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.

Learn more about the specifications of each design featured in this blog by visiting the Countertop Image Library. Want to see more designs with custom wood shelving? Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like Grothouse on Facebook!

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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.

To see how some of the best designers in the industry design kitchens with wood countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library and follow @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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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

If you would like to see more designs featuring waterfall wood countertops, be sure to visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library on our website. For daily design inspiration, follow @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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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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Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

According to Houzz, subway tile backsplash is one of the best options to pair with wood countertops – and we couldn’t agree more.

Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Designs featuring Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops

Much like custom wood countertops, the classic look of subway tile is extremely versatile, permitting it to be easily paired with just about any kitchen style.

Farmhouse is one of the most common kitchen styles featuring subway tile and wood counters. Farmhouse style is often mixed with other kitchen styles, such as industrial and modern.

White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops
White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops

Griffey Remodeling designed this small farmhouse industrial style kitchen to include a white subway tile backsplash and maple wood countertops.

White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop
White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop

Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works mixed modern and industrial farmhouse style in this white kitchen. A large Reclaimed Oak counter was designed for the kitchen island. The subway tile backsplash is continued all the way to the ceiling, making the room feel larger.

White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top
White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top

Designed by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro, this transitional/modern kitchen won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award. This award winning kitchen features walls of white subway tile and a Reclaimed Chestnut kitchen bar top.

Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Countertop
Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Countertop

White subway tile is a popular choice, but colored subway tile is often used as well. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs chose a light gray subway tile for this transitional kitchen. The kitchen island includes a large Walnut countertop.

Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block Countertop
Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block

Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens went with a soft, dark blue subway tile backsplash that continues along the wall under the cabinets. Conveniently located across from the range is a Wenge butcher block.

Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter for a Wet Bar
Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter

A distressed Sapele Mahogany counter was paired with a tan subway tile for this traditional style wet bar designed by Wood-Mode Inc.

Due to their design versatility, subway tile backsplash and wood countertops make the perfect pair. To see more designs featuring this pair, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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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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