Wood Crush Wednesday | A Glimpse into the Grothouse Shop

Every Wednesday, we give a glimpse into the products and happenings going on in the Grothouse shop, called Wood Crush Wednesday.

Wood Crush Wednesday A Glimpse into the Grothouse Shop
#WoodCrushWednesday A Glimpse into the Grothouse Shop

Wood Crush Wednesday | The Team

Wood Crush Wednesday features members of the Grothouse team and projects they are working on. Below is craftsman Eric inspecting a batch of samples.

Inspecting a batch of wood countertop samples
Craftsman, Eric, inspecting a batch of samples

Craftsman Adam was caught organizing our shipping department and making room for a BIG top.

Custom Wood Countertop Shipping Department
Craftsman, Adam, making room for a BIG top in the shipping department

Even our Customer Service Team works with wood everyday, with a custom wood desk top. Here is Rich, hard at work on his Mahogany wood desk top!

Custom Wood Desk Tops for Customer Service
Our customer service team has custom wood desk tops

Our product engineer, Steve, and Director of Operations, Jake take a break for some afternoon silliness to cultivate creativity!

Creative Custom Wood Countertops
Afternoon silliness to cultivate creativity

Wood Crush Wednesday | Products

Wood Crush Wednesday also features the most unique custom wood surfaces, including tables, bar tops, Anvil metal finished countertops and more. Below are just a few of the wood crushes we have shared thus far.

Thousand pound large custom wenge wood countertop with Camelot edge profile
A thousand pound Wenge top with Camelot edge profile

Here is a 1,000 POUND TOP made of solid Wenge wood for a customer located in Canada. This top features one of our largest edge profiles, the Camelot.

Custom solid wood table with legs featuring intricate detail
Custom table legs with intricate detail

A custom table shows off its intricate legs for days.

Anvil Palladium Metal Countertop with Durata waterproof permanent finish
Anvil Palladium Metal Countertop

An Anvil Palladium metal finished countertop is ready to ship. This metal countertop features an undermount sink cut out, Rugen edge profile and Durata waterproof and permanent finish.

Stay tuned for more Wood Crush Wednesdays by liking Grothouse on Facebook and following @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops

As the hub of the kitchen, your island is a prep station, gathering spot and dining area. Why not make it a statement piece too? Distressed solid wood island countertops can be custom crafted to make a statement in any style kitchen.

Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops for kitchen islands in any style kitchen
Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops

Wood countertops can be distressed as lightly or heavily as desired. Grothouse offers five standard levels of distressing, but levels can be altered to achieve the desired look. The five levels include:

Level 1 Distressing:

• Lightly worn corners and edges
• Light dings

Level 2 Distressing:

• Moderately worn corners and edges
• Moderate dings
• Light drag marks

Level 3 Distressing:

• Heavily worn corners and edges
• Numerous dings
• Spotty worm holes
• Moderate drag marks

Level 4 Distressing:

• Very heavily and unevenly worn corners and edges
• Plentiful dings
• Clusters of worm holes
• Bountiful drag marks
• Termite tracks

Level 5 Super Distressing:

• Very heavily and very unevenly worn corners and edges
• Plentiful dings and notch marks
• Clusters of worm holes
• Abundant scratches and drag marks
• Waffle hammer dings and circular dings
• Heavy edge nicks
• Termite tracks

Any wood specie crafted in Flat Grain or Edge Grain construction style can be distressed. Distressed countertops can be adorned with any edge profile and include any features. Grothouse requires approval of a distressed sample prior to production to achieve the correct level of distressing.

Designs with Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops

Pictured below, Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio designed a Sapele Mahogany edge grain wood countertop for this white kitchen island. The countertop is distressed to level 4 and finished with a hand rubbed black glaze to accentuate the distressing. A small undermount sink was placed in the corner of the countertop, with an overhang on the opposite end for seating.

Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops made of Sapele Mahogany
Design by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Showcase Kitchens designed a Walnut with Sapwood counter crafted in Flat Grain construction for the traditional white kitchen pictured below. The counter was super distressed and features the Grothouse Jericho Stock Stain (#04915).

Stained and Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops made of Walnut
Design by Showcase Kitchens

Chip Tiber, CKD, NCDIQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths designed a Walnut with Sapwood counter crafted in Flat Grain construction. Distressed to level 4 and finished with a hand rubbed black glaze, this counter makes the island the statement center piece of this modern farmhouse kitchen.

Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops made of Walnut
Design by Chip Tiber, CKD, NCDIQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths

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Vessel Sinks on Wood Bathroom Countertops

Vessel Sinks on Wood Bathroom Countertops can be the most striking feature in a bathroom, adding style and value to any bath space. Vessel sinks provide an efficient space for your storage needs and bathroom preparation rituals.

They are often used for bathroom vanities in modern or contemporary style bathrooms, as opposed to more traditional drop-in or pedestal sinks. However, when paired with a wood countertop, the style can be custom designed to fit any space.

Below are inspirational wood countertop designs with vessel sinks.

Wood Countertop Designs with Vessel Sinks

Designed by Jennifer Gilmer and Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath, a limestone vessel sink was placed on a custom teak wood countertop to create this Asian-inspired bathroom vanity.

Vessel Sinks on Wood Bathroom Countertops designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

The four inch Sapele Mahogany wood countertop pictured below features a vessel sink and a wall mounted faucet. Cleverly designed by Vawn Greany CMKBD and co-designer Trisha Gaffney AKBD of Collaborative Interiors, the wall mounted faucet helps to free up counter space.

Vessel Sinks on Wood Bathroom Countertops designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Design by Collaborative Interiors

A Wenge Pastore counter was crafted for this large double vanity designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath as the focal point of this tranquil bathroom. The double vanity houses white vessel sinks, adding interest to the clean space and providing contrast against the dark wood countertop and accents.

Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Want to see more bathroom wood countertop designs with vessel sinks? Visit the Image Gallery on our website and like us on Facebook!

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Commercial Wood Bar Top for Lucky Dorr at Wrigley Field

Custom Commercial Wood Bar Top at Lucky Dorr Bar at Wrigley Field
Custom Commercial Wood Bar Top at Lucky Dorr | Mike Rivera

Matthias Merges opened Lucky Dorr at the park at Wrigley in July; a bar and restaurant focused on the craft beer experience. Paying tribute to baseball’s history, Lucky Dorr was named after iconic Wrigley Field groundskeeper, Bobby Dorr, who worked for the Cubs from 1919 to 1957.

Designed by William Huber Cabinet Works, Grothouse crafted a custom commercial wood bar top for Lucky Dorr. Made of Douglas Fir wood, the design features intermittent Walnut wood butt joints.

Commercial Douglas Fir Wood Bar Top with intermittent Walnut butt joints
Lucky Dorr | Mike Rivera

Commercial wood bar tops by Grothouse provide professional clients with the highest quality wood surfaces that meet their objective of a stunning warm design with an efficient use of space for servers.

The bar features a drink rail to protect the rear of the bar from spills and provide a suitable space to set glasses and other materials.

The bar top features super plus distressing and a black glaze stain. Sealed in our exclusive Durata® waterproof and permanent finish, this bar top is a protective, maintenance- free surface. This commercial grade finish has been used for years in commercial bars, restaurants and country clubs throughout the United States.

Grothouse also crafted a wood backsplash to match the bar top.

Custom Wood Bar Top for Lucky Dorr at Wrigley Field
Lucky Dorr

See the commercial wood bar top in person by visiting Lucky Dorr! The bar sits on Wrigley Field’s new plaza and offers fans plenty of outdoor seating and exclusive collaborative beers from an impressive group of Chicago’s best brewers. Their 20 taps will remain open during baseball’s offseason.

