Bar Top Ideas

Custom Wood Bar Top Ideas that will make your home bar entertainment area stand out
Bar Top Ideas

A home bar constitutes a major feature of any room. What truly sets a bar area apart is the countertop in which guests enjoy a drink or two and in which you can prepare drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Here are a few unique and innovative designs to inspire custom crafted wood bar top ideas that will make your home bar area and entertainment space stand out.

Bar Top Ideas: Synthesis™ Bar Rail

Bar Top Idea include Grothouse Synthesis Bar Rail for an outstanding, continuous and substantial bar top
Bar Top Idea: Synthesis™ Bar Rail

Stuart Kitchens designed this home bar area featuring a custom wood bar top with Synthesis™ Chicago Bar Rail. Synthesis™ Bar Rail is an integrated Chicago Bar Rail carved from the solid wood that creates the countertop surface. The result is a singular piece of bar, with a grain matched surface that eliminates seams at the molding. This innovation also eliminates the need for unsightly mounting fasteners underneath the bar.

Bar Top Ideas: Upside Down Edge Profile

Bar Top Idea place edge profile upside down for distinctive appearance
Bar Top Idea: Upside Down Edge Profile

Glyn Tindall Construction Co. designed this custom Brazilian Cherry wood bar top for an entertainment space in a basement. The distinctive appearance of the bar top is due to the unique idea of using an upside down Medium Roman Ogee edge profile on the bottom edges.

Bar Top Ideas: Super Distressing

Bar Top Idea select super distressing for a bar top with charming appeal
Bar Top Idea: Super Distressing

Wood-Mode Inc. designed this wet bar to feature a Sapele Mahogany top with Super Distressing. The distressing creates a charming, inimitable appeal.

Bar Top Ideas: Anvil™ Metal Finish

Bar Top Idea choose an Anvil Metal Finish to create the look of a metal countertop
Bar Top Idea: Anvil™ Metal Finish

For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016, Matthew Quinn designed a custom White Oak bar top to be gilded in Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish. The finish was applied in such a way that shows the White Oak wood grain.

Want more bar top ideas? Be sure to check out the Solid Wood Bar Tops section of the Grothouse Photo Gallery. Like us on Facebook for weekly design inspirations.

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1 in 4 Homeowners Combine Kitchen Countertop Materials

According to Houzz, 1 in 4 homeowners combine two or more kitchen countertop materials when renovating their kitchens. Custom wood countertops are often paired with marble, engineered quartz, quartzite, granite and metal countertops. A popular design choice is to include a wood countertop in a food preparation area while using a metal or stone countertop for perimeter countertops. Another design used often is to select a stone, like marble or quartz, for the kitchen island countertop and select a wood countertop for the seating area.

Design Inspiration for Mixing Kitchen Countertop Materials

Taking ques from some of the best designers in the industry, here is some design inspiration for mixing kitchen countertop materials.

Combining Zinc and White Oak Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Zinc and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertops

For this traditional chef kitchen with two kitchen islands, Venegas and Company, Boston chose a Zinc countertop for the seating area as well as a White Oak wood countertop for the food preparation work space. Photography by Michael J Lee.

Combining Persa Avorio Leathered Granite and Wenge Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Persa Avorio Leathered Granite and Wenge Kitchen Countertops

Persa Avorio Leathered Granite countertops were chosen for the perimeter countertops and kitchen island. Designer Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens then selected a Wenge butcher block for the kitchen island end. The butcher block creates a perfect food preparation work space and adds a layer of texture to the kitchen.

Combining Polished Marble and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Polished Marble and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertops

A kitchen designed by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited features a Zebrawood Pastore™ Waterfall Countertop. Polished Marble countertops flank the perimeter of the kitchen.

Combining Quartzite Tempesta and Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Quartzite Tempesta and Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Countertops

Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio chose a Reclaimed Chestnut counter for a raised kitchen bar top. In addition, Quartzite Tempesta was selected for the kitchen island and perimeter countertops.

