Holiday Baking with Wood Countertops

‘Tis the season for baking all of our holiday favorites – from apple pie to sugar cookies and more. While preparing to bake for the holidays it is easy to overlook the most important ingredient… the surface used to prepare! The best surface to prepare cookies on? Wood of course! Today we are discussing the perks of holiday baking with wood countertops.

Holiday Baking with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Holiday Baking with Wood Countertops

Because of the way that wood countertops are crafted, you can chop directly on the surface – no cutting board needed! You can roll dough, cut and decorate cookies, pies, muffins and more directly on a wood countertop. In addition, this makes for easy clean up since you don’t have to get as many items out.

Countertops can be crafted in three different construction styles. The best construction style for baking is end grain. Counters crafted in end grain construction style are called butcher blocks. End Grain Construction is the preferred chopping surface by chefs, as this construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps them sharp. In addition, butcher block tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning. After years of use, the butcher block can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new again.

After cleaning up, wood countertops and butcher blocks serve as a pretty surface to display and serve your baked goods for guests.

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Five Butcher Blocks for Aramark

Grothouse custom crafted five butcher blocks for Aramark global headquarters building in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Grothouse crafted Five Butcher Blocks for Aramark Global Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jen Kell and David Hagerty of Grothouse with Walnut Butcher Block at Aramark Global Headquarters

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across foodfacilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 19 countries around the world every day.

Aramark Global Headquarters in Downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aramark Global Headquarters | Photo via Phillymag

Situated along the Schuylkill River, the existing structure of where the headquarters are now, was originally built as a Hudson Motor Car Company plant in the 1920s. It was transformed into a modern, 600,000 square foot, nine-story building with an emphasis on innovation, sustainability and green space. Aramark occupies the top five floors and nearly 300,000 square feet as the building’s anchor tenant.

Large Custom Walnut Butcher Block Tables by Grothouse
Large Custom Walnut Butcher Block Tables by Grothouse

Each floor has an industrial tables, where the long part is almost 18 feet by 4 feet and the short part is 127 feet by 40 feet for ADA.

Five Butcher Blocks for Aramark | Details

Five butcher block tops were custom crafted in end grain construction style out of Walnut with Sapwood. The tops were designed by Boyertown Planing Mill Co. Each butcher block countertop is three inches thick and features a 1/8 inch Roundover edge profile. Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish was applied to each top before installation. This finish does require ongoing maintenance, however it is food safe and is the preferred finish for food preparation.

Five Two-Layered Industrial Tables with Walnut Butcher Block Tops
Five Two-Layered Industrial Tables with Walnut Butcher Block Tops

The butcher block tops were shipped in pallets, each weighing approximately 1600 lbs. Each butcher block top had to be delivered by crane to each of the five floors.

Walnut End Grain Butcher Block Tops for Industrial Tables in the Aramark Global Headquarters Building
Walnut End Grain Butcher Block Tops for Industrial Tables

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125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop designed by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens

A 125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop was designed by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens for the large kitchen island in this gorgeous traditional white kitchen.

125" Walnut Butcher Block Countertop designed for a traditional white kitchen in Ohio
Design by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens

Redefined classic white kitchen cabinets create a timeless look in this kitchen. A white backsplash and perimeter countertops are seamless with the white cabinets. Crystal chandeliers and a white apron sink add farmhouse flair to the design.

A Timeless Classic White Kitchen with a large island and butcher block countertop
A Timeless, Classic White Kitchen

The wood floors are complemented by the warmth of the large Walnut butcher block countertop, and contrast perfectly against the white cabinets, backsplash and countertops.

About the 125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop

Custom Walnut Butcher Block Countertop designed for a Large White Kitchen Island
125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop

The large kitchen island is complete with this 125″ walnut butcher block countertop. At 2 1/2″ thick and 55″ in depth this end grain butcher block is ready for some serious food preparation. In addition, it provides the perfect place for everyone to gather, while still leaving the chef, or chefs, plenty of room to still prepare.

Walnut is one of the most popular wood species selected for kitchen countertops. Walnut is a prized cabinetmaking wood, noted for its beautiful, slightly open and  straight grain. It can also show a wave or curly figure. Walnut is hard and tough,  which gives it moderate crushing and bending strength, as well as medium stiffness. Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, this Walnut butcher block can be sanded and oiled to look like new after many uses.

Want to see more designs by Nikki? Visit her profile on Houzz! Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like us on Facebook to see more designs featuring a 125″ Walnut butcher block countertop!

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Two Tier Kitchen Island designed by Classic Kitchens of Virginia

A Two Tier Kitchen Island takes center stage in this farmhouse style space designed by Classic Kitchens of Virginia.

Two Tier Kitchen Island for a white farmhouse kitchen designed by Classic Kitchens of Virginia
Two Tier Kitchen Island designed by Classic Kitchens of Virginia

Two Tier Kitchen Island Wood Countertops

The upper level of the kitchen island is a raised bar, composed of a three inch thick flat grain Walnut with Sapwood bar top. The character found in the wooden ceiling beams was complemented by distressing the bar top to level #4, which was then enhanced with a hand rubbed black glaze. Adding further character, the bar top features a Medium Roman Ogee edge profile.

Lower Level Kitchen Island Countertop is a Random Mix Butcher Block featuring a Cherry field and Walnut Border
Random Mix Butcher Block featuring a Cherry field and Walnut Border

The kitchen island features a lower level with a Random Mix End Grain Butcher Block with a Cherry field and a three inch Walnut Border. A custom edge profile was created by reversing the Chamfer with a step on the bottom edge.

