Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Kitchens Unlimited

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID of Kitchens Unlimited.

Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Karen Kassen of Kitchens Unlimited
Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID of Kitchens Unlimited

About the Designer: Karen Kassen is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, member of the NKBA and an Allied member of ASID. She and her husband, Joe, purchased Kitchens Unlimited in 1998. A graduate of Auburn University, with a B.S. in Interiors and Housing, she has been practicing kitchen and bathroom design in Memphis for over 23 years.

A Tip from Karen: When designing an all white kitchen, use wood tones and warm accents to keep the room from appearing sterile and feeling cold.

Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Kitchens Unlimited
Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Kitchens Unlimited

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Mouser Custom Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Stained Oak (original to home)

Countertops: Polished Marble and Grothouse Zebrawood Pastore Table sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. This table features plug-mold multi-outlet strips under the table overhang.

Faucet: Rohl

Sink: Kohler

Backsplash: Full Height Polished Marble

Wall Color: Custom

Stove: Viking

Dishwasher: Asko

Other Appliances: Dacor, Miele, SubZero and Wolf

Additional Comments and Advice: By integrating plug-mold multi-outlet strips under the countertop overhang, you avoid interrupting the beautiful waterfall edge of a Pastore table with an unsightly electric outlet.

Integrated Multi-outlet strips in Zebrawood Pastore Table
Integrated Multi-outlet strips in Zebrawood Pastore Table
Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Karen Kassen
Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Karen Kassen
Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Kitchens Unlimited
Design by Karen Kassen of Kitchens Unlimited
Zebrawood Pastore Table
Zebrawood Pastore Table

View additional designs by Kitchens Unlimited on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. To see more designs including a Zebrawood Pastore Table, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking our page on Facebook.

Ferrum Iron Countertops

The Anvil™ Ferrum metal finish creates a appearance to iron countertops and zinc countertops when applied to Grothouse wood surfaces or composite substrates. Over time, the Anvil™ Ferrum finish will tarnish like a real metal surface, giving it a unique appearance.

Anvil™ Ferrum Iron Countertops
Anvil™ Ferrum Iron Countertops

Designing Ferrum Iron Countertops

Ferrum countertops provide both a classic and a modern look that combines the cool tone of metal with the warmth and charm of a wood surface.  They are typically popular in traditional style spaces, but can be custom designed to fit any space in your home.

Anvil Ferrum Iron Countertops by Grothouse
Ferrum Countertops combine the cool tone of metal and the warmth of wood.

Ferrum countertops can be crafted to any shape or size. They can even be crafted into Pastore™ waterfall countertops or tables. Any custom feature can be added to the countertop to add function and appeal, like an integrated bowl. Integrated bowls provide the ability to decoratively hold fruit, eggs, or other items.

The edge profile chosen will shape the style of the countertop. Ferrum countertops can include any of our 40+ edge profiles available. Custom edges can also be crafted to make your countertop one-of-a-kind.

Ferrum Iron Countertops for Kitchens by Grothouse
Ferrum Countertops can include any edge profile.

Unlike real metal countertops, Ferrum countertops can be used in outdoor applications when the finish is applied to an exterior rated substrate.

If you are seeking a cleaner look, choose a wood countertop with Ferrum metal finish and a topcoat of our Durata® Waterproof and Permanent Finish. Ferrum countertops with a topcoat of Durata® may not be used outdoors.

Click here to learn more about Anvil™ Metal Countertops by Grothouse. To see designs with Ferrum Iron Countertops visit our Countertop Image Library.

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Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop designed by Denise Quade Design

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop designed by Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design.

Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design
Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design

About the Designer: Denise is especially known for putting her degree in interior design and 38 years of experience to work creating highly personalized and functional kitchens. Her bathrooms, home offices, family rooms, and bedrooms have garnered recognition as well. In 2010 she earned her CMKBD, one of only three in Wisconsin holding the esteemed certification. Through every project, large or small, Denise maintains her commitment to giving each client her best. Each client benefits from her talent, her time, her expertise, and her dedication to incomparable service.

A Tip from Denise: If you select a beautiful stone for the countertops, consider bringing it up the splash so you can see it from any view. This stone is such a show stopper and carrying up the walls really impacts the space.

Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop designed by Denise Quade
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop designed by Denise Quade

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Brookhaven Frameless Cabinets by Wood-Mode

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Original Oak, Refinished onsite

Countertops: Super White Extra Quartzite; Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Countertop with a Conventional Double Roman Ogee edge profile, sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

Faucet: Main – Kohler HiRise (K-734104), Prep – Kallista Quinsy Sidepray (P25010-00)

Sink: Main – Kohler Vault, Prep – Kohler (K-3391)

Backsplash: Super White Extra Quartzite

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray

Stove: 36″ Wolf Dual Fuel Range

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: 36″ Subzero Built-in Flush Inset, VentaHood Hood (JDH348/C2)

Additional Comments and Advice: If there is an element you love, find a way to use it and don’t be afraid to compromise. This client wanted a zinc countertop on her island originally, but the sticker shock of the price caused her to hesitate. She was originally thinking of having a walnut table, but by switching the two and finding a table with a zinc top, she was able to have both!

Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop with a Kohler Sink
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop with a Kohler Sink
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop for a large kitchen island
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop for a large kitchen island
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop with Conventional Double Roman Ogee edge
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop with a Conventional Double Roman Ogee edge
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop designed by Denise Quade
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop designed by Denise Quade

View additional designs by Denise Quade Design on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. To see more designs including a Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking our page on Facebook.

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angie’s List

Grothouse butcher blocks were featured in an article on Angie’s List, “How Much Do Butcher Block’s Cost?” The article summarizes the definition of a butcher block, the pros and the cons, and also the cost of a butcher block.

The article states that butcher blocks consist of strips of glued hardwood. It’s been utilized for chopping blocks and cutting boards for years, and more recently, as a popular material for kitchen countertops, tables and islands.

The Grothouse definition of a butcher block is a wood surface crafted in end
grain construction. End grain construction is the construction style recommended for direct food preparation.

End grain construction consists of small wood pieces standing vertically to show only the ends of the wood. This style of butcher block is significantly harder to manufacture than other construction styles. It requires a level of skill and craftsmanship not found with most commercial suppliers. The pieces are generally random sized, although sizes will vary depending on the species and sizes of wood available at the time of manufacturing.

The Featured Grothouse Butcher Blocks

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angie's List
Zebrawood Butcher Block featured on Angie’s List

This Zebrawood Butcher Block was designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry and was on display at the on display at the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference. It is 2-1/2″ thick and features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile.

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angies List
Walnut, Maple, and White Oak Butcher Block featured on Angie’s List

This butcher block features an interlocked pattern of Walnut, Maple, and White Oak. It was designed by a homeowner in New York and is 3″ thick.

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angie's List
Teak Butcher Block featured on Angie’s List

Old Town Woodworking designed this 2-1/2″ thick Teak butcher block with a 1/4″ Roundover edge profile.

To see more designs with butcher blocks visit our Countertop Image Library. Angie’s List also featured Grothouse Butcher Blocks in a photo gallery. Click here to read the full article on Angie’s List.