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Butcher Block Countertops: Now, everything you hoped they would be!

FloForm Victoria has recently released a new, Canadian-made butcher block countertop line from Caribou and we love it!

When it comes to countertops, there are so many options for materials, colors and patterns, It is hard to know what will be the right product for the space and needs of our families. Traditional butcher block or wood surfaces are an option that many people love, but tend to shy away from due to the required maintenance and low-durability of the product. Well, there is a new option that is not only gorgeous, but also virtually maintenance free! It comes with a lifetime limited warranty, is food safe and waterproof! We love it for all of these reasons, as well as its durability and functionality in the kitchen. It also adds warmth and character to a space.

Caribou from FloForm is fabulous! There are seven species of domestic wood to choose from. The available options are beautiful!

Our favorite option is the walnut, as it is extremely versatile. Whether needed for a more modern space that requires additional warmth and texture, or a traditional shaker kitchen that demands character, we love how much depth and luxury this wood species adds to any room.

Cherry or hickory are also a great go-to from this line. Both are gorgeous species of wood and we can't help but to be thrilled by the special element a cherry countertop adds to a room. However, because this wood is also traditionally used as a staple for kitchen cabinetry, we love applying this "pop" to an all white space as well. Cherry adds contrast, while giving the space that little "something extra" to make it feel inviting. Hickory is lovely for a more subtle look. We recommend playing up a rustic farmhouse vibe (which everyone is currently so drawn to) with this species.

In the past, people have hesitated when selecting butcher block countertops, as they have been known to require both maintenance and upkeep. They weren't waterproof or food safe. Caribou is fabulous because they are handcrafted by Canadian artisans to survive in the world's harshest climates. While mass-produced products can break apart or wear down, Caribou is build to last. They are committed to continual improvement, and take steps to build a better butcher block with each piece layered and glued together for a stronger bond and greater support. The butcher block is then aged and treated with Caribou's proprietary End+Edge technology. The polyspray application is food safe, waterproof, and impact resistant, so it protects seams and grains against everyday damage, eliminating the need for maintenance.

Sustainability initiatives have become an essential ingredient to doing business responsibly and successfully. Caribou is proud to partner with OneTreePlanted to fulfill their Reforestation Efforts. For every countertop sold, Caribou will plant a tree!

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