Light Wood Countertops

Light Wood Countertops are naturally very warm, comforting surfaces that can be designed to fit any space. The five most popular light colored wood species at Grothouse are Alder, American Beech, Ash, Maple, and White Oak.

Light Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Light Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Light Wood Countertops | Alder

The first Light Wood Countertop Specie listed is Alder. There are two types of Alder species available at Grothouse: Knotty Alder and Superior Alder. Both are very light in color and make for great counter surfaces.

Light Wood Countertops Knotty Alder
Light Knotty Alder Wood Countertops

Knotty Alder is shown in the image above. Knotty Alder typically ranges from a pale yellow color to a light red-brown. Knotty Alder Wood Countertops can be crafted in any construction style: End Grain, Edge Grain, Flat Grain. Below is an Edge Grain Alder Wood Countertop.

Light Alder Wood Countertop
Light Alder Wood Countertop

Superior Grade Alder is also available at Grothouse. It is shown in the image below. Superior Grade is the highest grade of Alder. It is similar to Knotty Alder, but does not contain knots. It ranges in color from pale pink-brown to light brown.

Superior Grade Alder Wood Countertops
Light Superior Grade Alder Wood Countertops

Superior Grade Alder wood countertops can be crafted in End Grain, Flat Grain, and Edge Grain Construction. Below is an image of a Superior Grade Alder Butcher Block made in End Grain Construction.

Superior Grade Alder Butcher Block Countertop
Light Superior Grade Alder Butcher Block Countertop

Light Wood Countertops | American Beech

Light American Beech Wood Countertop
Light American Beech Wood Countertops

The second Light Wood specie available is American Beech. American Beech is typically light tan to light brown in color. American Beech Wood Countertops are only available in Edge Grain and End Grain. Due to inconsistent supply, Grothouse does not offer American Beech in Flat Grain. Below is an image of an Edge Grain American Beech Wood Vanity Countertop.

Light American Beech Wood Vanity Top
Light American Beech Wood Vanity Top

Light Wood Countertops | Ash

Ash Light Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Light Ash Wood Countertops

The next Light Wood Countertop specie available is Ash. Ash is very light in color, ranging from white-tan to pale yellow, light to medium brown. Ash Wood Countertops can be crafted in any construction style: End Grain, Edge Grain, Flat Grain. That being said, Ash Wood Countertops can be finished with either Durata Permanent Finish or Grothouse Original Oil. Below is an Ash Light Wood Countertop used for a kitchen island and seating area.

Ash Light Wood Countertop
Ash Light Wood Countertop used for a Kitchen Island

Light Wood Countertops | Maple

Light Maple Wood Countertop
Light Maple Wood Countertops

Maple is the most popular light wood specie chosen for countertops. Maple is a uniform pale red-brown or light tan. The sapwood is white with a red tinge. Maple Countertops can be crafted in Edge Grain, Flat Grain, and End Grain Construction. Below is an image of Edge Grain Maple Wood Countertops.

Light Maple Wood Countertops
Light Maple Wood Countertops

Maple Countertops are also available in End Grain Construction. Below is an image of an End Grain Maple Butcher Block that is a Light Tan color.

Light Maple Butcher Block Countertop
Light Maple Butcher Block Countertop

Light Wood Countertops | White Oak

Light White Oak Wood Countertops
Light White Oak Wood Countertops

White Oak is the fifth most popular Light Wood Countertop specie. White Oak Countertops range from light tan, light brown, pale yellow-brown to dark or pale brown. Below is a Quartersawn White Oak Wood Counter crafted in Flat Grain Construction. This countertop was featured in the Elkay Display Booth at KBIS 2014.

Light White Oak Wood Countertop
Light White Oak Wood Countertop

Light Wood Countertops are the perfect component to any space to bring warmth and comfort. The five most popular Light Wood Countertop Species available at Grothouse are Alder, American Beech, Ash, Maple, and White Oak. The Grothouse Countertop Image Library contains more images of Light Wood Countertops.

Standard Roman Ogee Wood Countertop Edge

The Standard Roman Ogee is one of our most popular edge profiles. The elegant curves add charming detail. This classic edge compliments paneled cabinetry, which is commonly used in today’s kitchens.

Standard Roman Ogee Edge for Wood Countertops
Standard Roman Ogee Wood Countertop Edge

Designing a Wood Countertop with a Standard Roman Ogee Edge

Standard Roman Ogee Edge has a minimum thickness of 1-1/2 inches
Wood Countertops with a Roman Ogee Edge have a minimum thickness of 1-1/2 inches

This edge requires a minimum countertop thickness of 1-1/2″. The depth is 1″. It can only be placed on the top of the countertop edge. Typically the bottom edges and vertical corners have a 1/8 inch Roundover edge. The price level for this edge profile is Moderate. Any Construction Style can include the edge.

