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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Contemporary Kitchen Countertops

Contemporary style kitchens take form and function of modern and pair it with designs from traditional and transitional style. The same is true for wood countertops crafted for contemporary kitchens. Custom wood Contemporary Kitchen Countertops are often designed as Pastore™ countertops with waterfall legs, featuring simple edge profiles.

They are typically crafted with a darker wood specie, like Walnut or Peruvian Walnut, or a lighter wood is stained to be darker. Contemporary kitchen countertops crafted in Pastore™ style create perfect seating areas with plenty of leg room and space to entertain.

Contemporary Kitchen Countertops Designs

White Oak Contemporary Kitchen Countertops for Washington DC white kitchen
Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath designed this white contemporary kitchen for a home in Washington DC. The focal point of this kitchen is the large White Oak half Pastore™ table, also referred to as a Parsons table. The wood countertop features a simple 1/8 inch Roundover edge profile, matching the white Cambria Torquay kitchen island countertop for a nearly seamless effect.

Peruvian Walnut Contemporary Kitchen Countertop for a kitchen in Savannah, Georgia
Design by Lukejohn Dickson of La Source

Lukejohn Dickson of La Source designed this contemporary kitchen for a home located in Savanah, Georgia. For seating, he designed a Peruvian Walnut half Pastore™ kitchen bar top. The countertop features a 1/8 inch Roundover edge profile and adds a touch of warmth and interest.

Peruvian Walnut Contemporary Kitchen Countertop for a kitchen in New Holland, Pennsylvania
Design by PB Kitchen Design

A custom Peruvian Walnut half Pastore™ countertop was designed by  PB Kitchen Design for a kitchen located in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Complementing the darker wood colored cabinets, this contemporary wood countertop creates the perfect seating area.

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Dark Wood Kitchen Countertop Ideas

A kitchen designer typically chooses a dark wood kitchen countertop when they are using the countertop as a statement piece or focal point. Dark wood countertops exhibit a striking beauty, especially contrasted against light colored cabinetry.

Dark Wood Kitchen Countertop Ideas
Dark Wood Kitchen Countertops

The two naturally darkest wood species available for countertops are Wenge and Peruvian Walnut. Peruvian Walnut wood is a deep chocolate brown in color and look great in any kitchen, commercial or residential. Peruvian Walnut is fairly easy to work with and polishes very well, which is why it is great for making wood countertops.

Wenge is a heavy wood that has an attractive appearance due to its strong grain and subtle color variation. The heartwood is a darker brown with black veins and white lines. Wenge has a high resistance to abrasion and a high bending strength. Wenge Wood Countertops are available FSC certified.

Lighter woods can be stained to look like a darker wood. Grothouse offers over 40 stock stains, which include an assortment of dark colors. Countertops can also be custom stained to match the dark wood on something else such as flooring.

Dark Wood Kitchen Countertop Designs

Dark Wood Kitchen Countertop with gray kitchen island and white perimeter cabinetry
Design by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

A Wenge wood countertop was designed by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio for this gray kitchen island with white perimeter cabinetry. The dark wood complements the flooring and makes the island the focal point of the space.

Dark Wood Kitchen Countertop for a large kitchen island in a white kitchen
Design by Denise Quade, CMKBD, of Denise Quade Design

Denise Quade, CMKBD, of Denise Quade Design went with a Peruvian Walnut for the kitchen island in the white traditional kitchen pictured below. Offering plenty of food preparation space and room for seating, this dark countertop grabs all the attention.

Dark Wood Kitchen Countertop custom made for kitchen bar top seating
Design by Luxe Kitchens and Interiors

Luxe Kitchens and Interiors designed a Peruvian Walnut kitchen countertop as a bar top that wraps around a marble counter to create the kitchen island. The contrast of the marble and white cabinetry against the dark wood is stunning.

Stained Dark Wood Countertop for a table extending off the kitchen island
Design by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro

Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro designed an Ash wood table top as a kitchen island extension. Naturally a light wood, the Ash was stained with Stock Stain (#12940 WS) to make it look like Wenge wood. Photographed by Gordon Beall Photography, this kitchen won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award.

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Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops

As the hub of the kitchen, your island is a prep station, gathering spot and dining area. Why not make it a statement piece too? Distressed solid wood island countertops can be custom crafted to make a statement in any style kitchen.

Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops for kitchen islands in any style kitchen
Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops

Wood countertops can be distressed as lightly or heavily as desired. Grothouse offers five standard levels of distressing, but levels can be altered to achieve the desired look. The five levels include:

Level 1 Distressing:

• Lightly worn corners and edges
• Light dings

Level 2 Distressing:

• Moderately worn corners and edges
• Moderate dings
• Light drag marks

Level 3 Distressing:

• Heavily worn corners and edges
• Numerous dings
• Spotty worm holes
• Moderate drag marks

Level 4 Distressing:

• Very heavily and unevenly worn corners and edges
• Plentiful dings
• Clusters of worm holes
• Bountiful drag marks
• Termite tracks

Level 5 Super Distressing:

• Very heavily and very unevenly worn corners and edges
• Plentiful dings and notch marks
• Clusters of worm holes
• Abundant scratches and drag marks
• Waffle hammer dings and circular dings
• Heavy edge nicks
• Termite tracks

Any wood specie crafted in Flat Grain or Edge Grain construction style can be distressed. Distressed countertops can be adorned with any edge profile and include any features. Grothouse requires approval of a distressed sample prior to production to achieve the correct level of distressing.

Designs with Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops

Pictured below, Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio designed a Sapele Mahogany edge grain wood countertop for this white kitchen island. The countertop is distressed to level 4 and finished with a hand rubbed black glaze to accentuate the distressing. A small undermount sink was placed in the corner of the countertop, with an overhang on the opposite end for seating.

Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops made of Sapele Mahogany
Design by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Showcase Kitchens designed a Walnut with Sapwood counter crafted in Flat Grain construction for the traditional white kitchen pictured below. The counter was super distressed and features the Grothouse Jericho Stock Stain (#04915).

Stained and Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops made of Walnut
Design by Showcase Kitchens

Chip Tiber, CKD, NCDIQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths designed a Walnut with Sapwood counter crafted in Flat Grain construction. Distressed to level 4 and finished with a hand rubbed black glaze, this counter makes the island the statement center piece of this modern farmhouse kitchen.

Distressed Solid Wood Island Countertops made of Walnut
Design by Chip Tiber, CKD, NCDIQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths

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Vessel Sinks on Wood Bathroom Countertops

Vessel Sinks on Wood Bathroom Countertops can be the most striking feature in a bathroom, adding style and value to any bath space. Vessel sinks provide an efficient space for your storage needs and bathroom preparation rituals.

They are often used for bathroom vanities in modern or contemporary style bathrooms, as opposed to more traditional drop-in or pedestal sinks. However, when paired with a wood countertop, the style can be custom designed to fit any space.

Below are inspirational wood countertop designs with vessel sinks.

Wood Countertop Designs with Vessel Sinks

Designed by Jennifer Gilmer and Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath, a limestone vessel sink was placed on a custom teak wood countertop to create this Asian-inspired bathroom vanity.

Vessel Sinks on Wood Bathroom Countertops designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

The four inch Sapele Mahogany wood countertop pictured below features a vessel sink and a wall mounted faucet. Cleverly designed by Vawn Greany CMKBD and co-designer Trisha Gaffney AKBD of Collaborative Interiors, the wall mounted faucet helps to free up counter space.

Vessel Sinks on Wood Bathroom Countertops designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Design by Collaborative Interiors

A Wenge Pastore counter was crafted for this large double vanity designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath as the focal point of this tranquil bathroom. The double vanity houses white vessel sinks, adding interest to the clean space and providing contrast against the dark wood countertop and accents.

Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

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Wood Shelving for Creative Custom Storage Solutions

Wood shelving is a major design trend seen in spaces of all styles. Wood shelving can be designed for creative storage solutions out of necessity or decorative desire.

Wood Shelving for Creative Custom Storage Solutions
Custom Wood Shelving

Part of the reason for this trend is because wood is an excellent shelving surface due to its natural kindness to fine china and crystal. When finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, wood shelves can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new after years of use.

Wood shelves are often designed for use as open shelving because their open nature makes a space feel larger. Open wood shelves are a great substitution for traditional closed cabinets. Another popular design option is to use wood shelves for cabinets with glass doors. The shelves act as a beautiful backdrop to display dishes and other items.

