September 21, 2023

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Choices For Additional-Lengthy Counter tops (As a result of I Want A 20-Foot Countertop For My Studio)

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I’ve been laying aside a reasonably vital choice for the studio, and that’s deciding on a countertop for the lengthy wall of cupboards. It’s a problem as a result of I want an extra-long countertop. In spite of everything, that wall is nineteen.5 toes large, and the countertop will span your entire width.

There actually aren’t any good choices for a countertop that lengthy, and nearly each possibility I might provide you with would require a seam or joint proper within the center. That’s not ultimate, however I could not have every other possibility. I’ve provide you with one possibility that might not have an apparent seam within the center, nevertheless it is likely to be an enormous gamble which will or could not prove wanting good.

Listed here are the choices I’ve provide you with thus far…

Butcherblock Counter tops

I bear in mind our apartment days once I purchased stunning butcherblock counter tops for our apartment kitchen for lower than $200 per 8-foot slab. These days are lengthy gone. Butcherblock continues to be a far lower than a number of strong floor countertop choices, nevertheless it’s actually not low cost anymore. And discovering actually lengthy butcherblock counter tops is fairly tough.

I did discover birch butcherblock at Home Depot that comes in 10-foot lengths for $519.

unfinished birch butcher block countertop from Home Depot, comes in lengths up to 10-foot

That’s not a horrible worth, however as a result of I’m low cost, and since I’d want a complete of three to complete the room (two for the primary wall, and one for the aspect wall of cupboards), that’s over $1500 for studio counter tops. And, after all, that would depart me with a joint between two butcher block items proper in the midst of the lengthy countertop.

It’s stunning, although. And I do love butcherblock. Right here’s an image of that very same butcherblock with simply an oiled end. It’s a really fairly colour.

birch butcher block countertop with an oiled finish, from Home Depot, installed in a kitchen

This specific birch butcherblock has actually good buyer opinions. Lowe’s additionally has a 10-foot birch butcher block countertop, and whereas the value is only a bit decrease ($50 much less per slab), the opinions on it aren’t so good.

So whereas butcherblock is an efficient possibility, I simply don’t understand how I really feel about spending over $1500 for counter tops, whereas nonetheless having to take care of that joint between two slabs proper in the midst of the lengthy wall.

Laminate Counter tops

Laminate counter tops can be a less expensive possibility than butcher block. And since this can be a studio and never a kitchen, and since laminate is sturdy holds up very properly to artwork provides, paint drips, and basic each day use, I feel it’s an awesome possibility for studio counter tops.

Some time again, I constructed two actually massive work tables for the studio, and I used laminate tops on these. I selected to make use of white laminate for these tables.

large DIY workroom craft table -- two tables that can be clamped together to form one huge 5-foot by 10-foot table

So if I’m going with laminate on the cupboards, I’d go for one thing fully totally different. I actually like the concept of convey a heat wooden into the room, which is why butcher block appeals to me. So I might do an analogous look in laminate. One possibility can be this Wilsonart Fawn Cypress laminate, which is $169.58 for a 60″ x 120″ piece.

Wilsonart Fawn Cypress laminate sheet from Lowe's, 60" x 120"

That will be sufficient laminate for the entire lengthy wall, which implies that with the price of the substrate (I’d in all probability use MDF) and provides (Contact Cement, rollers, and many others.), I might do your entire 20-foot countertop for about $420. That’s a substantial financial savings over the $1125 that butcher block would price for a similar 20-foot countertop.

This specific Wilsonart Fawn Cypress has a really impartial colour to it, and it’s a reasonably medium-toned wooden colour, which you’ll be able to see on this countertop.

Wilsonart Fawn Cypress laminate shown in a bathroom as a vanity countertop

However after all, there are tons of of laminate choices on the market, from a number of totally different firms, so I’m positive I might discover one that might work completely within the studio. So laminate is an excellent choices, and it’s additionally comparatively cheap. However but once more, I’d be left with a seam proper within the center because the longest size I can discover in laminate is 12 toes.

My Loopy DIY Concept

Whereas these two choices are good, they nonetheless depart me with a seam or joint proper in the midst of the 20-foot wall. That’s effective if there aren’t any different choices, however I’ve been in a position to provide you with one possibility which will work, and which will produce a end result that gives the look of 1 strong 20-foot piece of wooden countertop.

You know the way butcher block counter tops are made up of a number of little strips of wooden which are all glued collectively to provide one lengthy strong wooden countertop? Once more, I’ll refer you again to Possibility 1, the butcher block from Residence Depot…

Nicely, what if I simulate that look utilizing actual wooden veneer? My thought is to place down my countertop substrate all alongside the 20-foot wall and ensure it’s easy all the best way throughout (i.e., that no joints may be felt since I’ll have to make use of three separate items to span the total size), after which reduce strips of actual wooden veneer and connect them in order that they simulate that look of butcherblock.

Doing that each one the best way throughout would get rid of the necessity for a middle seam or joint, and if I do a very good job and actually take my time and get the items good and tight towards one another, I feel I might find yourself with what appears like a 20-foot-wide piece of butcher block.

It’s a raffle, for positive! However I simply can’t get this concept out of my thoughts, and I feel it’d truly work. It might be an enormous mission, for positive. Chopping all of these items after which attaching them one after the other may take a few days only for the one countertop. However it is likely to be value it to finish up with what appears like one steady, seamless, jointless wooden countertop.

Does that sound like a loopy thought? Or does it sound like one thing that would truly work? Since I’d be utilizing actual wooden veneer, the associated fee is likely to be only a bit greater than the laminate possibility, however it could nonetheless be a substantial financial savings over the true butcher block possibility. And its the one thought I might provide you with that may give the impression of a seamless, jointless 20-foot countertop.

Ought to I’m going for it? Or ought to I follow a tried-and-true protected possibility like actual butcher block or laminate and simply dwell with the seam or joint proper in the midst of the countertop?

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