For more design inspiration, check out the Grothouse Image Library to see how other designers combine kitchen countertop materials.

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Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms

Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms for extra counter space
Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms

Custom wood countertops are designed for use in many rooms throughout the home, including laundry rooms. They can be designed for the wash station area or for extra counter space. Wood countertops provide a naturally warm surface for folding and switching the wash. Some designers choose to combine an integrated mudroom and laundry room. For integrated spaces like that, a wood bench seat is often crafted for a warm place to sit.

Custom African Mahogany Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms
African Mahogany Counters for a Laundry Room

Collaborative Interiors designed this Seattle, Washington laundry room to include an African Mahogany wood countertop above the washer and dryer. Also designed was an African Mahogany bench seat for the built in cabinetry on the parallel wall. The warm, red tones of the wood compliment the cabinetry in the wash station area, as well as the wood ceiling beam.

Custom Wood Counters designed to complete Laundry Room Tasks
African Mahogany Counter for a Laundry Room

Standing out against the white wall of paneling and cabinetry, the counter makes for the perfect area to fold and stack clothing. It also provides extra counter space for laundry related items to be in reach.

Long Wood Countertop designed for a Laundry Room runs the length of the wall
Long Custom Wood Countertop designed for a Laundry Room

A bright laundry room with lots of efficiency was designed for this Hawaiian home. Archipelago Hawaii designed a countertop to run the entire length of the wall, offering plenty of counter space to complete laundry-related tasks. This large laundry room also offers an expansive run of custom cabinetry.

Custom Wood Countertop designed for an Ultimate Laundry Room with an expansive run of cabinetry
Custom Wood Countertop designed for an Ultimate Laundry Room

Interested in seeing more wood countertop designs for laundry rooms? Check out the Grothouse Image Library for more inspiration. Like us on Facebook for daily wood innovations.

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Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing

Grothouse introduces 3D printing to the shop. This printing process permits the crafting of unique prototype of custom items requested by our creative clients.

Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing
Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing

Our engineer Steve demonstrates the innovative process to craft a wood record player tonearm prototype.

The 3D printer uses a flexible, strong plastic material through a very small tip and puts it out in a pattern layer by layer. The machine goes back and forth layer by layer printing out exactly what we want before it goes all together.

Once the part is done building, it is removed from the support layer. This particular part is too big for the printer, so we had to build it in two pieces. The parts are built with two separate joints that fit perfectly together to create one solid, functional piece.

Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing with Perfect Joints
A perfect joint is created to join the two pieces.

The customer will get the 3D printed example of the tonearm and try it out to see how well it works. If everything goes well the customer will return the example to us and we will craft the entire piece out of wood.

This allows us to reduce our overall costs to the customer and allows us to make sure that it fits properly and functions properly and the overall form is what the customer wants before making it out of wood.

To watch the video of the 3D printer creating the record player tonearm, click here.

Decorative Wood Countertops

Wood countertops are naturally beautiful in their simplest form, but when designed with a more decorative eye they are any room’s best feature. Decorative wood countertops take many forms at Grothouse.

Decorative Wood Countertops
Decorative Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Designs with Decorative Wood Countertops

Because our wood countertops are custom crafted to your design specifications, they can be designed for the most elegant of spaces, or designed for the most tranquil of spaces.

We recently introduced our Anvil™ line of metal finishes. Matthew Quinn  designed a custom Walnut wood table embellished with our Magnum metal finish for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016. You can embellish your wood countertop with any of our eight Anvil metal finishes.

Embellished and Decorative wood countertops
Embellished Wood Countertops

You can also design your wood countertop to be completely gilded in one of our Anvil metal finishes. Matthew Quinn also designed a White Oak Rift Sawn Blank countertop gilded in our Argentum metal finish for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016.

