Re: Antique painted butcher block island
I have to wonder how I managed to survive. We use to eat our lunches on those tables back in the 50's, lay on them during lectures, played with mercury, blew up stuff, and did experiments with all those dangerous chemicals. And yet here I am still alive at 67. Managed to maintain enough gray matter to attend OSU School of Engineering, build my own business, stay out of hospitals, and continue to work on my little farm since retiring, including baling hay and tending livestock.
The sink is probably soapstone not slate, that is what was generally used because it is impervious to just about any chemical.
Wood cutting boards and chopping blocks have been used for centuries and only recently condemned when germaphobia swept the nation.
Lead paint can be removed with chemical strippers and safely disposed of unless you live in an area with a strong lead remediation lobby.
Paint would not be a good choice for food prep and a clear seal will encapsulate any thing in the wood.
Just my humble opinion.
Last edited by JLMCDANIEL; 12-02-2008 at 11:36 PM.
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