Wenge Kitchen Island Top design 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 Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

About the Designer: For more than fifteen years, Janice owned and operated two custom design/build home construction companies in the Dallas area. In addition to organizational duties, she helped her clients define every aspect of their home from exterior elevations and space planning to material selections. As rewarding as this scope of work was, Janice particularly enjoyed the intricacies of kitchen and bath design and earned her certifications in both areas through the NKBA.

“Asking a lot of questions and listening to my client’s needs and desires is essential to a successful remodel,” Janice believes. “Our clients are very involved in the design process; after all, it’s their home and their dream. I take great pleasure in helping them realize their vision.” Janice has received construction and design awards from Builder/Architect magazine and her work has been published in Trends, Better Homes and Gardens, and Chicago Home and Garden. Janice has helped her clients complete kitchen and bath remodeling projects in Wheaton, Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Oak Brook and Barrington.

“Our clients benefit from Drury Design’s great team of people who ensure each remodel is completed on time and on budget. I am proud to be part of that team.” Click here to read Janice’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 Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Pure White

Cabinet Hardware: Polished Chrome knobs and pulls

Flooring: Red Oak

Countertops: Grothouse Wenge Kitchen Island Top finished with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish in Satin sheen

Perimeter countertop: Granite in Colonia White

Faucet: Grohe in Polished Chrome

Sink: Apron front white by Kohler

Backsplash: Glazed 3 x 6” beveled subway tile in Ice White

Wall Color: By homeowner

Stove: Wolf 4 Burner/Griddle Range

Dishwasher: Asko

Other Appliances: Microwave Drawer: Sharp, Steam Oven: Wolf, Refrigerator/Freezer: Sub-Zero, Under Counter Freezer Drawer: Sub-Zero

Additional Comments and Advice: The homeowners had two objectives concerning their new island countertop. They wanted it to complement the existing features of their 1920s home and provide the durability needed for an active family. The Grothouse Wenge wood countertop was chosen for its rich color as well as the easy-maintenance Durata finish.

Custom Wenge Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Wood Countertop for a Kitchen Island designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Wood Countertop for a Kitchen Island designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wood Countertop Janice Teague of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Design by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Visit the Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio websiteFacebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to see more of their designs. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more Wenge Kitchen Island Top designs.

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Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

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

Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

About the Designer: Meghan has always held a passion for design and decided to pursue that when she joined Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath. Leveraging her project management background, Meghan now provides end-to-end management of a wide range of kitchen and bath designs. She enjoys working with her clients side by side to create a truly unique space for each client.

A Tip from Meghan: A custom Grothouse top immediately adds warmth to a space – in color, tone and texture.

Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Meghan Browne Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Decor Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Restoration Hardware

Flooring: Custom Oak Wood

Countertops: White Macaubas Quartzite countertop from Classic Granite and Marble; Grothouse custom wood Peruvian Walnut kitchen island table finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Backsplash: Custom Mosaic tile from Marble Systems Country Floors

Stove: Wolf SRT366 Range top

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: Miele DGC 6600 XL 24″ Pure Line M Touch Combi-Steam Oven in Stainless Steel; Sub-Zero IC-36R Refrigerator and ID-30FI Freezer Drawers

Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath designed this Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table
Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath designed this Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table
Custom Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Custom Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

To see more designs by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, visit their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, or Instagram. The Grothouse Countertop Image Library features more designs including a Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table.

Photography by Bob Narod.

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Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Teakwood Builders

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes custom wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders.

Custom Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders

About the Designer: Eva Andersen’s passion for cooking and entertaining led her into designing kitchens. She has been in the kitchen and bath design business since 2002, working first in Boston and later in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is now the designer for Teakwood Builders, leading their kitchen and bath designs, as well as space planning, finish selections and furniture.

A Tip from Eva: In order to keep the guests entertained but away from the work zone, an impressive thirteen foot kitchen island was also added, seating up to seven people and housing the farm sink, creating a spacious entertaining area for the clients.

Custom Wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Custom Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Signature Custom Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs Chareau in Brushed Satin Nickel

Flooring: Rustic Knotty Red Oak with Oil Finish

Countertops: Black slate; 5 CM Olympian Danby Honed Marble; Two Grothouse edge grain Walnut countertops for the kitchen island ends, featuring a Classical Cove edge profile and finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen

Faucet: DXV Victorian pull down, DXV Traditional pot filler

Sink: DXV 36″ orchard

Backsplash: Lunada Bay Haisen Azuline, ezzenze bianco craquele 2.5×5

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Thundercloud Gray 2124-40 Paint

Stove: Wolf GR486G 48″ Gourmet Range

Dishwasher: By owner

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero BI-48/S/S/PH & UC-24BG/O

Wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Walnut Kitchen Island Ends design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Custom wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends for a white kitchen
Custom Walnut Kitchen Island Ends for a white kitchen
Design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders in Saratoga Springs, New York
Design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Design by Teakwood Builders in Saratoga Springs, New York
Design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders

View additional designs by Teakwood Builders on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs featuring custom wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends.