The menu consists of historic ballpark staples with a new twist, including an oversize German‐style pretzel served with beer cheese, homemade mustard and ranch dressing, as well as delicious salty snacks designed for beer pairing.

Learn more about Grothouse custom crafted commercial wood bar tops by visiting our website. Check out the Image Library to see how other designers used a custom commercial wood bar top in their commercial spaces.

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The First Planned Kitchen Purchase: Countertops

According to RICKI – The Kitchen Think Tank, countertops are the first planned kitchen purchase that U.S. homeowners plan to buy in the coming year, and we can see why.

First Planned Kitchen Purchase are Countertops
The First Planned Kitchen Purchase: Countertops | Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Kitchen countertops are a huge part of your daily routine. Whether you start your day by eating breakfast at the kitchen island, packing your lunch or preparing dinner, you are utilizing your kitchen countertops. Because they are so crucial to your everyday life, it is important that you consider purchasing a countertop material that suits your every need.

Contrary to some beliefs, wood countertops make for very versatile surfaces. They are not only kind to fine china and crystal, but can be sanded and oiled to look like new. Knife blades stay sharper longer, and wood is a naturally warm surface to cozy up to during any point in the day. When crafted by Grothouse, wood kitchen countertops are covered under our lifetime warranty.

Another advantage to choosing wood for your kitchen countertops is that they can be customized to your unique, personal taste. Choose from an assortment of over 60 wood species and a huge variety of features and options like laser engraving or integrated fruit bowls.

Next in line after countertops, the first planned kitchen purchase, are kitchen faucets, refrigerators, lighting and backsplash. RICKI states that millennials are significantly more likely than their older counterparts to be planning to buy lighting for their kitchens, but we are hoping to have changed their minds.

To see how some of the best designers in the industry design kitchens with wood countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library and follow @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops

Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops, also known as Pastore™ counters, can be designed for use anywhere in the home. Most luxury designers choose to use them as a kitchen island, while some use them as a peninsula or bar top.

Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops for luxury kitchen designs
Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops. Design by Venegas + Company in Boston, MA

Designs with Waterfall Wood Countertops

Zebrawood is one of the most popular wood species designers use for waterfall countertops. This is because the wood grain naturally exhibits strikingly beautiful and exotic lines and striations. Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited designed a Zebrawood waterfall counter for the kitchen island, offering plenty of food prep space and room for seating.

Zebrawood Waterfall Countertop designed by Kitchens Unlimited
Zebrawood Waterfall Countertop designed by Kitchens Unlimited

Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc. designed a Zebrawood waterfall bar top to serve as a divider between an entry way and kitchen. The bar top adds warmth and visual interest to this otherwise white space.

Zebrawood Waterfall Bar Top designed by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.
Zebrawood Waterfall Bar Top designed by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.

Another popular wood choice for waterfall countertops is Walnut. For KBIS 2017, Wellborn Cabinet designed an American Black Walnut wood waterfall countertop for their modern display. Serving as a peninsula, the countertop also camouflages extra storage cabinets.

Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Wellborn Cabinet serves as a peninsula
Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Wellborn Cabinet

Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed two Wenge waterfall wood tops, one for use as the bathroom vanity top and one for use as a bench seat. The mirror frame was also crafted out of Wenge wood for a uniform look in this contemporary master bath.

Wenge Waterfall Countertops for a master bath designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Wenge Waterfall Countertops designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

If you would like to see more designs featuring waterfall wood countertops, be sure to visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library on our website. For daily design inspiration, follow @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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Brass Fixtures and Wood Countertops

Brass fixtures are an extremely popular kitchen trend showing up everywhere. Earlier this year, Houzz predicted that brass fixtures would gain popularity, and they were right. Combined with neutral components, like wood countertops, a new, elegant design is created that hasn’t been used for decades.

