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Decorative Painting on Butcher Block Table

Posted by HollyHobbie (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 15, 12 at 16:22

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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RE: Decorative Painting on Butcher Block Table

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


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RE: Decorative Painting on Butcher Block Table

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.


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RE: Decorative Painting on Butcher Block Table

" 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.


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What are the main purposes of a finish?


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RE: Decorative Painting on Butcher Block Table

Protect and seal the surface. Look beautiful ;)


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RE: Decorative Painting on Butcher Block Table

"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).


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