Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Reclaimed wood kitchen bar tops are artisan crafted to retain the salvaged wood’s visible knots, cracks and nicks, creating a truly unique design rich in textural details.

Reclaimed wood beams used for crafting custom kitchen bar tops
Reclaimed Wood Beams for Bar Tops

Reclaimed countertops are crafted from antique barn wood floor boards, beams and siding. Heavily distressed reclaimed wood tops are normally crafted from floor boards and siding. Reclaimed wood beams may have nail holes and insect scarring, but the aged character is less apparent than counters made from barn siding or flooring.

Designs with Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for seating in transitional style kitchens
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio designed a Reclaimed Chestnut wood kitchen bar top for this transitional style kitchen. The bar top highlights the wood’s rustic, one-of-a-kind character. This bar top is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for seating in modern farmhouse style kitchens
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Top designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

Monica Miller, CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co. designed this Reclaimed Oak wood kitchen bar top for this white, modern farmhouse kitchen. This bar top is simple and functional in design. It is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for seating in modern style kitchen designs
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro

Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro designed this award-winning Reclaimed Chestnut wood kitchen bar top. A salute to clean and modern style, the bar top celebrates the beauty of the salvaged Reclaimed oak wood. Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, this top can be sanded and oiled to look like new.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for kitchen islands in farmhouse style kitchen designs
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island Bar Top designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works cleverly designed this Reclaimed Chestnut countertop to function as the island top as well as a bar top. It is protected by Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. The beauty of the reclaimed wood takes center stage of this kitchen.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for kitchen islands in cabin kitchen designs
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island Bar Top designed by Landmark Cabinetry

Landmark Cabinetry also designed a Reclaimed Oak kitchen island top to include a section for bar seating. This top is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen for a natural, rustic appearance.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs featuring reclaimed wood kitchen bar tops. To learn more about the reclaimed wood used for crafting tops, click here. Be sure to follow @grothouseinc on Instagram for daily design inspiration!

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Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island

The kitchen is the heart of the house, and inevitably you find family and friends gathering around the kitchen island. Here are three important elements to consider when designing the perfect kitchen island.

Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Design by Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works

1. Function

The first step in designing the perfect kitchen island is to decide what the main function is going to be. Some kitchen islands are designed around food preparation, storage, entertaining guests, doing homework and even charging stations for devices. Islands are often designed to be used for a variety of reasons. The functionality of your kitchen island should be designed to fit your family’s daily kitchen activities. In addition to designing around what your family needs today, you also want to plan for the possibilities and create a kitchen island that can evolve as your family evolves.

Kitchen Island Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen Bath includes Wood Countertop
Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

2. Size

After choosing the main function of your island, you can then figure out the size of the island. The size of your island should be proportional to the size and design of your kitchen. Professionals on Houzz recommend an island to have a width of 2 to 3 feet. For length, professionals feel that 4 to 7 feet is best, depending on how much storage and how many appliances you plan to incorporate.

If your kitchen already has a lot of cabinetry space, island storage may not be a priority. Designer Steve Justrich explains, “Typically, two 24-inch base cabinets back to back will accommodate most under-island functions,” in this article by Houzz.

If the island will be used as a main food preparation area, a sink and other appliances may have to come first in priority. Should you choose entertaining as the main function of your island, then seating arrangements should be the main priority of your island.

An important factor to keep in mind is the aisle space between the kitchen island and any perimeter cabinets or appliances. According to decoist.com, experts suggest that an ideal aisle space would be 42 inches between the counters. If you have a smaller kitchen, they suggest a minimum of 36 inches.

3. Style

The next step in designing your island is choosing the style. Style includes the cabinetry finish, countertop material, lighting and seating arrangements. Typically the style of the island follows suit with the style of the rest of the kitchen.

When it comes to cabinetry finish, some choose a paint or stain color that stands out against surrounding kitchen cabinets. Others choose a matching finish to bring the design together.

Kitchen Island Design by Pine Street Carpenters features a Tigerwood Countertop
Design by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.

It’s important to choose the right countertop that best suits the island’s activity. For food preparation, a butcher block countertop is most recommended. Waterfall counters have a sleek look that works for both modern and traditional kitchens. For seating areas, a wood bar top is a warm place to cozy up to.

Kitchen Island Design by Karen Kassen of Kitchens Unlimited features a Waterfall Countertop
Design by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited

Lighting above your island is a way to express your personality, while adding to the overall functionality of the space. Some designers choose recessed lighting, others choose pendant lighting. Some also choose to use a combination of both. Designers often use three pendant lights above an island, depending on the light design.

