Learn how easy it is to make your own DIY wide plank pine wood countertop that’s perfect for that laundry room makeover you’ve been meaning to tackle!
DIY Wood Countertop Tutorial
The DIY wood countertop that we made for our recent laundry room reveal is what really made the makeover in my opinion. Yes, the tile and floors are beautiful but the countertop is what made the space a lot more functional and tidy.
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Materials Needed For The DIY Wood Countertop
- 1 x 6 Pine boards – we needed five 8 foot pieces
- One 8 ft 1 x 2 board for the front of the countertop and more to create the ledge on which the countertop will sit. We purchased 3 1 xv2 boards in total, but figure out how much you need based on the length and depth of your wall niche.
- Wood Conditioner
- Minwax stain in Dark Walnut
- Minwax Polyurethane in satin finish
- Cotton rags
- Brad Nails & a nail gun (or just small finish nails and a hammer)
- Wood screws
How To Make the DIY Wood Countertop
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Using a rag, apply the stain. Apply in sections and wipe off the excess as you go. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Each board is going to need a minimum of 2 coats of polyurethane. If you have time for a third, that will really make sure that the wood is protected from any moisture. Since I’m only planning on folding clothes on mine, 2 coats was fine. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
When you’re ready to install over your washer/dryer pay careful attention to any laundry hookups and sockets. In order to maintain access to our water, we had to install our countertop over the water hookups. It wasn’t ideal since the countertop is a bit higher than I would have preferred but we needed to be able to still easily access those, so it is what it is!
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Once the ledge was in place, each of the 1 x 6 planks were set down and nailed into place. We cut and measured each piece individually, since walls on older houses are rarely perfect. In fact, there’s a full half inch difference between the first piece of wood that was installed and the last piece! Yikes!
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Don’t forget to fix any paint that may have nicked on the walls in the process. I know our walls took a bit of a beating when we were maneuvering planks in and out to make them a perfect fit!
I told you it was easy right? If you think this is something you’re going to tackle this weekend (or next!) be sure to save this post for later!