Distressed Wood Countertops

Grothouse Distressed Wood Countertops are the perfect component for those trying to achieve a rustic, old-world feel in their home. All Grothouse wood surfaces can be distressed to evoke the appearance of a truly original antique.

Cherry Distressed Wood Countertops
Grothouse Distressed Wood Countertops

Distressed Wood Countertops | The Process

The deliberate process of crafting Distressed Wood Countertops is carefully executed to mimic the hard use or elemental wear that is seen over time. Distressing can be done to the top, side, and bottom edges of the countertop. The process of distressing is done very carefully to assure that the wear does not look “purposeful” or “factory made”.

Distressed Wood Countertops | The Levels

Grothouse offers distressing in several different levels: four basic levels and one super distressed level. To confirm the correct level of distressing, Grothouse will require approval of a distressed sample prior to production.

Distressing Level 1: Lightly worn corners and edges; light dings.

The Walnut wood counter pictured below is distressed to Level #1 on the top of the surface. The edges are distressed to Level #3. A hand rubbed Black Glaze has been applied to the counter and is sealed with Durata® Finish in Satin.

Distressed Wood Countertops for kitchen island
Walnut Wood Counter Distressed to Level 1, designed by homeowners in Pennsylvania

Distressing Level 2: Moderate worn corners and edges; moderate dings and light drag marks.

The distressed wood countertop below was crafted for the This Old House® Auburndale Project in 2011. This Sapele Mahogany wood countertop was distressed to Level #2 with hand rubbed Black Glaze and sealed with Durata® Finish in Satin.

Distressed Wood Countertops on This Old House TV Show
Level 2 Distressed Wood Countertop on This Old House® Auburndale Project

Distressing Level 3: Heavily worn corners and edges; numerous dings; spotty worm holes and moderate drag marks

Distressing Level 4: Very heavily and unevenly worn corners and edges; plentiful dings; clusters of worm holes; plentiful drag marks and termite tracks.

Below is a Beech Wood Vanity that was distressed to Level 4 with a hand rubbed Black Glaze (Margamo – #04715). This vanity was finished with Durata® Finish in Satin.

Distressed Wood Countertops for bathrooms by Grothouse
Wood Vanity Top distressed to Level 4 designed by Echelon Custom Homes

Super Distressed: Very heavily and very unevenly worn corners and edges; plentiful dings and notch marks; clusters of worm holes; plentiful scratches and drag marks; waffle hammer dings and circular dings; heavy edge nicks; termite tracks.

The Sapele Mahogany wood countertop pictured below is super distressed.

Super Distressed Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Super Distressed Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop

Distressed Wood Countertops | The Finish Options

Distressed Wood Countertops are typically finished with our waterproof, permanent Durata® Finish. This finish is offered in available in Satin, Matte or Semi-Gloss sheen. This is a maintenance free finish, but you cannot chop directly on this finish.

Glaze and stain can be added to accentuate the distressing. Distressed Wood Countertops are typically hand rubbed with Black Glaze. Any wood countertop with glaze or stain must be sealed with our Durata® Finish.

Distressed Wood Countertops can also be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Grothouse Oil is a pure mineral oil used for lasting protection on wood surfaces. Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish is completely food safe and can be used on food preparation surfaces. This finish requires ongoing maintenance.

You can view more Distressed Wood Countertops in the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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