Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Melissa Sakell of Kenwood Kitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Melissa Sakell of Kenwood Kitchens.

Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block Kitchen Designer Melissa Sakell, AKBD, of Kenwood Kitchens
Melissa Sakell, AKBD, of Kenwood Kitchens

About the Designer: Melissa Sakell, AKBD is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Housing Program which focuses on kitchen and bath design. She has been designing custom spaces for over six years now, and with Kenwood Kitchens, in Annapolis MD for the last 4+ years. She loves transforming clients homes into the space of their dreams and visiting with clients a few months after to see how much impact the remodel has had on their lives is one of her favorite things.

Designer Tip: In this kitchen we mixed a lot of materials and finishes, which can be tricky. It is important to lay them all out and make sure they complement and not compete with one another, in this kitchen the walnut top became a great way to ground the space and pull your eye in.

Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Melissa Sakell of Kenwood Kitchens
Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Kenwood Kitchens

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: WoodMode Custom Cabinetry – Presidio Raised Door-style in Vintage Bright White & Matte Twilight Finishes

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs Chareau Collection

Flooring: Wood Plank Porcelain Tile

Countertops: Cambria Quartz – Swanbridge

Faucet: Kohler Bellera

Sink: Kohler Whitehaven Apron Front Sink

Backsplash: Lunada Bay Glass Tile

Stove: GE Monogram 48″ Pro Range

Dishwasher:GE Monogram

Other Appliances: GE Monogram French Door Refrigerator

Traditional Kitchen featuring a Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block
Traditional Kitchen featuring a Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block
Custom Walnut Wood Butcher Block with Juice Groove along edge of countertop
Walnut Butcher Block with Juice Groove

Follow Kenwood Kitchens on Houzz and like their Facebook page to see more of their uniquely beautiful and functional designs. Check out the Grothouse Image Library to see more kitchens with Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Blocks.

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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

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Grothouse Original Oil™

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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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Butcher Block Knife Slots

Butcher block knife slots are a popular feature selected for kitchen counters. Knife slots are built-in knife storage custom crafted into a wood butcher block countertop.

Butcher Block Knife Slots for easily accessible knife storage and organization
Butcher Block Knife Slots

The term “butcher block” is used by Grothouse when referring to wood countertops built in end grain construction style. End grain is the premium construction style and our recommended surface for food preparation. Knives stay sharper longer when used on butcher blocks because the knife blades slide between the wood fibers, much like cutting into a firm brush. An additional benefit is that butcher blocks don’t show knife marks as readily as wood countertops crafted in edge grain or flat grain construction. Knife slots can be integrated into a butcher block crafted out of any wood specie available at Grothouse.

Knife slots free counter space by eliminating the need for a knife block. They are designed so that knives are easily accessible, but also safely tucked away so that young children cannot reach them.

Knife slots take many different forms, from a single slot to a series of slots that fit different size knives. Knife slots designed to be one long singular slot are more universal, as they fit different size knives. Designing butcher blocks with knife slots of different sizes may be a problem if you change your knife set in the future. Removable knife slots are also available and can be replaced with another piece when you update your knife set.

Designs with Butcher Block Knife Slots

Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block with Knife Slots in Irvine, California
Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block with Knife Slots

Cabinets Plus designed a Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood butcher block to include knife slots. The knife slots were cleverly placed behind the sink, making the knives easily accessible but also out of the way as to not interrupt the food prep space.

Visit the Grothouse Image Library and follow @grothouseinc on Instagram to see more designs with butcher block knife slots.

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Countertop Design Trend: Wood Countertops and Apron Sinks

A current countertop design trend is pairing a wood countertop with an apron sink. This is a timeless combination that is popular in any style kitchen, especially in traditional and transitional kitchens.

Wood Countertop Design Trend Wood Countertops and Apron Sinks
Countertop Design Trend: Wood Countertops and Apron Sinks

The type of wood selected for the countertop varies, but the most popular species is Walnut. Various types of apron sinks are used, from a classic white to copper and patterned sinks.

