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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Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher blocks

Black White Kitchens feature a classic color combination that is timeless and sophisticated. Designers often use wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme.

Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher blocks
Black and White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops

Here are some black and white kitchens including wood countertops and butcher blocks.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs includes a Butcher Block
Black and White Kitchen Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Stonington Cabinetry & Designs blends natural materials with modern finishes, using wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme. A Walnut Butcher Block matches the floating shelves and kitchen island cabinetry.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Showcase Kitchens includes a Butcher Block
Black and White Kitchen Design by Showcase Kitchens

Showcase Kitchens chose a Wenge Butcher Block for the end of the island in this elegant kitchen. This black and white design is crisp and clean, while providing drama and contrast.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Black and White Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014, Steven Miller designed this mostly black kitchen. Featuring a Peruvian Walnut counter and matching shelves, the wood keeps the black and white aesthetic from appearing too stark.

Black and White Kitchen Design by This Old House® Television Show
Black and White Kitchen Design by This Old House® Television Show

Grothouse was selected to craft a Sapele Mahogany butcher block for this black and white kitchen in the Newton Centre Project by This Old House® Television Show.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more black white kitchens with wood countertops and butcher blocks.

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Modern Kitchen Countertops

Sleek, clean lines and simplicity make modern kitchens a popular design choice. Because modern kitchen designs typically have more of a cooler feel, designers choose wood countertops to add warmth. In addition to adding warmth, wood modern kitchen countertops can be custom crafted to feature a sleek and simple edge profile.

Wood Modern Kitchen Countertops in White Kitchen Design
Modern Kitchen design by John Troxell, Director of Design, Wood-Mode

Wood Modern Kitchen Countertops

Below are designs by some of the industry’s best featuring wood for modern kitchen countertops.

Modern Kitchen Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Modern Kitchen Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed a Peruvian Walnut Half Parsons Table for the 13 foot island in this modern kitchen design. The countertop includes a cooktop and a perfectly balanced overhang to provide space for seating.

Modern Kitchen Design by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro
Modern Kitchen Design by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro

Photographed by Gordon Beall Photography, this gray modern kitchen design by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award. This award winning kitchen features a Stained Ash wood table top.

Modern Kitchen Design by Nicklas Supply features a Walnut Pastore Countertop
Modern Kitchen Design by Nicklas Supply

Nicklas Supply designed this cool-toned kitchen to include a Walnut Wood Pastore™ Countertop on the left side of the island. The warmth of the wood adds to the cool charm of this airy kitchen.

Modern Kitchen Design by Lukejohn Dickson of La Source with Wood Countertop
Modern Kitchen Design by Lukejohn Dickson of La Source

 Lukejohn Dickson of La Source designed a Peruvian Walnut Pastore™ Bar Top for this neutral modern kitchen.

Modern Kitchen Design by Griffey Remodeling
Modern Kitchen Design by Griffey Remodeling

Griffey Remodeling also went with a Pastore waterfall countertop made of Walnut wood for their modern kitchen design featuring a fun green backsplash.

Want more modern kitchen countertops design inspiration? Check out our profile on Houzz.

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Wood in White Kitchen Designs

White kitchen designs have stood the test of time in beauty and popularity. However, reluctance to embrace a kitchen with white walls and cabinets is common due to the fear that the space will feel too cold. Wood countertops are a great way to create balance by adding warmth and texture into an otherwise all-white kitchen.

Wood in White Kitchen Designs

White Kitchen Designs by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs includes Walnut Countertop
White Kitchen Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Starting with this transitional white kitchen design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs, a Walnut wood countertop matches dark wood flooring. The wood brings warmth, while white cabinets and perimeter countertops keep things bright.

White Kitchen Design by Pine Street Carpenters Inc includes Peruvian Walnut Countertop
White Kitchen Design by Pine Street Carpenters Inc

Pine Street Carpenters, Inc. designed this contemporary white kitchen to feature a Peruvian Walnut kitchen island countertop. Matching drawer fronts and cabinet mouldings tie in the dark wood floors and countertop.

White Kitchen Design by Luxe Kitchens and Interiors includes Peruvian Walnut Bar Top
White Kitchen Design by Luxe Kitchens and Interiors

A Peruvian Walnut kitchen bar top complements the dark wood floors and provides contrast to this mostly white traditional kitchen. This design by Luxe Kitchens and Interiors was also featured on homebunch.com for interior design ideas.

White Kitchen design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath includes White Oak Countertop
White Kitchen design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed this contemporary white kitchen to feature a large White Oak parsons table. This kitchen won Second Place Large Kitchen in the NKBA Baltimore/Washington Chapter Design Contest in 2016!

