Jennifer Ott wrote an article for Houzz, Will These 10 Colors Be Big in 2018?discussing the colors paint manufacturers are rolling out for 2018. Among these colors are various shades of blue, some including green and others gray. No matter the tint, blue always has a cooler tone. Because of this, designers tend to incorporate wood into blue designs to add warmth.
Blue Designs with Wood Countertops
Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham designed an edge grain Peruvian Walnut countertop for this blue vanity. The wood countertop makes this informal family powder room feel unique and warm with a modern twist on traditional design.
Heidi Piron designed a distressed American Cherry wood countertop to match the island in this otherwise all blue kitchen. The rich warm brown and red tones of the wood add warmth against the cool, bright blue cabinets and make the kitchen island the focal point of the kitchen. The hood includes a matching wood band to tie in the island.
During the 18th Century, a powder room referred to a tiny room where people went to have their wigs re-powdered. Powder rooms were still used through the Victorian period as well, but the definition of powder room changed to mean a general bathroom. Women would discretely excuse themselves from company by going to “powder their noses” in the powder room. Though the uses for a powder room have changed over time, the exclusive privacy they provide has remained the same.
Powder rooms in today’s homes offer a myriad of design possibilities. Unlike historical powder rooms, they can include design elements of furniture such as decorative vanities. Vanities offer storage space for towels and other toiletries. However, they can also serve as a design statement.
Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design Ideas
Powder Room Vanity Countertops can be designed to stand out or to bring balance to the space.
In the Asian-inspired powder room pictured above, the stained cherry wood countertop does both. Teakwood Builders designed the vanity to balance with the dark wall trim, although a custom edge profile on the countertop makes the vanity stand out.
Vawn Greany and Trisha Gaffney of Collaborative Interiors designed Sapele Mahogany wood countertop to serve as the vanity for a vessel sink. The simple color palette mixed with the rich colors of the wood create a statement.
Each component of this powder room only reaches its full potential when combined with all the components as a whole. The lovely wallpaper has flecks of colors that pick up the balance of design elements and the bright red vanity base adds a vibrant pop of color. The American Beech wood vanity top is accented with the bright and neutral tones of the wall paper.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured bathroom includes a Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Vawn Greany CMKBD lead designer and Trisha Gaffney AKBD co-designer of Collaborative Interiors.
About the Designer: As a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer, Vawn enjoys specializing in cabinetry and thrives on kitchen and bath design. Vawn has been published numerous times in local and national publications, as well as won several local design awards. In 2008, after several successful years in the cabinet/design industry, she launched her own design firm, Collaborative Interiors, in Seattle Washington.
A Tip from Vawn: Hidden supports and center lines were very important in this project. To be sure all details work out perfectly, it’s helpful to collaborate with vendors and tradesmen during the planning and construction phases.
Wall Color: Stone Tile – Island Stone Himachal White, Strip Cladding
Other Appliances: Hidden brackets were used to support the floating vanity
Advice: Big things come in small packages. It’s hard to believe that this was just and old shoe / mail closet before! The details of this naturally styled powder room fell into place nicely. It was fun to figure out the compact, spatial details so that everything would function comfortably in a room only 48″ wide. The beautiful Sapele floating vanity was perfectly arched to miss the door swing and the wall hung toilet saved space. All fixtures are complimented by the subtle color and rough texture of the stacked stone walls. In its simplicity, each and everyone of these details became very important to not overwhelm this tiny powder room.
View additional designs by Collaborative Interiors on their website and Houzz. To see more designs including a Sapele Mahogany Countertop, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured bathroom includes a Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Michael Mortensen of Palmer Todd.
About the Designer: Michael Mortensen is the Senior Tile Designer who brings more than 20 years of sales experience to Palmer Todd. His extensive product training and hands–on experience are responsible for his vast knowledge of tile and stone characteristics and use. He takes client satisfaction very seriously and always strives to provide excellent customer service.
Michael is a long-time top performer at Palmer Todd. His extensive sales experience has aided in the training of other Palmer Todd associates. He is forthright and resourceful, and believes the best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
Michael enjoys philanthropic work and has dedicated much of his personal time to his Church’s Missionary work in Uganda, Africa, as well as aiding in fundraising efforts for organizations such as the Battered Women’s Shelter, Susan G. Komen, and the American Cancer Society.
A Tip from Michael: Learn the diversity inherent in the material. Wood countertops can be used in other locations and are extremely durable.