Designs with Wood Shelving

Wood Shelving for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017
Wood Shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 designed by Jon de la Cruz

Jon de la Cruz was perfectly on trend with his design for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. Custom black walnut wood shelves grace the 12-foot high walls. Exposed brackets anchor each wood shelf. Capturing the ethos of pared-down, timeless elegance, the shelves serve as a dramatic accent for custom pantry organization by Blisshaus.

Wood Shelving for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Wood Shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 designed by Matthew Quinn

Custom White Oak wood floating shelves gilded in Anvil™ Argentum metal finish were designed by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. The shelves were designed to match the bar top.

With 8 Anvil™ metal finish colors available, shelves can be custom crafted and gilded to match the design and style of any space. Anvil™ finishes can be applied to any wood specie or a composite substrate. Click here to learn more about Anvil™ metal finishes.

Wood Shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Wood Shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014 designed by Steven Miller

For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014, Steven Miller designed custom Peruvian Walnut wood shelves to showcase bowls and other dishes in black cabinets with glass doors. The shelves were customized for organization perfection, with laser engraved labels on the front for bowls, drinking, dessert and more. Custom crafted to match the Peruvian walnut countertop, the shelves pop against the silver sparkling backsplash.

Shadow Box Wood Shelving designed by Signature Custom Cabinetry
Shadow Box Wood Shelves designed by Signature Custom Cabinetry

Another form of wood shelves is in the form of shadow boxes. Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry designed two Sapele mahogany wood shadow boxes to complement the cabinet surround in this display. The shadow boxes make for some unique looking shelves with plenty of space to showcase decorative items.

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The First Planned Kitchen Purchase: Countertops

According to RICKI – The Kitchen Think Tank, countertops are the first planned kitchen purchase that U.S. homeowners plan to buy in the coming year, and we can see why.

First Planned Kitchen Purchase are Countertops
The First Planned Kitchen Purchase: Countertops | Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Kitchen countertops are a huge part of your daily routine. Whether you start your day by eating breakfast at the kitchen island, packing your lunch or preparing dinner, you are utilizing your kitchen countertops. Because they are so crucial to your everyday life, it is important that you consider purchasing a countertop material that suits your every need.

Contrary to some beliefs, wood countertops make for very versatile surfaces. They are not only kind to fine china and crystal, but can be sanded and oiled to look like new. Knife blades stay sharper longer, and wood is a naturally warm surface to cozy up to during any point in the day. When crafted by Grothouse, wood kitchen countertops are covered under our lifetime warranty.

Another advantage to choosing wood for your kitchen countertops is that they can be customized to your unique, personal taste. Choose from an assortment of over 60 wood species and a huge variety of features and options like laser engraving or integrated fruit bowls.

Next in line after countertops, the first planned kitchen purchase, are kitchen faucets, refrigerators, lighting and backsplash. RICKI states that millennials are significantly more likely than their older counterparts to be planning to buy lighting for their kitchens, but we are hoping to have changed their minds.

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Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops

Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops, also known as Pastore™ counters, can be designed for use anywhere in the home. Most luxury designers choose to use them as a kitchen island, while some use them as a peninsula or bar top.

Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops for luxury kitchen designs
Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops. Design by Venegas + Company in Boston, MA

Designs with Waterfall Wood Countertops

Zebrawood is one of the most popular wood species designers use for waterfall countertops. This is because the wood grain naturally exhibits strikingly beautiful and exotic lines and striations. Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited designed a Zebrawood waterfall counter for the kitchen island, offering plenty of food prep space and room for seating.

Zebrawood Waterfall Countertop designed by Kitchens Unlimited
Zebrawood Waterfall Countertop designed by Kitchens Unlimited

Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc. designed a Zebrawood waterfall bar top to serve as a divider between an entry way and kitchen. The bar top adds warmth and visual interest to this otherwise white space.

Zebrawood Waterfall Bar Top designed by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.
Zebrawood Waterfall Bar Top designed by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.

Another popular wood choice for waterfall countertops is Walnut. For KBIS 2017, Wellborn Cabinet designed an American Black Walnut wood waterfall countertop for their modern display. Serving as a peninsula, the countertop also camouflages extra storage cabinets.

Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Wellborn Cabinet serves as a peninsula
Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Wellborn Cabinet

Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed two Wenge waterfall wood tops, one for use as the bathroom vanity top and one for use as a bench seat. The mirror frame was also crafted out of Wenge wood for a uniform look in this contemporary master bath.

