Wood Countertops with Natural Stain and Seal

Posted By digging roots on Apr 9, 2019 in Less Waste, Tiny House | 9 comments


The kitchen is really starting to take shape and I’m excited to share the progress with you!

Beautiful butcher block counter tops, installed!

We got basic butcher block countertops from Home Depot and Trent cut them to fit. We oiled the bottoms with mineral oil and screwed them down.

That all sounds easy, but it was a whole Saturday and several weeknights. Welcome to building.

Then, I made a VERY strong black tea and brushed two coats on for a natural stain. The kids enjoyed being a part of this, and I enjoyed using something that wasn’t caustic and prohibitive for kids!

Stained with black tea

The final product was a little more yellow than we wanted, but we still liked it.

Then, we rubbed it with a few coats of hemp seed oil to seal it. Again, it feels good to use something that isn’t full of chemicals.

Trent looked at this expanse of countertop and almost tried to talk me into not having a sink “just like a dry cabin!” Usually, I’m all up for his crazy against-the-grain ideas, but not this one. Nope. I’ll willingly give up counter space for a big sink.

Cutting the sink hole

Then, Trent cut out the sink hole and we plopped it in! Trent was able to reclaim this sink after it was torn out of a remodel he was working on. It is so incredibly heavy! But I am so excited to use it and have a large sink.

Bam! Isn’t that the most beautiful sight ever?!

Once I saw the sink in place, and the contrast of the pure white with the honey wood… I screamed! I can’t believe I will get to cook in this kitchen every day!

Then, it was time for the kid invasion! The sink made an awesome Barbie pool! Skinny dipping, of course, since Barbies never seem to have clothes on.

If that ain’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen…

I’m excited to see such beautiful touches being added to the house. It seems to be going faster now, which gives us both hope.

What do you think of the kitchen?



  1. The kitchen is super nice, but what really caught my eye was that kid in the sink! 😉 Now that’s something to talk about! ha!

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  2. Beautiful! I love the countertop! You are right, it looks great with the white sink. You guys are doing a great job!

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  3. I know it’s rough on your end, but it makes me feel so encouraged when you talk about how long projects take. It’s nice to know it’s normal and it reminds me that it requires hard work and just getting on with it! Very inspiring, and a beautiful kitchen.

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  4. It is just BEAUT!!! You guy’s are doing an amazing job! I can not wait to see it finished!

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  5. Wow! I can’t believe you stained that with tea! It looks so sharp!

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  6. I like the Kitchen, with the sweet dish in the sink and my favorite part is the window to let the fresh air in and cool down the tiny home after cooking dinner and cleaning up!!

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  7. I love it!! Please keep us posted on how the countertops hold up longterm- I’m VERY intrigued by the natural stain and seal, but curious of longevity. It’s simply stunning!! ♥️

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  8. This is an absolute dream, so beautiful and small!! Haha.. I also have four small kids and our current house is a nightmare, it’s 2400 (very outdated and hard to clean) square feet. We were initially planning on building a tiny house but my husband wanted to buy our current huge one as an investment. So I’ve been incredibly frustrated here and still dreaming of something like what you guys are building. I’m hoping to use the same plans as you all are, can I ask what have been your costs so far?

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    • Hi Tiffany! Yes I am excited for cleaning days in this house. 🙂 I believe we have spent just under $30,000 for the whole thing, including appliances and the trailer. I hope your dreams can come true and I’m glad to hear of another mom not scared off at living in a small house with lots of kids. 🙂

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