And ready for the body building competition. No, not me, our counters are all oiled up. Now they’re ready for competition. Last week, Ben sanded the filled areas, which means we could finally coat every counter with mineral oil. We still have more oiling to do, but they’re looking good so far.
So far, we’ve applied four coats of oil, letting it soak in completely. Between each coat, we lightly ‘sand’ the surface with super fine steel wool.
Our goal is to get the counters well oiled before installing the upper cabinets. It will be much more difficult to oil thoroughly with the cabinets resting on the counters.
While the surface isn’t impermeable, it does hold up well. Right now, we’re careful not to leave water spots or other semi-liquid stuff on the counters for too long.
As for our home-made wood filler, it worked quite well. The seam on the peninsula is barely visible.
A small crack on the counter by the stove filled in nicely, too. Ben accidentally hit the cabinet with the sander, so I’ll have to repaint this cabinet bay.
The peninsula had a crack as well. These are from the center of the tree, but we couldn’t cut this out.
Because the crack wraps around the end of this piece, the color difference is most visible at the end cut.
Ben had to make a few special cuts by the stove because the top sits above the wood. We also cut a 45 degree angle so the counter didn’t stick out beyond the stove.
Sorry for the lack of kitchen progress posts, too. We have had cold weather, so Ben can’t do much work in the garage. Yesterday, we finally had a day above freezing, but we used the nice weather to rake leaves. Fortunately Wednesday is our trash pick up. I bet our garbage men loved us because we left them this little gift.
With about ten more bags on the other side of our driveway.
What about you, how has your weather been? Raked your leaves yet? Do your kids request photo shoots when you pull out your camera? Do they request to see their pictures?