Kitchen Designs with Brass Fixtures and Wood Countertops
Brass Fixtures and Wood Countertops Photo via My Soulful Home 

Kitchen Designs with Brass Fixtures and Wood Countertops

The featured kitchen design with brass fixtures pictured above is Olivia Brock’s kitchen via My Soulful Home. Below are more kitchen designs featuring brass and wood countertops.

Rustic Kitchen Design with Brass Fixtures and Reclaimed Wood Table Top
Brass and Reclaimed Wood Table Top

Designed by Lobkovich, this kitchen mixes both warm and cool hues to evoke a rustic aesthetic amongst a desaturated backdrop. Brass hardware is used on the table crafted by Grothouse with a Reclaimed Chestnut wood top. Brass is also found on the range and light fixtures.

Kitchen Design with Brass Fixtures and Walnut Wood Table
Brass and Walnut Wood Table

The Grothouse Anvil™ line of metal gilded wood surfaces includes a Magnum brass-colored finish. For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016, Matthew Quinn designed a Walnut wood table with an Anvil™ Magnum banded edge. Also found on the hood and light fixtures, the brass pops against the neutral tones throughout the rest of the kitchen.

Brass Fixtures with Anvil Magnum Metal Countertop and Peruvian Walnut Countertop
Brass with Anvil Magnum Metal Countertop and Peruvian Walnut Countertop

Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry designed this display for the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016 featuring an Anvil™ Magnum metal finished counter, Peruvian Walnut countertop and brass cabinet hardware.

Blue Kitchen with Brass Fixtures and Anvil Magnum Metal Countertop
Brass and Anvil Magnum Metal Countertop

Plain & Fancy also chose a Magnum counter for their display at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016. This display boasts brass accents everywhere with matching cabinetry hardware.

 Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs with brass fixtures and wood countertops.

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How to Declutter Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops are typically the largest flat surface in our home, so naturally a lot of things tend to end up being set down on them. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and a cluttered counter hinders the function and enjoyment of the space. Fortunately, we’ve gathered a few easy tips to declutter kitchen countertops.

Tips on How to Declutter Kitchen Countertops
How to Declutter Kitchen Countertops

4 Tips to Declutter Kitchen Countertops

1. Put away items that don’t belong in the kitchen

Put away items that don’t belong in the kitchen, like the TV remote or your children’s toys. Removing these items will help you distinguish what is left to be organized that belongs in the kitchen.

2. Organize your cabinets

By organizing your cabinets to create a space for everything, you will eliminate the need to keep anything out on the countertop. Make space in a drawer for mail or extra papers that you need to keep. Appliance garages are often incorporated into cabinetry for an easily accessible place to keep smaller appliances off the counter.

3. Make use of wall space

Declutter Kitchen Countertops by making use of empty wall space
Declutter Kitchen Countertops by making use of empty wall space

If you don’t have enough cabinetry space, make use of empty wall space. Mary Jo Peterson designed this kitchen to include a special rack for wine bottles and more.

Declutter Kitchen Countertops by utilizing shelves
Declutter Kitchen Countertops by utilizing shelves

Maximize every inch of your kitchen with shelves. Jon de la Cruz designed custom black walnut wood shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. The shelves created a pantry to store a variety of ingredients and decor.

4. Customize your countertop to make the best use of the space

Grothouse offers many different wood countertop options to help make the best use of your space. By integrating a fruit bowl into your countertop, you eliminate the need for a fruit bowl sitting on top of your counter. Mick de Giulio unveiled this clever idea in House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2012.

Declutter Kitchen Countertops with an integrated fruit bowl
Declutter Kitchen Countertops with an integrated fruit bowl

Knife slots are another great wood countertop option for clearing counter space. By incorporating knife slots into your counter, you eliminate the need for a knife holder. KT Highland Inc. designed the Oak wood kitchen island countertop pictured below to include knife slots.