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Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island 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 Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

About the Designer: Diana Burton earned her degree in business at Indiana University, Bloomington, and went on to study fashion design. When she took on a total remodel of her own kitchen, she discovered a passion for interiors and decided to go back to school to focus on kitchen and bath design. For the past eight years, Diana has been designing custom kitchens, cabinetry, architectural millwork, and collaborating with clients to create beautiful personal spaces. “I am passionate about learning what my clients are hoping to achieve with their remodel projects and helping them reach those goals. Offering creative solutions for challenging spaces is especially gratifying.” Click here to read Diana’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.

Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Maple in Glacier Grabill Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Brushed Nickel Knobs and Pulls

Flooring: Oak

Countertops: Grothouse Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top distressed to level 4 and finished with a hand rubbed black glaze and sealed with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish in Matte sheen

Perimeter countertop: Granite Virginia Mist

Faucet: Brizo in Polished Chrome

Sink: White farmhouse by Whitehaus

Backsplash: 3 x 6 white subway. Backsplash niche: Carrara Marble Hex mosaic. Around backsplash niche: Snow 2 x 6 Liner Bar

Wall Color: By homeowner

Stove: Wolf range top

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Wall oven: Wolf, Steam oven: Wolf, Refrigerator/freezer: Sub-Zero, Wine cooler: Sub-Zero, Microwave: Sharp

Additional Comments and Advice: The homeowners love to entertain and they wanted a top with low maintenance that was already distressed. This kitchen island top matched the oak floors and gave a warmth to the room.

Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top with a Sink designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top with an Undermount Sink
Distressed Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Distressed Sapele Mahogany Counterop designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Kitchen designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Kitchen designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Kitchen designed by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Kitchen designed by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio

More designs by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio can be seen on their website, blogFacebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Other designs featuring a Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island 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.

Butcher Blocks for Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities

RICKI conducts a study among 1,000 U.S. homeowners each quarter. The research gathered is then made available to Professional and Executive level RICKI members. The studies gauge consumer sentiment regarding kitchen and bath renovations, planned purchases of kitchen and bath products, and other relevant and timely measures.

For this study, they asked the question, “Do you have an island in your kitchen at home? IF YES, How often do you use your island for the following kitchen island activities?” The data collected showed that butcher blocks are the perfect kitchen island countertop based on the top 5 most frequent kitchen island activities.

5 Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
5 Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities from RICKI

Around three in ten homeowners have an island in their kitchen. Almost two in three say that they are frequently preparing food on their kitchen islands and cutting and mixing ingredients. Kitchen islands are also used frequently when socializing with friends and family.

In order for all of these activities to take place, the kitchen island must have a durable, comfortable, and inviting countertop surface. Grothouse Butcher Blocks crafted in End Grain construction style are the number 1 preferred kitchen island countertop surface – especially by chefs. This is because the construction style of the surface is kindest to knives and keeps them sharp. In addition, butcher block tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning. After years of use, the butcher block can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new again.

Butcher Block Designs for Kitchen Island Activities

64 percent of homeowners use their kitchen island mostly to cut up food and mix ingredients. Butcher Blocks can be designed specifically for this use.

Butcher Block for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities designed by Plain & Fancy Cabinetry

Plain & Fancy Cabinetry designed this kitchen island with food preparation in mind. The island features a Sapele Mahogany butcher block with an overmount sink. It is in close proximity to the refrigerator, cooktop, and main sink. The butcher block size permits plenty of space for cutting food, mixing ingredients, and even serving food.

Butcher Blocks for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Food Prep designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Butcher blocks can also be designed to co-exist with other surface types or use of food preparation. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs designed this Walnut Butcher Block to match up perfectly with the marble counter. The butcher block can be used for food preparation, while the marble can be used for eating and entertaining.

Butcher Blocks for Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Entertaining designed by M & M Design, Inc.

For purposes of serving food, eating, and conversations with family and friends, Butcher blocks can be designed to overhang the kitchen island for a fun seating area. M & M Design, Inc. designed the Walnut with Cherry Checkerboard Pattern Butcher Block above for entertaining.