When sealed with Grothouse exclusive Durata® permanent finish, the countertop is completely waterproof and safe from water damage. Durata® is available in different sheen levels, and the sheen level chosen varies based on the look the designer is striving to achieve.

Durata® Satin finish is a sheen level of 35 and has an appearance similar to common household furniture and dining tables. Satin sheen is the most popular selection. Durata® Semi-Gloss finish is a sheen level of 55 and is the best application for a kitchen countertop with a glossy finish. Durata® Matte finish is a sheen level of 10 and has an organic appearance similar to natural oil finishes.

Countertop Design Trend Inspiration

Countertop Design Trend Cherry Wood Countertop with Copper Apron Sink in Farmhouse Traditional Style Kitchen
Cherry Countertop with Copper Apron Sink

Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works designed a Cherry All Heartwood kitchen island countertop to feature a copper apron sink. The countertop is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

Countertop Design Trend Walnut Wood Counters with Apron Sink in Traditional Style Kitchen
Walnut Counters with Apron Sink

Walnut wood counters were designed by Chris Black-Puckett Design for the perimeter of this traditional kitchen. The walnut counters include a white apron sink with beautiful detailing on the front. The counters are accentuated with Level 2 Distressing and finished with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish.

Countertop Design Trend Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block with Apron Sink
Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block with Apron Sink

Showcase Kitchens designed a Walnut and Cherry checkerboard butcher block for the island in this traditional style kitchen. Although this is a butcher block, an apron sink was still able to be incorporated into the design. The wood butcher block is still safe from water damage.

Want to see more kitchens featuring this countertop design trend? Visit the Grothouse Image Library! Be sure to follow @grothouseinc on Instagram to see more design trends.

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How to Prepare for Valentine’s Day Dinner

Preparing Valentines Day Dinner can be stressful, but with the right food preparation surface and advice your meal can be a success.

How to Prepare for Valentines Day Dinner with Custom Wood Countertops Butcher Blocks
How to Prepare for Valentine’s Day Dinner

The first step in preparing Valentine’s day dinner is to select the recipes you want to make as an appetizer, entree and dessert. Choose something that you and your date will both enjoy and that you have confidence to make to ease stress.

Allrecipes provides plenty of appetizer inspiration, from crab-stuffed mushrooms to brie cheese fondue. Country Living offers over 40 romantic dinner recipe ideas like butternut squash ravioli, bucatini with winter pesto, pancetta and brussel sprouts linguine and more. The Food Network made a list of decadent chocolate desserts perfect for the holiday, like chocolate raspberry mousse candy cake and chocolate cheesecake.

Once you have selected the recipes you are going to make and purchase all of the ingredients, it is best to ensure that you have all of the tools you need for preparation. The most important tool is the surface that you will be using to prepare the food.

Grothouse solid wood butcher blocks are the surface preferred by top chefs at home and in restaurants. Butcher blocks are very hard surfaces and knives keep their edge far better because the blade slides between the wood fibers much like cutting into a firm brush. Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish is a heavy weight pure mineral oil used for lasting protection that is food safe and  hypoallergenic. It does not contain any Tung oils. You can prepare your meal with no concerns if your date has any nut allergies.

One of the best ways to prepare Valentines day dinner is by cooking together! It is a fun and romantic way to start the evening and enjoy each other’s company. Together, you can start the night by preparing a delicious meal and end it by enjoying it together!

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Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops are noted for their beautiful grain and warm, brown coloring. The timeless appeal of Walnut wood has made it the premier choice for kitchen islands.

The beauty of Walnut kitchen island tops match their level of performance, as Walnut is a tough wood that creates the ultimate food preparation surface.

Designers have the ability to customize a Walnut butcher block for any size kitchen island and any style kitchen. With over 40 edge profiles to choose from and an abundance of custom options, there are no design limitations.

