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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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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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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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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Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Andy Foster of Foster Custom Kitchens.

Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens
Andy Foster of Foster Custom Kitchens

About the Designer: Andy Foster, an accomplished kitchen and bath designer, has been a cabinetmaker for over 40 years. He began woodworking as a hobby shortly after college, and it soon became a passion and a profession. In 1987, after over a decade of commercial woodworking in several venues, he founded Foster Custom Kitchens. What stands out about Andy is his knowledge of and experience in all phases of project development, including design, fabrication, installation, giving him a unique perspective of the process involved in creating a new or remodeled space.

A Tip from Andy: The downstairs of this home has Douglas fir walls, ceilings and beams. The owners chose beautiful rustic cherry for the surrounding cabinetry, and wanted a wooden countertop for their distressed, black, painted cherry island. We were concerned that adding a planked wood grain to the mix would be a little over the top. Choosing a contrasting, end-grain checkerboard pattern of Wenge and Cherry made the island “pop” and tied the painted and natural woods together.

Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens
Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Kitchen Island by Foster Custom Woodworks. Surrounding cabinetry by Kountry Kraft.

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Porcelain (existing)

Countertops: Kitchen Island – Wenge and Cherry Wood Checkerboard Butcher Block by Grothouse; Perimeter Countertops – Soapstone

Backsplash: Soapstone

Wall Color: Douglas Fir paneling

Stove: Viking

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: Liebherr refrigerator

Wood Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens
Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens for a Rustic style kitchen
Rustic kitchen with a Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block
Rustic kitchen with a Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block
Black Kitchen Island with Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop
Black Kitchen Island with Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop
Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop
Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop

View additional designs by Foster Custom Kitchens on their website, Facebook, and Houzz. Other kitchen designs including a Checkerboard Butcher Block can be seen on the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. See the latest Grothouse news and announcements by liking our Facebook page.

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Butcher Blocks for Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities

RICKI conducts a study among 1,000 U.S. homeowners each quarter. The research gathered is then made available to Professional and Executive level RICKI members. The studies gauge consumer sentiment regarding kitchen and bath renovations, planned purchases of kitchen and bath products, and other relevant and timely measures.

For this study, they asked the question, “Do you have an island in your kitchen at home? IF YES, How often do you use your island for the following kitchen island activities?” The data collected showed that butcher blocks are the perfect kitchen island countertop based on the top 5 most frequent kitchen island activities.

5 Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
5 Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities from RICKI

Around three in ten homeowners have an island in their kitchen. Almost two in three say that they are frequently preparing food on their kitchen islands and cutting and mixing ingredients. Kitchen islands are also used frequently when socializing with friends and family.

In order for all of these activities to take place, the kitchen island must have a durable, comfortable, and inviting countertop surface. Grothouse Butcher Blocks crafted in End Grain construction style are the number 1 preferred kitchen island countertop surface – especially by chefs. This is because the construction style of the surface is 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.

Butcher Block Designs for Kitchen Island Activities

64 percent of homeowners use their kitchen island mostly to cut up food and mix ingredients. Butcher Blocks can be designed specifically for this use.

Butcher Block for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities designed by Plain & Fancy Cabinetry

Plain & Fancy Cabinetry designed this kitchen island with food preparation in mind. The island features a Sapele Mahogany butcher block with an overmount sink. It is in close proximity to the refrigerator, cooktop, and main sink. The butcher block size permits plenty of space for cutting food, mixing ingredients, and even serving food.

Butcher Blocks for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Food Prep designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Butcher blocks can also be designed to co-exist with other surface types or use of food preparation. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs designed this Walnut Butcher Block to match up perfectly with the marble counter. The butcher block can be used for food preparation, while the marble can be used for eating and entertaining.

Butcher Blocks for Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Entertaining designed by M & M Design, Inc.

For purposes of serving food, eating, and conversations with family and friends, Butcher blocks can be designed to overhang the kitchen island for a fun seating area. M & M Design, Inc. designed the Walnut with Cherry Checkerboard Pattern Butcher Block above for entertaining.

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angie’s List

Grothouse butcher blocks were featured in an article on Angie’s List, “How Much Do Butcher Block’s Cost?” The article summarizes the definition of a butcher block, the pros and the cons, and also the cost of a butcher block.

The article states that butcher blocks consist of strips of glued hardwood. It’s been utilized for chopping blocks and cutting boards for years, and more recently, as a popular material for kitchen countertops, tables and islands.

The Grothouse definition of a butcher block is a wood surface crafted in end
grain construction. End grain construction is the construction style recommended for direct food preparation.

End grain construction consists of small wood pieces standing vertically to show only the ends of the wood. This style of butcher block is significantly harder to manufacture than other construction styles. It requires a level of skill and craftsmanship not found with most commercial suppliers. The pieces are generally random sized, although sizes will vary depending on the species and sizes of wood available at the time of manufacturing.

The Featured Grothouse Butcher Blocks

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angie's List
Zebrawood Butcher Block featured on Angie’s List

This Zebrawood Butcher Block was designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry and was on display at the on display at the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference. It is 2-1/2″ thick and features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile.

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angies List
Walnut, Maple, and White Oak Butcher Block featured on Angie’s List

This butcher block features an interlocked pattern of Walnut, Maple, and White Oak. It was designed by a homeowner in New York and is 3″ thick.

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angie's List
Teak Butcher Block featured on Angie’s List

Old Town Woodworking designed this 2-1/2″ thick Teak butcher block with a 1/4″ Roundover edge profile.

To see more designs with butcher blocks visit our Countertop Image Library. Angie’s List also featured Grothouse Butcher Blocks in a photo gallery. Click here to read the full article on Angie’s List.