DIY Wood Countertop - years ago I watched an episode of Kitty Bartholomew on HGTV where she showed a woman how to do this and used marine wax (used to make boats waterproof) and she did her entire kitchen for 30 bucks and it was gorgeous!
Faux Butcher Block Counter-Top Tutorial Get out! I am so doing this until I invest in real counter tops.which may be ten or more years from now! What a great temporary solution to yucky countertops. Ding it and prim it up and it's perfect!
directions for diy glazing over already-stained cabinets. Use Zar Wood Stain or Old Masters Wiping Stain. Use a foam brush to apply, a stiff synthetic brush to even out, a soft brush to soften the look. Let dry 24 hours before topcoat.
I don't have this exact set up but its a really cool way to add space in the laundry room. Plywood as a laundry room counter top, just rub on some danish oil. (add a cheap rubber floor mat between the wood and metal to dampen the sound)