Wenge Waterfall Countertops for a master bath designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Wenge Waterfall Countertops designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

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How to Declutter Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops are typically the largest flat surface in our home, so naturally a lot of things tend to end up being set down on them. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and a cluttered counter hinders the function and enjoyment of the space. Fortunately, we’ve gathered a few easy tips to declutter kitchen countertops.

Tips on How to Declutter Kitchen Countertops
How to Declutter Kitchen Countertops

4 Tips to Declutter Kitchen Countertops

1. Put away items that don’t belong in the kitchen

Put away items that don’t belong in the kitchen, like the TV remote or your children’s toys. Removing these items will help you distinguish what is left to be organized that belongs in the kitchen.

2. Organize your cabinets

By organizing your cabinets to create a space for everything, you will eliminate the need to keep anything out on the countertop. Make space in a drawer for mail or extra papers that you need to keep. Appliance garages are often incorporated into cabinetry for an easily accessible place to keep smaller appliances off the counter.

3. Make use of wall space

Declutter Kitchen Countertops by making use of empty wall space
Declutter Kitchen Countertops by making use of empty wall space

If you don’t have enough cabinetry space, make use of empty wall space. Mary Jo Peterson designed this kitchen to include a special rack for wine bottles and more.

Declutter Kitchen Countertops by utilizing shelves
Declutter Kitchen Countertops by utilizing shelves

Maximize every inch of your kitchen with shelves. Jon de la Cruz designed custom black walnut wood shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. The shelves created a pantry to store a variety of ingredients and decor.

4. Customize your countertop to make the best use of the space

Grothouse offers many different wood countertop options to help make the best use of your space. By integrating a fruit bowl into your countertop, you eliminate the need for a fruit bowl sitting on top of your counter. Mick de Giulio unveiled this clever idea in House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2012.

Declutter Kitchen Countertops with an integrated fruit bowl
Declutter Kitchen Countertops with an integrated fruit bowl

Knife slots are another great wood countertop option for clearing counter space. By incorporating knife slots into your counter, you eliminate the need for a knife holder. KT Highland Inc. designed the Oak wood kitchen island countertop pictured below to include knife slots.

Declutter Kitchen Countertops by including knife slots in your countertop
Declutter Kitchen Countertops by including knife slots in your countertop

We hope these tips help you easily declutter kitchen countertops to properly use and enjoy your kitchen. To learn more about the wood countertop options available at Grothouse, click here.

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Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin Design

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 Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design.

Custom Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design
Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design

About the Designer: Jim Martin is an independent kitchen and bath designer based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jim’s approach as a kitchen and bath designer comes from a career of hands on experience. The skills and knowledge he’s accumulated along the way give him a unique perspective and the expertise to produce great designs and manage projects successfully.

About Jim Martin Design: In 2014, after 13 years working in a design/sales role, Jim started his own company as an independent designer focusing on residential kitchen and bath remodeling. Jim Martin Design serves the client as both the designer and project manager. Unlike many other design/build firms Jim Martin Design has no obligation to particular manufacturers which allows for open collaboration with multiple tradespeople, vendors and designers to better serve the varied styles and needs each project deserves.

A Tip from Jim: “It’s important to consider the significance of how negative space is used. When used appropriately it creates breathing room and helps to accentuate the focal points of your design. When designing, it’s easy to think about what you are putting in, but it’s equally important to think about what you are not putting in.”

Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design
Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin Design

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: QCCI

Cabinet Hardware: Cliffside Hardware

Flooring: Union Square field tile 4″ X 8″ Plain in “Cobble Brown”; Grout – Maple 907 Chocolate

Countertops: Wenge wood bar top by Grothouse; Black ash leather granite

Sink: Elkay

Backsplash: Exposed brick

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Indian River 985

Dishwasher: Bosch Integra 300 Series

Appliances: Appliances from Martin Appliance

Custom Wenge Wood Bar Top for a basement designed by Jim Martin
Custom Wenge Wood Bar Top for a Basement
Basement bar with custom wood countertop designed by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar Entertainment Area designed by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar Entertainment Area designed by Jim Martin Design

Be sure to check out the Jim Martin Design website, Facebook, Houzz and Instagram to see more of their designs. Visit our Countertop Image Library to see more designs including a custom wood basement bar top.

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