Kitchen Design: Sage Green Cabinets with Butcher Block Countertops

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Rachel Stone

Renovating a kitchen is similar to piecing together a puzzle. Each element, from the cabinets to the countertops, must work together seamlessly to create a cohesive and inviting space. As we have renovated our kitchen, it wasn’t just about refreshing the old. It was about infusing our regular, suburban kitchen with the warmth, and character of the English country style.

We feel like pairing sage green cabinets with butcher block countertops helped us achieve this goal. This combination isn’t just beautiful; it mimics a classic expression of English style.

Join us as we share the inspiration behind this design choice, the challenges faced, the budget breakdown, and the results it brought to our kitchen.

Finding Countertops for our Sage Green Cabinets

Selecting the right countertop is more than practicality; it’s a balance between functionality and style. We love the vintage shade of sage green on the lower cabinets and knew it needed a touch of rustic charm to create the look we were going for. Time and again I was drawn to pictures in my favorite design books featuring sage green cabinets with butcher block countertops. This made butcher block an obvious choice for us. We did, however, love the elegance of quartz with subtle veining. Solution: a mix of the two. For this phase, we decided to go for the butcher block countertop on the back wall and add the quartz to the island in a later phase.

The idea of mixing countertops came to me from British interior designer, Rita Konig. Her thought is that by mixing your worktops you gain a more personal customized look vs. an off-the-shelf builder grade standard look. Mixed countertops also a chance to play with the budget by choosing worktop options from both the high and low end of the material options.

Choosing Butcher Block Countertops

We chose butcher block because it adds that rustic cottagey charm that keeps the kitchen from becoming too “done” and fancy. When pairing the butcher block with our sage green cabinets, the butcher block not only enhanced the color but also brought the natural warmth of wood back into the kitchen in a much better way than the floor to ceiling honey oak cabinetry we had before. These natural wood tones were echoed in the bamboo blinds we’ve chosen for the kitchen window as well.

Shopping and Installation Experience

We traveled to a local builder’s supply store to find our butcher block countertops. One of the benefits of using this type of countertop is its affordability. We were able to get the piece we needed for just over $300. This is a considerable savings over many other countertop materials.

After purchasing our desired butcher block, it was time to seal and install it. But, as with many DIY projects, it wasn’t without its challenges. Initially, we opted for a mineral oil finish. It seemed ideal at first, but to our dismay, it left water spots. The finish looked great when first applied, but we had doubts about its durability. Our suspicions were confirmed after a couple of weeks when the water spots only got worse.

After some research, our next choice was a polyurethane finish. But here’s the twist: polyurethane doesn’t adhere well to oily surfaces. Mineral oil doesn’t dry, making it impossible for the poly to stick. We learned that there is a product called dewaxed shellac that can stick to oily surfaces (or just about anything for that matter). Once the shellac settled, we applied the polyurethane, and the results were amazing giving us exactly the finish we were looking for.

Pairing sage green cabinets with butcher block countertops: The Overall Impact

Sage green cabinets with butcher block countertops

The warmth of the butcher block, with its detailed grain and natural look, pairs perfectly with the sage green cabinets, and ties in with the bamboo blinds on the kitchen window and in the dining room. The echoing of wood tones through the kitchen, dining room, and living room creates a continuity that feels intentional. With every design decision in a home, it’s important to consider how each choice affects the overall design you’re going for.

The next phase

The kitchen renovation has been exciting so far! We’ve learned a lot and developed our English country with each phase. In the next phase, we will add a backsplash and several other cottage-style layers!

I hope this phase has inspired, encouraged, and better equipped you to explore and implement your unique English country cottage style in your home. See you in the next episode!

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Author: Rachel Stone
Rachel is passionate about creating a comfortable and beautiful home for her family. She also loves to share the lessons she is learning with her wonderful audience both on this blog and her YouTube channel.

14 thoughts on “Kitchen Design: Sage Green Cabinets with Butcher Block Countertops”

  1. Dear Sweet Rachel, Your newest additions to your kitchen are amazing. The countertops, faucet and backsplash make your room look so fresh and above all you have achieved exactly what you set out to do. The kitchen is a perfect example of English Country…a perfect room for baking scones or Yorkshire pudding. Thank you for sharing all your marvelous ideas.

    • Good evening, Miss Melanie!
      It has been such fun getting to know you better, and I really appreciate your kind words of encouragement through the remodel process. Thank you for following along!

  2. Dear Rachel,
    I am enjoying your lovely kitchen renovation and it is turning out so beautifully. I’m a lover of all French, English country, farmhouse, cottage decor and I love your home. I’m handy but my husband isn’t handy at all. I do attempt as much diy as I can and enjoy the process.
    You have inspired me to go for a more cozy English Cottage look.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

    • We’re so glad you’re enjoying this kitchen remodel series, Miss Janis!
      Your mix of styles sound charming, cohesive and easy to work with. It’s great that one of you is handy ~ that’s all it takes! I’m excited to know you’ve been inspired to lean more heavily into the English cottage style, it’s so homey and welcoming! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Love the butcher block! I would love to see the big counter also butcher block but perhaps this isn’t doable. Love all the changes you have made. It must be so lovely cooking in the kitchen!

  4. It is coming together so beautifully. I love all you have done, especially adding the butcher block. it really is lovely with the green color you chose.

    • Thank you, Miss Marlene!
      We’ve really loved the warm vintage green against the wood tones. Thanks for visiting!

  5. Rachel, you have a beautiful home and your kitchen remodel is gorgeous! An inexpensive idea for your dishwasher is to cover it with a fabric skirt, which would be in keeping with your English cottage design. You could even switch out fabrics for different seasons. Perhaps it could be put on a metal or wooden rod attached to one side that would swing out so that the dishwasher could be opened. Another idea is to attach it to wire or a rod (even a simple curtain rod?) mounted underneath your counter top and long enough so that the skirt could be pulled to one side for using the dishwasher.

    My son is looking for his first house and most of the kitchens in his area are similar to yours and the one I grew up with in the 1960’s. Your design is an inspiring and refreshing example of what can be done without ripping out cabinets. Looking forward to seeing what you do next!

    • Good morning, Miss Beth!
      Thanks for the ideas to cover the dishwasher! We definitely want disguise the dishwasher in some way down the road. Thanks for dropping by!

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