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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Mixing Kitchen Countertop Materials

Create a space with visual drama and versatility by mixing kitchen countertop materials. Choosing the right materials to mix requires balance and color coordination throughout a space. For instance, if you have a wood floor or wood ceiling beams, you could balance it out with a wood counter for seating and a stone counter for food prep. Conversely, if you have a kitchen with stone flooring and stone backsplash, you may want to consider designing a large wood countertop for the island to add some warmth to the space.

Mixing Kitchen Countertop Materials | Design Inspiration

Mixing Kitchen Countertop Materials on an Island with Wood and Marble
Design by Downsview Kitchens

Downsview Kitchens designed this luxurious kitchen to feature a large island with a Wenge wood countertop combined with a marble counter.  The contrasting colors in the countertops complement the slate blue walls and dark wood cabinets.

Mixing Kitchen Countertop Materials by designing two islands with wood and stone counters
Design by Kenwood Kitchens

Melissa Sakell – Designer, Kenwood Kitchens designed this kitchen to feature two islands. One island has a white stone counter, while the other has a Walnut butcherblock countertop. The white stone counter matches the white cabinetry along the wall, while the wood countertop brings warmth to the space.

Mixing Kitchen Countertop Materials by designing a dropleaf wood counter for an island with a stone counter
Design by Archipelago Hawaii

Archipelago Hawaii designed this kitchen to feature mostly stone countertops. To add warmth, they incorporated a Walnut dropleaf countertop to the end of the island. This creates the perfect place for additional food prep space if needed, or a place to enjoy breakfast in the morning. The tones in the wood tie into the ceiling beams.

Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more designs with multiple countertop materials. Countertop surfaces can be tailored to functions, so whatever your style, there’s room for mixing kitchen countertop materials in your home.

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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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Custom Wood Kitchen Countertop History

While kitchen styles have changed from year to year, wood has always been a top choice for kitchen countertops. Wood kitchen countertop history dates back to the early 1900’s when all things house-related were taken over by an exciting wave of modernization.

Custom Wood Kitchen Countertop History in the 1900s
Custom Wood Kitchen Countertop History

The earliest countertop materials were stone and wood. Those who cooked over a fireplace or open flame used the fieldstone hearth as their countertop. Wood wasn’t far behind in the timeline of countertops, and was used just as early as the stone hearth. As cooks began to move away from the fireplace and into a dedicated kitchen, the earliest countertops were still made of stone and wood, the most available products.

Things changed when the 19th century rolled around, like countertops made of lush materials, such as marble, fine woods and occasional metals. These were often found in the most upscale kitchen pantries or serving areas. In the kitchen itself remained the domain of wood.

Wood countertops have had a long presence in kitchens and pantries in the form of work tops or wood tables. Pine, maple, and oak were top choices for worktops at the turn of the 20th century.

Wood Kitchen Countertop History

1920 Wood Kitchen Countertop History
1920’s Kitchen Photo courtesy of Sadro Design Studio Inc by Northlight Photography

This 1920’s L-shaped kitchen features a wood countertop, white cabinetry and beaded board panel backsplash. While this kitchen has countertops at the same height, countertop heights were far from standardized and there would be multiple heights in the same kitchen often.

1950s Wood Kitchen Countertop History
1950’s Kitchen

Many of the features that are standard to modern kitchens today were created during the 1950’s, like having a wood cutting board in close proximity to the sink and food prep area.

1960s Wood Kitchen Countertop History
1960’s Kitchen Photo Courtesy of Veterans United

In the 1960’s and 1970’s societal changes were taking place that impacted kitchen styles. The kitchen became a source for honing culinary crafts, displaying designer cookware and served as the hub for social activity. Wood countertops top of the lower cabinets and the kitchen table.

1970s Wood Kitchen Countertop History
1970’s Kitchen Photo Courtesy of Retro Renovation

The first kitchen islands were introduced in the 1970’s. Pictured above is a Dutch country style kitchen with a butcher block island, checkerboard wall paper, delft backsplash tile and yellow cabinets.

1980s Wood Kitchen Countertop History
1980’s Kitchen Photo Courtesy of Vintage Goodness

The idea of a completely open kitchen with appliances designed to show off came into being in the 1980’s. This kitchen features a large kitchen island with a wood counter and a stove with a cooktop created for display in addition to function.

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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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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.

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