Super Distressed Wood Countertops

Super Distressed Wood Countertops are used to achieve an antique, rustic, and old-world feel in a space. Super Distressed Wood Countertops have very uneven 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, and termite tracks.

Super Distressed Wood Countertops with Sinks
Super Distressed Wood Countertops can include sink and faucet cutouts.

Designing Super Distressed Wood Countertops

All Grothouse wood surfaces crafted in Flat Grain Construction and Edge Grain Construction can be distressed to evoke the appearance of a truly original antique. Most Super Distressed Wood Countertops are accentuated with a Hand Rubbed Black Glaze and sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Super Distressed is the highest level of distressing available on Grothouse wood surfaces. Super Distressed Wood Countertops are used in a variety of style spaces. The most common style space Super Distressed Wood Countertops are used in are Traditional.

Below is a series photographs of a traditional kitchen designed by Wood-Mode Inc. This kitchen space exudes elegance. The highlight of this space is a Flat Grain Sapele Mahogany Wood Counter with Super Distressing. This counter includes one undermount sink cutout for a Blanco Sink Precision Model #516225. It also includes one faucet cut out for a Blanco Acclaim Model #440518. The counter has a Hand Rubbed Black Glaze application to accentuate the distressing. It is sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.

Flat Grain Super Distressed Wood Countertops
Sapele Mahogany Flat Grain Super Distressed Wood Counter design by Wood-Mode Inc.
Sapele Mahogany Super Distressed Wood Countertops
This Super Distressed Wood Counter has very uneven worn corners and edges.

Pictured below is a kitchen space designed by Kitchens by Charles Weiler, Inc. This traditional kitchen includes a Sapele Mahogany Flat Grain Super Distressed Wood Counter. The counter includes a Hand Rubbed Black Glaze application to accentuate the distressing. It is sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.

Custom Sapele Mahogany Super Distressed Wood Countertops
Flat Grain Sapele Mahogany Super Distressed Wood Counter designed by Kitchens by Charles Weiler, Inc.
Super Distressed Wood Countertops accentuated with Black Glaze
Hand Rubbed Black Glaze is applied to accentuate the super distressing.

Super Distressed Wood Countertops are indispensable when it comes to creating an antique, rustic, and old-world feel in a space. More distressed wood countertops can be seen in our Countertop Image Library.

Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry

Over time, we are seeing a staple combination for kitchen designs: wood countertops with white cabinetry. This timeless combination exudes elegant simplicity.

Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry | Design

Recently at the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Show, Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry had their new Prairie series designed by Scott Stultz on display. This display included an Ash Wood Countertop. Pictured below is Scott Stultz with the display.

Ash wood countertops with white cabinetry
Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry’s new Prairie series designed by Scott Stultz

At the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry booth consisted of a fully featured Ruskin kitchen designed by Scott Stultz. The display included a Hand Planed Walnut Wood Counter.

Walnut Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry
Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry’s Ruskin series designed by Scott Stultz

The 2012 Kitchen of the Year designed by Mick De Giulio showcased the timeless combination of wood countertops with white cabinetry. The main kitchen, pictured below, included a Wenge Wood Counter with white cabinetry.

Wenge Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry
House Beautiful 2012 Kitchen of the Year designed by Mick De Giulio

In the Butler’s pantry Mick also decided to incorporate wood countertops with white cabinetry. The countertops are Walnut with Sapwood.

Walnut wood countertops with white cabinetry
House Beautiful 2012 Kitchen of the Year Butler’s Pantry designed by Mick De Giulio

The kitchen pictured below was designed by Mary Jo Peterson and includes white cabinetry by Plain & Fancy and lighting by Hafele. This design was on display at the National Kitchen and Bath Show in New Orleans (KBIS 2013) in the Hafele Booth. The wood countertop is walnut and includes a matching walnut wood backsplash.

Walnut Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry
KBIS 2013 Hafele Booth Display designed by Mary Jo Peterson

You can view more wood countertops with white cabinetry in our Countertop Image Library and you can add the designs to your ideabook on Houzz!

Ash is the New Black

Ash Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Ash is the New Black

At Grothouse Lumber, we are seeing a resurgence of Ash Wood Countertops being specified by commercial and residential clients alike. It was always a personal favorite of Denise Grothouse. The tone is similar to Maple, but is has a more pronounced grain and hence, character. Additionally, it is a domestic wood and therefore properly managed and harvested within the United States. It takes stain beautifully and is wonderful for our craftsmen to work, sand, and finish.

Ash Commercial Bars and Restaurants

It is a desirable wood for commercial bars. It is much harder than Walnut and Teak and will resist dents and dings. In fact, the most commonly known product of Ash is baseball bats. The client below asked us to custom turn Ash dowels to fit in the brass elephant hooks. See it in person at Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Lafayette Hill, PA.

Ash Commercial Bar Top
Ash Commercial Bar Top at Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Ash Residential Countertops

Trend setting renowned designer Scott Stultz showed off his latest collaboration at The Architectural Digest Home Show, Prairie Cabinetry by Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry shown below. Prairie makes another strong case for excellence in distinctly American design, this time with modernist ethos.The island countertop he chose was indeed American Ash.

Ash Wood Residential Countertop
Design by Scott Stultz in collaboration with Prairie Cabinetry by Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry

Ash can be stained to appear black. It is often used to give the visual appearance of Wenge. Any countertop with a stain application is finished with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Leah Heinsius of Faralli Kitchen & Bath Design Studio designed the wood countertop pictured below.

Stained Ash Residential Wood Countertop
Design by Leah Heinsius of Faralli Kitchen & Bath Design Studio

For more information about Ash wood countertops, visit our Countertop Design Guide. Read this article on LinkedIn.