Cost to Restore Butcher Block

Cost to Restore Butcher Block

How much does it cost to restore butcher block? The contractor cost to restore butcher block is $114 vs. doing it yourself for $15 and saving 86 percent. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 0.7 DIY 1.5
Money Pro $114 DIY $20
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $114 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

The hardworking tough surface of butcher block makes it a popular choice for countertops, work surfaces and table tops. But when it becomes scratched, stained and scarred, it can be an eyesore. Luckily, it?s a forgiving material that can be restored with a process of scraping, sanding and finishing to a like-new condition.

A handyman will charge $114 to restore a 4-foot long butcher block surface, which includes the labor and material. With a minimum of tools and talents, a handy homeowner can do the job for $15, the cost of the materials, and save 86 percent. The job involves several steps that build on each other. Begin by masking the surrounding surface to protect it. Then use a wood or paint scraper to lightly shave off the top layer of blemishes. Treat the dark stains or blotches with a mixture of half bleach and half water, or with wood bleach following the manufacturer's directions. More than one application may be needed. Use a palm sander with several grades of sandpaper to remove scratches and stains until the surface is blemish-free. Rub on a finish coat of mineral oil for the last step and let it soak in.

Don't want to do the job? Click here to get to Home Advisor and it will open in a new tab and you’ll have to answer some basic questions about your job followed by Handyman Contractors in your area.

The Kitchn has this advice about How to Sand Your Butcher Block to Look Like New.

The average price to restore butcher block noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.

Cost updated 2018

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