Numerar is finally here.
In July, we posted pictures of the Kitchen renovation, sans countertops. We had been waiting about 3 months for the Numerar countertops to reappear at IKEA. I probably checked the website at least once a week, and slowly the countertop had become available in other parts of the country, but not here in LA. Bummer.
The countertop comes in 3 different sizes. To buy enough for the three areas we needed to fill (2 for the kitchen and one for the laundry room), we bought two of the 96 7/8″ x 25 5/8″. Then cut them at home with a circular saw into the three pieces we needed.
As we have found out with a lot of projects, not all walls are built to be straight in our home. And even though the countertop was cut as a straight edge, there was a gap between it and the wall. A little joint compound on the wall fixed that problem right up, and below you can see how seamlessly the butcher block meets the wall now.
We went with the Numerar Ikea Butcher Block in Oak, and had purposely made the shelves in oak as well, knowing that someday we would be staining them both with Tung Oil to match.
We bought this Dark Raw Tung Oil by Real Milk Company online, and put the first two coats on this past weekend. We plan to do about five coats total on the countertops to help create a water resistant coating. It will be a few days till we can put anything back onto the shelves/counters, so check back soon for after photos!
** When doing research about other kitchens with Ikea’s butcher blocks, I stumbled upon this great tutorial by This and That. It’s definitely worth a read if you are thinking about doing this yourself.