Anvil Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens

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 custom Anvil™ Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens.

Anvil Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens
Todd Wiley 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.

Designer Tip: “Be willing to break the rules and adapt to client needs. In this instance, every member of the family is over 6 feet tall and we wanted to ensure the design wasn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but comfortable for them to use as well. The counter height in the kitchen is 38” and we had custom cabinetry built taller to accommodate.”

Anvil™ Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop

Anvil Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by TruKitchens in Cedar, MI
Design by TruKitchens | Photography by M-Buck Studio
Anvil Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by TruKitchens for a home by Little Traverse Lake
Design by TruKitchens | Photography by M-Buck Studio
Metal Finished L Shaped Kitchen Island Countertop for a home by Little Traverse Lake in Michigan
Design by TruKitchens | Photography by M-Buck Studio
Metal Countertop for a kitchen located near Little Traverse Lake in Cedar, Michigan
Design by TruKitchens | Photography by M-Buck Studio

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Greyhound finish on their Lacunar door style

Cabinet Hardware: Polished Nickel

Countertops: Cambria Whitehall, Grothouse Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finished Kitchen Countertop

Backsplash: Cambria Full Slab Whitehall

Stove: Wolf Stainless Steel Natural Gas Cooktop,

Oven: Wolf Stainless Steel E-Series Built-in Wall Oven

Dishwasher: Bosch Benchmark Series- Panel Ready

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero SubZero Integrated Bottom Mount Refrigerator with 2 Freezer Drawers- Panel Ready, Sub-Zero Built-In Wine Storage, Wolf  Dropdown Door Microwave, JennAir Trash Compactor- Panel Ready

Other Items, Comments, Advice: Builder: Falcon Custom Homes, Designer: Rock Kauffman Design, Architect: Visbeen Architects, Photographer: M-Buck Studio


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Anvil Metal Counters for White Cabinetry

A popular trend in today’s luxury homes are custom Anvil™ metal counters designed for white cabinetry, especially the cooler-toned metal finishes.

Anvil Metal Counters in White Cabinetry
Anvil Metal Counters in White Cabinetry

The cooler-toned Anvil™ metal finishes available include Axel, Ferrum, Palladium and Argentum. Even though they are cooler-toned finishes, they are warm to the touch like solid wood surfaces. The cooler-toned look combined with the natural warmth is causing more and more designers to feature these surfaces on white cabinetry.

Cool-toned Anvil Metal Counter Finishes Available for Kitchen Countertops and Bar Tops
Cool-toned Anvil Metal Finishes

The Argentum finish closely represents the look of nickel silver, matching perfectly with nickel silver cabinetry hardware and fixtures. The Ferrum finish is more like the color of iron or zinc countertops, while Palladium is like white gold. Axel is close to stainless steel or pewter in color, making it perfect for complementing stainless steel appliances.

White Cabinetry with Metal Counters

Anvil™ Ferrum Metal Bar Top for white cabinets is curved and has faux metal rivets
Anvil™ Ferrum Metal Bar Top

Distinctive Design LLC designed a curved Anvil™ Ferrum metal bar top for this mostly white space. This curve was achieved because the counter is crafted from a composite substrate and not sheet metal. 22 faux metal rivets add character along the edge of the top.

Anvil Palladium Metal Counter for white cabinetry creates an elegant wet bar in a living room
Anvil™ Palladium Metal Counter

John Troxell of Wood-Mode, Inc. designed an Anvil™ Palladium metal counter for this wet bar with white cabinetry. The counter complements the appliances and cabinet hardware.

Anvil™ Palladium Metal Top

Kitchenscapes designed an Anvil™ Palladium metal top for white cabinetry in this space. The metal top creates a safe place to set china and glassware, as well as matching the cabinet hardware.

To see more metal counters designed for white cabinetry, visit the Grothouse Image Library.

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Custom Table by Grothouse for Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018

A Custom Table crafted by Grothouse was designed by Richard Anuszkiewicz of Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects for the Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018.

Custom Table designed by Richard Anuszkiewicz for KBIS 2018 Liebherr Booth
Design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for KBIS 2018 Liebherr Booth

This booth unveiled the groundbreaking Liebherr Monolith – a refrigerator built for the future with whisper quiet operation and advanced technology. 84 inches from top to bottom, this impressive monumental wonder of German engineering takes food preservation to a new level. With superior food-saving advancements and energy efficiency, Monolith is a fusion of technical genius and practical ingenuity.

