Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter

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 set of Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter of Whiski Kitchen Design Studio.

Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter of Whiski Kitchen Design Studio
Design by Melissa Sauter

About the Designer: Loving living and working in the Detroit area! So gratifying to be a part of rebuilding the city! I love the characteristics and details in the historical homes in Detroit and preserving and showcasing them. I moved here after growing up in Ohio, attending Western Michigan University for Interior Design and Business, and living in Chicago for a few years. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, visiting museums and exhibits, and panting abstract art.

Designer Tip: Mix textures and finishes to create interest and don’t be afraid of using the color black! Too many people are worried using such a dark color will make a space appear smaller but it doesn’t, it adds a richness and layer of luxury!

Ash Wood Countertops for black cabinets in a kitchen designed by Melissa Sauter
Design by Melissa Sauter

Design Details

Cabinetry: Legacy Crafted Cabinets

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas Homewares – Steam Punk

Flooring: Tile Shop 2″ Matte White Hex

Grothouse Countertops: A set of Ash countertops were crafted for this design, each with a Classical Small Bead and Cove edge profile and finished with Durata® permanent finish in satin sheen

Other Countertops: Aurea Stone Top fabricated by Solid Surfaces Unlimited

Faucet: Signature Hardware – Isadora

Sink: Elkay Fireclay Apron Front

Backsplash: Quintessenza Cromia26 Subway Supplied by Genesee Tile

Stove: GE

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: LG Refrigerator and Whirlpool Microwave

Ash Wood Countertops with Apron Front Sink and Black Cabinetry
Design by Melissa Sauter
Black Cabinets with gold hardware and ash wood countertops
Design by Melissa Sauter
Classical Small Bead and Cove Edge Profile on Ash Wood Countertop
Classical Small Bead and Cove Edge Profile on Ash Wood Countertop

Check out more designs by Melissa by following Whiski Kitchen Design Studio on Instagram and by liking them on Facebook!

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Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block designed by Debbie Nassetta

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.

Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block for kitchen island designed by Debbie Nassetta
Design by Debbie Nassetta

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.

About the Butcher Block: End Grain Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood 3 inches thick  with a 3/8″ Roundover Profile on Top Horizontal Edges; finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Design Details

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode

Cabinet Hardware: Schaub

Flooring: Stone

Complimentary Countertops: Quartzite and Engineered

Faucet: KWC

Sink: Custom stone sink

Check out more designs by Debbie by following Roomscapes on Instagram! Learn more about this Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block by visiting our website.

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Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Darlene Somrak

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 Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Darlene Somrak, CKD, of Somrak Kitchens.

Designer of Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop Darlene Somrak, CKD of Somrak Kitchens in Ohio
Darlene Somrak, CKD

About the Designer: Darlene Somrak has worked in the kitchen design industry for over 43 years. With the majority of her clientele coming from referrals, her work speaks for itself. She enjoys a challenging space to use her years of knowledge and experience to design a functional and practical living space.

Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop for blue cabinets with beadboard backsplash and undermount sink
Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop

Design Details

Cabinetry: Brookhaven by Wood-Mode

Countertops: Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop by Grothouse

Sink: Lina Sink C053

Backsplash: Cabinetry Beadboard

Wall Color: Wallpaper

Other Items, Comments or Advice: Work with a professional at all times during the design process!

Distressed Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop with undermount sink for blue kitchen cabinets
Distressed Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop
Beadboard Backsplash with Distressed Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop
Beadboard Backsplash with Sapele Mahogany Countertop

Check out more designs by Darlene by following her on Houzz! Learn more about Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertops by visiting our website.

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Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms

The primary function of a laundry room is to serve as the perfect place to wash, dry, store and iron. The most important part of a laundry room, aside from the washer and dryer (of course), is a place to store and fold. For many years we have seen designers incorporate Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms.

Why? Well to start, wood countertops are a naturally warm surface. They are the perfect welcoming spot for your freshly, clean laundry. Conversely, wood countertops are very easy to clean, so they can just as easily welcome your dirty laundry. Wood countertops double as a prep zone and a wash and dry zone.

