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Published on October 7th, 2013 | by Christina Dennis


How to whitewash & Seal Numerar Butcher Block Counters


Materials: NUMERAR

Description: I wanted to achieve a white-washed look on my wooden counter tops, and I also wanted them to be waterproofed so they’d last longer.

To get the look, I bought the Numerar wooden counter tops (in birch). I cut them to size, sanded them, stained them with a water-based whitewash stain, and then sealed them with a water proof sealant called Aquaspar (3 coats on all sides).




So far, they’re holding up well and they look great! I think they look a lot higher end than a laminate counter top, but they were still so reasonably priced.

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5 Responses to How to whitewash & Seal Numerar Butcher Block Counters

  1. Sabrina says:

    You are amazing. You have totally helped me solve a dilemma i’ve been working on for ages! I am going for this! I actually have another question for you… how did you choose which cabinets to put glass panels in? i am stumped by my own array of cabinets and the possibilities. is there some kind of theory behind what you did?

  2. Carol says:

    Did you apply the Aquaspar with a rag or a brush? Your counter looks great!

  3. Hi Eric! Even with the Aquaspar, the counters are a lot whiter than the original. You can see them in the context of my finished kitchen here: If you want a clearer sealant, you could try something like Varathane. However, I wanted the waterproof quality of Aquaspar. Thanks!

  4. Karol Kosnik says:

    Any solvent based finish will have a yellow tinge to it. Best to use a water based finish – they are much harder and are very durable. They have a bit of a slight bluish tinge – will ‘cool down’ the whitewash.

    professional IKEA hacker

  5. Eric says:

    So…the whitewash,which looks great was yellowed by the Aquaspar? The whitewash is what I was looking for. Is there a sealant that would not yellow it. The Aquaspar seem to negate the whole white wash application you just achieved. Still thanks for the post.

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