Want to Know How My DIY Wood Countertops are Holding Up? One Year Later…
DIY Wood Countertop Update- One Year Later
I’ve had so many questions and features on my Wood Countertops that I knew a follow-up post was completely necessary. Everyone wants to know how they look, how they have held up, are they all warping and rainbow shaped by now? It’s been almost exactly a year since I finished the install, October of 2014 and this is how they are doing…
Here are the consecutive posts about the entire experience and the tutorial:
- DIY Wood Countertops for Under $200- Part 1
- DIY Wood Countertops for Under $200- Part 2
- DIY Wood Countertops for Under $200- Part 3
Okay, fast-forward to the here and now… Envision squiggly lines or Wayne and Garth doing the squiggly hands. Either one will work.
All in all, the counters have held up AH-MAZINGLY! They still look as gorgeous as the day I installed them. Here are some basic rules we’ve adopted.
- We NEVER cut on them.
- Always use a cutting board and trivets.
- Other than that, we don’t baby them. Sometimes the kids cereal bowls get a little stuck to them on the weekends and water isn’t always wiped up right away, but they look great.
- They are only cleaned with water or my homemade cleanser- recipe here.
Hey, don’t judge, this is life with three kids, it just got real.
- The finish is exactly the same with no peeling, cracking or other weird things that could happen.
- There is no warping, even around the sink or above the dishwasher.
- No cup circles or discoloration from water anywhere- and we are NOT careful. Even wet washrags don’t cause any damage. I swear these things are bullet-proof… Except…
- I happen to have a ten year old who’s main chore is loading and unloading the dishwasher. Because he cannot go play with friends until this chore is finished, sometimes it’s done in haste… That will occasionally cause some dropping of glasses, dishes, or knives on the counter. These will cause divots and dents in the wood. Not the finish, but the wood. This is because Aspen is a soft wood. There’s no getting around it.
Here are a couple of examples… They are really hard to photograph because to see them, you practically need to lay your head down on the counter, but you’ll get the idea.
Other than that, I couldn’t be happier with these counters. They hold up to messes, occasional standing on them to put stuff above the cabinets, and anything else we have thrown at them.
In fact, recently, I assisted a friend installing her own by following my tutorial. I didn’t change a single thing. Everything has turned out great and the quality has lasted.
Now, I may be a bit biased since I did build them from start to finish, my swear words, sweat, and tears went into these babies…In fact, it’s like they ARE my babies. Therefore, I’m going to allow my hubs, Tyler, to share his perspective on our DIY Wood Countertops.
Quite obviously, he doesn’t listen to me very well…But hey, the counters don’t seem to mind and that is AWESOME!
I can also promise you all that there are some words happening regarding the “cutting cheese” and “slicing and dicing” with the hubs after this…
If you plan on building your own wood counters with this method, let me just say,
You can do it! When I built these, I had very little knowledge of building anything and they turned out great. You are capable of making your own kitchen awesome! I promise! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! You can email me directly, leave a comment below, or connect with me on any social network. I’m happy to help all my fellow DIYers!
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