One of the first projects I tackled at Flip 5 was the kitchen renovation. One of the design choices I wanted to incorporate was butcher block counters. However, I don’t do well with high maintenance finishes or upkeep! Anybody relate? You might remember rather than actual butcher block I chose Wilsonart Butcher Block laminate in Old Mill Oak. You can read about the install process here.
Wilsonart Butcher Block Laminate Review
I recently shared a few more glimpses of my counters over on Instagram, and after almost two years, I thought an update about my experience with these counters would be beneficial. Some of you all sent me some questions about the product, and I’m including those answers in this post too. As I stated on Instagram, this is not a sponsored product.
How To Care For Butcher Block Laminate
The counters have the appearance of butcher block, but the best part- none of the upkeep. Like any other laminate counters, there is no annual maintenance, sealing, or sanding. Instead, I typically use routine cleaning products or soapy water. It’s really that easy! Unlike butcher block, just about any product is safe on the counters. The color & vibrancy of the counters haven’t faded. Since they’re laminate, they’re designed to withstand routine use & cleaning without fading.
Preparing Food On Laminate Surfaces
While I’m no chef, I do prepare a meal every now and again. I’ve been in enough houses with butcher block counters to see knife marks and ridges. That was one of the primary reasons I did not want actual butcher block.
Like other laminates you’ve seen, this counter is a durable surface to withstand routine food prep- from spilled spaghetti, sliced squash, olive oil spills, and more. I frequently slice and food prep directly on the counters. Unlike butcher block, it’s not a porous surface, so it doesn’t stain or scar.
How Laminate Counters Are Installed
My initial blog post details the installation process in depth. Just like any other laminate counters, the laminate comes in sheets which are heated & glued onto a wood surface that is attached to the counters. I had a few followers ask if laminate can be installed directly on to existing counters. While laminate can be applied over existing laminate, I don’t encourage it. You can easily remove the existing laminate while still keeping the original wood (saves on cost too!).
How Much Does Laminate Butcher Block Cost?
I’m always looking for an affordable option, and laminate frequently meets that requirement. I have used the same local company for years to install my laminate counters. However, big box stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s not only carry these counters but install as well. I spent just over $500 for materials and labor.
What Do The Edges Of Laminate Butcher Block Look Like?
As with any laminate, you can choose your edge. I wanted a clean edge to mimic the look of actual butcher block. You could choose any other edge; however, I think the clean lines contribute to a more authentic look. While laminate counters can also include a separate backsplash, I chose to do a full tile backsplash. I wanted the entire counter to look like authentic wood slabs and including a faux backsplash would diminish the authentic look.
Since I had these counters installed, they have held up great. They still look new & show no sign of wear. Without a doubt, I’d choose these all over again. The grain finish on the Wilsonart Butcher Block mimics a real wood pattern, they’re durable, low maintenance, and the perfect design finish for this kitchen.