Metal Gilded and Decorative Wood Countertops
Anvil Metal Gilded Wood Countertops

Designers often choose to have the countertop distressed or hand planed to add character and worn-in charm. Wood-Mode Inc. designed the below Sapele Mahogany wood countertop to be super distressed. Super distressing means that the countertop is very heavily distressed with very unevenly worn corners and edges. It also has plentiful dings and notch marks, clusters of worm holes, waffle hammer dings and circular dings, heavy edge nicks, and possibly termite tracks.

Distressed Decorative Wood Countertops
Distressed Wood Countertops

Any of our edge profiles can also be used to create decorative wood countertops. The most lavish profiles include: RhineRugenCharmantKroneSuper Double Roman Ogee with a Notch, and El Guapo.

Grothouse can also add a faux live edge to your countertop to mimic a real live edge countertopS & W Kitchens Inc. designed this Tigerwood countertop to include one faux live edge.

Decorative Wood Countertops with Faux Live Edge
Wood Countertop with a Faux Live Edge

Choose a real live edge countertop to make the most opulent statement. Christopher Peacock designed this English Wych Elm countertop to be the center of attention in the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

Live Edge Decorative Wood Countertops
Live Edge Wood Countertops

Visit the image library in our design guide to see more decorative wood countertops. Want to save an image for later? Pin it to one of your Pinterest boards or save it to an ideabook on Houzz!

Custom Cherry Countertop in a kitchen designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works

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 Custom Cherry Countertop designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works.

Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works
Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works

About the Designer: Gordon Blau came to Coastal Cabinet Works as a kitchen designer after a long career as an Emmy Award-winning television graphics designer. While he expected an adjustment period after changing careers, Gordon was surprised how quickly he was able to make the transition from designing for television to designing for the home.

“No matter what the discipline, design is about solving problems and satisfying the needs of your client. The biggest difference is that while a television graphic will be on-screen for a few seconds and then gone forever, your customer will be living with their kitchen for years and years.”

A Tip From Gordon: Listen carefully to your clients. While it’s tempting to push the envelope with our designs, we need to make certain that our designs fit the needs and styles of our customers.

Custom Cherry Countertop designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works
Custom Cherry Countertop designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works

 Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Wall Cabinets – Design-Craft with Gibson door in White Dahlia Acrylic and Ballina stainless steel doors

Base Cabinets – Yorktowne with Gilmore door in Cherry Chestnut

Countertops: Peninsula Countertop – Grothouse – Custom Cherry Countertop

Other Countertops – Caesarstone Eggshell

Stove: Miele cooktop and hood

Bosch double wall oven

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero refrigerator

Cherry Countertop designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works
Cherry Countertop designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works
Cherry Countertop designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works
Cherry Countertop designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works
Cherry Countertop in a kitchen designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works
Kitchen designed by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works

See more designs by Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works on their website, Facebook, Houzz, and Pinterest. To view more designs including a custom cherry countertop, visit our Countertop Image Library.

Wood Countertop Patterns

Wood Countertop Patterns are a fun, creative way to add an element of interest and appeal to any kitchen space. At Grothouse, we have created a multitude of Wood Countertop Patterns. Countertops with patterns and other designs are extremely unique and custom to client specifications. Custom patterns can be facilitated designs that do not conform to typical geometric shapes. In this blog post we will discuss some of the most popular Wood Countertop Patterns we have crafted.

Grothouse Wood Countertop Patterns
Wood Countertop Patterns

Most Popular Wood Countertop Patterns

Random Mix construction is the most artful form of butcher blocks we create. Our craftsmen mix a variety of wood species in an arrangement that is visually pleasing to the eye. No two Random Mix wood countertop patterns are alike. The Random Mix pattern is only available for countertops crafted in End Grain construction, otherwise known as butcher block countertops.

Photographed below is a Walnut, Wenge, and African Mahogany End Grain Butcher Block. The three wood species are randomly mixed to create the beautiful pattern. This countertop was designed by Brandon MacDonald.

