Distressed Wood Countertops

Grothouse Distressed Wood Countertops are the perfect component for those trying to achieve a rustic, old-world feel in their home. All Grothouse wood surfaces can be distressed to evoke the appearance of a truly original antique.

Cherry Distressed Wood Countertops
Grothouse Distressed Wood Countertops

Distressed Wood Countertops | The Process

The deliberate process of crafting Distressed Wood Countertops is carefully executed to mimic the hard use or elemental wear that is seen over time. Distressing can be done to the top, side, and bottom edges of the countertop. The process of distressing is done very carefully to assure that the wear does not look “purposeful” or “factory made”.

Distressed Wood Countertops | The Levels

Grothouse offers distressing in several different levels: four basic levels and one super distressed level. To confirm the correct level of distressing, Grothouse will require approval of a distressed sample prior to production.

Distressing Level 1: Lightly worn corners and edges; light dings.

The Walnut wood counter pictured below is distressed to Level #1 on the top of the surface. The edges are distressed to Level #3. A hand rubbed Black Glaze has been applied to the counter and is sealed with Durata® Finish in Satin.

Distressed Wood Countertops for kitchen island
Walnut Wood Counter Distressed to Level 1, designed by homeowners in Pennsylvania

Distressing Level 2: Moderate worn corners and edges; moderate dings and light drag marks.

The distressed wood countertop below was crafted for the This Old House® Auburndale Project in 2011. This Sapele Mahogany wood countertop was distressed to Level #2 with hand rubbed Black Glaze and sealed with Durata® Finish in Satin.

Distressed Wood Countertops on This Old House TV Show
Level 2 Distressed Wood Countertop on This Old House® Auburndale Project

Distressing Level 3: Heavily worn corners and edges; numerous dings; spotty worm holes and moderate drag marks

Distressing Level 4: Very heavily and unevenly worn corners and edges; plentiful dings; clusters of worm holes; plentiful drag marks and termite tracks.

Below is a Beech Wood Vanity that was distressed to Level 4 with a hand rubbed Black Glaze (Margamo – #04715). This vanity was finished with Durata® Finish in Satin.

Distressed Wood Countertops for bathrooms by Grothouse
Wood Vanity Top distressed to Level 4 designed by Echelon Custom Homes

Super Distressed: Very heavily and very unevenly worn corners and edges; plentiful dings and notch marks; clusters of worm holes; plentiful scratches and drag marks; waffle hammer dings and circular dings; heavy edge nicks; termite tracks.

The Sapele Mahogany wood countertop pictured below is super distressed.

Super Distressed Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Super Distressed Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop

Distressed Wood Countertops | The Finish Options

Distressed Wood Countertops are typically finished with our waterproof, permanent Durata® Finish. This finish is offered in available in Satin, Matte or Semi-Gloss sheen. This is a maintenance free finish, but you cannot chop directly on this finish.

Glaze and stain can be added to accentuate the distressing. Distressed Wood Countertops are typically hand rubbed with Black Glaze. Any wood countertop with glaze or stain must be sealed with our Durata® Finish.

Distressed Wood Countertops can also be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Grothouse Oil is a pure mineral oil used for lasting protection on wood surfaces. Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish is completely food safe and can be used on food preparation surfaces. This finish requires ongoing maintenance.

You can view more Distressed Wood Countertops in the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

Wood Countertop Integrated Bowls

Grothouse has crafted the perfect combination of art and function, Wood Countertop Integrated Bowls. Integrated Bowls offer a secure place to keep items from rolling off the countertop, for example eggs or fruit. In addition, they can be used as an artful display. You can even take it a step further and design an integrated bowl to be made into a waterproof wood sink with our Durata® Finish.

Wood Countertop Integrated Bowls by Grothouse
Wood Countertop Integrated Bowl by Grothouse

The prototype of Wood Countertop Integrated Bowls was unveiled at The 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Mick DeGiulio. This kitchen is shown in the picture below. Mick DeGiulio designed the large kitchen island for food preparation and seating. The white island cabinetry is complimented by Grothouse Wenge wood countertops with an integrated bowl.

Wood Countertop Integrated Bowl designed by Mick DeGiulio
2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Mick DeGiulio included a Wood Countertop Integrated Bowl
Wood Countertop Integrated Bowl by Grothouse used for fruit
Wood Countertop Integrated Bowl used to keep fruit from rolling off the counter.

Click here to view a video describing the benefits of the wood countertops with integrated bowls in the House Beautiful Kitchen with Paul Grothouse and Mick De Giulio.

Designing Wood Countertop Integrated Bowls

Wood Countertop Integrated Bowls can be carved into any wood specie. They can also be carved into any construction style. They are crafted custom to client specifications.

When specifying the size of your bowl, you should consider what your bowl will be used for. As stated previously, integrated bowls can be used to keep items from rolling off the countertop, an artful display, or even a sink.

