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.

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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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Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher blocks

Black White Kitchens feature a classic color combination that is timeless and sophisticated. Designers often use wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme.

Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher blocks
Black and White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops

Here are some black and white kitchens including wood countertops and butcher blocks.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs includes a Butcher Block
Black and White Kitchen Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Stonington Cabinetry & Designs blends natural materials with modern finishes, using wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme. A Walnut Butcher Block matches the floating shelves and kitchen island cabinetry.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Showcase Kitchens includes a Butcher Block
Black and White Kitchen Design by Showcase Kitchens

Showcase Kitchens chose a Wenge Butcher Block for the end of the island in this elegant kitchen. This black and white design is crisp and clean, while providing drama and contrast.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Black and White Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014, Steven Miller designed this mostly black kitchen. Featuring a Peruvian Walnut counter and matching shelves, the wood keeps the black and white aesthetic from appearing too stark.

Black and White Kitchen Design by This Old House® Television Show
Black and White Kitchen Design by This Old House® Television Show

Grothouse was selected to craft a Sapele Mahogany butcher block for this black and white kitchen in the Newton Centre Project by This Old House® Television Show.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more black white kitchens with wood countertops and butcher blocks.

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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.