Butcher Block Kitchen Islands

Warm up the kitchen with a butcher block kitchen island that's as practical as it is stylish.
Modern Kitchen With Butcher Block Island and Built-In Refrigerator

Modern Kitchen With Butcher Block Island and Built-In Refrigerator

This modern kitchen features a butcher block kitchen island, wood ceiling beams, dark cabinetry and a built-in refrigerator. The different neutral hues in the kitchen make the space feel warm and inviting.

Butcher block, a naturally beautiful and warm-toned material, is a popular kitchen island countertop. Many butcher block finishes and grains allow cooks to chop and prepare meals directly on the countertop surface.

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As with other countertop surfaces, butcher block kitchen islands require some maintenance. Sealant needs to be applied at least once a year, spills should be cleaned up promptly and the surface should be cleaned daily.

Even better, butcher block surfaces can be professionally sealed to prevent scratches (occasional nicks may be sanded out by the homeowner or a professional), though many prefer this surface precisely for its worn-looking sensibilities.

While most commonly found in traditional or country-style kitchens, butcher block kitchen islands might also provide an interesting visual counterpart to modern kitchens, warming up natural stone counters, floors or backsplashes such as marble, limestone or soapstone.

Butcher block is available in a variety of species, grains and thicknesses; like any other countertop surfaces, it can be cut to your specifications. But don't overlook some great ready-made options, from big-box retailers to area chef's warehouse resources.

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