How To Refinish a Wood Countertop

By Robert Robillard on Home Maintenance, Kitchens

Refinishing a Cherry Wood Countertop:

There is an unmistakable, unique look of quality when I see a solid wood counter-top. It is the mix warmth, character, and quality that makes it a popular and sought after choice in many high end kitchens. Many people have a perception that installing a solid wood counter-top is cost prohibitive and nothing dresses up the “cookie cutter” kitchen better than a solid wood counter top. Wood counters are gorgeous but require periodic maintenance.  If your wood counter top is stained, looking a little dull, or the finish is worn it is time to refinish it.  Learning how to refinish a wood countertop is easy. We always say “Refinish it don’t replace it!”

Refinishing a wood countertop can be a weekend project if you use the right methods and finish. The counter top in this article is Cherry and is approximately 60″ and 24′ long.  Areas around the cook top are stained from foods and there were several water stains visible from wet glasses.

The client asked us to us a product called EZ-DO.  EZ-Do is is a polyurethane gel that is a perfect match for Varnique finish butcher block products. It can also be used to convert a penetrating oil finish top to a Varnique finish.  EZ-DO Seals and protects wood surfaces. When deciding how to refinish a wood countertop you need to determine if you’re wood counter is going to be  mainly for aesthetic purposes or for general food preparation tasks, including cutting.   

How To Refinish a Wood Countertop

Wood Countertop Finish

The EZ-DO finish is a Varnique semi-gloss, which is an excellent protection option for aesthetics but also allows you to roll dough and have direct food contact – NOT Cutting!  A Varnique finish is as close to maintenance free for a wood counter top as you can get.   
A varnique finish can be easily cleaned with mild soap and warm water and will not need to be refinished until it wears out. A Varnique finish is more resistant to water spotting and staining and it is also safe to use most non-harsh or abrasive household cleaning products.

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of ConcordCarpenter.com and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at: info@aconcordcarpenter.com

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