“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.
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.
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.
After the paste wax dried, I buffed the wood to a nice smooth polish.
It’s amazing what a little sandpaper and elbow grease can accomplish.