This home office features cabinetry by DeWils Custom Cabinetry, Lakewood door style in Walnut stained “Nutmeg”. Grothouse crafted a beautifully matched radius Walnut wood countertop for the office desk top.
All together this customized built-in desk design provides a large work are, creating storage opportunities with the book shelves and the space underneath the desk. The area underneath the desk also offers a place for trash cans, paper shredders and other various items that should be tucked away.
About the Designer
Jillian Clark specializes in designing and creating uncommon kitchens, baths, and home spaces that completely reflect an individual ‘s discerning tastes and style.
“The kitchen is not just a place to prepare food, it’s a family gathering spot, entertainment hub, homework area, the list can go on!” – Jillian Clark
Want to see more designs by Jillian? Like Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc. on Facebook and follow them on Instagram! Visit the Image Library on our website, glumber.com, to see more designs with a Walnut Desk Top.
The upper level of the kitchen island is a raised bar, composed of a three inch thick flat grain Walnut with Sapwood bar top. The character found in the wooden ceiling beams was complemented by distressing the bar top to level #4, which was then enhanced with a hand rubbed black glaze. Adding further character, the bar top features a Medium Roman Ogee edge profile.
The kitchen island features a lower level with a Random Mix End Grain Butcher Block with a Cherry field and a three inch Walnut Border. A custom edge profile was created by reversing the Chamfer with a step on the bottom edge.
A custom flat grain Walnut with sapwood backsplash was designed to connect the two tiers of the island. The design features a matching outlet cover. The backsplash was also distressed to level #4 and enhanced with a hand rubbed black glaze to match the upper level Walnut bar top.
The custom wood countertops and backsplash on the two tier kitchen island were the perfect addition to match the wooden ceiling beams and the wood fireplace mantel.
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 Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block designed by Debbie Nassetta, CKD, CBD, CID of Roomscapes, Inc.
About the Designer: Principal Designer and owner of Roomscapes, Inc., designing kitchens and baths, laundry rooms, bars, wine rooms, etc.
About the Designer: Don’t be afraid to mix materials.
Designs with Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops
Haile Kitchen and Bath designed this Walnut butcher block top for this large kitchen island. The top includes an arch at one end, creating a space for seating out of the main traffic zone. The warm brown tones of the Walnut wood compliments the wood cabinetry.
Home Supply Inc. designed an American Black Walnut butcher block for the island in this white transitional kitchen. A Standard Roman Ogee edge profile gives the butcher block decorative flair. The Standard Roman Ogee is one of our most popular edges due to its elegant curves and charming detail.
Roysons designed a Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood butcher block for the end of this large kitchen island. Conveniently located above the microwave and near the sink, this butcher block is cleverly placed at the perfect location for food preparation.
A Walnut butcher block was designed by Julie Cavanaugh of Design Matters for the island in this mediterranean style kitchen with a transitional twist. Three edges of the butcher block are rabbeted to overlap and encapsulate a Caesarstone quartz countertop.
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 Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Julie Freeman Cavanaugh of Design Matters.
About the Designer:Julie completed her education in Interior Design in 1998, achieved a CID licensure and became a professional ASID member in 2002. With an eye for spatial relationships and problem solving, Julie’s interiors bring functional sensibility and tremendous flow while achieving beautiful proportions. Not afraid to mix color, texture and scale, Julie’s homes provide unique and unparalleled “livable luxury”.
About Design Matters:Design Matters provides unique, detailed and client focused design solutions. From architectural development, space planning, material selections, color and furniture specifications and more, Design Matters’ approach threads together comprehensive designs down to the last threaded detail.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry
Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs in Medium Bronze
Flooring: Arto Brick – Normandy Cream, 14″ Hexagon
Countertops: Kitchen Island – Grothouse End Grain Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block finished with Grothouse Original Oil; Perimeter – Raw Concrete
Sink: Native Trails Farmhouse Quartet in Ash
Backsplash: Blue Slide Art Tile
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Twisted Oak Path in Matte
Stove: Thermador Pro Harmony Gas Range
Dishwasher: Thermador Built-In Dishwasher
Other Appliances: Thermador Professional Series Wall Mount Range Hood
A kitchen designer typically chooses a dark wood kitchen countertop when they are using the countertop as a statement piece or focal point. Dark wood countertops exhibit a striking beauty, especially contrasted against light colored cabinetry.
The two naturally darkest wood species available for countertops are Wenge and Peruvian Walnut. Peruvian Walnut wood is a deep chocolate brown in color and look great in any kitchen, commercial or residential. Peruvian Walnut is fairly easy to work with and polishes very well, which is why it is great for making wood countertops.
