So today, after the dog was walked and yet another Nancy Drew book was read, I decided to cure my boredom by conditioning the kitchen island. It was a quick project that only killed 30-minutes but, hey, it gave me something to write about which kills another half hour, so there ya go. :)
For anyone with untreated wood that food touches, such as a butcher block or cutting board, I recommend conditioning it so that the wood doesn't dry out/crack/warp with each wash. It's such a simple thing to do and will help preserve your wood surfaces for years if you condition it regularly.
I used: IKEA Behandla wood conditioner, $10 / a foam brush, 59 cents / an old rag, $1
I simply followed the instructions on the wood conditioner - sand the wood surface so it's completely smooth (you don't want splinters in your veggies) and apply a thin coat of condition with the foam brush. Allow to set for 15 minutes, then wipe off with a rag. Let the wood dry (this only takes 10-15 minutes more) and repeat 1-3 times until you get the finish you want. Super simple!
|Just sand, coat and wipe off.|
I only applied two coats and now have a rich, conditioned surface to prep food on. Off to start dinner!