Design, DIY

the one with a Butcherblock island

ikeabutcherblockIf you were here last week, you saw how we installed new laminate sheets to our already laminate countertops. We absolutely love the result. It’s added so much style and functionality to our most used room in the house.


the one part of the kitchen countertops I left out was our island. That’s because I’ve always dreamed of having a butcher-block island, and when I saw the price of ikea’s numerar I knew it was meant to be.

Installing this was even easier than installing the laminate. We (my dad) simply unscrewed the laminate from the cabinet base, then used our table saw to cut the butcher-block to size, sanded down the cut side, and screwed it into place where the laminate had been on top of the cabinet base.


boom. done. not quite . . .

I then applied 1 heavy coat of  waterlox and let it drive over night. Then repeated the same thing 2 more times – a total of 3 coats over 3 days.

boom. now you’re really done.


the best part, which I mentioned in last week’s post, our all new countertops cost us about $275. We are so happy with the results. Everything is sturdy, functional, food safe, and stylish. Next week the backsplash!


Welcome to the Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop!





A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.


Dear Friends,


What a day to celebrate! This is the 88th week of the Let’s Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 


Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I’ve never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!


The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That’s right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week’s hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.


The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!


There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! 🙂


Let’s Be Friend’s Blog Hop Guidelines

1. Link up your favorite post from your week.

2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.

3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.

4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!

5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends

6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 


***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin’

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin’

& Co-Hosts

Rebekah @ Butcher’s Niche

Rachel at Life as Rachel

Gayle at A Gayle Force

Kaelyn @ My Fair Daily


***This weeks featured post from last week’s hop:


Hi friends! It’s Tiff today. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!

… onto the winner!

I just loved this post by Ashley on how to successfully include your dogs in your wedding. I always love when weddings have their own personal touch, and doggies are such an important part of our lives! She gives really practical tips on how to make it happen. I actually think these tips are great for any sort of even dogs might be going. Anyways, whether you have a dog or not this post is great. The pics are awesome (I am a sucker for wedding pics!). She looked gorgeous on her wedding day, and had her furry babies with her. Love it! 


Ashley’s blog, The Nashvillian, is a great blog full of awesome posts. BEAUTIFUL pictures and great posts. Go check The Nashvillian out and go follow Ashley

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! 🙂









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  • Reply Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    I love the look you accomplished!

    October 21, 2014 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers

    I love butcher blocks! We installed one on our island too when we first moved in. Do you plan to actually cut on yours? I haven’t been able to bring myself to try it for fear of scratching it up. I also LOVE the red and turquoise accents you have in your kitchen. One of my favorite combinations. I can’t wait to see what you do with the backsplash.

    October 21, 2014 at 11:19 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      I have cut a few small things that don’t go all the way through – if that makes any sense at all. like a loaf of bread, but I’m like you with the rest I just can’t bring myself to scratch it up yet! it’s to pretty! I’m sure as soon as the holidays get here and I’m cooking big meals in there I’ll get over it real quick 🙂

      October 21, 2014 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Summer

    Everything looks so nice! I am so glad for you that you’re loving the results!

    October 22, 2014 at 7:55 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thanks girl!

      October 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply natalie

    those countertops are perfect! we love IKEA so much, and I’m certain we’ll use some of their products like these once we own a home. unfortunately (or fortunately?) just renting right now, though!

    October 23, 2014 at 8:59 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you! I absolutely love them! I honestly wish we would have done all the countertops in these! I hate it that ikea is 2 hours away from us!

      October 23, 2014 at 9:39 am

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