DIY Idea: Plywood Countertops

created at: 04/11/2011

Like many people living in the 'burbs, our kitchen counters boast that favorite of builder-grade materials: laminate.  We desperately want to replace them with something more in line with our style (and budget) and have tossed around the idea of DIY concrete counters or going the IKEA butcher block route.  But then I saw this: countertops made from plywood.  

Yes, plywood!  That's not a material I would have ever considered for kitchen counters, would you?  I like the overall look in the Scandinavian-styled cottage (above) and think it works fairly well in the kitchen below.  Juli Daoust and John Baker of KITKA Design, who own both homes and seem to have a thing for plywood, treated the surface with four coats of a water-based finish and called it good.

created at: 04/11/2011

I'm not sure this would necessarily work in my own home, but I can't help but think it's a pretty genius (and insanely inexpensive) alternative countertop material.  What do you think?  Would you entertain the idea of using plywood counters in your home?

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Tammy on Oct 27, 2013:

My husband and I have been renovating our 140 yr home for 16 yes. I did my kitchen countertop with cupboard grade plywood. I sanded and stained the plywood then a sealer. I still have them 16 years later.

autumn kelly on Feb 17, 2013:

Truthfully, I never thought of this.  My research (very little) has shown very expensive ways for countertops.  We are re-building everything in the kitchen and I think this will be a great solution for the counter tops.  Thanks for the information.

Mary on Jan 30, 2012:

I have a birch plywood countertop in my master bath (satin poly, three coats) and it still looks good after more than a dozen years.

elseajane on Apr 13, 2011:

Oh Heck yeah I've been thinking of this for a while. My baths scheduled to be gutted next week and THen the Kitchen so this will be added to my book for the finnial job. I'm thinking maybe for a cabnet that doesn't get a lot of wear and tear. EJ

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