Kitchen Island Design by Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design features a Wood Countertop
Design by Denise Quade, CMKBD, of Denise Quade Design

Seating is another way to add to the style of the overall kitchen and island. Some designers choose backless bar stools, while others choose a chair style stool.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more perfect kitchen island designs.

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1 in 4 Homeowners Combine Kitchen Countertop Materials

According to Houzz, 1 in 4 homeowners combine two or more kitchen countertop materials when renovating their kitchens. Custom wood countertops are often paired with marble, engineered quartz, quartzite, granite and metal countertops. A popular design choice is to include a wood countertop in a food preparation area while using a metal or stone countertop for perimeter countertops. Another design used often is to select a stone, like marble or quartz, for the kitchen island countertop and select a wood countertop for the seating area.

Design Inspiration for Mixing Kitchen Countertop Materials

Taking ques from some of the best designers in the industry, here is some design inspiration for mixing kitchen countertop materials.

Combining Zinc and White Oak Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Zinc and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertops

For this traditional chef kitchen with two kitchen islands, Venegas and Company, Boston chose a Zinc countertop for the seating area as well as a White Oak wood countertop for the food preparation work space. Photography by Michael J Lee.

Combining Persa Avorio Leathered Granite and Wenge Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Persa Avorio Leathered Granite and Wenge Kitchen Countertops

Persa Avorio Leathered Granite countertops were chosen for the perimeter countertops and kitchen island. Designer Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens then selected a Wenge butcher block for the kitchen island end. The butcher block creates a perfect food preparation work space and adds a layer of texture to the kitchen.

Combining Polished Marble and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Polished Marble and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertops

A kitchen designed by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited features a Zebrawood Pastore™ Waterfall Countertop. Polished Marble countertops flank the perimeter of the kitchen.

Combining Quartzite Tempesta and Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Quartzite Tempesta and Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Countertops

Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio chose a Reclaimed Chestnut counter for a raised kitchen bar top. In addition, Quartzite Tempesta was selected for the kitchen island and perimeter countertops.

For more design inspiration, check out the Grothouse Image Library to see how other designers combine kitchen countertop materials.

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Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

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 Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Alicia Saso of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

About the Designer: Alicia Saso, AKBD, graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture. For the past eight years, Alicia has specialized in residential kitchen and bath design. “I believe that the most important part of the design process is at the beginning. That is when you form a relationship with your client and learn what is most important to them. Once that is established, everything else falls into place. My goal is to design a space that not only meets my client’s vision but exceeds it.” Click here to read Alicia’s full bio.

About Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio: Founded by Gail Drury, CMKBD in 1987, Drury Design’s Client Focused Design™ approach integrates design recommendations, materials selection and construction management into one seamless customer design, project management, and build experience.

Custom Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Inset Cherry Wood Grabill Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs hardware in Brushed Nickel finish

Flooring: Pre-finished Walnut

Countertops: Grothouse Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish in Satin sheen

Stone countertop: Quartzite Tempesta with Satin Finish

Faucet: Brizo in Stainless Steel

Sink: Blanco in Biscuit

Backsplash: Lineare, Textured, 11-1/2” x 23-1/2” Color: Crema. & Savoy, Mosaic, Herringbone Color: Bronze (Metalic) – also on raised countertop piece

Wall Color: By homeowner

Stove: Wolf 5 Burner Gas Cooktop

Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel

Other Appliances: Microwave: Sharp, Double oven: Wolf, Refrigerator/freezer: Sub-Zero, Wine station: Dacor

Additional Comments and Advice: The client loved the uniqueness of the Grothouse top since every piece made out of reclaimed wood is individually unique. This anchored the rustic design of the kitchen.

Custom Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Design by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio designed a Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Bar Top for Kitchen Island Seating
Design featuring a Wood Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top for a Kitchen Island
Kitchen design featuring a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Bar Top
Design by Alicia Saso of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio featuring Wood Bar Top
Design by Alicia Saso of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

See this design and more by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio on their website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. More designs featuring a Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top can be viewed on the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.  Like our page on Facebook to stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements.

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Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

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 Wenge Counter designed by Monica Miller, CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co.

Wenge Counter designed by Monica Miller of J.S. Brown & Co.
Monica Miller, CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co.

About the Designer: Monica works with her clients from the earliest conceptual stages of their project design through to the final walk through. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art & Design and is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (NKBA) and a Certified Remodeler (NARI). Monica has over 25 years of experience in the residential construction industry and joined J.S. Brown & Co. in 2002 as a designer and sales consultant.

A Tip from Monica: It’s very tempting to follow trends, instead discuss your needs and budget with your designer and try to make decisions based on your personal tastes, budget, and practical issues like durability and maintenance concerns. Your home should reflect your style, not just what you see on television.

Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: W.W. Wood ProductsShiloh Line

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Oak Hardwood

Countertops: Venetian Gold Granite and Grothouse Flat Grain Wenge Counter featuring an arc overhang for bar seating.

Faucet: Moen Arbor

Sink: Blanco Stellar

Backsplash: Sonoma Tile Makers

Stove: Wolf

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: GE Refrigerator

Wenge Counter for a Kitchen Island
Wenge Counter for a Kitchen Island designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Kitchen Island Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Kitchen Island Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Custom Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Custom Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Wood Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Wood Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

View additional designs by J.S. Brown & Co. on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. To see more designs including a Wenge Counter, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking our page on Facebook.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas

An extremely popular design in today’s homes are kitchen islands that include a bar seating area. Grothouse wood surfaces are often used for kitchen islands. This is because wood is a warm, relaxing material – and much better for eating breakfast and drinking a cup of coffee on a cold morning than stone or concrete. Wood is also very kind to fine china and other tableware. Most designers incorporate the wood surface as the entire kitchen island top, although some designers choose to only use the wood surfaces for the bar seating area. Here are some kitchen island bar ideas for inspiration.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas | Design Inspiration

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas with wood countertops
Design by Past Basket

Past Basket designed this Peruvian Walnut wood countertop to grace the entire kitchen island. On one side of the island, there is a sink and plenty of food preparation space. On the other side of the island is a great bar seating area. This kitchen island makes for a great entertainment space.

Kitchen island bar ideas with wood countertops
Design by Showcase Kitchens

Showcase Kitchens designed this distressed Walnut wood counter for the entire kitchen island top. Similar to the last design mentioned, this kitchen island has a sink on one side with plenty of food preparation space, and a bar seating area on the other side.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas with Wood Tops
Design by Libby Mullin

Libby Mullin designed this kitchen to have an island with two Walnut wood countertops. One countertop is for the lower level of the kitchen island, which can be used for a food preparation space. The other countertop is raised creating a bar seating area. This clever design takes advantage of every available inch of the island space.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas Raised Wood countertop with Marble
Design by Braam’s Custom Cabinetry

Braam’s Custom Cabinetry designed this kitchen with two islands. The kitchen island shown in this image exhibits how wood and marble can be united for an overall beautiful appearance. The raised wood kitchen bar allows for a comfortable seating area. Since wood is a warmer material than marble, it naturally lightens the feel of the kitchen.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas with Wood Pastore Countertop
Design by Griffey Remodeling

Griffey Remodeling designed this kitchen island to include a Grothouse Walnut wood Pastore™ waterfall counter for the bar seating area.

For more kitchen island bar ideas, visit our Countertop Image Library.

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops by Grothouse
Kitchen Wood Bar Tops by Grothouse

Grothouse crafts kitchen wood bar tops to fit any style space, whether you strive to achieve a classic, traditional look or a more modern style design.

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops | Design Considerations

When designing a custom kitchen wood bar top there are several generally accepted guidelines that can help you ensure that the finished product will meet your expectations:

• Typical bar height is 42-inches from the floor to the bar surface. Bar stool average height is 30-inches.
• A section of the bar should be 30″ above the finished floor to accommodate wheel chairs if desired. Back bar tops are generally the same height as the front bar, but can vary.
• Home bar tops are usually between 12- to 16-inches wide. Commercial bar tops vary from 20- to 28-inches in width, including a drink rail (or trough) on the server side of the bar. Drink rails are typically 3/4-inch deep by 4-inches wide.
• The minimum bar top thickness is 1 3/4-inches utilizing a flat grain wood. Increased thicknesses are available using a built-up assembly or other construction styles, such as edge grain.
• The front overhang for the patron side of the bar is typically 6- to 12-inches if you intend to have bar stools. For a standing-only bar, 6- or 9-inch overhangs are comfortable.
• Allow 22- to 24-inches of space per person.

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops | Design Inspiration

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops designed by John Troxell of Wood-Mode Inc.
Kitchen Wood Bar Top designed by John Troxell of Wood-Mode Inc.

This modern style kitchen was designed by John Troxell of Wood-Mode Inc. The kitchen bar top is crafted of Walnut with sapwood in flat grain construction. The wood adds warmth to the room and provides a comfortable seating area and extra counter work space.

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops designed by Griffey Remodeling
Kitchen Wood Bar Top designed by Griffey Remodeling

Grothouse Pastore™ style bar tops are the latest design trend in today’s extravagant homes. This kitchen bar top was designed by Griffey Remodeling and is crafted of Walnut with sapwood in flat grain construction.

View more kitchen wood bar tops in our image library and on our Houzz page.