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RE: How difficult is it to finish a wood counter top? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: sarahhomeremodel on 06.29.2011 at 04:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I actually JUST finished helping my sister with her Craft Art "Homeowner DIY" Black Walnut countertop! The countertop came with detailed instructions (even included what I needed like what sand paper) First things first, it came pre-sanded with an "eased" edge which is softened but squared, and it already had a coat of Tung Oil on it which all the "Homeowner DIY" ones come with - yes, we called to check before the purchase! The knots had already been filled, too, so the surface was smooth and flat. Because the instructions I indentify most with are recipes, excuse the format, but here is what I did!

Prep/Active Working Time total: ~2.5 Hours
Actual Time Including dry time: 4 days

Day 1:
1. Lightly sanded with the sandpaper they recommend (20 mins)
2. Rubbed Tung Oil in grain direction (20 mins)

Dry Over Night

Days 2 and 3 and 4:
Repeat steps 1 and 2 and dry over night again.

Day 5:
Step 1. Install! (My sister's DH did their install)

They said you don't have to wait so long between coats, but it was just easier for us to do it at the end of the day after work. For you weekend warriors the total time may be less but on work days that's just how it worked out.

I watched their (Craft Art's) install video on their store website and it was more detail than we needed but was very helpful anyway.

Read the directions they include because you have to be sure and do things like rub in the grain direction and little stuff like that but this is the gist of it.

Here is a pic of it how it came "unfinished" (sorry about gross garage floor...)

Next, a close up of how the knot was when it arrived. Note the saw dust :)


This one was taken on Day 4 after the last oil but it was still a bit wet:


I hope that helps. It really is possible to do yourself. Normally I am on here begging for help, so I'm so excited to be able to give someone else some for a change!

Here is a link that might be useful: Homeowner DIY Craft Art (this page also has link to install video training)


clipped on: 07.08.2011 at 02:24 pm    last updated on: 07.08.2011 at 02:24 pm