Custom Walnut Wood Backsplash Connects the Upper and Lower Levels of the Kitchen Island
Custom Walnut Wood Backsplash Connects the Upper and Lower Levels of the Island

A custom flat grain Walnut with sapwood backsplash was designed to connect the two tiers of the island. The design features a matching outlet cover. The backsplash was also distressed to level #4 and enhanced with a hand rubbed black glaze to match the upper level Walnut bar top.

The custom wood countertops and backsplash on the two tier kitchen island were the perfect addition to match the wooden ceiling beams and the wood fireplace mantel.

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Two Walnut Butcher Blocks and a Table designed by Bianca Fathauer

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes two Walnut butcher blocks and a Walnut table designed by Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design.

Two Walnut Butcher Blocks and a Table designed by Bianca Fathauer
Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design

About the Designer: Bianca launched Splendid Home Design on the foundation of creating living spaces where intimate stories are written and told. This is made possible by synthesizing her knowledge of the construction industry, artistic background, and love for people. Her portfolio of projects can be found throughout the Treasure Coast, from Palm Beach Island to Port Saint Lucie. Breathing life into homes has become a passion that Bianca treasures and cultivates. She loves traveling and discovering the lesser-known parts of her favorite places, going out of her way to draw inspiration from the places she visits and bringing unique styles and stories from around the world to her projects.

Designer Tip: We wanted to incorporate a huge walnut butcher block for our client who is an avid cook that would bring a warm and organic touch to her kitchen.

Walnut Table and Walnut Butcher Block in White Farmhouse Kitchen
Photography by Kaunis Hetki Photographer

Design Details

Cozinha Feliz, which is Portuguese for “Happy Kitchen” features a Grothouse Walnut butcher block designed for one section of the island. The other part of the island features banquette seating at a custom Walnut Pedestal Table, also crafted by Grothouse. In the kitchen pantry resides a matching Walnut butcher block.

Cabinetry: Durasupreme

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: International Wholesale Tile Luxwood

Other Countertops: Cambria

Backsplash: Julep Tile

Wall Color: Silvermist by Sherwin Williams

Dishwasher: Monogram

Other Appliances: SubZero Fridge and Freezer/Panel Ready

Other Items, Comments or Advice: When it comes to designing your space it needs to be a space that serves YOU, your needs and your style. Keep in mind the feeling you want to convey when you enter that space and follow your gut.

Large Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top in Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
Photography by Kaunis Hetki Photographer
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen with Walnut Butcher Block and Walnut Table Banquette Seating
PC: Kaunis Hetki Photographer
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Pantry with Walnut Butcher Block
Photography by Kaunis Hetki Photographer

To see more designs by Bianca, follow Splendid Home Designs on Instagram, Facebook, and Houzz! Visit www.glumber.com to see more designs with Walnut Butcher Blocks.

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Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block designed by Debbie Nassetta

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 Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block designed by Debbie Nassetta, CKD, CBD, CID of Roomscapes, Inc.

Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block for kitchen island designed by Debbie Nassetta
Design by Debbie Nassetta

About the Designer: Principal Designer and owner of Roomscapes, Inc., designing kitchens and baths, laundry rooms, bars, wine rooms, etc.

About the Designer: Don’t be afraid to mix materials.

About the Butcher Block: End Grain Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood 3 inches thick  with a 3/8″ Roundover Profile on Top Horizontal Edges; finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Design Details

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode

Cabinet Hardware: Schaub

Flooring: Stone

Complimentary Countertops: Quartzite and Engineered

Faucet: KWC

Sink: Custom stone sink

Check out more designs by Debbie by following Roomscapes on Instagram! Learn more about this Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block 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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2019 Countertop Trends

In 2019 Countertop Trends are all about allowing raw materials to shine on their own. Kitchens will be pared down with reclaimed wood, butcher block countertops, and matte finishes.

2019 Countertop Trends

2019 Countertop Trends Reclaimed Wood Countertops for Kitchens crafted by Grothouse
Design by KDW Home | Kip Dawkins Photography

To us, Reclaimed wood countertops will always be in. Reclaimed wood fits the minimalist trend for the new year, adding just enough character to any kitchen design with its natural imperfections. We offer a variety of reclaimed wood species, like Chestnut and Oak.

2019 Countertop Trends Butcher Block Countertops for Kitchens crafted by Grothouse
Design by Julie Cavanaugh of Design Matters

Butcher block countertops by Grothouse are custom wood countertops crafted in end grain construction style. End grain construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps them sharp. In addition, butcher block countertops tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning. After years of use, they can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new again. They require very little maintenance, as they only need to be oiled when they appear dry. Their functionality and natural beauty is what makes them a continuous trend in kitchens and other spaces year after year.

2019 Countertop Trends Matte Finishes Wood Countertops for Kitchens crafted by Grothouse
Design by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens | Photography by Chuck Heiney

Our exclusive Durata® waterproof permanent finish is predicted to be requested in the matte sheen. Matte finishes are said to be used throughout kitchens in the new year, from cabinetry to appliances; and we don’t see why that wouldn’t apply to countertops as well. Wood countertops with a matte finish have a forever-cool allure that is certain to never go out of style.

Stay tuned as we unveil more 2019 countertop trends by following @grothouseinc on Instagram and liking our page on Facebook!

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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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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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