Custom Wood Countertop Patterns
Walnut, Wenge, and African Mahogany | Random Mix Pattern

Another extremely popular wood countertop pattern is Checkerboard. Checkerboard patterns are also only available for End Grain Butcher Block Countertops. The Checkerboard pattern consists of two alternating wood species. Checkerboard patterns require precise measuring and block size to execute properly. This style continues to be our most popular pattern.

Below is a Maple and Wenge Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop. This countertop was designed by Interior Environments.

Wood Countertop Pattern Checkerboard
Maple and Wenge | Checkerboard Pattern

Clients have also used checkerboard patterns in the form of borders for their butcher block countertops.  The kitchen photographed below includes a Beech butcher block countertop with a Wenge and Beech Checkerboard pattern border, which is then bordered with Walnut. This space was designed by Jenny’s Design Build.

Wood Countertop Checkerboard Pattern
Beech, Wenge, and Walnut | Checkerboard Pattern Border

Another popular pattern includes stripes of different wood species. The kitchen below was designed by Bluebell Kitchens. It includes two edge grain countertops with Maple with African Mahogany stripes.

Wood Countertop Stripe Patterns
Maple and African Mahogany | Stripe Pattern

Other patterns can also be crafted as well. An extremely unique pattern, that can only be crafted by the finest craftsmen, is exhibited in the butcher block photographed below. This butcher block was designed to have an Interlocking Pattern of Walnut, Maple, and White Oak.

Wood Countertop Pattern Interlocking
Walnut, Maple, and White Oak | Interlocking Pattern

Wood Countertop Patterns are a fun, creative way to add an element of interest and appeal to any kitchen space. Some of the most popular patterns at Grothouse include Random Mix, Checkerboard, and Stripes. to see more Wood Countertop Patterns, visit our Countertop Image Library.

Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry

Over time, we are seeing a staple combination for kitchen designs: wood countertops with white cabinetry. This timeless combination exudes elegant simplicity.

Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry | Design

Recently at the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Show, Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry had their new Prairie series designed by Scott Stultz on display. This display included an Ash Wood Countertop. Pictured below is Scott Stultz with the display.

Ash wood countertops with white cabinetry
Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry’s new Prairie series designed by Scott Stultz

At the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry booth consisted of a fully featured Ruskin kitchen designed by Scott Stultz. The display included a Hand Planed Walnut Wood Counter.

Walnut Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry
Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry’s Ruskin series designed by Scott Stultz

The 2012 Kitchen of the Year designed by Mick De Giulio showcased the timeless combination of wood countertops with white cabinetry. The main kitchen, pictured below, included a Wenge Wood Counter with white cabinetry.

Wenge Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry
House Beautiful 2012 Kitchen of the Year designed by Mick De Giulio

In the Butler’s pantry Mick also decided to incorporate wood countertops with white cabinetry. The countertops are Walnut with Sapwood.

Walnut wood countertops with white cabinetry
House Beautiful 2012 Kitchen of the Year Butler’s Pantry designed by Mick De Giulio

The kitchen pictured below was designed by Mary Jo Peterson and includes white cabinetry by Plain & Fancy and lighting by Hafele. This design was on display at the National Kitchen and Bath Show in New Orleans (KBIS 2013) in the Hafele Booth. The wood countertop is walnut and includes a matching walnut wood backsplash.

Walnut Wood Countertops with White Cabinetry
KBIS 2013 Hafele Booth Display designed by Mary Jo Peterson

You can view more wood countertops with white cabinetry in our Countertop Image Library and you can add the designs to your ideabook on Houzz!

Wood Countertop Tables

Wood Countertop Tables are common in many different types of spaces due to their level of functionality. They double as a food preparation space and a dining space. Because wood is so kind to fine china, many clients include wood countertop tables in their designs.

Wood Countertop Tables | Designs

Walnut Wood Countertop Tables
Custom Walnut Wood Countertop Trestle Table

Pictured above is a Flat Grain Walnut Wood Countertop Table. This counter was crafted into a Trestle table. This Walnut Wood Trestle Table was included in the Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry booth at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City. This booth consisted of a fully featured Ruskin kitchen designed by Scott Stultz.

