Walnut Kitchen Island Top 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 kitchen includes Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath.

Design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

About the Designer: Growing up overseas, Sarah developed a passion for historical preservation. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Interior Design. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on Color Therapy and strongly believes that living amidst great design can positively affect your subconscious and inspire you. After working over a decade in the design/build field, Sarah found herself drawn to the nuance and detail of custom millwork. In 2014, this passion led her to Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and  Bath. Her award-winning work has been featured in HOME, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Chesapeake Home and The Washingtonian.

A Tip from Sarah: Be realistic about how you cook and what your storage needs are. Do an inventory of all your largest and smallest gadgets. You most likely have more than you think! Now is the time to efficiently find dedicated space for everything from that colander to the smallest measuring spoons. We have innovative ways to maximize even the smallest spaces if we accurately know what your needs are. A collaborative project is the best kind!

Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen Bath
Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: QCCI Quality Custom Cabinetry

Countertops: Bratti Black Soapstone perimeter countertops; Grothouse Walnut with Sapwood kitchen island countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Backsplash: Silver Quartzite Edge Mosaic Tile

Stove: Wolf GR486G 48” Dual Fuel Pro Range with black knobs, six burners, and griddle

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero IT-36Ci Refrigerator with Ice Maker

Other Appliances: Hot rolled steel shelf with 3 puck lights

Additional Comments and Advice: We sourced a reclaimed beam from a barn in Pennsylvania and accented a custom hood with it to add character and warmth. Reclaimed wood also frames each of the doorways to extend the rough hewn wood texture. Soapstone and walnut wood was used on the countertops to add to the patina.

Walnut with Sapwood Countertop for a Kitchen Island designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Walnut with Sapwood Countertop for a Kitchen Island
Kitchen Island with Walnut wood countertop designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen Island with Walnut wood countertop
Undermount sink in Walnut wood countertop designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Undermount sink in Walnut wood countertop

View additional designs by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs featuring a Walnut Kitchen Island Top.

Photography by Bob Narod.

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Grothouse Wood Surfaces in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016

Grothouse Wood Surfaces House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Grothouse Wood Surfaces in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016

Grothouse Wood Surfaces were featured at the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 designed by Matthew Quinn. This is the fourth Kitchen of the Year Grothouse has had the honor of participating in.

Grothouse Wood Surfaces at #HBKOTY 2016

Walnut Wood Table Banded with Magnum Finish House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Walnut Wood Table banded with Magnum Metal Finish

Grothouse crafted a custom 48” round Walnut wood kitchen table with an edge finished in Anvil™ Magnum metal finish, which has a brass-like appearance.

Walnut Wood Table House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Walnut Wood Table in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016

The table is sealed with our exclusive Durata® waterproof permanent Finish in Matte sheen for a natural look.

Rift Cut White Oak Wood Bar Top with Argentum Metal Coating
Rift Cut White Oak Wood Bar Top with Argentum Metal Coating

Grothouse also crafted a Rift Cut White Oak wood bar top gilded with Anvil™ Argentum metal finish, which is a real metal coating that replicates the appearance of nickel silver.

Argentum Metal Floating Shelves House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Argentum Metal Floating Shelves

Grothouse manufactured matching floating shelves constructed of a smooth composite substrate to match the wood bar top. The shelves are also gilded with Anvil™ Argentum metal finish. The bar and the shelves are sealed with Durata® waterproof permanent finish in Satin sheen.

Argentum Metal Finished Shelf House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Argentum Metal Finished Shelf

Grothouse Wood Surfaces is honored to have been a part of this absolutely stunning design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. To learn more about Anvil™ Metal Countertop finishes, click here.

Small Wood Surfaces

Typically the general rule of thumb is “go big or go home,” but when it comes to wood surfaces, they don’t have to be big in size to provide functionality and character to a home. Small Wood Surfaces can be designed to fit in any space with any style design.

Designs with Small Wood Surfaces

Sapele Mahogany Small Wood Surfaces
Designed by Past Basket Design

This small Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block was designed by Past Basket Design. Cleverly placed at the end of the kitchen island, this butcher block provides plenty of space for food preparation out of the way of the rest of the kitchen.

Peruvian Walnut Small Wood Surfaces
Designed by Griffey Remodeling

Here we see another design with a small wood surface at the end of the kitchen island. This space was designed by Griffey Remodeling. The wood surface was crafted of Peruvian Walnut wood in edge grain construction. The wood surface is strategically placed in close proximity to the sink and cooktop, while still allowing plenty of room for food preparation. Not to mention, it naturally makes for a beautiful focal point.

Walnut Small Wood Surfaces
Designed by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.

This classic white kitchen was designed by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.. The kitchen features a small Walnut Butcher Block for food preparation. The butcher block is placed thoughtfully between the sink and the cook top. This placement creates an efficient work space. Vegetables can be cleaned in the sink, chopped on the butcher block and cooked on the stove with just a few small steps in between.

Walnut Small Wood Butcher Block
Designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works

Karen Swanson of New England Design Works designed this kitchen to include a small Walnut Butcher Block at one the end of the kitchen island. This butcher block is larger than the other wood surfaces previously mentioned, and provides more space for food preparation.