Custom Table Details

Custom Stained White Oak Table Top features a Chevron Pattern and Brass Inset Screws
Custom Stained White Oak Table Top features a Chevron Pattern and Brass Inset Screws

The three inch thick table top was crafted out of White Oak. It features a chevron pattern and inset brass screws down the center of the table top. A custom stain was used to achieve the white color. An eighth inch Roundover was selected for the top, bottom and vertical edges of the table top for a sleek look.

Custom Anvil™ Ferrum Metal Finished Table Base and Base Foot
Custom Anvil™ Ferrum Metal Finished Table Base and Base Foot

The table base and base foot are coated in Anvil™ Ferrum metal finish with a Durata® Satin top coat. The Ferrum finish replicates the gray color of iron, matching the grays used throughout the rest of the design. The edges of the base were rounded a quarter inch to continue the sleek look of the table top.

Grothouse is honored to have crafted a table for the unveiling of this stunning Monolith inception kitchen. To see more custom tables by Grothouse, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website.

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Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents

Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents are becoming increasingly popular in today’s luxury kitchens, baths and entertainment spaces. Metal accents take many different forms at Grothouse, like edging, rivets, and more. The design opportunities are limitless. The most common accent design is edging.

Anvil Metal Countertop Accents for Luxury Kitchens Baths Offices and Other Spaces
Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents

Accents can be finished in any of the eight Anvil™ metal coating colors available: Axel, Kratos, Ferrum, Medallion, Exodus, Magnum, Palladium and Argentum. Chosen for its lustrous, brassy radiance, the most popular accent color is Magnum.

Designs with Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents

Anvil Metal Countertop Accents for a Table Design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year 2016
Design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year 2016

Matthew Quinn designed the custom Walnut wood table pictured above to feature a Magnum metal band along the table top and along the table base. This table was designed for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016.

Anvil Metal Countertop Accents for a Custom Wood Bar Top Design by Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens
Design by Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens

Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens designed a custom Sapele Mahogany bar top with Palladium metal finished edges. Palladium gleams like white gold and adds a special touch to the bar top, making it stand out against the dark cabinetry.

Click here to learn more about Anvil™ metal finishes exclusively available at Grothouse. Visit the countertop image library to see more designs with Anvil™ metal countertop accents.

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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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Custom Metal Countertops designed by New Ravenna

New Ravenna is America’s premier designer and manufacturer of stone and glass mosaic tiles. Handcrafted in Virginia, their tile is fashioned into decorative borders, murals, field tile and medallions to create distinctive styles and textures. The end result is a custom, one-of-a-kind work of art.

They recently released a new collection, Jardins Français designed by Caroline Beaupere. With the introduction of this new collection, New Ravenna designed Anvil™ custom metal countertops to match the materials in the mosaic tiles.

Inspired by the formal gardens of France, the Jardins Français features a variety of materials that represent the four seasons. In Caroline’s words, “I have always been moved by the light in France and how it changes throughout the year, affecting the gardens as it comes and goes.”

Custom Metal Countertops designed by New Ravenna
Magnum Countertop designed by New Ravenna

A Magnum metal countertop was gilded to match Fleur de Lys flooring, shown in polished Bardiglio, Calacatta Gold, and Brass. The luminescent shell used in this tile represents Spring.

Custom Metal Countertops designed by New Ravenna
Magnum Countertop designed by New Ravenna

The Anvil™ Magnum metal countertop also pairs beautifully with Fleur de Lys in polished Calacatta Gold, Thassos, and Brass.

Magnum Brass Metal Countertop designed by New Ravenna
Magnum Countertop designed by New Ravenna

Jardin de Versailles emulates the golden hues of Fall. Shown in polished Calacatta Gold and Brass, this pattern is paired with a gleaming Magnum countertop.

Axel Stainless Steel Metal Countertop designed by New Ravenna
Axel Countertop designed by New Ravenna

Tuileries Petite is a hand-cut mosaic shown in polished Thassos, Nero Marquina, and brushed Aluminum. The grey hues in this bold textural design are echoed in the Axel metal countertop.