One of the greatest benefits to adding a Grothouse wood countertop into a laundry room is the exclusive Durata®  Finish. Not only is it permanent and waterproof, but it is also impervious to most household chemicals. Water left on the surface simply dries with no water rings, red wine, vinegar, alcohol, soaps and coffee will not affect the finish. Durata® is not affected by these chemicals, providing a worry free finish.

Designs with Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms

We have seen laundry rooms of many styles that incorporated wood countertops into their designs. To start, we’re showing off this Reclaimed Oak wood counter designed by This Old House for Idea House 2018 located in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Custom Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms with Blue Cabinetry Design
Design by This Old House | Nat Rea Photography

Creating the perfect laundry station, the Reclaimed Oak counter is finished with Durata® in Matte sheen.

Walnut Wood Countertop for a White and Green Laundry Room in Hawaii
Design by Archipelago Hawaii

Archipelago Hawaii designed a long Walnut wood countertop measuring 144 inches for this bright laundry room.

Walnut Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms with White Cabinetry and Wood Flooring
Design by Archipelago Hawaii

Finished with Durata® in Matte sheen, the Walnut countertop is the perfect place to fold, organize, store clothes and more.

Maple Wood Countertop for a Laundry Room and Kitchen All in One Area
Design by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop

Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop designed this kitchen and laundry room area to include two Maple Wood Countertops. The first Maple countertop is a half Pastore table that features a waterfall edge. This countertop was designed for additional counter space for this small area. The second Maple countertop was crafted to include a cooktop and undermount sink. Both wood countertops were finished with Durata® in Satin sheen.

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Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Natalie Spiniolas

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 Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Natalie Spiniolas of Geneva Cabinet Company.

Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Natalie Spiniolas of Geneva Cabinet Company
Natalie Spiniolas of Geneva Cabinet Company

About the Designer: Mother of two you enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Has been to over 30 countries and finds inspiration and beauty in architecture from around the world. Has a bachelors in Interior Design and has been specializing in kitchen and bath design for 17 years. Enjoys implementing visual texture and laying materials in a space to create warmth and beauty.

Designer Tip: To create visual interest layer materials and finishes. In this space we hand planed and heavily distressed the Grothouse walnut countertop to give dimension to the beautiful wood countertop. This feature mixed with stone, metal and multiple wood finishes we create a balanced and pleasing aesthetic.

Distressed Walnut Countertop with black painted cabinetry in a transitional space
Photography by Shanna Wolf

Design Details

Cabinetry: Plato Woodwork

Cabinet Hardware: Schaub

Flooring: 6″ Rustic white oak with light distressing on surface and machined V-groove

Countertops: Hand Planed and Distressed Walnut Countertop by Grothouse; 3cm Calacutta Silver Polished Marble

Faucet: Rohl RA1458LMWSPN2 Polished Nickel

Sink: Shaw RRC3018WH

Backsplash: Mediterra Tile 3×6 subway in antique white with decorative Mosaic for the Range are in antique white and Ball Clay

Wall Color: Benjamin MooreBaby Fawn OC-15 Matte

StoveWolf DF486G range

Dishwasher: Miele G6362SCVI panel ready

Other Appliances: IC36R panel ready fridge, IC30F panel ready freezer SubZero, warming drawer Wolf WWD30 panel ready, Wolf SO30PMSPH electric oven, Wolf MDD30PMSPH drop down microwave

Other Items, Comments or Advice: Custom wood hood to match serving island and beams. Don’t forget about your ceilings, they are as important as any other surface. In this space we used columns and beams to create interest and soft space division.

Transitional kitchen with distressed and handplaned peruvian walnut wood countertop
Photography by Shanna Wolf
Walnut Countertop with Distressing and Hand Planing for a transitional space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Photography by Shanna Wolf

Check out more designs by Natalie by following her on Houzz! Learn more about Distressed and Hand Planed Wood Countertops by visiting our website.

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Tigerwood Vanity Top designed by Joyce Zuelke, CKD

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 Tigerwood Vanity Top designed by Joyce Zuelke, CKD of Geneva Cabinet Company.

