** This is Part 2, of a 2 part series. **

On Tuesday, we shared with you the first steps in getting our butcher block cabinet prepped and ready (see “Modern & Chic Butcher Block Cabinet – Part 1” for more information). We’re excited to be back today to walk you through the remaining steps! This was one of those projects that while I was doing it, I kept asking myself why I get such crazy ideas. In the end though, I have to admit it wasn’t really that bad and I’m super happy with it how it turned out. It coordinates perfectly with the rest of the furniture in our living room!

So without further ado, Part 2.

We ended with the butcher block being clued together and we were waiting for it to dry. We continue today’s post with working on getting the cabinet painted, finishing the butcher block and then finally reassembling. So here we go…


While the glue was setting up, I grabbed the cabinet and started taking it apart. Making sure to remove all the hardware from the doors.


I also removed the top since we were going to replace it with the butcher block anyway.


Once all the parts and hardware were removed it was time to start painting. This is where the Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer comes in. Have you heard of this stuff? It’s amazing! As you can tell in the before pictures, the cabinet had a gloss finish. Well, I didn’t have to sand the cabinet at all thanks to the Bulls Eye Primer. It sticks to all surfaces without having to sand. Hallelujah!! And it takes an hour to dry. Whaaat? If you haven’t heard of this stuff, you have now. This seriously saved me SO much time. I was a little skeptical at first but after the first coat I was a believer! I did 3 coats of primer which I probably would have been fine with 2 but I wanted to cover the teal really well.


I then primed the doors and shelf.

Side note: If your cabinet has windows on your door take heed. I got lazy at this point. As you can tell I didn’t tape off my doors. At the time I was thinking it wouldn’t be bad to just scrap the paint off the windows. Bad idea! I hate taping which is why, at the time I thought, “I’m on a roll. I don’t want to stop just to tape things off.” However, scraping paint off is worse. Trust me when I say…TAPE!! It’s your friend.


Once the primer was dry, I started painting the top coat color on. I picked Winter Mood by Olympic. It’s a soft white. Not to bright but not cream which is what I liked. I did 2 coats. It was a little time consuming painting everything multiple times but it definitely makes a difference.


While the last coat of paint is drying, it’s back to the butcher block and prepping it for stain.

First, we cut it down to size (remember we needed it to be 32 1/4 x 14). Then, because we knew we wanted it to be closer to a 1×1 my awesome husband grabbed the hand planer and started scraping off layers of wood.

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As you can tell it was getting pretty tedious. My husband started looking around at local tool rental stores to see if they had an electric one. Luckily, Home Depot came to the rescue! We found they had one in stock by looking online and we could rent it for $14 for 4 hours.



Boy, did it go much faster with the electric version. Go figure!

We ran the planer on both sides and the end (just lengthwise). Within minutes we had the boards pretty darn close to a 1×1 and trimmed down to the size we needed. It’s like electricity is magic or something!

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Once we had this done, we started the grueling task of sanding. Can you tell it’s not my favorite thing to do? Out of all the steps, this was the one I was dreading the most. 

We sanded the top, the bottom and all 4 sides over and over again. We have a Bosch electric sander that attaches to our shop-vac. We love it because it means it minimizes the cleanup afterwards. And the sandpaper is easy to attach. We used a 60 grit sandpaper to get the initial sanding done and then when it was nearly perfect and ready for stain we used a 220 grit to finish it off.

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It’s finally ready to stain!!

We chose Minwax Classic Gray. I LOVE this color. When we did the table we were both kind of nervous about it since it wasn’t our typical go-to color but it was exactly what I was hoping for.

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We applied 2 coats on the top — letting it sit 15 minutes between each coat — before wiping it off. Then we let it sit overnight before we flipped it and applied the stain on the bottom. We actually let it sit until early evening before we applied Minwax’s Polyurethane Clear Satin topcoat spray to the top. We sprayed 2 coats. Again, letting it sit between each coat. 

Now, we’re almost to the finish line!


My husband pre-drilled the holes on the bottom of the butcher block by matching the holes from the old top. Then, I reassembled the cabinet — which took some time — and then scraped (never again!) the paint off the windows.

After it was all put back together it was a matter of cleaning it up, attaching the top and moving it inside to enjoy!

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Walla! It’s finally done. It really wasn’t that bad. Having the husband around to help saved me a ton of time. He’s a good helper!  Now I have a custom table and cabinet that looks awesome! I absolutely love it!!

Do you have a piece of furniture you’d like to update? Let us know if you get a chance to take on a project like this one. We’d like to see what you come up with and how it turns out.