Wood Countertops with the Standard Roman Ogee Edge are popular for Traditional and Transitional style kitchens and baths.

Butcher Block Countertop with Standard Roman Ogee Edge
American Black Walnut Butcher Block Countertop with Standard Roman Ogee Edge.

This American Black Walnut Butcher Block Countertop features the Roman Ogee Edge. The Butcher Block carries out the traditional style in the kitchen from the countertop to the kitchen island columns.

Wood Counter with Standard Roman Ogee Edge
Sapele Mahogany Wood Counter with Standard Roman Ogee Edge.

The above Sapele Mahogany Flat Grain Wood Counter has the Roman Ogee Edge. It creates a timeless, traditional appearance for this kitchen island end.

Saxon Wood™ Counter with Standard Roman Ogee Edge
Saxon Wood™ Counter with Standard Roman Ogee Edge

Wood-Mode designed this traditional Saxon Wood™ Flat Grain Counter to include the Roman Ogee Edge. Saxon Wood™ is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Paul Grothouse. The edge connects the wood counter with the traditional style of the rest of the space.

Cherry Wood Countertop with Standard Roman Ogee Edge
Brazilian Cherry Wood Countertop with Standard Roman Ogee Edge

This Flat Grain Brazilian Cherry Wood Counter the edge. The first place you look when viewing this image is the kitchen island. The beautiful color of the Brazilian Cherry and the decorative edge pull the kitchen together to meet in the middle.

Peruvian Walnut Countertop with Standard Roman Ogee Edge
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop with Standard Roman Ogee Edge

The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio wrote a blog about a Grothouse Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop. The Wood Countertop is pictured above, showing off the edge. Click here to read the blog.

More Wood Countertop Edge Profiles can be found in the Countertop Design Guide. To view more Wood Countertops with Standard Roman Ogee Edges, visit the Countertop Image Library.

Stained Wood Countertops

Grothouse Stained Wood Countertops are unsurpassed for accuracy with a *Delta E of 0.5 or less of the desired color. Wood Countertops can be stained with a Grothouse stock stain, Custom stained to match a customer provided sample, or stained with a customer provided stain. 

Stained Wood Countertops
Stained Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Wood Countertops crafted in Flat Grain Construction and Edge Grain Construction can include a stain application. Countertops crafted in End Grain Construction, also referred to as Butcher Blocks, cannot include a stain application.

All Stained Wood Countertops manufactured by Grothouse are required to be sealed with our exclusive proprietary finish, Durata® Permanent Finish. Durata® is a maintenance-free finish that not only makes your countertop completely waterproof, but also resistant to chemicals.  

Stained Wood Countertops | Stock Stains

Stained Wood Countertops are designed in various ways. Grothouse offers over 40 Stock Stains and continue to add to our selection based on current trends and customer requests.

Leah Heinsius of Faralli Kitchen & Bath Design Studio designed the Ash Wood Countertop pictured below. Ash is naturally a light blonde color. The countertop was stained with our Stock Block Stain #05555 to look like Wenge. Wenge is naturally a dark brown, black color. Ash is a less expensive wood specie than Wenge, and staining allows the consumer to receive a countertop with a similar appearance without paying the price of Wenge. Staining also gives the consumer the ability to receive the color they desire for their countertop. 

Stained Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Ash Wood Countertop Stained to look like Wenge

Collaborative Interiors designed the Laundry Room space pictured below. The African Mahogany Wood Countertop was stained with our Stock Stain The Favorite #03012.

Stained Wood Countertops with Stock Stain
Stained Wood Countertop with Stock Stain

Stained Wood Countertops | Custom Stain Matching

Choosing a Stock Stain and Glaze combination is another popular option for wood countertops. However, wood countertops are not limited to Stock Stain Applications. Grothouse also offers Custom Stain Matching.

Wood Countertops can be Custom Stained to match any customer supplied sample. We use a color lab for all matches. Custom Stain Matches will be within a *Delta E of 0.5 or less.Below is a sample of a custom stain match with the original matched item.

Stained Wood Countertops to match original item
Custom Stain Match with the Original Item

Marino Kitchen & Bath designed the kitchen pictured below. The Cherry Wood Counters were Custom Stain Matched to the cabinetry in the kitchen. This Custom Stain Match also includes Glaze.

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Custom Stained Wood Countertop to match the cabinetry, including Glaze

Elkay Manufacturing designed the Cherry Countertop for a display featured in their booth at KBIS 2014. This countertop was Custom Stained to match the cabinetry and includes Glaze.