Custom Tigerwood Vanity Top designed by Joyce Zuelke, CKD
Joyce Zuelke, CKD of Geneva Cabinet Company

About the Designer: Joyce Zuelke, ckd received her BFA in Interior Architecture and approaches every project with creativity and attention to detail. With vision and skillful space planning, her interior spaces feature architectural elements, millwork and casework to perfectly compliment her functional and beautiful designs. Her 20 years in the kitchen and bath industry have been dedicated to forming successful relationships with her clients.

Designer Tip: The warm red tones of the Tigerwood pair nicely with the copper tub, mirrors and accessories. The arc front on the countertop follows the curve of each sink to add architectural interest.

Tigerwood Vanity Top for a master bathroom design with copper tub and white cabinetry
Photography by Shanna Wolf

Design Details

This master bathroom was a collaboration with builder Lowell Custom Homes and interior designer Jane Shepard.

Cabinet Hardware: Hafele

Flooring: Natural Marble Mosaic

Countertops: Tigerwood Vanity Top by Grothouse

Faucet: Newport Brass Unlacquered Brass

Sink: Toto Cotton White Undermount

Backsplash: White Subway Tile

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Bone White

Tigerwood Vanity Top with two undermount sinks, white cabinets and brass hardware
Photography by Shanna Wolf

Check out more designs by Joyce by following her on Instagram @JoyceZuelke! Learn more about Tigerwood vanity tops by visiting our website.

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Grothouse Wood Countertops in House Magazine

Grothouse Wood Countertops are thrilled to be featured in the latest House Magazine Issue IV 2018. The feature is all thanks to Jeannine Price, Grothouse Regional Sales Representative, for winning first place in the IDS Swatched 2018 design game.

Grothouse Wood Countertops featured in the latest House Magazine Issue IV 2018
House Magazine Issue IV 2018

Part of the winning prize was an article in House magazine, in which Jeannine speaks about her experience as an interior designer, how it got her to where she is today and current countertop design trends.

Designs featured in House Magazine

A top design trend Jeannine mentions in her article is mixing countertop materials. Contrasting elements are the secret ingredients that give memorable spaces their impact.

Grothouse Wood Countertop Article in House Magazine Issue IV 2018
Grothouse Wood Countertop Article

The first design that was featured in the article was a kitchen designed by Mick De Giulio. The kitchen was designed for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year in 2012. White cabinetry and a Grothouse Wenge counter were combined create a large kitchen island with plenty of prep and seating space.

Moving to the right is a modern farmhouse style kitchen with a Grothouse Reclaimed Wood counter for the island designed by Coastal Cabinet Works. Taking center stage of this kitchen, the Reclaimed counter adds warmth to this otherwise all white space.

Also designed by Coastal Cabinet Works is the transitional kitchen in the bottom left. The Grothouse wood countertop on the island matches the wood doors on the cabinetry. Overall this kitchen has a very classy, elegant yet glamorous appeal.

Last but not least is the contemporary design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in the bottom right. A large White Oak Half Parsons table was crafted for this L shaped island.

Click here to download the digital edition and read the full House magazine article!

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2019 Kitchen Island Trends

2019 Kitchen Island Trends create gathering spaces for entertaining and increase functionality of space in the form of multi-level islands and movable islands.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends | Multi-Level Islands

Islands are being upgraded with dedicated dining space that is set apart by contrasting counters in different heights and materials, a table base and built-in banquette seating.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends multi-level islands with wood countertops for dining and granite for food prep
Designed by Karen Schone of Designers Point | Visual Memories Photography

Karen Schone of Designers Point designed this multi-level island to include a Grothouse Walnut wood countertop as the table top and a granite countertop for the other section. The wood top is perfect for dining and the granite for food prep. If needed, the wood top can also be used for food prep.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends multi-level islands with banquette seating wood table tops and metal bases
Design by Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz for Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018

