Many a beautiful kitchen have been built on a foundation of pretty normal, neutral cabinetry. But if you ever have the opportunity to renovate a kitchen from scratch and add in something really spectacular in the realm of cabinetry, it's like a shortcut to great style.
I have a soft spot for butcher block countertops. I love their beauty, warmth, how well they go with a variety of kitchen styles, and of course, their affordability. (IKEA's ever-popular NUMERAR beech countertops start at $129 for six feet.) They do require proper care and maintenance to keep them looking their best, but if you're okay with that, then it's a wonderful look for the kitchen. Here are 20 examples to prove it: