smart TVs, can even learn your personal preferences and habits and adapt accordingly. It’s not a pipe dream. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) reports that nearly half of all U.S. homes will include smart home systems by the end of the year.

ONE CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH PANTRY STORAGE OR SPACE FOR GRAZING
Housing-data experts, Meyers Research, recently surveyed more than 25,000 homebuyers about their kitchen needs and preferences. Three out of every ten respondents reported wanting a “super-pantry with ultra-storage,” and half expressed interest in a butler’s pantry for storing serve ware and staging meals.
Half of all respondents indicated they would like a kitchen island, and more than four in ten (43%) expressed interest in both an island and a breakfast bar.
Here are a few other kitchen design trends from this and related research.

  • Stainless-steel remains the preferred appliance finish, but colorful appliances are gaining a foothold.
  • White kitchen cabinets are still homebuyers’ top choice, however walnut remains widely popular.
  • There’s a shift to environmentally friendly natural and organic materials, such as wood, which adds warmth and natural beauty to kitchens.
  • Waterfall ends on kitchen counters and islands are increasingly desirable. (At the end of the countertop, a “waterfall” made of the same material used in the horizontal counter or island top, provides the illusion of a continuous “flow” down to the floor. Soon, Butcher Block Co. will offer waterfall designs in wood counter and island tops.)
  • Trends favor full-wall backsplashes and the use of kitchen art, since the kitchen is no longer just a place for cooking and eating.
  • There’s growing consumer interest in farmhouse sinks and prep sinks, as well as sinks with finishes that are anti-microbial and/or dirt-resistant.

TOMORROW’S KITCHENS WILL LOOK LESS AND LESS LIKE YESTERDAY’S
In 2019, the research arm of the architectural surfacing solutions firm, Cosentino Group, fielded a major market research project. Findings were revealed in a report they titled Global Kitchen: The Kitchen, The Heart of the Home. A key, overarching finding was that the modern kitchen is evolving to host activities that used to take place in other rooms. Essentially, today’s kitchen also serves as a work space, a playroom, and a space for communing with guests. The report observed that, “Practicality and versatility have become the kitchen’s two main assets… New uses have a direct impact on the kitchen’s design, which is open to new materials and colors in order to achieve an increasingly comfortable space, making it possible to safely combine cooking with other activities in a practical way.”

SURFACE SPACE IS THE COIN OF THE REALM
As homeowners use their kitchens for more and more varied activities, there is increased need for more surface space in kitchens. Nowadays used for web-surfing, social networking, and gaming, in addition to old-fashioned food prep, dining, and socializing, any kitchen’s countertops and island tops are its most precious commodity. Consumers want as much surface space as their kitchens can fit.
Designers are responding by incorporating into their designs longer counters, bigger islands, second islands, countertops in pantries, and desks, for example. Plus, they’re recommending material and pattern mixing (i.e., different materials or patterns for tops in different zones of the kitchen) to create a finished space that’s both highly functional and visually pleasing. For example, a designer today might specify edge-grain butcher block for the kitchen’s perimeter counters or desk, and end-grain butcher block – more suitable for chopping – for the kitchen’s main island.

Now that you’re aware of these kitchen design trends, what plans do you have for your 2020 kitchen makeover?

Winter Might Be the Perfect Season to Tackle Kitchen Improvement Projects

Winter Might Be the Perfect Season to Tackle Kitchen Improvement Projects

While it’s true that most homeowners execute kitchen improvement projects during spring and summer, there are a number of good reasons why some choose to schedule maintenance checks, appliance upgrades, and even full kitchen remodels during winter months.

For starters, some folks who worship warm-weather months prefer to reserve them for unfettered activity outdoors and for spending quality time with family and friends, without interruptions from contractors or suppliers concerning home remodel projects underway. Plus, wintertime home improvement projects can wind up costing you less and taking less time to complete, due to the simple law of supply and demand.

During winter, when there’s less demand for contractors and remodelers, homeowners have more leverage so can often negotiate more favorable pricing, closer-in start dates and possibly even shorter overall timelines, since more workers could be dedicated to your kitchen improvement or remodel job.

Also, you might be able to negotiate lower prices from appliance and material suppliers, since they too are not exempt from the supply-demand law and need to keep their inventory turning.

There’s one other often overlooked advantage to tackling home improvement projects over the winter: low humidity. Hotter months bring with them high humidity, which can wreak havoc on paint and floor refinish jobs, which fare better under heated air curing. Similarly, air heated to a nearly constant temperature is preferable for the acclimation of wood counter and island tops to their new environs. But take note: you should not leave new, wood countertops, tables or kitchen carts in cold places, including garages and outdoors, of course.

So Which Kitchen Improvement Projects Will You Tackle this Winter?
Truth be told, winter is as good a season as any for taking on virtually any kitchen maintenance, repair or improvement project. Such projects don’t have to be expensive in order to produce gratifying results. The list below includes projects that range from simple home maintenance to more substantial overhauls.

  1. Check for Air Leaks – Given indoor-outdoor temperature differentials, during winter it’s easier to find openings through which air can pass, adding to your home heating and cooling costs. Re-caulk any problematic seams arounds doors and windows.
  2. Repaint Ceiling and Walls – Giving your kitchen ceiling and walls a fresh coat of paint can be a smart move if it’s been a while since they were painted. Like most contractors, painters are more likely to negotiate pricing during slower winter months. Plus, you might be able to book an individual painter or a crew only one or two weeks out, compared to 3 or more weeks during the summer.
  3. Resurface Countertops – As everyone knows, worn or outdated kitchen counter or island tops can detract from a home’s appearance, as well as its market value. Wood countertops – either butcher block or plank-style – are functional, add warmth, and are virtually timeless. After all, naturally beautiful wood will never go out of style!
  4. Update Kitchen Cabinets – Sometimes all it takes is a good cleaning and application of a wood restorer to renew luster to kitchen cabinets. For tougher jobs, you might need to consider hiring a professional refinisher. If you have painted cabinets, keep in mind that many painters experience a slowdown during winter. Regardless of the finish of your kitchen cabinets, you’ll find that a change of hardware – knobs, handles, and hinges – can make them look almost new.
  5. Refinish Your Kitchen Floor – Humidity can cause floor finishes to cure too fast, leaving an overly glossy or uneven finish. Drier winter air, heated to a narrow range of temperatures, will ensure steadier curing and deliver more satisfactory results.
  6. Miscellaneous — Here are a couple of projects that can make a big impact on the overall appearance of your kitchen, without making too big a dent in your bank account: add crown molding; upgrade lighting.

Our kitchen improvement projects list would not be complete without mentioning two other sure-fire ways to enhance the looks of your kitchen and at the same time increase the value of your home: update kitchen appliances and upgrade kitchen furniture. Of course, we at Butcher Block Co. will always recommend butcher block tables and kitchen carts! They’re functional, affordable, natural, and above all else, beautiful.