Ahead of his time, Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz designed this space featuring a multi-level island for the Liebherr booth last year at KBIS 2018. This island features a built-in banquette dining area. The table includes a Grothouse White Oak Bleached wood countertop with an Anvil Ferrum finished metal table base. The countertops on the other sections of the island were supplied by Kelya – Natural Collection by Dekton.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends | Movable Islands

Islands are handy as prep surfaces and extra seating, but they don’t need to be set in stone. In 2019, movable islands will grow in popularity as they offer flexibility when entertaining, and can be designed perfectly for small spaces.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends Movable Islands with Wheels and Wood Countertops
Design by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017

This space was designed by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. Grothouse American Black Walnut countertops and metal frames create the slim, movable island. The island ties in the matching Walnut wood shelves. and adds warmth to the white and black design.

Stay tuned as we release more 2019 kitchen island trends by following Grothouse on Houzz, Instagram or Facebook! View more designs including Grothouse wood countertops on the Countertop Image Library.

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Wood on Wood (on Wood)

According to Houzz, one of 32 home design trends that will rule in 2019 is wood on wood kitchens.

“Many of the most popular kitchen photos in 2018 featured lots of wood, and it’s easy to see why. Wood adds loads of warmth and character, and it pairs well with whites and grays, two of the most popular colors for kitchen cabinets and walls,” stated Mitchel Parker.

Designer Jennifer Ott noticed an increase in interest for medium-tone woods, rather than super dark or super light woods. Medium-tone woods include Grothouse exclusive species Kensington™ wood and Saxon Wood™, Sapele Mahogany, Teak, Walnut and Zebrawood. To achieve a medium-tone you can choose a lighter wood, like Ash or Maple, and then select a Grothouse stock stain. Custom stain matching is also available.

Wood on Wood Kitchens

Using different elements of wood is also used to add charm to kitchen designs. The farmhouse kitchen style trend that has been gaining popularity every year for the past three years, according to the recent Houzz kitchen trends report.

Wood on Wood Kitchens Farmhouse Style Designs This Old House Idea House 2018
Nat Rea Photography

This farmhouse style kitchen was part of the This Old House® Idea House 2018 in Narragansett, Rhode Island. A Grothouse Walnut wood countertop was custom crafted for the kitchen island. In addition, Walnut wood shelves were crafted by Grothouse to match the island countertop. Stools with wooden seats and wood floors tie in this wood on wood kitchen.

Visit the virtual Grothouse Image Library to see more designs of wood on wood kitchens. Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and @woodcountertops on Pinterest for daily wood countertop inspiration!

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2019 Countertop Trends

In 2019 Countertop Trends are all about allowing raw materials to shine on their own. Kitchens will be pared down with reclaimed wood, butcher block countertops, and matte finishes.

2019 Countertop Trends

2019 Countertop Trends Reclaimed Wood Countertops for Kitchens crafted by Grothouse
Design by KDW Home | Kip Dawkins Photography

To us, Reclaimed wood countertops will always be in. Reclaimed wood fits the minimalist trend for the new year, adding just enough character to any kitchen design with its natural imperfections. We offer a variety of reclaimed wood species, like Chestnut and Oak.

2019 Countertop Trends Butcher Block Countertops for Kitchens crafted by Grothouse
Design by Julie Cavanaugh of Design Matters

Butcher block countertops by Grothouse are custom wood countertops crafted in end grain construction style. End grain construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps them sharp. In addition, butcher block countertops tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning. After years of use, they can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new again. They require very little maintenance, as they only need to be oiled when they appear dry. Their functionality and natural beauty is what makes them a continuous trend in kitchens and other spaces year after year.

2019 Countertop Trends Matte Finishes Wood Countertops for Kitchens crafted by Grothouse
Design by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens | Photography by Chuck Heiney

Our exclusive Durata® waterproof permanent finish is predicted to be requested in the matte sheen. Matte finishes are said to be used throughout kitchens in the new year, from cabinetry to appliances; and we don’t see why that wouldn’t apply to countertops as well. Wood countertops with a matte finish have a forever-cool allure that is certain to never go out of style.

Stay tuned as we unveil more 2019 countertop trends by following @grothouseinc on Instagram and liking our page on Facebook!

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