Custom Stained Wood Countertops with Glaze to match cabinetry
Custom Stained Cherry Countertop to match cabinetry, includes Glaze

Stained Wood Countertops | Customer Supplied Stain

Customers can also provide Grothouse with a stain they wish to be applied to their Wood Countertop.

Kountry Kraft provided us with stain to be applied to the Cherry Wood Countertop shown below.

Stained Wood Countertops with Customer Provided Stain
Customer Provided Stain for Wood Countertop

Mary Jo Peterson designed the Walnut wood countertop shown below. This design was on display at the National Kitchen and Bath Show in New Orleans (KBIS 2013) in the Hafele Booth. The Customer supplied the stain for the wood countertop and matching wood backsplash.

Stained Wood Countertop with Customer Supplied Stain
Stained Wood Countertop and Backsplash with Customer Supplied Stain

Wood Countertops can be stained with a Grothouse stock stain, Custom stained to match a customer provided sample, or stained with a customer provided stain.  All Stained Wood Countertops manufactured by Grothouse will require a customer approved sample prior to production of the countertop. To see more Stained Wood Countertops, visit the Countertop Image Library.

 

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks

There are various patterns available for Butcher Blocks manufactured by Grothouse. The most popular pattern choice is Checkerboard. Checkerboard Butcher Blocks are a fun and appealing way to incorporate more than one wood specie into any kitchen design style.

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks by Grothouse
Checkerboard Butcher Blocks by Grothouse

Designing Checkerboard Butcher Blocks

The Checkerboard Pattern is only available for wood surfaces crafted in End Grain Construction, also known as Butcher Blocks. End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation. Below is a diagram of End Grain Butcher Block Construction. Butcher Blocks have a minimum thickness of 2 1/2 inches.

End Grain Butcher Block Construction
Diagram of End Grain Butcher Block Construction

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks are designed for many different uses. The three best qualities about Checkerboard Butcher Blocks are that 1) they can always be used as a food preparation surface, 2) they can be crafted into anything, any shape or size, such as kitchen island tops, kitchen island ends, table tops – the options are limitless! and 3) you are not limited to only choosing one wood specie!

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks used for Kitchen Island Countertops

Interior Environments designed the Modern Kitchen photographed below. They went with a Maple and Wenge Checkerboard Butcher Block for the entire kitchen island top. This large kitchen island countertop measures ten feet long.This Checkerboard Butcher Block includes an Overmount Sink and provides a large surface for this client to prepare meals for the family.

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks for Kitchen Islands
Maple and Wenge Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top

M E S Mitchell Interiors, LLC designed the Traditional Kitchen photographed below. The American Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block has been featured in magazines and books all over the United States. The Butcher Block includes a Medium Roman Ogee Edge Profile on the top horizontal edges, adding a Traditional flare.

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks for the Kitchen Island
American Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top

Jenny’s Design Build designed the Butcher Block in the photograph below. Instead of designing the Checkerboard Pattern to be the entire countertop, they designed the Checkerboard to be a border around the Butcher Block. The center of the countertop is crafted of Beech. The Checkerboard Border includes Beech, Wenge, and Walnut. This design requires exact precision to line up the pieces. The Checkerboard Border of the Butcher Block compliments the Checkerboard lighting and other Checkerboard pieces throughout the kitchen.

Checkerboard Border on Butcher Block Countertop
Beech, Wenge, and Walnut Checkerboard Border on Kitchen Island Butcher Block Top

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks used for Kitchen Island Ends

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks can also be designed for use as Kitchen Island Ends. Blue Bell Kitchens designed the Eclectic kitchen in the following photograph.They incorporated a Cherry and Maple Checkerboard Butcher Block as the Kitchen Island End. This award winning kitchen design boasts ample work space combined with an antique feel.

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks Kitchen Island End
Cherry and Maple Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island End

In Detail Interiors designed the Modern Kitchen shown below. This modern kitchen design is crisp, warm and clean. The kitchen island is flanked by a Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block that is lowered for comfort while chopping. The Walnut in the Butcher Block compliments the chocolate colored cabinetry.

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks for End of Kitchen Islands
Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island End

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks used for Tables

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks are also designed to be used as Tables. Chris Benner designed the Maple and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block Table photographed below. The table provides a warm and inviting space to enjoy meals.

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks used as Tables
Maple and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block Table

The Checkerboard Butcher Block Table design shown in the photograph below was a challenge; we call it “square peg, round hole”. It was complicated to create a square checkerboard center with a round border, especially considering the 9″ thickness required. This butcherblock table top was placed on a metal base. An eye catching and unique design for a butcher block.