Handcrafted of solid wood, Grothouse vanity countertops are both alluring and functional in design. Wood countertops for vanities can be crafted of any wood specie. The countertops are typically finished with our exclusive Durata® waterproof permanent finish. Durata® enhances the wood grain and protects the wood surfaces from water, bath salts and soap. Durata® finish is available in a matte sheen or satin sheen. The countertops can be stained to match cabinetry or flooring. Click here for further details on our stock stain selection and custom stain matching.
Vanity Countertops | Design Inspiration
Wood countertops for vanities are popular in luxury design. Below are some inspirational designs.
This Wenge wood vanity top was designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry. Grothouse crafted the vanity countertop and base. The countertop and base was finished with Durata® waterproof permanent finish in satin sheen.
This American Beech wood vanity top was designed by Echelon Custom Homes. The countertop was finished with Durata® waterproof permanent finish in satin sheen. It was distressed and accented with a hand rubbed black glaze.
This Reclaimed Chestnut wood vanity top was designed by The Kitchen Strand. The countertop was finished with Durata® waterproof permanent finish in satin sheen.
Vanity Countertops | Customer Review
Lee T. from Shorewood, Illinois wrote a customer review about her vanity countertops, “Thank you again for the wonderful vanity tops you created. They arrived earlier than expected, in terrific condition and look great. It was a pleasure working with Grothouse. You and your staff are top- notch.”
Visit our Houzz page to read more customer reviews and see more designs with vanity countertops.
The Medium Double Roman Ogee is an impressive, top-rated Wood Countertop Edge Profile. It is a popular edge chosen for surfaces used in Traditional and Transitional style kitchens and baths.
Designing a Wood Countertop with a Medium Double Roman Ogee Edge
The Medium Double Roman Ogee requires a minimum countertop thickness of 2-1/2″. The depth of the edge profile is 2-1/8″. Below is a diagram of the edge profile.
It can be applied to a wood surface of any construction style: Flat Grain, End Grain, and Edge Grain. However, it can only be placed on the top of the countertop edge. Below are several different designs including Wood Countertops with a Medium Double Roman Ogee edge.
The Traditional style kitchen pictured above was designed by Auer Kitchens. For the kitchen island they chose a Flat Grain Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop. The countertop includes a Medium Double Roman Ogee Edge.
Pictured above is another Sapele Mahogany Countertop crafted in Edge Grain Construction. This countertop includes a Medium Roman Ogee for the edge profile. This Traditional style kitchen was designed by Steinburg Custom Designs.
This next countertop is Walnut crafted in Edge Grain construction. The Walnut Countertop includes the Medium Double Roman Ogee, as well as two inset notched radius corners. This Walnut Countertop was designed by Kornerstone Kitchen & Bath.
Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops are typically light in color. Their light color is very comforting, giving them the ability to compliment any space, any style.
Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops | Typical Uses and Designs
Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops are available in Edge Grain construction and End Grain construction. Beech Wood Countertops are typically used as kitchen island countertops.
Palmer Todd designed this Beech Wood Countertop for a large kitchen island in San Antonio, Texas. This countertop was crafted in Edge Grain construction. It includes a Standard Double Roman Ogee edge profile and an undermount sink. This Beech Countertop compliments the light colored cabinetry in this traditional kitchen.
Julie Fergus of American Home Gallery designed the beautiful and calming kitchen design pictured below. The Beech Wood Countertop in this kitchen adds a comfortable seating area. It compliments the bright white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.
Echelon Custom Homes designed this Beech Wood Countertop to be used for a Bathroom Vanity. This vanity countertop is a result of a talented vision. Each element of this bathroom only reaches its full potential when combined with all the components as a whole. The Beech Countertop compliments the colors in the lovely wallpaper, which has flecks of colors that pick up the balance of design elements. The bright red vanity base adds a vibrant pop of color.
Beech is also typically paired with another wood specie(s) to create a wood countertop with a beautiful and unique pattern. This countertop is a perfect example of that. Beech was paired with Cherry to create a striped pattern.
Jenny’s Design Build designed this butcher block countertop to include a pattern with Beech, Wenge, and Walnut wood species. The combination creates a checkerboard pattern along the border of the countertop. The checkerboard pattern compliments the design elements in the kitchen.
Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops are typically used as kitchen island countertops. They are also typically paired with another wood specie(s) to create a pattern design. Beech Wood Countertops are designed to bring comfort to any space. They are complimentary to any space, any style design. To see more images of Grothouse Beech Wood Countertops, visit our Image Library.
About The Grothouse Lumber Company
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with various options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and waterproof protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Adding Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops to any space is recycling at its high end finest. Reclaimed wood is a green alternative to using newer generations of wood for countertops. It is endorsed by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops exhibit the natural historical aspects of the originality of the wood. The natural historical aspects convey character and create an extremely unique appearance.
Designing | Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops take many forms at Grothouse. Clients have recycled them for use as vanity countertops, bar tops, kitchen counters and even planter boxes.
Pictured below is a Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Counter made in Flat Grain Construction to be used for kitchen countertops. This Reclaimed Wood Counter was designed by Classic Stone Works, Inc. The counter includes two mitered joints with pre-installed hidden hardware.
As earlier stated, Reclaimed Chestnut Countertops take many forms at Grothouse, including bathroom vanities. The Kitchen Strand designed the Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Bathroom Vanity shown below. This countertop is made in Edge Grain Construction. The countertop is complimented with a Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Backsplash.
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops | Facts
Reclaimed Chestnut is the rarest reclaimed wood. Reclaimed Chestnut wood countertops by Grothouse are derived from dismantled antique Pennsylvania Barns.
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata;permanent finish is one of the most durable and waterproof protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Teak Countertops are popular for use in kitchens and baths. Not only are they beautiful, but one variety is known to contain natural waterproof properties. Tectona grandis is one of three species in the genus Tectona. It is the variety with natural water repellent properties and used on luxury yachts and areas of high humidity and moisture. Other plantation teaks may have the visual characteristics of Tectona grandis, but they typically lack the water repellent properties. Here is more information on Grothouse Waterproof Teak http://www.glumber.com/wood-countertops-design-guide/wood-countertop-species/burmese-teak/
Cost of Teak Countertops
Teak Countertops are high in price, reflecting the cost of the coveted wood. At Grothouse, our Planation Teak is carefully selected and sourced for quality and visual appearance from Plantations. Our authentic Teak is sourced from reliable suppliers that carefully sort and dry the wood to assure the highest quality finished product. Beware of suppliers offering low cost teak as the wood can be inconsistent and visually unappealing. In addition, the lower cost teak typically does not have the desired water repellent properties. Expect authentic Teak Countertops to cost in the $150 to $250 per square foot range.
Designing with Teak Countertops
Teak countertops are often used in bathrooms for vanity tops and tub surrounds. The gorgeous bathroom below, designed by Echelon Custom Homes has a Teak Tub Surround.
In kitchens, they are used for countertops containing sinks. They are often used as butcherblocks around sinks to serve as a water repellent surface that is suitable for chopping and food preparation. The Teak Butcherblock pictured below was designed by Donna Venegas and a focal point of this kitchen featured on This Old House Television Show.
About The Grothouse Lumber Company:
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Wood bathroom countertops are an emerging trend, popular for vanity tops and tub surrounds. The wood adds warmth to a frequently cold space and the surfaces can be designed to fit any decor, modern, traditional and the like.
Wood Countertops for Vanities and Tub Surrounds
At Grothouse, wood countertops for vanities can be manufactured from any of the 60 wood species we stock. Our Durata® finish assures a waterproof finish, and is resistant to most chemicals found in soaps and personal products. This is especially important for tub surrounds as soaps are often placed on the tub surround surface. Tub surrounds are most commonly shaped based on a client supplied template or CAD drawing. Our wood vanity tops arrive with the sink and faucet cut outs sealed with Durata®, assuring protection from a leaky faucet or sink. The finish used on vanity tops is of the utmost importance and we created Durata® wood countertop finish to offer a lifetime of protection for wood bathroom countertops.
Best Wood Species for Wood Bathroom Countertops
A common design dilemma is selecting the best wood for the bath environment. At Grothouse the wood choice is not integral to the performance of the surface in the wet environment, as our Durata® finish provides the necessary protection. If you desire a surface that does not have Durata® finish, Burmese Teak is your best choice. This particular species of Teak is grown in sandy soils and the silica that is in the wood provides additional waterproofing. Burmese Teak is the wood of choice for yachts and boats. Do not confuse Burmese Teak with other Teak sub-species as they do not have the natural waterproofing as Burmese Teak.