Designs with Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops designed by Haile Kitchen and Bath for a transitional kitchen
Design by Haile Kitchen and Bath

Haile Kitchen and Bath designed this Walnut butcher block top for this large kitchen island. The top includes an arch at one end, creating a space for seating out of the main traffic zone. The warm brown tones of the Walnut wood compliments the wood cabinetry.

Black Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops designed by Home Supply Inc for a transitional kitchen
Design by Home Supply Inc.

Home Supply Inc. designed an American Black Walnut butcher block for the island in this white transitional kitchen. A Standard Roman Ogee edge profile gives the butcher block decorative flair. The Standard Roman Ogee is one of our most popular edges due to its elegant curves and charming detail.

Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top designed by Roysons for white kitchen
Design by Roysons

Roysons designed a Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood butcher block for the end of this large kitchen island. Conveniently located above the microwave and near the sink, this butcher block is cleverly placed at the perfect location for food preparation.

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top for white Mediterranean style kitchen designed by Design Matters
Design by Julie Cavanaugh of Design Matters

A Walnut butcher block was designed by Julie Cavanaugh of Design Matters for the island in this mediterranean style kitchen with a transitional twist. Three edges of the butcher block are rabbeted to overlap and encapsulate a Caesarstone quartz countertop.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more designs with Walnut butcher block Kitchen island tops.

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Kensington Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Kensington Wood Countertops exhibit a striking visual appeal and lustrous finish. Kensington is the second wood species in a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Grothouse.

Kensington Wood Countertops, Butcher Blocks, Bar Tops, Tables exclusively available at Grothouse
Kensington Wood Counters exclusively available at Grothouse

The appearance of Kensington countertops are often described as a cross between Walnut and Zebrawood, with hardness and characteristics like Sapele Mahogany. Kensington wood countertops, butcher blocks, bar tops and tables are exclusively available at Grothouse.

Designing Kensington Wood Countertops

Kensington countertops can include any edge profile and any countertop feature. They can be crafted in any construction style. The type of construction style chosen may dictate the wood finish applied. End grain Kensington butcher blocks are always finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Flat grain and edge grain Kensington counters may be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™ or Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.

Kensington Wood Countertops crafted in Edge Grain Construction Style by Grothouse
Edge Grain Kensington Wood Countertops
Kensington Wood Counters crafted in Flat Grain Construction Style by Grothouse
Flat Grain Kensington Wood Counters
Kensington Butcher Blocks crafted in End Grain Construction Style by Grothouse
End Grain Kensington Butcher Blocks

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see designs featuring Kensington Wood Countertops.

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Butcher Block Stations

Butcher block stations are custom crafted to turn any kitchen into a veritable work horse. The best stations function as both mobile food preparation spaces and storage centers.

Butcher Block Stations custom crafted to turn any kitchen into a veritable work horse
Butcher Block Stations

The surface area is a butcher block countertop crafted out of solid wood in end grain construction style. End grain construction style is preferred by chefs because it keeps knives sharp and can be sanded down and oiled to look like new. Butcher block countertops are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Butcher Block Station designed by Tyler Florence for Kitchen of the Year 2011
Butcher Block Station designed by Tyler Florence for Kitchen of the Year 2011

The ultimate butcher block station was designed by Tyler Florence for Kitchen of the Year 2011. Crafted in all solid wood construction, the station features custom laser engraving on the front face of the butcher block. The butcher block also features one long integrated knife slot, keeping knives out of the way but easily accessible.

The base of the station includes five drawers for convenient storage, each 150 lb rated undermount drawer slides with soft close. 500 lb rated casters for heavy duty use were installed to enable the station to be mobile.

Custom Wood Butcher Block Station designed by TRK Design Company with Laser Engraving
Butcher Block Station designed by TRK Design Company

Placed in front of a handy message board, this movable kitchen island station designed by TRK Design Company has a 6″ solid Lyptus wood butcher block engraved with the name of the farm estate.

