Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes custom wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders.
About the Designer: Eva Andersen’s passion for cooking and entertaining led her into designing kitchens. She has been in the kitchen and bath design business since 2002, working first in Boston and later in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is now the designer for Teakwood Builders, leading their kitchen and bath designs, as well as space planning, finish selections and furniture.
A Tip from Eva: In order to keep the guests entertained but away from the work zone, an impressive thirteen foot kitchen island was also added, seating up to seven people and housing the farm sink, creating a spacious entertaining area for the clients.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Signature Custom Cabinetry
Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs Chareau in Brushed Satin Nickel
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 Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Chip Tiber, CKD, NCIDQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths.
About the Designer: Chip Tiber is a certified designer with Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths located in the Greater Cleveland area. He has extensive experience in kitchen and bath design, lighting design, construction, and interior design. His experience enables him to fully comprehend the relationship between excellent design and functional spaces. Chip’s certifications include NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer).
A Tip from Chip: A well-defined kitchen uses a mixture of materials to provide both strong and subtle contrasts of texture. Contrast is defining and distinctive, but the blending character is balance. It is this harmonious balance which says “there is something so inviting about this space.”
Additional Comments and Advice: When designing an over-sized island, consider warm materials such as this 1 3/4″ thick wood countertop fabricated by Grothouse. The distressed and glazed Walnut wood, which includes some sapwood, invites family and friends to gather for meals and conversations. The warmth of these materials encourages guests to linger and the generous expanse of the counter provides ample space for enjoyment.
Dark Wood Countertops have been the center of kitchens for years. Why? Because they are very easy to design, and fit into almost any kitchen style. This blog will discuss the various dark wood species we have available for wood countertops and the various kitchen styles dark wood countertops are typically found in.
Dark Wood Countertops | Wood Species
Grothouse has three distinct dark wood species available: Wenge, Peruvian Walnut, and American Black Walnut.
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 Wood Countertops are very rich in color and are naturally the darkest wood countertops available.
Peruvian Walnut is lighter than Wenge, but it has a very rich, deep chocolate brown color. The dark brown hues are accentuated by the straight grains throughout the wood.
American Black Walnut is the lightest wood specie of the three. As Walnut gets older, it mellows to a chocolaty-brown. American Black Walnut is one of the most popular woods in the industry.
Dark Wood Countertops | Kitchen Styles
Dark Wood Countertops can be found in a kitchen with any style. One of the best qualities of Grothouse Wood Countertops is that they can be designed for any desired look.
The Wenge Wood Countertop shown in the image below was designed by The Shadowlight Group for this traditional kitchen. The decorative edge profile on the Wenge Countertop enhances the traditional look of the island.
Below is an image of a Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop in a Transitional Kitchen designed by Venegas + Company LLC. The countertop was crafted to be a Parsons Table. The clean, sleek look of the table compliments the kitchen island and perimeter counter spaces.
An American Black Walnut Wood Countertop completes the Modern Kitchen shown below. This kitchen was designed by John Troxell, Director of Design of Wood-Mode. A strong attention to detail was put into the design of the wood countertop to create a very modern, luxurious impression.
A Wenge Wood Countertop was chosen for the Contemporary display designed by Venegas + Company LLC in the image below. The Wenge Countertop fits the display perfectly.
Dark Wood Countertops by Grothouse can be found in almost any kitchen style. To see more Dark Wood Countertops, visit the Countertop Image Library.
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 Walnut Countertop designed by Deborah Dyste of Souris River Designs.
About the Designer: Deborah Dyste is the recipient of five ASID Design Excellence Awards for kitchen and bath design and historic preservation/adaptive use. Aside from the weather, returning to her home town of Minot, North Dakota, after twenty-five-years as the owner of her residential-design firm in Atlanta, was not as much of an adjustment as she thought it would be. “Interior design provides opportunities to have dynamic relationships with clients while suggesting solutions for their three-dimensional puzzles. Every client is unique and every puzzle presents different challenges. This project is a perfect example. How many clients require bar seating for eight?”