Walnut Wood Countertop Tables
Walnut Wood Countertop Table

Giorgi Kitchens & Designs, Inc. designed the Flat Grain Walnut Wood Countertop Table pictured above. This table is located at one end of the island and provides seating for four. You can read the client’s review of this wood countertop table here.

Wood Countertop Tables can also be crafted from End Grain Construction, also known as Butcher Block Countertops.

Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Wood Countertop Table
Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Wood Countertop Table

The above Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Wood Countertop Table was designed by In Detail Interiors. This table is a trifecta of useful, for a casual seating table, for chopping and for serving wine and cheese to guests.

Walnut Butcher Block Wood Countertop Tables
Walnut Butcher Block Wood Countertop Table

This Walnut Butcher Block Wood Countertop Table was designed by Jennifer Gilmer. This kitchen design won the 2009 NKBA Pinnacle of Design Award, a prestigious award that is granted to only one kitchen design every year. Grothouse offered a solution to the client who needed a table that could seat 6 people comfortably, while being moveable. The solution is a 6 foot round table that can be transported onto the beach front deck balcony located near the kitchen.

Walnut Butcher Block Table Top
Walnut Butcher Block Table Top

This Walnut Butcher Block makes for the perfect table top. This design exhibits the ultimate comfortable seating area. With a warm and inviting surface paired with cushion bench seating, who wouldn’t want to sit here to enjoy a meal? The Walnut Butcher Block Table appears darker than Walnut typically looks because of the lighting in the photograph.

Zebrawood Butcher Block Table Top
Zebrawood Butcher Block Table

We love this creative use of a Zebrawood Butcher Block, the table can double a food preparation station for direct chopping and then can convert into a dining table. The table was designed by Brandy Cohen of Dandamudi’s, Inc. This design provides creative interior design inspiration for small kitchens and apartments.

For more Wood Countertop Table ideas, visit the Countertop Image Library.

Wood Countertop Shark Tooth Miter Joints

Wood Countertops with Shark Tooth Miter Joints were unveiled by Grothouse at the 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Mick De Giulio. The main kitchen included a large island with a Wenge Wood Counter with Shark Tooth Miter Joints. The Shark Tooth Miter highlighted Mick’s attention to personalization and detail.

Wood Countertop Shark Tooth Miter Joints by Grothouse
Shark Tooth Miter Joint in Wenge Wood Counter design by Mick De Giulio for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2012

A Joint is where two countertops come together to become one. Typically, on most countertops a joint is a straight line. A Shark Tooth Miter adds a unique and edgy element to the design.

Digital Rendering of Wood Countertop Shark Tooth Miter Joints
Digital Rendering of a Wenge Wood Counter with Shark Tooth Miter Joints

Wood Countertop Shark Tooth Miter Joints | Design

Designing Wood Countertops with Shark Tooth Miters is fairly simple. Any wood countertop crafted in Edge Grain and Flat Grain Construction can include a Shark Tooth Miter. Wood Countertops with Shark Tooth Miters can be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™ or Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Shark Tooth Miter Joints have become increasingly popular and have been used in various style spaces.

The Transitional space designed by Mick De Giulio for the 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year included a Wenge Flat Grain Wood Counter with a Shark Tooth Mitered Joint. This counter is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Wenge Wood Countertop Shark Tooth Miter Joints
Design by Mick De Giulio for the 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year
Wood Countertop with Shark Tooth Miter
Design by Mick De Giulio for the 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Auer Kitchens designed the Traditional space pictured below. This space includes a Walnut with Sapwood Countertop crafted in Flat Grain Construction. The countertop includes two Shark Tooth Miter Joints. It is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

Walnut Wood Countertop Shark Tooth Miter Joints
Design by Auer Kitchens
Walnut Wood Countertop with Shark Tooth Miter Joint
Walnut Wood Countertop with Shark Tooth Miter Joint

To see more Wood Countertops with Shark Tooth Miter Joints, visit our Countertop Image Library.