Yes, I know i've been slow in updating this thing... but the room is done! I'm on the hunt for an inexpensive stool and once I find that I'll post pictures of the final product.
Now back to the renovations. I wanted to put a narrow countertop underneath our cabinets to add some folding space. I've always loved the look of farmhouse tables and decided to copy that look for the countertop.
image from hanalynch.blogspot.com
I started off by buying a piece of laminated pine from Home Depot. I had it cut to fit the back wall and lightly sanded it with some 150 grit sandpaper.
Next, I stained the countertop using Minwax Ipswitch Pine. The application was easy - I just wiped it on with a rag, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wiped the excess off. Some people like to use a wood conditioner prior to staining so that the finish is more even, but I was going for an aged splotchy look so I didn't use it. The color ended up being warmer than what I was hoping for because the pine wood had yellow undertones so I let the stain dry overnight, lightly sanded the wood, and added a coat of Minwax Driftwood which dulled the finish a little bit. I only left the 2nd coat on for 5 minutes because I didn't want it to get too dark. Once the stain dried, I applied a few coats of Minwax wipe on poly to protect the finish. I did the same thing for the shelf I made for above the washer/dryer.
I cut up the 2X4 used to install the cabinets and drilled them to the wall to support the back of the countertop.
I used these butcher block table legs from Lowes to support the front part of the countertop. and installed a piece of pine 1X4 in between them. I primed and painted the legs/1X4 white and attached them to the countertop. After that, I just slid the countertop in and attached it to the wall (e-mail me if you need detailed instructions!)
I also attached a stained 12 X1 piece of pine to the wall above the washer/dryer with shelf brackets. (Will post the picture in the final reveal!)
Day #4 coming soon - Accessories!!