Clients say it best! “We recently had Deborah Dyste and Souris River Designs do some significant kitchen and bathroom remodeling for us. With Deborah’s design expertise and ability to view “the possible” we were able to turn an outdated cramped kitchen into a space that is easy and fun to cook in, and works great for entertaining our friends and family. She also was able to find a way to translate a master bath in need of serious work into an extremely convenient laundry/walk in closet and bathroom suite. Throughout the design process Deborah was very attentive to our tastes and what we wanted, and was always able to offer a range of good options for us to choose from. During the construction phase we really appreciated having Deborah as our “go to” person for coordinating schedules with builders, plumbers, and electricians. She was always very accommodating and easy to work with, and truly seems to love what she does.” (Tom and Barb Groutt, Minot, ND)
A Tip from Deborah: Lighting can elevate a good design to a brilliant design! The possibilities with LED are limitless. ‘Don’t scrimp on the electrical for two reasons: safety and it’s more expensive to add it later.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Dura Supreme – Lynden Panel – Cherry with Peppercorn Finish for the ‘L’ and desk plus Moda Vertical, Cherry, Cashew Finish for the island
Cabinet Hardware: HDL – Key Largo – Oil-Rubbed-Bronze
Painting above desk – by Walt Piehl, entitled Weatherly Square Skirt with Coloring Book: Cowboy Stuff.
Flooring: Columbia Flooring – Walnut
Countertops: Island – Grothouse – Custom Walnut Countertop
Kitchen ‘L’ – Caesarstone – Mocha
Faucet: Delta – Trinsic – Champagne Bronze
Sink: Elkay – E-granite – Brown
Backsplash: DAL Tile – Urban Metals
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore – Bennington Gray, HC82
Stove: Kitchen Aid
Dishwasher: Kitchen Aid
Other Appliances: All Kitchen Aid except for the Sharp microwave drawer.
Electrical: Task Lighting
Additional Comments and Advice: Provide your interior designer with visuals of spaces in which you think you could live comfortably. Be prepared to answer many questions. Then, utilize your designer’s skills and experience as an editor to tailor what you like to your space and budget.
Wood Countertop Arcs are a common feature for today’s kitchen islands. Arcs and curves add distinctive functional design to wood countertops.
About Wood Countertop Arcs
Wood Countertops can be curved to any arc size desired. When designing Wood Countertops with Arcs, detailed dimensional drawings required. Wood Countertop Arcs are typically combined with an ornate edge profile. This provides a dramatic appearance.
There are various types of arcs: Elliptical, Round, Arc, and Roman Arcs. Inverted arcs on corners are another unique tasteful design option. Round pieces can be manufactured to any diameter circle you desire. Grothouse can also craft wood countertops with arcs in the form of complex shapes.
Designs including Wood Countertop Arcs
This Walnut wood countertop designed by Auer Kitchens includes two arcs. This design is an excellent example of matching granite countertops with wood countertops.
This Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop was designed by Mainstreet Cabinet Co. LLC and includes three arcs. The arcs in the countertop add to the traditional design of the kitchen.
Palmer Todd designed this Beech Wood Countertop for the kitchen island. The countertop includes two arcs and a sink cutout. The arcs in the countertop bring attention to this attractive functional design.
Kerry Flanagan of Factory Builder Stores designed this beautiful Walnut Wood Countertop. The wood countertop includes three arcs and a farmhouse sink. The arcs in this countertop enhance the traditional look of this french country kitchen.
About The Grothouse Lumber Company
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and waterproof protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Walnut Countertops are one of the most popular countertops manufactured by Grothouse. Walnut is a prized cabinetmaking wood. This is because Walnut is noted for its beautiful grain, which is slightly open and straight. It can also exhibit a wavy or curly figure.
Walnut Countertops can be made in Flat Grain Construction (also known as Wide Plank), Edge Grain Construction, and End Grain Construction (also known as Butcher Block). Walnut Countertops can be crafted to match any style room, whether it be traditional or modern.
Walnut is a great wood for making countertops because it is hard and tough which gives it moderate crushing and bending strength, as well as medium stiffness. The janka scale for Walnut is 1010.