Declutter Kitchen Countertops by including knife slots in your countertop
Declutter Kitchen Countertops by including knife slots in your countertop

We hope these tips help you easily declutter kitchen countertops to properly use and enjoy your kitchen. To learn more about the wood countertop options available at Grothouse, click here.

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Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Today’s featured kitchen was designed by Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath and includes a custom Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top.

Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

About the Designer: Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, founded Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in Chevy Chase, MD, in 1997 and has established itself as a leader in the greater mid-Atlantic region. Jennifer has designed more than a thousand kitchens during her 30 year career. She is the author of “The Kitchen Bible,” the essential guide for homeowners undertaking kitchen renovations. She is consistently recognized as one of the foremost authorities on kitchen design and her insights on design trends are frequently quoted in print and online.

A Tip from Jennifer: The previous kitchen layout was a cramped U-shape due to a load-bearing wall at one end. The layout was revised to take out that wall, which allowed for a large island as well as continuous traffic flow throughout the kitchen. Taking down the wall required a structural column, so we incorporated it into the corner of the island. The column was clad with Peruvian Walnut to match the island’s countertop. Instead of the column becoming an eye sore in the middle of the room, it became a unique architectural detail.

Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Premier Custom-Built Cabinetry in Chelsea Grey finish

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs hardware in Brushed Satin Nickel

Countertops: R. Bratti Sea Pearl Quartzite countertop; Grothouse custom wood Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Backsplash: Renaissance Tile in Hida Silk

Stove: Sub-Zero and Wolf range

Other Appliances: Miele speed oven, Miele 30″ refrigerator

Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer
Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer
Kitchen Island with Peruvian Walnut Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer
Kitchen Island with Peruvian Walnut Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer
Kitchen Island with Peruvian Walnut Top and matching column designed by Jennifer Gilmer
Kitchen Island with Peruvian Walnut Top and matching column designed by Jennifer Gilmer

See more designs by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath by visiting their website and following them on Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram.

The Grothouse Countertop Image Library features more designs including a Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top.

Photography by Bob Narod.

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Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin Design

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes a Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design.

Custom Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design
Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design

About the Designer: Jim Martin is an independent kitchen and bath designer based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jim’s approach as a kitchen and bath designer comes from a career of hands on experience. The skills and knowledge he’s accumulated along the way give him a unique perspective and the expertise to produce great designs and manage projects successfully.

About Jim Martin Design: In 2014, after 13 years working in a design/sales role, Jim started his own company as an independent designer focusing on residential kitchen and bath remodeling. Jim Martin Design serves the client as both the designer and project manager. Unlike many other design/build firms Jim Martin Design has no obligation to particular manufacturers which allows for open collaboration with multiple tradespeople, vendors and designers to better serve the varied styles and needs each project deserves.

A Tip from Jim: “It’s important to consider the significance of how negative space is used. When used appropriately it creates breathing room and helps to accentuate the focal points of your design. When designing, it’s easy to think about what you are putting in, but it’s equally important to think about what you are not putting in.”

Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design
Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin Design

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: QCCI

Cabinet Hardware: Cliffside Hardware

Flooring: Union Square field tile 4″ X 8″ Plain in “Cobble Brown”; Grout – Maple 907 Chocolate

Countertops: Wenge wood bar top by Grothouse; Black ash leather granite

Sink: Elkay

Backsplash: Exposed brick

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Indian River 985

Dishwasher: Bosch Integra 300 Series

Appliances: Appliances from Martin Appliance

Custom Wenge Wood Bar Top for a basement designed by Jim Martin
Custom Wenge Wood Bar Top for a Basement
Basement bar with custom wood countertop designed by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar Entertainment Area designed by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar Entertainment Area designed by Jim Martin Design

Be sure to check out the Jim Martin Design website, Facebook, Houzz and Instagram to see more of their designs. Visit our Countertop Image Library to see more designs including a custom wood basement bar top.

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