Those black walnut countertops we got from Craft Art
are officially done and we can’t wait to share a little bit about the process and a whole lot of photos with you today. First, here’s how our painted countertops looked before we tore them out:
And here’s how the countertops look now:
I’m whistling at them. I am. We removed about eight inches off of the peninsula to give us more room in the dining room (you can see how far the previous countertop extended in the photo below–so annoying) and that alone made a huge difference, but the warmth the walnut adds to the kitchen is our favorite part. When we left off on Monday
, we showed you a little teaser of the first coat of sealant:
The countertops actually arrive with one coal of sealant on them, but it penetrates into the wood pretty well, so multiple coats are recommended. This is how our countertops looked after the second coat of sealant:
We loved it. I was ready to stop there. It was just looking so good. Isn’t that funny? I think there is a life lesson in there about potential. About how we might think something is really good, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying/working at it/giving it our best–because that good could turn into something even better–that you could have never imagined. That’s life our countertops. There were a few key products we used. For the sealer coats, we used Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish (it came with the countertops). We applied it with a paint pad (shown in the center, picked up at Home Depot) and then buffed it into the grain with an old, clean t-shirt.
Before we started, and in between each coat, we sanded down the tops with 320 grit sandpaper. It is really fine and helped us get the smoothest surface possible. After the sealants, we applied two coats of Waterlox Satin Finish (it also came with the countertops) mixed in a 50/50 ratio with the Sealer/Finish.
For these coats, we didn’t buff it in with a t-shirt, but just put it on thick with the paint pad (we used a new pad for each coat) and then went over it again pulling the pad in a straight line the distance of the tops without lifting it.
The topcoats did a great job at self-leveling and left us with an ultra-smooth satin finish. Purrrrrrr.
We have a few navy paint touch ups to do, and some tape and bags to remove–but we honestly couldn’t be happier with the countertops themselves. They are better than we imagined. When we initially installed them, I wasn’t sure if the color would get rich–(it was so light!), or the wood would ever feel…very smooth. Like, ever. But with each coat, we fell in love more and more.
The timeline for the project went something like this: we received the countertops last Tuesday, cut them down, sanded them, sealed the underside–twice!, installed them, sealed the tops–three times!, and put two top coats on and now, a week and a half later we’re done. Not bad, right? We’re really happy with that timeline and head-over-heals with the results.
And yes, a backsplash is coming. Let’s talk about that and our new sink and faucet next week.
Happy weekend, friends!
Psst. We partnered with Craft Art for this project. All words, opinions and sweat are ours, all ours!