Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

According to Houzz, subway tile backsplash is one of the best options to pair with wood countertops – and we couldn’t agree more.

Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Designs featuring Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops

Much like custom wood countertops, the classic look of subway tile is extremely versatile, permitting it to be easily paired with just about any kitchen style.

Farmhouse is one of the most common kitchen styles featuring subway tile and wood counters. Farmhouse style is often mixed with other kitchen styles, such as industrial and modern.

White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops
White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops

Griffey Remodeling designed this small farmhouse industrial style kitchen to include a white subway tile backsplash and maple wood countertops.

White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop
White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop

Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works mixed modern and industrial farmhouse style in this white kitchen. A large Reclaimed Oak counter was designed for the kitchen island. The subway tile backsplash is continued all the way to the ceiling, making the room feel larger.

White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top
White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top

Designed by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro, this transitional/modern kitchen won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award. This award winning kitchen features walls of white subway tile and a Reclaimed Chestnut kitchen bar top.

Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Countertop
Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Countertop

White subway tile is a popular choice, but colored subway tile is often used as well. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs chose a light gray subway tile for this transitional kitchen. The kitchen island includes a large Walnut countertop.

Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block Countertop
Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block

Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens went with a soft, dark blue subway tile backsplash that continues along the wall under the cabinets. Conveniently located across from the range is a Wenge butcher block.

Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter for a Wet Bar
Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter

A distressed Sapele Mahogany counter was paired with a tan subway tile for this traditional style wet bar designed by Wood-Mode Inc.

Due to their design versatility, subway tile backsplash and wood countertops make the perfect pair. To see more designs featuring this pair, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops
Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Gray cabinets in kitchens are nothing short of classic, elegant, and timeless – no matter the kitchen style. To keep gray from looking too dreary, designers often pair the cabinets with a warm material like a wood countertop or butcher block. Wood countertops and butcher blocks add warmth and texture to the cool tones of gray kitchens.

Designs featuring Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Ash Wood Countertop with Modern Gray Cabinets
Stained Ash Wood Countertop for a Modern Gray Kitchen

Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro designed this award-winning modern kitchen with glossy cabinets. Awarded Showroom of the Year 2016 by Kitchen & Bath Business magazine, this kitchen exudes a sense of sophistication and glamour. The kitchen island features a Stained Ash wood countertop, crafted to exhibit a simple and sleek look.

Distressed Walnut Countertops for Gray Cabinets
Distressed Walnut Countertops for a Small Gray Kitchen

A custom distressed Walnut countertop brings warmth to this small gray kitchen designed by Stefan Hurray of Architect Design. The countertops feature a Standard Roman Ogee edge profile finished in a hand rubbed black glaze.

Saxon Wood™ Countertop for Gray Cabinetrs
Saxon Wood™ Countertop for Gray Cabinetry

Wood-Mode designed a Saxon Wood™ countertop to grace the gray cabinetry in this mudroom space. The dark streaks in the wood compliment the dark gray color of the cabinets, while the lighter tones provide warmth and comfort.

Zebrawood Butcher Block for Gray Cabinets
Zebrawood Butcher Block for a Gray Cabinet

A Zebrawood Butcher Block sits perfectly on this gray cabinet with open shelving. Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry designed this display for the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference. The dark gray mixed with warm wood tones create an intricate appeal.

Walnut Butcher Block for Gray Kitchen Island
Walnut Butcher Block for Gray Kitchen Island

Karen Swanson of New England Design Works added a Walnut butcher block to the light gray kitchen island in this modern farmhouse kitchen. Adding warmth to the kitchen, the butcher block also provides a food preparation work space.

To see more designs with wood countertops and gray cabinets, visit our Countertop Image Library.

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!

Metal Countertops at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016

Anvil Metal Countertops were featured in two displays at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016 last week in New York. Grothouse was honored to have been included in the Plain & Fancy Cabinetry booth and the Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry booth.

Metal Countertops | Plain & Fancy Cabinetry

Pictured below is a Magnum metal countertop that was featured in the Plain & Fancy Cabinetry display. Magnum is a metal coating that reflects the appearance of a brass countertop.

Magnum Metal Countertops by Grothouse
Magnum Metal Countertop

The Magnum countertop included laser engraving of the Grothouse logo.

Magnum Metal Countertop by Grothouse
Magnum Metal Countertop

The Plain & Fancy Cabinetry booth also included a Palladium metal countertop. The Palladium metal coating reflects the appearance of a white gold countertop.

Palladium Metal Countertop by Grothouse
Palladium Metal Countertop

The Palladium metal countertop featured the Standard Roman Ogee edge profile and laser engraving of the Grothouse logo.

Palladium Metal Countertop with Standard Roman Ogee Edge Profile
Palladium Countertop with Standard Roman Ogee Edge

Metal Countertops | Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry

The Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry booth featured a Magnum metal countertop that included a Miele cooktop. The Magnum countertop was paired beautifully with a Grothouse edge grain Peruvian Walnut Countertop. The Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop was finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Magnum Metal Countertop and Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop by Grothouse
Magnum Metal Countertop and Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop

The Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry booth also featured an Exodus metal countertop. The Exodus metal countertop was crafted to include an undermount Franke PKX11021 sink and Franke FF3100 faucet.

Exodus Metal Countertop by Grothouse
Exodus Metal Countertop

Also featured in this display was an end grain Saxon Wood™ butcher block. The butcher block is finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Saxon Wood™ Butcher Block by Grothouse
Saxon Wood™ Butcher Block

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos of the Grothouse countertops in the displays from the #ADDS2016!

Trencher Cutting Board

Grothouse Trencher Cutting Board
Trencher Cutting Board exclusively available at Grothouse

As decorating styles evolve and diversify, Grothouse continues to expand its product choices. The Trencher Cutting Board is a uniquely crafted working surface exclusively available at Grothouse.

The gradual sloped design collects juices in the well at the back of the board—and away from the work area—making it a popular choice for slicing watermelon, citrus and carving meat. The ascending wall keeps flying vegetables, like carrots, at bay and confined to the cutting surface.

Trencher Cutting Board with Ascending Wall
Trencher Cutting Board’s ascending wall

The trencher reverses to a flat surface, perfect for slicing bread or serving hors d’oeuvres. The flat reverse side of the cutting board can also be used for general chopping and prepping tasks.

Trencher Cutting Board Specifications 

The Trencher measures to be 15 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height. Only weighing 6 pounds, it can be easily transported from one area to another. The wood species is Sapele Mahogany. It has red and brown tones with iridescent stripes for a truly remarkable appearance.

The trencher can be cleaned with mild soap and water. It is important to periodically oil the trencher with Grothouse Original Oil™ to ensure the surface is properly moisturized. To learn how to properly oil the cutting board, read the instructions here.

Trencher Cutting Board with Laser Engraving
Trencher Cutting Board with Laser Engraving

Trencher Cutting Boards can include Laser Engraving. Anything can be laser engraved, from pictures to logos to words, the possibilities are limitless. The text ‘The Grothouse Lumber Company’ in the trencher pictured was strategically placed at the end of the cutting board so that no crumbs get stuck in the engraving.

This feature allows you to truly customize your trencher. Many designers use laser engraved cutting boards for Christmas gifts, charitable donations, and much more.

The Trencher can be purchased on the Grothouse Online Store. For design inspiration, visit our Countertop Image Library.