Wenge is a heavy wood that has an attractive appearance due to its strong grain and subtle color variation. The heartwood is a darker brown with black veins and white lines. Wenge has a high resistance to abrasion and a high bending strength. Wenge Wood Countertops are available FSC certified.
Lighter woods can be stained to look like a darker wood. Grothouse offers over 40 stock stains, which include an assortment of dark colors. Countertops can also be custom stained to match the dark wood on something else such as flooring.
Dark Wood Kitchen Countertop Designs
A Wenge wood countertop was designed by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio for this gray kitchen island with white perimeter cabinetry. The dark wood complements the flooring and makes the island the focal point of the space.
Denise Quade, CMKBD, of Denise Quade Design went with a Peruvian Walnut for the kitchen island in the white traditional kitchen pictured below. Offering plenty of food preparation space and room for seating, this dark countertop grabs all the attention.
Luxe Kitchens and Interiors designed a Peruvian Walnut kitchen countertop as a bar top that wraps around a marble counter to create the kitchen island. The contrast of the marble and white cabinetry against the dark wood is stunning.
House Beautiful is celebrating its tenth annual Kitchen of the Year 2017 at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. This year’s 625-square-foot kitchen was designed by Jon de la Cruz of DLC-ID. This being a 1904 historic home, the kitchen features amazing architectural details: 12-foot ceilings, open pantry shelves, a beautiful mix of new and old materials and many windows.
For the kitchen, de la Cruz focused on beautiful functionality by combining his expertise in cooking with his deep knowledge of design history. The space features multiple stations for cooking, baking, breakfast and family dining — as well as innovative storage and display ideas. This was a necessity for the family of 10 that live in this home.
Featured in the breakfast nook are vertical ceiling-high, open pantry shelves made of American Black Walnut Wood crafted by Grothouse. The Black Walnut Wood Shelves capture the ethos of timeless elegance, serving as a dramatic accent for custom labeled jars and superb pantry organization by Blisshaus – also referred to as The Pantry Detox.
Taking customization even further, the shelves feature laser engraving on the front. Jon de la Cruz’s favorite part of the kitchen is the s’mores section, and we happen to agree!
This dream space was unveiled on April 29, 2017 and was open to the public until May 29, 2017. Click here to take a tour of the kitchen with Jon de la Cruz and House Beautiful’s Editor in Chief Sophie Donelson.
Be sure to pick up the October issue of House Beautiful to see the full kitchen. Join us on Instagram to see more of House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2017 and the San Francisco Decorator Showcase home via #HBKOTY and #sfshowcase.
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 Countertopdesigned by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, 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.”
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 Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop designed by Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design.
About the Designer: Denise is especially known for putting her degree in interior design and 38 years of experience to work creating highly personalized and functional kitchens. Her bathrooms, home offices, family rooms, and bedrooms have garnered recognition as well. In 2010 she earned her CMKBD, one of only three in Wisconsin holding the esteemed certification. Through every project, large or small, Denise maintains her commitment to giving each client her best. Each client benefits from her talent, her time, her expertise, and her dedication to incomparable service.
A Tip from Denise: If you select a beautiful stone for the countertops, consider bringing it up the splash so you can see it from any view. This stone is such a show stopper and carrying up the walls really impacts the space.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Brookhaven Frameless Cabinets by Wood-Mode
Additional Comments and Advice: If there is an element you love, find a way to use it and don’t be afraid to compromise. This client wanted a zinc countertop on her island originally, but the sticker shock of the price caused her to hesitate. She was originally thinking of having a walnut table, but by switching the two and finding a table with a zinc top, she was able to have both!
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 Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Chip Tiber, CKD, NCIDQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths.
About the Designer: Chip Tiber is a certified designer with Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths located in the Greater Cleveland area. He has extensive experience in kitchen and bath design, lighting design, construction, and interior design. His experience enables him to fully comprehend the relationship between excellent design and functional spaces. Chip’s certifications include NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer).
A Tip from Chip: A well-defined kitchen uses a mixture of materials to provide both strong and subtle contrasts of texture. Contrast is defining and distinctive, but the blending character is balance. It is this harmonious balance which says “there is something so inviting about this space.”
Additional Comments and Advice: When designing an over-sized island, consider warm materials such as this 1 3/4″ thick wood countertop fabricated by Grothouse. The distressed and glazed Walnut wood, which includes some sapwood, invites family and friends to gather for meals and conversations. The warmth of these materials encourages guests to linger and the generous expanse of the counter provides ample space for enjoyment.