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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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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Green Kitchen Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Shades of green inevitably evoke growth, renewal and life. Green kitchen cabinets were popular last year, and the trend remains popular in 2019. It was seen in booths throughout KBIS 2019. There was a wide range of shades, from soft sage to emerald to moody teal.

Green is one of the colors that are loved by many because it’s very relaxing and calming. Green is a color of nature, and there are many shades you can opt for. To take it a step further, designers often pair green kitchen cabinets with wood countertops. Wood is an organic material sourced straight from nature. The combination of green and wood create a naturally inviting space. What follows are lively, inspiring kitchens in various shades of green kitchen cabinets with wood countertops.

Green Kitchen Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Dark Pine Green Kitchen Cabinets with Wood Countertops in Chevy Chase, Maryland
Design by Libby Mullin

Punctuated by two Walnut wood countertops, a refreshing shade of dark, pine green lends quiet charm to this kitchen island designed by Libby Mullin in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The warm tones in the wood complement the wooden bar stools and the copper pendant lights.

Light Green Kitchen Cabinets with a wood butcher block countertop in Glennview, Illinois
Design by Past Basket Design

Past Basket Design designed a random mix Sapele Mahogany end grain butcher block for the end of this lively green kitchen island in Glenview, Illinois. The butcher block was designed for the perfect spot to food prep; located at the end of the island out of the way, but still close enough to the island sink for easy access.

The Grothouse Countertop Image Library features a portfolio of more green kitchen cabinets with wood countertops. Click here to visit!

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Grothouse Solid Wood Countertops at KBIS 2019

Grothouse Solid Wood Countertops at KBIS 2019 in Las Vegas included an array of displays featuring custom crafted wood and Anvil™ metal surfaces.

Harmoni Kitchens Booth # C8922

Grothouse Walnut Wood Countertops at KBIS 2019 in Harmoni Kitchens booth
Walnut Wood Countertop

Grothouse crafted a variety of countertops for the Harmoni Kitchens Booth. The first was a Walnut with Sapwood countertop crafted in flat grain construction style. At 3 inches thick, this countertop was custom stained to match a sample supplied by Harmoni Kitchens. It was finished with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Grothouse Kensington™ Wood Countertops at KBIS 2019 in Harmoni Kitchens booth
Kensington™ Wood Countertop

Another countertop was crafted out of Kensington™ Wood in flat grain construction style. It was finished with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. In addition, the countertop has six Anvil™ Palladium metal finished accents.

Grothouse Anvil™ Magnum Metal Countertops at KBIS 2019 in Harmoni Kitchens booth
Anvil™ Magnum Metal Countertop

A custom Anvil™ Magnum metal finished countertop was also crafted, featuring a cooktop cutout. The metal finished was applied for a textured/rolled look and is sealed with a Durata® Finish Satin sheen overcoat.

Plato Woodworking Inc. Booth # SL3016

Grothouse Kensington™ Wood Pastore™ Table at KBIS 2019 in Plato Woodworking booth
Kensington™ Wood Pastore™ Table
Grothouse Kensington™ Wood Counter at KBIS 2019 in Plato Woodworking booth
Kensington™ Wood Counter

For the Plato Woodworking booth, Grothouse crafted a custom Pastore™ Table. The table was designed of Kensington™ Wood in flat grain construction style.

Elkay USA Booth # N3026

Grothouse White Oak Driftwood Finish Surround at KBIS 2019 in Elkay booth
White Oak Driftwood Finish Surround
Grothouse White Oak Surround with Integrated Bowls at KBIS 2019 in Elkay booth
White Oak Surround with Integrated Bowls

A White Oak counter was designed for the Elkay booth as a floating cabinet surround. This counter features a Driftwood Finish and is sealed with Durata® finish in Matte sheen. Two integrated bowls were crafted to sit on either side of the vessel bowl sink.

Grothouse Anvil™ Exodus Metal Countertop at KBIS 2019 in Elkay booth
Anvil™ Exodus Metal Countertop

An Anvil™ Exodus metal countertop was crafted for a kitchen bar top. It features a cast finish and a Durata® overcoat.