The finish you choose for your wood countertop will depend on your desired use for the integrated bowl. Wood Countertops with Integrated Bowls can be finished with our Durata® Finish or The Original Oil™.

Wood Countertops by Grothouse can be crafted to include more than one special feature. The Wenge Wood Countertop designed by Mick DeGiulio for the 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year contained a Shark Tooth Mitered Corner and Integrated Bowl.

Wood Countertop with Shark Tooth Mitered Corner and Integrated Bowl
Grothouse Wood Countertop with Shark Tooth Mitered Corner and Integrated Bowl. Designed by Mick DeGiulio for the 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year.

About The Grothouse Lumber Company

Established in 1994, The Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata® permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.

In the Grothouse Image Library you can view more pictures of Wood Countertop Integrated Bowls.

Can you stain butcher block countertops ?

Can you stain butcher block countertops? is a frequently asked question that has many different answers; many of which depend on the finished product you desire.

What is a butcher block countertop?

To begin answering the question, “Can you stain butcher block countertops?” we will start out by defining the term “butcher block countertop” according to us, The Grothouse Lumber Company. A butcher block countertop is a wood surface crafted in End Grain construction style.

End grain construction is the premium construction style and our recommended surface for direct food preparation. In end grain construction, small wood pieces stand vertically to show only the ends of the wood, as shown in the diagram below. We have come to discover that this construction style is not suitable for staining purposes. We can stain other construction styles of wood surfaces, however we do not stain butcher block countertops.

Can you stain butcher block countertops?

Here at Grothouse, the answer to “Can you stain butcher block countertops?” is: we do not stain butcher block countertops because they are made in end grain construction.

Stain Butcher Block Countertops
Wood surfaces crafted in End Grain Construction are known as Butcher Block Countertops. Butcher Block Countertops cannot be stained.

What kind of wood countertop can be stained?

At Grothouse, we apply stain to wood countertops crafted in Edge Grain Construction Style and Flat Grain Construction Style.

In a wood countertop crafted in Edge Grain construction, the wood pieces are laid out with long strips running lengthwise along the top, shown in the diagram below. All of the strips will be continuous with no joints, unless the length of the top is excessive.

Edge Grain wood countertop surface by Grothouse
Wood countertop surfaces crafted in Edge Grain Construction can have a stain application if desired.

In a wood countertop crafted in Flat Grain Construction, the wood pieces are premium-clear wide plank flat sawn boards. The pieces are generally wider in size, this is shown in the diagram below.

Flat Grain wood countertop surface by Grothouse
Wood Countertop surfaces crafted in Flat Grain Construction can have a stain application if desired.

So now that we have defined the term “butcher block countertop” and we have discovered what kind of construction styles can have a stain application, let’s discuss stains.

What is the best stain to use for wood countertops?

There is no stain that we, Grothouse, consider to be “the best” or “better than others.” The best stain to choose for your wood countertop is the stain that will make it the color you desire for the finished product. We offer over 40 stock stains for application on Edge Grain and Flat Grain Wood Countertops. We continue to add to our stock stains and glazes based on current trends and customer requests. Click here to view all of the stock stains Grothouse has available.

Below is a picture of a stained wood countertop. This wood countertop is crafted in edge grain construction of the wood specie Ash. Ash is typically a very light tan color. The countertop was stained to look like another wood specie, Wenge, which is typically very dark brown/black in color. Leah Heinsius of Faralli Kitchen & Bath Design Studio designed this countertop.

Stained Ash wood countertop by Grothouse
Ash Wood Countertop crafted in Edge Grain Construction stained to be a dark brown/black color.

In the event that you do not wish to have one of our stock stains applied to your countertop, (this is a very slight chance!) we do offer the option of Custom Stain Matching. We can match your wood countertop with basically ANYTHING.  We use a color lab for all stain matches to ensure a perfect color match. The stain matches will be within a delta E of 0.5 or less. Below is a picture of a wood countertop custom stained to match the original item, which in this case is a drawer.

Grothouse Wood Countertop Custom Stain Matched
Grothouse Wood Countertop Custom Stained to match the color of the drawer.

The process of crafting a stained wood countertop does not end with simply just applying the stain. Every stained wood countertop crafted by Grothouse is sealed with our Durata® Permanent Finish.

What is the Durata® Permanent Wood Countertop Finish?

Durata® Finish is a proprietary finish exclusively available on Grothouse wood countertop surfaces. It is available in Satin, Matte or Semi-Gloss sheen. This finish is completely resistant to water or chemical penetration. Very hard solvents, such as lacquer thinner or alcohol, will not affect this finish. Once fully cured, this finish is highly resistant to scratching. This finish is approved for FDA indirect exposure (ie. Kneading dough), but not chopping. Chopping applications should be avoided. This finish has received the highest possible rating for durability from ASTM International, a worldwide standard setting organization. Click here to learn more about the Grothouse Durata® Permanent Finish.

