The Anvil™ Axel finish imitates the look of real stainless steel countertops, while maintaining a wood countertop’s warmth to the touch. Anvil™ Axel stainless steel countertops offer a distinctive feel and monolithic appearance.
Designing Axel Stainless Steel Countertops
Axel countertops are elegant and sleek – perfect for a modern or contemporary style space, but can also add edge to a traditional or transitional space. Our custom Axel countertops can be designed to fit any style space.
Unlike real metal countertops, our Anvil™ Axel countertops can be designed for curved profile applications and complex shapes.
The Axel countertop finish develops a patina over time because it is a finish of real metal particles. If you wish to keep the countertop looking pristine, it can be over coated with our exclusive Durata® waterproof permanent finish.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured bathroom includes a Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Vawn Greany CMKBD lead designer and Trisha Gaffney AKBD co-designer of Collaborative Interiors.
About the Designer: As a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer, Vawn enjoys specializing in cabinetry and thrives on kitchen and bath design. Vawn has been published numerous times in local and national publications, as well as won several local design awards. In 2008, after several successful years in the cabinet/design industry, she launched her own design firm, Collaborative Interiors, in Seattle Washington.
A Tip from Vawn: Hidden supports and center lines were very important in this project. To be sure all details work out perfectly, it’s helpful to collaborate with vendors and tradesmen during the planning and construction phases.
Wall Color: Stone Tile – Island Stone Himachal White, Strip Cladding
Other Appliances: Hidden brackets were used to support the floating vanity
Advice: Big things come in small packages. It’s hard to believe that this was just and old shoe / mail closet before! The details of this naturally styled powder room fell into place nicely. It was fun to figure out the compact, spatial details so that everything would function comfortably in a room only 48″ wide. The beautiful Sapele floating vanity was perfectly arched to miss the door swing and the wall hung toilet saved space. All fixtures are complimented by the subtle color and rough texture of the stacked stone walls. In its simplicity, each and everyone of these details became very important to not overwhelm this tiny powder room.
View additional designs by Collaborative Interiors on their website and Houzz. To see more designs including a Sapele Mahogany Countertop, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.
The Anvil™ line of wood surfaces imitate metal countertops in look and function. The Anvil™ Kratos finish is similar to a copper-like finish. Just like real metal countertops, Kratos copper countertops oxidize and tarnish over time, giving them a unique patina with hints of red, green, and brown.
Designing Kratos Copper Countertops
Kratos countertops offer are distinctive in old world charm and a characterful appearance, and tend to be quite a conversation piece. They are typically popular in traditional style spaces, but can be custom designed to fit any space in your home.
A Family Sized Butcher Block custom crafted by Grothouse was featured in a New York Times article, “The Closed Kitchen Makes a Comeback.” The butcher block is pictured showing Jennifer McAllister-Nevins and her family in their TriBeCa loft’s enclosed kitchen.
During a New Year’s Eve dinner party several years ago, the pipes in Jennifer McAllister-Nevins’ kitchen were suddenly blocked. All of the guests got to witness each chaotic moment as the pipes for the sink backed up because she lived in a TriBeCa apartment with an open kitchen. Because of this instance, Ms. McAllister-Nevins, who loves to entertain, now lives in a different TriBeCa loft, one with an enclosed kitchen.
Family Sized Butcher Block Designs
Overtime we have seen butcher blocks used for kitchens used by families. Butcher blocks permit areas for seating and food preparation. Butcher Blocks often become the center of the kitchen, creating a central meeting place for the whole family to enjoy.
John Troxell, Director of Design, Wood-Mode Inc. designed this large butcher block with three tiers. The butcher block is made of Cherry wood on the inside, a Wenge wood stripe, and a Walnut wood border. The tiers on either side of the butcher block are made of Walnut wood. There is plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy around this butcher block.
Plain & Fancy Cabinetry designed this Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block. This large kitchen island has plenty of space for food preparation and storage underneath. Chairs could be pulled up to the overhang to create a seating area. This space was designed with family, and convenience, in mind.
Home Supply Inc. designed this American Black Walnut Butcher Block for this large kitchen island. This kitchen island has an area for seating. By leaving some space open on the butcher block across from the oven, it creates a space for food preparation and serving.
To read the New York Times article featuring a family sized butcher block, click here. To see more designs including large butcher blocks, visit our Countertop Image Library.
Grothouse also crafted a Rift Cut White Oak wood bar top gilded with Anvil™ Argentum metal finish, which is a real metal coating that replicates the appearance of nickel silver.
Grothouse manufactured matching floating shelves constructed of a smooth composite substrate to match the wood bar top. The shelves are also gilded with Anvil™ Argentum metal finish. The bar and the shelves are sealed with Durata® waterproof permanent finish in Satin sheen.
Grothouse Wood Surfaces is honored to have been a part of this absolutely stunning design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. To learn more about Anvil™ Metal Countertop finishes, click here.