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Pretty warm brown pine countertop stained with beautiful results -- no ugly orange and yellow grain

Over the last several years, I’ve made six different types of DIY countertops. Most of them have been made of various types of wood, but then I also made my kitchen countertops out of concrete. I get questions about all of these countertops on a fairly regular basis, and the most-often question is, “Can I use this in my kitchen?” People are always on the lookout for inexpensive options for durable kitchen countertops. So I wanted to recap the various countertops I’ve made over the years, and also give a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each one. DIY Countertop Made From Cedar Fence Boards This countertop was my first test run with making my own wood countertop, and I used cedar fence boards. You can find the details here… My $35 DIY Wood Countertop Cedar fence boards are incredibly rough, so it required a lot of sanding. I also didn’t own a table saw at the time, and I’ve never owned a jointer or a planer, so it was impossible for me to get the edges of the fence boards perfectly straight. That affected how they fit together, and I ended up with lots of cracks that […]

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Pretty warm brown pine countertop stained with beautiful results -- no ugly orange and yellow grain

Over the last several years, I’ve made six different types of DIY countertops. Most of them have been made of various types of wood, but then I also made my kitchen countertops out of concrete. I get questions about all of these countertops on a fairly regular basis, and the most-often question is, “Can I use this in my kitchen?” People are always on the lookout for inexpensive options for durable kitchen countertops. So I wanted to recap the various countertops I’ve made over the years, and also give a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each one. DIY Countertop Made From Cedar Fence Boards This countertop was my first test run with making my own wood countertop, and I used cedar fence boards. You can find the details here… My $35 DIY Wood Countertop Cedar fence boards are incredibly rough, so it required a lot of sanding. I also didn’t own a table saw at the time, and I’ve never owned a jointer or a planer, so it was impossible for me to get the edges of the fence boards perfectly straight. That affected how they fit together, and I ended up with lots of cracks that […]

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