thanks for all the help guys. after showing him this thread and talking to few relatives, they convinced him that our countertop is likely not glued in and should be easy to remove. still haven't sold him on the butcher block idea yet, but at least he's given up on tile. it may still have to wait, as now we have a wedding to pay for (YAY
). i can agree to put off getting a new kitchen for a bit to get married.