Visit the Grothouse Photo Gallery to view more white kitchen designs with wood countertops.

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Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

According to Houzz, subway tile backsplash is one of the best options to pair with wood countertops – and we couldn’t agree more.

Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Designs featuring Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops

Much like custom wood countertops, the classic look of subway tile is extremely versatile, permitting it to be easily paired with just about any kitchen style.

Farmhouse is one of the most common kitchen styles featuring subway tile and wood counters. Farmhouse style is often mixed with other kitchen styles, such as industrial and modern.

White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops
White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops

Griffey Remodeling designed this small farmhouse industrial style kitchen to include a white subway tile backsplash and maple wood countertops.

White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop
White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop

Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works mixed modern and industrial farmhouse style in this white kitchen. A large Reclaimed Oak counter was designed for the kitchen island. The subway tile backsplash is continued all the way to the ceiling, making the room feel larger.

White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top
White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top

Designed by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro, this transitional/modern kitchen won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award. This award winning kitchen features walls of white subway tile and a Reclaimed Chestnut kitchen bar top.

Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Countertop
Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Countertop

White subway tile is a popular choice, but colored subway tile is often used as well. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs chose a light gray subway tile for this transitional kitchen. The kitchen island includes a large Walnut countertop.

Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block Countertop
Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block

Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens went with a soft, dark blue subway tile backsplash that continues along the wall under the cabinets. Conveniently located across from the range is a Wenge butcher block.

Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter for a Wet Bar
Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter

A distressed Sapele Mahogany counter was paired with a tan subway tile for this traditional style wet bar designed by Wood-Mode Inc.

Due to their design versatility, subway tile backsplash and wood countertops make the perfect pair. To see more designs featuring this pair, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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American Beech Countertops designed by Archipelago Hawaii

The Grothouse Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This week, we are featuring a Kaimuki Bungalow kitchen that includes American Beech Wood Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto, CKD, Allied ASID, CGP, of Archipelago Hawaii.

American Beech Countertops for a kitchen designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii

About the Designer: Tiare is the Co-Founder and President of Archipelago Hawaii. She is a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Certified Green Professional (CGP), and holds a certification from the Allied American Society of Interior Designers (Allied ASID). Tiare’s unique background includes kitchen and bath as well as interior design. She has extensive savvy in both ground-up construction and remodeling. Tiare has served as a designer in the fields of graphic design, furniture, fabrics, kitchens, bathrooms, high-end residential and commercial design.

American Beech Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
American Beech Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Design Craft

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas A836-BN

Flooring: Bamboo and Antique Wire Scraped Beech Wood

Countertops: American Beech Countertops crafted in Edge Grain Construction by Grothouse

Faucet: Grohe Elberon

Sink: Stainless Steel

Backsplash: American Olean Urban Canvas in Ice White

Stove: Jenn Air Slide-in Electric Range

Dishwasher: Jenn Air

Other Appliances: Jenn Air Refrigerator and Hood

American Beech Countertops for a white kitchen designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
White Kitchen designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
White Kitchen with American Beech Wood Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
Design by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii

Check out Archipelago Hawaii on the following platforms for further design inspiration: website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. To see more kitchen designs with American Beech Countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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Half Pastore Table designed by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017

A clean, crisp modern booth design by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017 featured a Grothouse custom crafted Walnut Wood Half Pastore  Table.

Custom Walnut Wood Half Pastore Table for Wellborn Cabinet KBIS 2017 display booth
Walnut Wood Half Pastore Table for Wellborn Cabinet KBIS 2017 display

About the Design: Creativity was used to balance the design of this vignette, establishing a modernistic masterpiece. Parallel in design between the top upper cabinets and the wooden section of the peninsula, there is a continuous line across the top of the cabinetry corresponding with the stainless-steel bar running laterally along the way. This cutting-edge kitchen is stylish, yet functional in nature.

Making a peninsula, the Pastore™ Table is the focal point of this design. Each side of the peninsula features push to open cabinets to store large pots and pans. The kids’ corner, located on the rear of the piece, creates a play area low to the ground for children to enjoy.

Wellborn Cabinet design for KBIS 2017 features custom Walnut Wood Half Pastore Table
Wellborn Cabinet peninsula design for KBIS 2017 display

Design Details

Cabinetry:  Aspire Cabinetry Full Access Frameless line by Wellborn Cabinet in Midtown DLV Gloss Marine, Midtown DLB Matte Graphite and Arcadia DLV Cotton Pine

Flooring: Pergo Willow Lake Pine

Countertops: Grothouse Walnut Half Pastore™ Table, Silestone Yukon Blanco countertop and Starlight granite countertop

Faucet: Kohler Malleco®

Sink: Kohler Prolific®

Stove: GE 36″ Built-in Gas Cooktop

Other Appliances: Four Seasons Metalworks Hood

Additional Comments and Advice: L&S Lighting Lugano, Sunny HE, and Bali

Walnut Wood Waterfall Table designed by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017
Walnut Wood Waterfall Table designed by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017

Click here to learn more about the Wellborn Cabinet display at KBIS 2017. To see more designs by Wellborn Cabinet, visit their website, Facebook, Houzz, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. See other designs featuring a custom wood Half Pastore Table in the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by TruKitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes an Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens.

Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens
Todd Wiley, Senior Designer of TruKitchens

About the Designer: Todd Wiley, TruKitchen’s Senior Designer, has been working in the industry for the past 25 years.  His passion ignited in college when he started working for a builder and cabinet shop owner.  Realizing that he had to immerse himself in the industry to learn, he took a job at local shop on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As his passions grew, he moved on to Standard Kitchen Distributors where he continued to master the trade. This experience gave him the exposure to the systems and process that he was searching for. Feeling like there was more to learn on the design-end of the business, Todd then spent 7 years at a Cascade based design shop. For him, this experience gave him what he needed to further pursue his passion and open his own design shop, which is where he is today.

A Tip from Todd: “The client was looking to maximize counter space to accommodate multiple cooks in the kitchen as they like to entertain often. The homeowner had a completely different kitchen design in mind when they first came to us that didn’t take advantage of the space that was occupied by a window seat. By bumping up the window seat to convert it into a bay window, we added a second sink and more prep space. Also to avoid seams in the stone but also allow for a large island, an inverted an L-shaped slab of natural quartzite was paired with a custom L-shaped walnut with oil finish wood countertop.”

Oil Finished Walnut Countertop for a kitchen designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens
Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Glacier White and Nut Brown Walnut

Cabinet Hardware: Polished Nickel

Flooring: Refinished Maple

Countertops: Grothouse Walnut Countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, Natural quartzite, Etched stainless steel

Faucet: Riobel Fuego kitchen faucet with spray

Backsplash: Full slab natural quartzite

Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige

Stove: Wolf

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, Coffee Machine: Miele, Steam Oven: Miele

Additional Comments and Advice: Fidler furniture – custom stainless steel work; builder is Insignia Homes.

Walnut Countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil for a transitional kitchen
Walnut Kitchen Countertop with Grothouse Original Oil Finish
Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Bar Countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil
Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Bar Countertop with Original Oil Finish
Walnut Countertop with Oil Finish for a transitional kitchen island designed by TruKitchens
Walnut Countertop designed by TruKitchens

See more designs by TruKitchens by checking out their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit our Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs including an Oil Finished Walnut Countertop.

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Custom Counters Complement Decorative Backsplashes

Custom Counters by Grothouse Complement Decorative Backsplashes
Custom Counters Complement Decorative Backsplashes

Some of the industry’s best have designed Grothouse custom counters to complement decorative backsplashes to create unique and outstanding designs. Whether it be a solid wood surface or an Anvil™ metal countertop, it can be designed to complement even the most drastic backsplash.

Designs featuring Custom Counters and Decorative Backsplashes

White Oak Bar Top with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish Complements Gold-striped Marble Backsplash
White Oak Bar Top with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish Complements Gold-striped Marble

Matthew Quinn designed House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016, which included this wet bar. Quinn covered the wall in gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles by AKDO arranged in a sunburst pattern around the window. A White Oak Rift Sawn Blank with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish bar top was designed to bring out the gray tones in the marble. Also designed for this space were custom floating shelves to match the bar top.

Peruvian Walnut Countertop and Shelves Complement a Wall Covered in mica shavings
Peruvian Walnut Countertop and Shelves Complement a Wall Covered in mica shavings. Photography: Nikki Ritcher for House Beautiful.

A Peruvian Walnut countertop and matching shelves stand out against Phillip Jeffrie’s Quartz wall covering made of mica shavings. This kitchen was designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in California. This kitchen also featured an extraordinary backsplash composed of Black and Silver Iridized Chrysalis tiles by Ann Sacks.

Walnut Butcher Block Complements Handpainted Tiles inspired by the Mediterranean Sea
Walnut Butcher Block Complements Handpainted Tiles

This rustically elegant kitchen boasts a myriad of textures and materials. Designed by Peter Cardamone and Lynne Kaltman of Blue Bell Kitchens, a custom Walnut butcher block and leathered quartzite countertops complement the Mediterranean Sea inspired handpainted by Tabarka Backsplash.

See how other designers use custom counters to complement decorative backsplashes by visiting the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. For even further inspiration, follow our profile on Houzz.

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