Anvil™ custom metal countertops are an excellent match for mosaic tiles, complementing the abstract colors and designs. Grothouse is honored to partner with a fellow made in America manufacturer whose talents are celebrated worldwide.

You can learn more about the New Ravenna Jardins Français collection by clicking here. To see more designs featuring Anvil™ metal countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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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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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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Decorative Wood Countertops

Wood countertops are naturally beautiful in their simplest form, but when designed with a more decorative eye they are any room’s best feature. Decorative wood countertops take many forms at Grothouse.

Decorative Wood Countertops
Decorative Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Designs with Decorative Wood Countertops

Because our wood countertops are custom crafted to your design specifications, they can be designed for the most elegant of spaces, or designed for the most tranquil of spaces.

We recently introduced our Anvil™ line of metal finishes. Matthew Quinn  designed a custom Walnut wood table embellished with our Magnum metal finish for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016. You can embellish your wood countertop with any of our eight Anvil metal finishes.

Embellished and Decorative wood countertops
Embellished Wood Countertops

You can also design your wood countertop to be completely gilded in one of our Anvil metal finishes. Matthew Quinn also designed a White Oak Rift Sawn Blank countertop gilded in our Argentum metal finish for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016.

Metal Gilded and Decorative Wood Countertops
Anvil Metal Gilded Wood Countertops

Designers often choose to have the countertop distressed or hand planed to add character and worn-in charm. Wood-Mode Inc. designed the below Sapele Mahogany wood countertop to be super distressed. Super distressing means that the countertop is very heavily distressed with very unevenly worn corners and edges. It also has plentiful dings and notch marks, clusters of worm holes, waffle hammer dings and circular dings, heavy edge nicks, and possibly termite tracks.

Distressed Decorative Wood Countertops
Distressed Wood Countertops

Any of our edge profiles can also be used to create decorative wood countertops. The most lavish profiles include: RhineRugenCharmantKroneSuper Double Roman Ogee with a Notch, and El Guapo.

Grothouse can also add a faux live edge to your countertop to mimic a real live edge countertopS & W Kitchens Inc. designed this Tigerwood countertop to include one faux live edge.

Decorative Wood Countertops with Faux Live Edge
Wood Countertop with a Faux Live Edge

Choose a real live edge countertop to make the most opulent statement. Christopher Peacock designed this English Wych Elm countertop to be the center of attention in the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

Live Edge Decorative Wood Countertops
Live Edge Wood Countertops

Visit the image library in our design guide to see more decorative wood countertops. Want to save an image for later? Pin it to one of your Pinterest boards or save it to an ideabook on Houzz!

Medallion Bronze Countertops

Anvil Medallion Bronze Countertops
Anvil™ Medallion Bronze Countertops

The Anvil™ Medallion finish emulates the appearance of real bronze countertops. Medallion Bronze Countertops evince a powerful presence in any space.

Bronze is often used in kitchen designs as accents and focal points. It has been used for range hoods, cabinetry hardware, back splashes, sinks, faucets, corbels, and much more. Countertops gilded with the Medallion metal finish become the focal point of the kitchen, or any room, they are designed for.

Medallion Bronze Countertops Finish
Anvil™ Medallion Metal Finish

Designing Medallion Bronze Countertops

The Anvil™ Medallion metal finish can be applied to a solid wood countertop or a composite substrate. When applied to a composite substrate, Medallion countertops are suitable for outdoor use.

Because they are not made out of real metal, Medallion countertops can be manufactured to fit any space. They can be designed to exact specifications of complex curves, shapes, and sizes.

Medallion bronze countertops edges
Medallion countertops can feature any edge profile.

Medallion countertops can include any of our decorative edge profiles. Edge profiles do not have to be applied as pictured. You can create a truly unique edge by flipping the profile upside down. Our on-staff engineers will help you design a custom edge if there is something more particular you would like.

They can also include any custom feature, like an integrated bowl, laser engraving of any design, expanded corners, and much more.

Medallion countertops can include a topcoat of our exclusive Durata® Waterproof and Permanent Finish.

The Medallion finish is one of eight metal coatings available in our Anvil™ line of metal countertops. You can read more about them by visiting this page on our website. To see designs with Medallion Bronze Countertops, take a look at our Countertop Image Library.

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