We decided to remove the old country blue laminate when redoing our kitchen. When looking for countertop ideas I came across people who had finished their own countertops and we decided to give it a whirl. We purchased unfinished butcher block from a local home improvement store, sanded it down, and stained it with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. I stained the butcher block with 2 coats of the stain to reach the color we desired. To seal the butcher block I used Waterlox Original Sealer. We are thrilled with the results!