Happy Sunday!

As I mentioned last Sunday, I am dedicating my Sunday posts to projects and/or DIYs, so here we go!

When my husband and I bought our house two years ago, we really loved our kitchen countertops. Our kitchen countertops are bamboo, and they look beautiful with our bright, open concept main floor. But we soon came to learn that Bamboo countertops are very difficult to maintain as they get scratched easy, and EVERYTHING stains them. I mean we had a can of coffee on the countertop for one hour and there has forever been a dark circle outline stained into the wood. Just remember that when you’re on Pinterest, dreaming of bamboo countertops.

My husband and I would love to replace our countertops with quartz but, you know…money money MONEY!

So instead of looking at my scratched and stained countertops, I decided to Carpe Diem on those bad boys. If you wanted to join me on this journey, keep on reading!

Here is one of my countertops before I got started:

Yikes! Look at all those can stains!

To restore wood countertops, I’ve read that I need to sand them and then oil them. Therefore, I made a trip to the local hardware store in town here and bought some 220 grit sandpaper (220 is a finer grit, and best for finishing wood), as well as some Linseed oil. When I did my research for this, Tung oil was recommended but my hardware store doesn’t carry it. I did a little reading on the Linseed oil, and hey, it’ll work.

So first I used a little elbow grease and sanded my countertops in a circular motion. I focused a lot of my energy in the areas with those terrible circular black stains.

The start of the sanding process

Next, when I was satisfied the scratches and stains were taken care of, I put some Linseed oil on a rag and tested a small area of the countertop. It didn’t explode or turn bright pink, so I felt safe to rub the oil on the rest of the countertop. Use the Linseed oil very sparingly, as the wood can only absorb so much of the oil.

Once the countertop was good and lubed up, I went and did some other sh*t for about half an hour. Also, safety tip: When you’re done with the rag, get it soaking in water, or lay it flat to dry, then toss it. APPARENTLY rags that are covered in linseed oil can spontaneously combust. I didn’t want to test that warning to see if was wrong, so I just got it soaking. right. away.


After that half hour, I came back and wiped the excess oil that wasn’t absorbed. I think it turned out fantastic.

What are your thoughts? Are other countertops this high maintenance?

Posted by:Prairie Chick

Wife and a mother to two children living in the Canadian prairies. In constant pursuit of mental and physical health through diet, exercise and self-care.

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