Monogram Appliances Booth # C5819

 

Grothouse Wenge Wood Countertop at KBIS 2019 in Monogram booth
Wenge Wood Countertop
Wenge Countertop with Stove top at KBIS 2019 in Monogram Booth
Wenge Wood Countertop with Stovetop and Undermount Sink

For the Monogram booth, a large Wenge countertop was crafted in edge grain construction. The short sides of the countertop feature an undercut Chamfer edge profile. A flush mount cooktop sits perfectly in this countertop, as well as an undermount sink. The countertop was finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Grothouse is honored to have collaborated with such innovative partners for KBIS 2019!

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How to Identify High Quality Wood

Identifying high quality wood can be difficult with many furniture pieces looking great in the store, only to prove flimsy and cheap once you purchase them and use them over time. Here’s how to identify whether or not wood furniture pieces are high quality.

How to Identify High Quality Wood Furniture, Countertops, Desks, Tables
How to Identify High Quality Wood

Identifying High Quality Wood

The highest quality material for wood furniture is solid wood. Solid wood furniture is made from single pieces of wood or wood boards that are glued together to make panels. Trees, after all, are only so wide.

Solid wood comes in hardwood or softwood. Hardwood comes from trees that grow slowly. It is more dense and resistant to dings. Common hardwood species include Walnut, Ash, Maple and Cherry. Softwood comes from trees that grow fast. It is less dense than hardwood. A common softwood specie is Pine.

Why Choose High Quality Wood

When made with high quality wood and built with a solid construction, wood furniture can last for decades and sometimes even centuries. Solid wood furniture can be refinished and repaired easier than furniture made of other materials.

Solid wood furniture is typically sealed with a high quality finish, which helps the furniture to last even longer. Grothouse solid wood surfaces are either sealed with our exclusive Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish or Original Oil™. Both are high quality finishes that keep the surfaces looking like new and protect them from everyday use.

Finding out if the furniture is made of solid wood is the best way to identify the quality. Be sure to find out if the solid wood was used to craft the entire piece or just certain parts. Another way to ensure you are purchasing a high quality piece is to shop at the right places, like Grothouse for example. Every piece crafted at Grothouse is made of high quality wood.

Learn more about the high quality wood surfaces custom crafted by Grothouse on our website www.glumber.com.

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Purchase Grothouse Original Oil on our Online Store

Grothouse Original Oil keeps custom solid wood countertops properly moisturized and ensures your countertops look as beautiful as the day you got them. This oil can be used on wood countertops, butcher blocks, soapstone, salad bowls, wooden utensils and more.

Walnut Butcher Block Countertop Finished with Grothouse Original Oil
Walnut Butcher Block Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™ | Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Grothouse Original Oil™ is a fragrance-free, heavy weight pure mineral oil. It does not contain nut oils, making it food safe and hypoallergenic.

The oil applying process is simple and easy. All you need is a paper towel or cotton cloth to spread a thin coat of oil over the surface. Be sure to oil the sides and the exposed bottoms of the wood countertop. For best results, allow the oil to soak in overnight. If you need to use your countertop or butcher block top right away, then remove any excess oil with a dry cloth and your piece will be ready to use.

Grothouse Original Oil™ should be applied once a week for the first month after receiving your wood surface. Thereafter, the piece should be oiled at a minimum of once per month or if the surface appears visually dry.

How to Purchase Grothouse Original Oil

Purchase Grothouse Original Oil Food Safe Finish for Custom Solid Wood Surfaces Soapstone Countertops Wood Utensils and More
Grothouse Original Oil™

Grothouse Original Oil™ may be purchased through our online Shopify store. We offer 3 types of bundles, single bottle, case of 4 bottles and case of 12 bottles. If you purchase one of the bigger bundles you could save up to $103.

Purchase Grothouse Original Oil to keep your solid wood surfaces properly moisturized to last a lifetime. Please contact us if you have any questions by giving us a call at 610-767-6515 or emailing glumber@glumber.com.

