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August 14, 2011 / mish

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.

But then suddenly last week, the magic words appeared – IN. STOCK.

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.

The small gaps were filled with a little wood filler to finish the job.

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.



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  1. Tom / Aug 15 2011 1:06 pm

    Looks great – really finishes off a super kitchen! Many congrats!! Tom

    • mish / Aug 17 2011 11:48 pm

      Thanks Tom!!

  2. erin / Aug 16 2011 10:03 am

    it looks SO great you guys. i love the darker stain, very lovely! i can’t wait to see it in person 🙂

    • mish / Aug 17 2011 11:48 pm

      Thanks Er! Hope you can come visit soon!

  3. Lauren / Aug 23 2011 10:55 pm

    Good that we’ve now got matching countertops for our matching lives!! I would be SO SAD if they stopped making Numerar. Whew!!! Love the colour with the tung oil.

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