Checkerboard Butcher Block Table Design
“Square Peg, Round Hole” Checkerboard Butcher Block Table Design

Other designs and uses for Checkerboard Butcher Blocks

As mentioned previously, Checkerboard Butcher Blocks are not limited to any type of design. Beatty Lumber, Inc. designed the fun Butcher Block shown below. The Checkerboard Pattern was placed in the center of the Butcher Block as a Chess Board. The Butcher Block consists of Walnut, Wenge, and Maple.

Checkerboard Butcher Block Chess Board
Walnut, Wenge, and Maple Checkerboard Butcher Block Chess Board

Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish for Checkerboard Butcher Blocks 

Grothouse Original Oil Finish for Checkerboard Butcher Blocks
Grothouse Original Oil Finish for Butcher Blocks

Checkerboard Butcher Blocks are always finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. End Grain Butcher Blocks cannot be finished with Durata® or have a stain application. The Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish is completely food-safe and requires ongoing maintenance; frequency depending on how often the Butcher Block is used. Oil should be applied when the block appears dry. After applying the oil, the block will appear darker. Please note that it will lighten back to the color you are used to. All Grothouse Butcher Blocks can be re-sanded to get rid of any scratches, dings, or dents. After re-sanding, apply some Grothouse Original Oil™ and the Butcher Block will look as good as new!

Grothouse Original Oil™ can be purchased on the Grothouse Online Store or at your local Grothouse Kitchen Dealer. For instructions on how to use the Grothouse Original Oil™, click here.

More Checkerboard Butcher Blocks can be viewed in the Countertop Image Library.

Santos Mahogany Countertops

Santos Mahogany Countertops crafted by Grothouse
Santos Mahogany Countertops by Grothouse

Santos Mahogany Countertops are extremely unique because the wood specie is not seen often. One special characteristic of Santos Mahogany is that it has a wide variation in color. Santos Mahogany is a very dense South American species and is a mahogany alternative. Santos Santos Mahogany Countertops are typically crafted in Edge Grain Construction, which is shown in the diagram below.

Edge Grain Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Edge Grain Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Edge Grain Construction is extremely stable and makes for great kitchen surface countertops. 

Santos Mahogany Countertops | Design

Santos Mahogany Countertops are typically designed to be used as kitchen surface countertops.

Modern Elegance designed the Santos Mahogany countertops shown in the image below. The deep red color of the countertop stands out beautifully against the white traditional cabinetry. The countertop is sealed with our Durata® Permanent Finish.

Santos Mahogany Countertops designed by Modern Elegance
Santos Mahogany Kitchen Countertop, design by Modern Elegance

Quality Design Works, Inc. designed the Santos Mahogany Countertop shown in the image below for the kitchen island. The countertop has a Conventional Double Roman Ogee Edge Profile to prevail a traditional appearance. The countertop includes an undermount sink and one faucet hole. It also has one arc and is sealed with Durata® Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.

Santos Mahogany Countertops for Kitchen Islands
Santos Mahogany Kitchen Island Countertop, design by Quality Design Works, Inc.

The kitchen featured in the image below includes a Santos Mahogany Countertop, which served as a backdrop for a skit on the television show Saturday Night Live. Click here to view the skit. The Santos Mahogany Countertops in the kitchen were sealed with Durata® Permanent Finish. The Countertops have a custom edge profile to carry out the traditional and french flair of the kitchen.

Santos Mahogany Countertops on Saturday Night Live
Santos Mahogany Countertops on Saturday Night Live

Santos Mahogany Countertops are typically designed to be used as kitchen surface countertops. They are also typically crafted in Edge Grain Construction Style. Santos Mahogany Countertops can include any of the Wood Countertop Options and Features available. Most often than not, they are finished with Durata® Permanent Finish.

Durata® Permanent Finish is a proprietary finish exclusive to surfaces crafted by The Grothouse Lumber Company. Durata® makes the countertop a completely waterproof and chemical resistant surface after 30 days. Durata® is not only waterproof, but does not require any ongoing maintenance. Durata® is Green guard certified and has received the highest possible rating for durability from ASTM International, a worldwide standard setting organization. The finish is not affected by Lacquer thinner, Ammonia, Red Wine, Vinegar, Oil, Ketchup, Mustard, Bleach, or Soaps. Durata® is available in Satin Sheen or Matte Sheen. It is FDA approved for indirect exposure (i.e. Kneading dough), but not for direct chopping. Direct chopping applications should be avoided. For chopping applications, Grothouse recommends Grothouse Original Oil™.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to view more Santos Mahogany Countertops sealed with Durata® Permanent Finish.