Spiffing Up An Old Butcher’s Block

“A tree made into something useful continues to live.”
– Old Puritan Proverb

For the past few years I’ve been pestering my husband (and all of his male relatives) to move an old and extremely heavy butcher’s block, from my mother-in-law’s basement to my kitchen.  It was finally moved this summer with great difficulty.


The butcher’s block weighs about 350 lbs. and has stout painted white legs. It was bought at auction over 45 years ago and has seen a lot of hard service.

Old Butcher's Block

Old Butcher’s Block

I’m lucky to have such a wonderful piece of kitchen furniture. But to my way of thinking, there’s a big difference between surface “patina” and grubby looking.
So today I decided to clean it up a little.

I used an electric sander to remove flecks of yellow oil based paint and to smooth out some of the heavily stained areas, scratches and gouges. I left the painted legs alone.

Top Of Butcher's Block Before Sanding

Top Of Butcher’s Block Before Sanding

I had only 5 sheets of sand paper and was determined that wherever I ran out of paper – that was as far I was going to go with the sprucing up and refurbishing.

When the last piece of sand paper was used up, I dusted off the block and applied 2 good coats of paste wax.

Applying Paste Wax To A Butcher's  Block

Applying Paste Wax To A Butcher’s Block

After the paste wax dried, I buffed the wood to a nice smooth polish.

Sanded & Waxed Butcher's Block

Sanded & Waxed Butcher’s Block

It’s amazing what a little sandpaper and elbow grease can accomplish.

  4 comments for “Spiffing Up An Old Butcher’s Block

  1. Glenda
    September 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    What a beautiful addition to your kitchen. It reminds me of the Butcher’s Block that sat in the meat department of my grandparent’s grocery store. I truly wish I had that today, but of course, it sold along with the store a very long time ago.

    Enjoy the Butcher’s Block.

  2. DFW
    September 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Beautiful!

    • KMG
      September 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Thank you :-) It really does look much better.

  3. September 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

    That is gorgeous! Your elbow grease really made it shine.

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