Pictured above is a Walnut Counter made in Flat Grain Construction. This kitchen design demonstrates how wood can be used effectively in Modern Kitchens. The Walnut Counter adds warmth to the room.
The Walnut Countertop pictured above was manufactured in Edge Grain construction. This countertop contains an undermount sink. The grain figure in the Walnut is shown beautifully throughout the countertop. The brown colors in the Walnut are complimented by white cabinetry.
Walnut Wood Facts
Walnut originates from North America. It is also known as Black walnut, American Walnut, Eastern Black Walnut, Gunwood, and Virginia Walnut. The heartwood of Walnut is brown and the sapwood is beige or Maple colored.
A frequently asked question is, “What kind of backsplash goes with wood countertops ?” Our answer to that is, “ANY kind of backsplash!”
One of the best characteristics about wood countertops is that they can be designed to look fantastic in any style kitchen, bathroom, office – you name it. This being said, wood countertops can be designed to look fantastic with any backsplash desired!
Wood Countertops with Tile
Wood Countertops are commonly paired with a tiled backsplash. Pictured below is a Burmese Teak Wood Countertop designed by Blanco. This wood countertop is paired with Satchmo Sticks BB Blue GJGSSBBB, Artistic Tile Backsplash. The colors of the wood countertop add warmth to this design. The sink pictured is a Blanco Niagara Double Bowl #440160 with a Blanco Meridian 1.8 Semi-Pro Faucet#440558.
Another example of a Wood Countertop paired with a tile backsplash is this beautiful kitchen designed by House Captains, Inc. in Florida. The Maple Wood Countertops compliment the teal colored tile, as well as the teal cabinetry.
Wood Countertops don’t have to be limited to a tile backsplash. Stone is used as the backsplash for this Maple Wood Bar Top designed by A Designer’s Touch in Maryland. The two natural elements paired together create an astounding design.
What kind of backsplash goes with Wood Countertops? How about a Wood Backsplash! Mary Jo Peterson designed this Walnut Wood Countertop to include a Walnut Wood Backsplash. This polished design includes Plain & Fancy Cabinetry and Hafele lighting. This design was on display at the National Kitchen and Bath Show in New Orleans (KBIS 2013) in the Hafele Booth.
Wood Countertops can go with just about any backsplash desired. To see more designs of Wood Countertops with Backsplash visit the Grothouse Image Library.
Engraved Wood countertops are a trendsetting feature
In the example above, the client added the family tattoo as a decorative element. Grothouse can engrave type in any font, or even a handwritten phrase or signature. Pictures and logos can also be engraved. The depth of the engraving can be adjusted to change the appearance. Glazing can also be added to enhance the design. The engraving can be applied to the surface of the engraved wood countertop or on a prominent edge.
The countertop pictured below was designed with a meaningful Latin phrase. It was designed by Tyler Florence for The House Beautiful Kitchen of the year. The cart was designed to be rolled table side for serving and carving. It also serves double duty as an extension to the existing kitchen island.
Engraved Wood Countertops | Designing
Choose something meaningful to you, an inspirational phrase or family name.
Scale the engraving to enhance the appearance of the piece. If it is too large it may be overwhelming visually.
On darker woods keep the engraving simple so the details do not get lost. Select lighter woods for more detailed engraving.
Consider adding a glaze to enhance the design of the engraving.
About The Grothouse Lumber Company:
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Walnut butcher block countertops are a popular choice for kitchen islands. Grothouse offers two species of Walnut, Peruvian Walnut and American Black Walnut. Peruvian walnut countertops tend to be slightly darker than American Walnut and are a cost effective alternative to the dark, almost black tones of exotic Wenge. American Walnut with sapwood has chocolate brown tones and lighter Maple colored striations.
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Each custom-built top can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Our Commitment to Customers:
At Grothouse Lumber, customer service is more than just a catch phrase; it’s at the very core of our business philosophy. We’re not only committed to producing the highest quality wood tops in the industry, we’re obsessed with ensuring that each and every customer receives the personal attention they deserve.
From our same-day quote response to our fast 2-3 week lead-time, every part of our business is focused on making sure you experience the best possible service and receive the best possible product.