To see more designs featuring small wood surfaces, check out our pins on Pinterest!

White Kitchens and Wooden Surfaces

White Kitchens and wooden surfaces have stood the test of time. The timeless appeal of this combination creates a space that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. White kitchens have been the most popular for over 20 years and continue to be the most commonly installed cabinet color. But did you know there are over 1,000 shades of white to choose from? This blog post highlights some of our favorites of white kitchens.

White Kitchens with Wooden Surfaces

White Kitchens with Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops
White Kitchen with Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops

In 2007, this kitchen served as a backdrop for a skit on the television show Saturday Night Live. The countertops are crafted of Sapele Mahogany wood and sealed in our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.

White Cabinets and African Mahogany Wood Tops
White Cabinets and African Mahogany Wood Tops. Photography by Jim Graham.

In 2009, Waterbury Kitchens designed this kitchen to include white cabinets and African Mahogany Wood Countertops.

White Kitchens with Walnut Wood Countertops
White Kitchen with Walnut Wood Countertops

In 2012, Mick De Giulio designed this space for House Beautiful Magazine’s Kitchen of the Year. The white cabinetry is paired with two Walnut Wood Countertops sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

White Kitchens with Walnut Wood Countertop
White Cabinets with Walnut Wood Countertop

In 2013, Auer Kitchens designed this white kitchen to include a Walnut Wood Countertop sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

White Kitchens with Distressed Wood Countertops
White Kitchen with Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop

In 2014, Wood-Mode, Inc. incorporated a distressed Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop into the bar area of this white kitchen.

White Cabinetry with Walnut Wood Countertop
White Cabinetry with Walnut Wood Countertop

In 2015, Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath designed this white kitchen with a large Walnut Wood Countertop for the kitchen island.

To see more designs of White Kitchens and Wood Countertops, visit our Houzz profile.

Custom Wood Surfaces for Small Spaces

Custom wood surfaces for small spaces are always a genius idea. Wood surfaces can be designed to include a multitude of features that add function and value to a small space. Most wood surfaces can be used for food preparation as well as a dining area, depending on the construction style of the wood and the finish you choose for the surface. Wood also helps to quiet down a space. Keep reading for some design inspiration of small spaces with custom wood surfaces by Grothouse.

Custom Wood Surfaces for Small Spaces | Design Inspiration

Custom Wood Surfaces designed by Griffey Remodeling for a small kitchen
Design by Griffey Remodeling

These Maple wood countertops were designed by Griffey Remodeling for this small kitchen in Columbus, Ohio. The piece to the right of the stove features a drop leaf extension with hidden hardware.

Custom Wood Surfaces with Drop Leaf Extension
Drop Leaf Extension. Design by Griffey Remodeling

When the drop leaf is in the up position, it allows for additional counter space. When it is down, it allows for more kitchen space. Custom wood surfaces including a drop leaf feature are perfect for small spaces.

Custom wood surfaces in a small space designed by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop
Design by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop

This space in Boston, Massachusetts was designed by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop. This space includes a custom maple wood countertop along the very back wall with an undermount sink. The space also includes a matching maple Pastore™ table. The countertop along the back wall provides extra counter space for food preparation. The Pastore™ table provides more counter space, for laundry or food preparation. It can also serve as a dining area if desired.

Custom wood surfaces designed by Stefan Hurray of Architect Design
Design by Stefan Hurray of Architect Design

The entry way pictured above was designed by Stefan Hurray of Architect Design. Stefan designed custom walnut wood countertops for this space with distressing to level 4. The wood countertops help to quiet down the small area, while also adding character and warmth.

To see more designs of custom wood surfaces for small spaces, visit our Houzz or Pinterest profiles.

Vanity Countertops

Wood Vanity Countertops by Grothouse
Vanity Countertops by Grothouse

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.

Wenge Wood Vanity Top
Wenge Wood Vanity Top designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

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.

Beech Wood Vanity Top
American Beech Wood Vanity Top designed by Echelon Custom Homes

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.

Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Vanity Top
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Vanity Top designed by The Kitchen Strand

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.

Wood Surfaces in Plato Woodwork Displays at KBIS 2015

From traditional to transitional to contemporary, Plato Woodwork does it all. Plato Woodwork shares the details of their displays that were at the Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) 2015 in the attractive pamphlet pictured below. Two of their six displays included Grothouse wood surfaces.

Plato Woodwork display at KBIS 2015 include Grothouse Wood Surfaces
Plato Woodwork display at KBIS 2015

About the Wood Surfaces

The display featured on the cover of the pamphlet included a hand planed Walnut wood counter for the kitchen island. Hand Planed wood surfaces look heavily distressed to mimic the natural, elemental wear of wood that is seen over time. The process in hand planed artistry is done very carefully to assure that the wear does not look “purposeful” or “factory made”.