Custom Wood Butcher Block Station designed by Blue Bell Kitchens with Waste Hole
Butcher Block Station designed by Blue Bell Kitchens

While butcher block stations are often designed to be mobile, they can also be built into a kitchen island or perimeter kitchen countertops. The Walnut butcher block pictured above was designed by Blue Bell Kitchens. The butcher block is rabbeted into the granite countertop and features a waste hole, enabling food scraps to be easily thrown away by removing the stainless steel lid.

Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram for weekly kitchen design inspiration. Visit the Countertop Image Library to view more butcher block stations.

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Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Design Matters

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 Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Julie Freeman Cavanaugh of Design Matters.

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Julie of Design Matters
Julie Freeman Cavanaugh of Design Matters

About the Designer: Julie completed her education in Interior Design in 1998, achieved a CID licensure and became a professional ASID member in 2002. With an eye for spatial relationships and problem solving, Julie’s interiors bring functional sensibility and tremendous flow while achieving beautiful proportions. Not afraid to mix color, texture and scale, Julie’s homes provide unique and unparalleled “livable luxury”. 

About Design Matters: Design Matters provides unique, detailed and client focused design solutions. From architectural development, space planning, material selections, color and furniture specifications and more, Design Matters’ approach threads together comprehensive designs down to the last threaded detail.

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Design Matters in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Design Matters

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs in Medium Bronze

Flooring: Arto Brick – Normandy Cream, 14″ Hexagon

Countertops: Kitchen Island – Grothouse End Grain Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block finished with Grothouse Original Oil; Perimeter – Raw Concrete

Sink: Native Trails Farmhouse Quartet in Ash

Backsplash: Blue Slide Art Tile

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Twisted Oak Path in Matte

Stove: Thermador Pro Harmony Gas Range

Dishwasher: Thermador Built-In Dishwasher

Other Appliances: Thermador Professional Series Wall Mount Range Hood

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top for a kitchen in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top creates an inviting seating space
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top located in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top provides plenty of food preparation space
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top Roundover Edge Profile in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top features a Roundover Edge Profile

Follow Design Matters on Houzz and like their Facebook page to see more of their uniquely livable luxury designs. Check out the Grothouse Image Library to see more custom Walnut wood butcher block kitchen bar tops.

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Chopping Stations

“3 Kitchen Features You Might Not Have Thought Of” written by Mitchell Parker for Houzz discusses three subtle and strikingly special kitchen features that make for one-of-a-kind style; one of which were chopping stations.

Parker explains that what sets one space apart from another is often not a big, grand gesture, but rather a small, thoughtful addition that stays with you even after you’ve left the room.

Chopping Stations Kitchen Design Ideas Butcher Block Countertops
Chopping Stations

Chopping stations create the ultimate food preparation area and are often located near the range. End grain butcher block countertops are the chef-preferred surface material for chopping stations. This construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps their blades sharp. In addition, butcher blocks tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning and re-oiling.

Kitchen Designs with Chopping Stations

Chopping Stations designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs
Walnut Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Stonington Cabinetry & Designs selected a Walnut butcher block for the chopping station in this bright, white transitional kitchen. Matching the Walnut wood kitchen island, this chopping block is conveniently located across from the sink and near the range.

Wenge Butcher Block Chopping Stations designed by Homestead Kitchens
Wenge Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by Homestead Kitchens

Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens cleverly designed a Wenge butcher block chopping station to be located parallel to the range. Kate explained, “The Wenge butcher block is not only practical, but adds another layer of texture and interest to this mostly monotone kitchen.”

Walnut Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by Pinestreet Carpenters
Walnut Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by Pinestreet Carpenters, Inc.

Pine Street Carpenters, Inc. designed a Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood butcher block for a food prep station in between the sink and the cooktop. The butcher block adds warmth and ties in the flooring and floating shelves.

Chopping Station with Walnut Butcher Block designed by New England Design Works
Walnut Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by New England Design Works

A Walnut butcher block was also designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works for this transitional style kitchen with walls of subway tile.

Designing a chopping station for your kitchen can make the space one-of-a-kind. To learn more about end grain butcher blocks, click here. Be sure to follow Grothouse on Instagram for daily design inspiration.

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