We are in the final stretch, only one week left in the One Room Challenge! We are getting so close, my vision is really starting to come to life! This week we have made some serious progress! Take a look…
- Unstack the washer and dryer
- Cut, seal and install butcher block countertop
- Fix the plumbing issues (such as the random pipes sticking out of the walls)
- Remove current shelving
- Sand and caulk cabinets
- Prime, paint and install cabinets
- Install cabinet hardware
- Paint the ceiling, walls, baseboards and trim
- Patch and mud the walls
- Remove old brown shoe molding and replace with white that is correct size
- Install subway tile backsplash w/ gray grout
- Install clothes hanging bar
So much has been accomplished this week: we have sealed and installed the butcher block; sanded, caulked, primed, painted and installed the cabinets; and we have painted the ceiling. A few things that we have left to accomplish include: patch and touch-up the walls that got damaged while installing the cabinets and countertop, install the backsplash and clothes hanging bar.
I found out this week that the rug I shared in my inspiration post is on back order and won’t be in before the reveal! 🙁 But I love it so much that it is worth waiting for! Here is the rug for those who don’t remember it from my week 1 post.
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Bosphorus Floral Ornamental Rug – Rugs USA
Sealing The Butcher Block
I wanted to share with you all how we sealed our butcher block countertop. There are many products out there for finishing butcher block countertops but we ultimately decided to go with Watco Butcher Block Oil & Finish, and I have to say I am 100% thrilled with the results (I was not asked by Watco to write this review, this is just my honest opinion on their product).
I know some people like to stain their butcher block, but I decided that for this particular project that I wanted to keep the finish as natural as possible. The Watco oil and finish is so easy to use and it is food-safe. You just simply wipe it on!
Look at the difference between the the raw wood and the wood where the finish was applied (please excuse the low-resolution of the above image). You can see it brings out the grain nicely and adds a warm tone to the wood!
Before applying the oil make sure you have sanded down the top of your butcher block to remove any rough areas, then wipe it down thoroughly with a damp cloth to remove any dust before sealing. Apply oil and allow to dry, then lightly sand with fine sandpaper between coats. Make sure to wipe the surface down really well before reapplying the finish. One final tip, which we were told when we bought the countertop, is to seal the entire piece (everything-top, bottom, and sides) to keep it from warping and give it the best protection against moisture.
Installing The Cabinets
We got the cabinets installed this week and I wanted to share that process with you all! We watched a tutorial from Lowe’s on how to install upper cabinets, we found it so helpful that we referred back to it several times during the installation process. I will be writing out a few of the steps that we took, but for a full tutorial I definitely recommend viewing that video!
The first step was to install some ledger boards at our desired height, to support the cabinet while hanging them. Since we have cabinets are two different heights we had to install two different height ledgers. Once those were secured we were able to install the first cabinet! We used some wooden shims to to shim behind the cabinets as needed to get them level and flush.
Next, we secured the cabinet into the stud with some wood screws.
We install the left cabinet the same way as the other one, set it on the ledger for support, used shims to get it flush, checked that it was level and secured it into the stud. For extra support we used clamps to hold the cabinet in place while we secured it to the wall.
Once secured to the wall we secured the cabinets to each other. Repeat again with the next cabinet! When all the cabinets were installed, we removed the ledgers boards and used a razor blade to trim the shims flush.
One final step was to add the filler strips at the ends of the cabinets to fill in the gap between the cabinets and the wall. To finish off the cabinets nicely, we also decided to add a strip of crown molding at the top to give the cabinets more of a custom look! We simply tacked it in along the top using our brad nailer.
What do you think of this week’s progress? Leave a comment and let me know!
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