Studio Progress & Countertop Determination

Yesterday, I shared three concepts that I had for creating an extra-long countertop to span my 19.5-foot wall within the studio, and y’all had some tremendous artistic concepts for me! My thoughts has been reeling with all the completely different concepts, and ultimately, I’ve determined to make use of hardwood flooring to create the countertop.

There have been a couple of causes that I made a decision to go along with this feature. First, I’ve completed it earlier than, so I do know it can work. I used 3/4-inch pink oak hardwood flooring to make the countertop in our walk-in pantry.

So there shall be no guesswork or trial and error with this. I’ve already completed it, and it turned out nice, and I’ve my outdated weblog posts to refer again to in order that I can refresh my reminiscence on the method. You’ll be able to see how I made these counter tops right here.

The second purpose I made a decision to go along with hardwood flooring as a countertop is as a result of the result’s a sturdy strong wooden floor at a fraction of the price of butcherblock. I’ll in all probability go along with unfinished maple for the studio counter tops, and that runs about $6.30/sq. foot. That’s about $283.50 for the lengthy 19.5-foot countertop, after which I’ll want to purchase plywood for the substrate. However even with that, I’m nonetheless lower than $500 for a 19.5-foot wooden countertop.

The third purpose is apparent — no straight seams or joints. This was my foremost concern with utilizing butcherblock or sheet laminate. Whether or not I’ve one seam or joint within the center, or two offset seams or joints, they might hassle me both method. I simply wished one thing to seem as a strong, uninterrupted floor.

And the ultimate purpose is that it may be inbuilt place. There are a number of countertop choices that require being constructed elsewhere after which being put into place. And instance can be the butcherblock-style countertop that I made for our hallway rest room.

That countertop is made from strong pine 2 x 3’s glued and screwed to one another, after which minimize right down to measurement. I needed to construct it the other way up (utilizing my entrance porch as a piece bench), after which as soon as it was assembled, I turned it over, minimize it to measurement, after which introduced it inside and set it in place.

Now think about doing that with a 20-foot-long countertop. 😀 Yeah, that may be unattainable.

So DIYing my very own butcherblock countertop utilizing this technique was by no means an possibility for the studio. I wanted one thing that may very well be inbuilt place, and by no means wanted to be picked up and carried and set in place.

The profitable concept, and the one I felt probably the most assured and peaceable about, is constructing a countertop utilizing hardwood flooring over a plywood substrate. And now that I’ve selected it, I’m really fairly enthusiastic about it. I simply have to resolve on the precise wooden species that I need to use. I do know for positive that I don’t need to use pink oak. I’ve had my fill of pink oak since that’s what our hardwood flooring is all through the home, and that’s what I used on the pantry countertop. With a view to get that countertop the colour it’s, I needed to bleach the wooden to take away the pink/pink undertones. I’d like to have the ability to skip that step by choosing a wooden that doesn’t have that pink/pink undertone. I believe I’ve narrowed it right down to white oak and maple.

In different information, I’m lastly going to begin portray the checkerboard design on the ground at this time. I’ve obtained every part prepped, taped, and able to go. So by Monday, I ought to even have this portion of the ground completed and able to present you!

I’m so excited to see precise progress on this room! It’s been a very long time coming, and it’s so enjoyable to lastly see my imaginative and prescient come to life.