Hand Planed Walnut Wood Counter for Kitchen Island
Hand Planed Walnut Wood Counter designed by Plato Woodwork

The wood counter features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile. Plato Woodwork provided us with a sample to custom stain match the counter to. It includes a glaze and was sealed with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

Plato Woodwork display at KBIS 2015 include Grothouse Wood Surfaces
Plato Woodwork display at KBIS 2015

The next design featured an Ash wood Pastore™ waterfall table. Designers use Pastore™ tables to integrate wood surfaces into their contemporary and transitional designs. They find the addition of the wood surfaces helps improve the warmth and live- ability of any room. Using wood also helps quiet down a room and adds an organic textural element.

Ash wood surfaces designed by Plato Woodwork
Ash Wood Pastore™ Waterfall Table designed by Plato Woodwork

The table was crafted in edge grain construction and includes a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on all exposed edges and vertical corners. It was sealed with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

Grothouse is thrilled to have been a part of Plato Woodwork’s displays at KBIS 2015. To see more designs by Plato Woodwork, visit their website or Houzz page.

Custom Countertops on Display at the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference

Grothouse custom countertops were on display at the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference. Grothouse is honored to have been included and in such great company!

Grothouse Custom Countertops on display at Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference 2015
Grothouse Custom Countertops on display

 

Custom Countertops on Display

Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry designed the following displays with Grothouse custom countertops.

Custom countertops for a vanity display at the Signature Custom Cabinetry conference 2015
Vanity Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

This vanity display includes an edge grain Wenge wood countertop. The countertop has a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top edges, bottom edges, and vertical front corners.

Wenge Custom Countertops for a Vanity
Vanity Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

It is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in satin sheen. The bottom of the vanity display matches the top with a frame base made of Wenge. The frame base is also finished with Durata® in satin sheen.

Custom countertops for a Kitchen Island
Kitchen Island Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The kitchen island display featured an edge grain Ash Pastore™ Table with one leg and dovetail Wenge keys.

Custom countertops for kitchen islands
Kitchen Island Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The table has a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top edges, bottom edges, and vertical corners. It is sealed with Durata® Finish in satin sheen and includes laser engraving on the front edge.

Custom countertops for a Cafe Coffee Station
Cafe Coffee Station Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The cafe coffee station display included matching shadow boxes and a cabinet surround box. All of the boxes were crafted in edge grain construction of Sapele Mahogany wood and finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Custom Countertops for a Cabinet Surround Box
Cafe Coffee Station Cabinet Surround Box Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The cabinet surround box was crafted to perfectly fit around the cabinet and includes intricate detail.

Custom Butcher Block Countertops on display
Butcher Block Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The center display featured an end grain Zebrawood butcher block with a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile.

Custom Butcher Blocks display
Butcher Block Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

It includes laser engraving on the front edge. The butcher block is sealed with Grothouse Original Oil™ food safe finish.

Follow us on Houzz to view more custom countertops on display.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces

Grothouse wood surfaces are known for their ability to be used for many different purposes, while exhibiting a stunning appearance. While most wood surfaces are crafted for food preparation or dining purposes, many designers incorporate accessorial wood surfaces as shelves for a place to store fine china, glass, or other decorative items. Grothouse crafts accessorial wood surfaces for any purpose and to fit any space.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces by Grothouse
Accessorial Wood Surfaces by Grothouse

Designs of Accessorial Wood Surfaces

Some of the most talented kitchen designers incorporate accessorial wood surfaces into their designs.

Accessorial wood surfaces designed by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Steven Miller of Steven Miller Design Studio incorporated Peruvian Walnut wood shelves in his design for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year. The shelves match the main Peruvian Walnut wood countertop. Steven Miller added laser engraving to the shelves to label what was being stored in particular areas, for example “bowls” and “drinking”.

Accessorial wood surfaces designed by Signature Custom Cabinetry
Design by Signature Custom Cabinetry

Signature Custom Cabinetry designed the matching shadow boxes and cabinet surround box. All boxes are made of Sapele Mahogany wood in edge grain construction. Shadow boxes are perfect for exhibiting decorative items, like picture frames. Cabinet surround boxes add a unique and appealing appearance to cabinetry.

Accessorial wood surfaces designed by Elkay Manufacturing for KBIS 2014
Design by Elkay Manufacturing

Elkay Manufacturing designed this White Oak counter to be used as a reception counter. This design was featured in the Elkay Display Booth at KBIS 2014.  The counter holds decorative items such as a clock, a bouquet of flowers, and a glass container with candy.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces designed by The Savannah Cabinet Shop
Design by The Savannah Cabinet Shop

The Savannah Cabinet Shop designed this Teak wood counter for extra counter space in the kitchen and to hold items like a speaker and a toaster.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces designed by Echelon Custom Homes
Design by Echelon Custom Homes

Echelon Custom Homes designed this Sapele Mahogany wood counter for extra counter space. It is used to exhibit the gorgeous silver dish placed on top. The wood counter makes that area the center of attention. It can also be used as an extra food preparation or serving space.

To view more designs of accessorial wood surfaces, follow our Houzz and Instagram pages. Be sure to like us on Facebook to stay up to date on Grothouse news and product updates!