Now that we have gone through the initial steps of obtaining a stained wood countertop from Grothouse, we hope to have answered the frequently asked question, “Can you stain butcher block countertops?” In the Grothouse Image Library, you can see award winning stained wood countertops other clients have designed.

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops are typically light in color. Their light color is very comforting, giving them the ability to compliment any space, any style.

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops
Beech Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops | Typical Uses and Designs

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops are available in Edge Grain construction and End Grain construction. Beech Wood Countertops are typically used as kitchen island countertops.

Palmer Todd designed this Beech Wood Countertop for a large kitchen island in San Antonio, Texas. This countertop was crafted in Edge Grain construction. It includes a Standard Double Roman Ogee edge profile and an undermount sink. This Beech Countertop compliments the light colored cabinetry in this traditional kitchen.

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops for Kitchen Islands
Beech Wood Countertop designed by Palmer Todd

Julie Fergus of American Home Gallery designed the beautiful and calming kitchen design pictured below. The Beech Wood Countertop in this kitchen adds a comfortable seating area. It compliments the bright white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops used for kitchen island
Beech Wood Countertop designed by Julie Fergus of American Home Gallery

Echelon Custom Homes designed this Beech Wood Countertop to be used for a Bathroom Vanity. This vanity countertop is a result of a talented vision. Each element of this bathroom only reaches its full potential when combined with all the components as a whole. The Beech Countertop compliments the colors in the lovely wallpaper, which has flecks of colors that pick up the balance of design elements. The bright red vanity base adds a vibrant pop of color.

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops used for bathroom vanity
Beech Wood Vanity Countertop designed by Echelon Custom Homes

Beech is also typically paired with another wood specie(s) to create a wood countertop with a beautiful and unique pattern. This countertop is a perfect example of that. Beech was paired with Cherry to create a striped pattern.

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops with Striped Pattern
Beech and Cherry Striped Wood Countertop by Grohouse

Jenny’s Design Build designed this butcher block countertop to include a pattern with Beech, Wenge, and Walnut wood species. The combination creates a checkerboard pattern along the border of the countertop. The checkerboard pattern compliments the design elements in the kitchen.

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops with Checkerboard Pattern
Beech Butcher Block Countertop designed by Jenny’s Design Build

Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops are typically used as kitchen island countertops. They are also typically paired with another wood specie(s) to create a pattern design. Beech Wood Countertops are designed to bring comfort to any space. They are complimentary to any space, any style design. To see more images of Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops, visit our Image Library.

About The Grothouse Lumber Company

Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with various options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and waterproof protective coatings currently available on the market today.

Grothouse Wood Countertop Arcs

Wood Countertop Arcs are a common feature for today’s kitchen islands. Arcs and curves add distinctive functional design to wood countertops.

Wood Countertops Arcs
Wood Countertops with Arcs by Grothouse

About Wood Countertop Arcs

Wood Countertops can be curved to any arc size desired. When designing Wood Countertops with Arcs, detailed dimensional drawings required. Wood Countertop Arcs are typically combined with an ornate edge profile. This provides a dramatic appearance.

There are various types of arcs: Elliptical, Round, Arc, and Roman Arcs. Inverted arcs on corners are another unique tasteful design option. Round pieces can be manufactured to any diameter circle you desire. Grothouse can also craft wood countertops with arcs in the form of complex shapes.

Designs including Wood Countertop Arcs

This Walnut wood countertop designed by Auer Kitchens includes two arcs. This design is an excellent example of matching granite countertops with wood countertops.

Walnut Wood Countertop Arcs
Walnut Wood Countertop with Arcs designed by Auer Kitchens

This Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop was designed by Mainstreet Cabinet Co. LLC and includes three arcs. The arcs in the countertop add to the traditional design of the kitchen.

Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop Arcs
Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop with Arcs designed by Mainstreet Cabinet Co. LLC

Palmer Todd designed this Beech Wood Countertop for the kitchen island. The countertop includes two arcs and a sink cutout. The arcs in the countertop bring attention to this attractive functional design.

Beech Wood Countertop Arcs
Beech Wood Countertop with Arcs designed by Palmer Todd

Kerry Flanagan of Factory Builder Stores designed this beautiful Walnut Wood Countertop. The wood countertop includes three arcs and a farmhouse sink. The arcs in this countertop enhance the traditional look of this french country kitchen.

Walnut Wood Countertop Arcs by Grothouse
Walnut Wood Countertop with Arcs designed by Kerry Flanagan

About The Grothouse Lumber Company

Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with  a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and waterproof protective coatings currently available on the market today.