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Wenge Raised Pastore Counter in Home & Design Magazine

Home & Design magazine featured a simple and serene condo renovation in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Written by Julie Sanders, the renovation included a kitchen design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd. that features a Grothouse Wenge Raised Pastore Counter for the kitchen island.

Wenge Raised Pastore Counter in a Kitchen in Alexandria, Virginia featured by Home & Design Magazine
Kitchen Design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd. | Image Source: Home & Design Magazine

Celia Welch, the interior designer, had a goal, given by the client, to make the condo comfortable, elegant, chic and urban. The client’s main priority was to have one flowing, light-filled space. Welch and kitchen designer Sarah Kahn Turner collaborated to redesign the outdated kitchen. To achieve these goals, the first step was to remove the wall that separated the kitchen from the open-plan living and dining room.

The open-plan created space for a long kitchen island featuring a quartz counter, over which the Grothouse Wenge Pastore counter hovers with waterfall sides and room for four stools.

Welch stated, “We didn’t want the traditional look of a two-level countertop. This adds a little extra dimension.”

Wenge Raised Pastore Counter

Wenge is a heavy wood that has high resistance to abrasion and high bending strength. Its strong grain and subtle color variation creates its dark, sleek attractive appearance.

The Wenge counter for this kitchen was custom crafted to feature a Roundover edge profile. The Roundover edge profile exhibits a simple look to contribute to the simple and serene feel of the rest of the kitchen. The counter is finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Click here to see the rest of this townhouse renovation. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs with a Wenge Raised Pastore Counter.

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Counter Intuitive

A kitchen counter has long been a anchor of kitchen design, and can offer a dramatic focal point, splash of color, textural interest, sense of warmth or visual contrast.

Counter Intuitive Surfacing Material Traits and Trends
Counter Intuitive | Design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Kitchen & Bath Design News magazine recently surveyed over 500 kitchen dealers and designers across the U.S. and Canada. The survey looked at material trends, including most desired surfacing traits, views on the importance of surfacing regarding design and functionality of the kitchen, and what percentage of their kitchen remodeling budgets dealers’ and designers’ clients devote to surfacing.

The growing role of the kitchen has expanded the functional role of countertops from durable food prep surfaces to multi-functional places for cooking, eating, entertaining and more.

77.6% of designers/dealers rate the importance of countertops to the look of the overall kitchen extremely important. 58.3 of designers/dealers rate the importance of countertops to kitchen functionality extremely important.

52% of the kitchen remodeling budget is spent on counters, as they are  increasingly being viewed as a worthwhile investment, particularly if they are beautiful, durable and long lasting.

What adds value to a countertop? The top three desired aspects are durability, beauty and ease of maintenance. Other desired countertop qualities cited included fits with overall design, color pattern options and a classic look that won’t get dated too quickly. Most desired aspects of surfacing materials include:

  • • Durability
  • • Beauty
  • • Low maintenance
  • • Affordability
  • • Fits with overall design
  • • Color/pattern options
  • • Classic look/won’t get dated quickly
  • • Fits with overall kitchen
  • • Unique look
  • • Trendy
  • • Creative fabrication options
  • • Flexibility

 

Clients’ top concerns with choosing counters:

  • • Price
  • • Damage from stains/scratches/heat/wear and tear
  • • Maintenance requirements
  • • Color/pattern going out of style too quickly
  • • Not getting something that looks unique/personalized
  • • Not looking “real”
  • • Natural imperfections
  • • Fabrication concerns

 

Wood is Counter Intuitive

Wood is counter intuitive because it contains all of the most desired aspects of surfacing materials including durability, beauty and low maintenance. Wood is trendy and classic at the same time. No matter how old a wood counter is, it looks right in the design. Durata® Finish can be applied to wood counters so no maintenance is required. Each wood countertop is custom made to the clients’ specifications, so each top is something unique and personalized. Visit glumber.com to learn more about wood counters.

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