Decorative Painting on Butcher Block Table

HollyHobbieJanuary 15, 2012

I just sanded my dirty, old butcher block table and it looks great! I would like to paint decorative art and fun sayings about food in acrylics around the perimeter of the table, leaving most of the beautiful wood exposed. When completed, I plan on having a piece of glass covering the table since this is our kitchen table. I have read that mineral oil and beeswax is the way to treat butcher block but do not think I can paint over mineral oil. Is there any simple way to complete this project? From a woodworking perspective, what steps would I take to best protect the butcher block wood?

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brickeyee

You do not need mineral oil or much of anything else if you are going to cover it with glass.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2012 at 4:14PM
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bobismyuncle

Mineral oil and beeswax (or paraffin) is an appropriate finish for work surfaces subject to cutting, pastry rollout, or dough kneading. It makes no sense for a table top.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2012 at 7:34PM
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snookums2

" It makes no sense for a table top."

Can I ask why this would not be a good finish for a table? I like natural finishes and would probably consider it also.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2012 at 9:09PM
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bobismyuncle

What are the main purposes of a finish?

    Bookmark   January 22, 2012 at 1:51PM
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snookums2

Protect and seal the surface. Look beautiful ;)

    Bookmark   January 22, 2012 at 6:23PM
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brickeyee

"When completed, I plan on having a piece of glass covering the table since this is our kitchen table."

The glass alone should be more than adequate since the table is NOT a work surface.

At most a layer of water based poly (it has less tint than just about anything else) will provide some protection if anything gets under the glass (a drip a the edge can travel between the glass and table by capillary action).

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 10:48AM
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