Wood Surfaces in Plato Woodwork Displays at KBIS 2015

From traditional to transitional to contemporary, Plato Woodwork does it all. Plato Woodwork shares the details of their displays that were at the Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) 2015 in the attractive pamphlet pictured below. Two of their six displays included Grothouse wood surfaces.

Plato Woodwork display at KBIS 2015 include Grothouse Wood Surfaces
Plato Woodwork display at KBIS 2015

About the Wood Surfaces

The display featured on the cover of the pamphlet included a hand planed Walnut wood counter for the kitchen island. Hand Planed wood surfaces look heavily distressed to mimic the natural, elemental wear of wood that is seen over time. The process in hand planed artistry is done very carefully to assure that the wear does not look “purposeful” or “factory made”.

Hand Planed Walnut Wood Counter for Kitchen Island
Hand Planed Walnut Wood Counter designed by Plato Woodwork

The wood counter features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile. Plato Woodwork provided us with a sample to custom stain match the counter to. It includes a glaze and was sealed with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

Plato Woodwork display at KBIS 2015 include Grothouse Wood Surfaces
Plato Woodwork display at KBIS 2015

The next design featured an Ash wood Pastore™ waterfall table. Designers use Pastore™ tables to integrate wood surfaces into their contemporary and transitional designs. They find the addition of the wood surfaces helps improve the warmth and live- ability of any room. Using wood also helps quiet down a room and adds an organic textural element.

Ash wood surfaces designed by Plato Woodwork
Ash Wood Pastore™ Waterfall Table designed by Plato Woodwork

The table was crafted in edge grain construction and includes a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on all exposed edges and vertical corners. It was sealed with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

Grothouse is thrilled to have been a part of Plato Woodwork’s displays at KBIS 2015. To see more designs by Plato Woodwork, visit their website or Houzz page.

Grothouse Saxon Wood™ Countertops

Saxon Wood™ Countertops, Bar tops, and Butcher Blocks are exclusively available at Grothouse. Saxon Wood™ is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Paul Grothouse. Saxon Wood™ has been chosen for its stunning visual appeal and unique appearance. The wood has base color tones ranging from yellow to tan to brown. It is accented with grey and black striations resembling Spalted Maple.

Saxon Wood™ Countertop exclusively available at Grothouse
Saxon Wood™ Countertop. Design by Wood-Mode

Saxon Wood™ Countertops | Construction

Saxon Wood™ Countertops are available in End Grain Construction and Flat Grain Construction.

End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation. End Grain Countertops are typically referred to as Butcher Blocks. Saxon Wood™ Butcher Blocks have a required minimum thickness of 2-1/2 inches. The image shown below is a Saxon Wood™ Butcher Block.

Grothouse Saxon Wood™ Countertops End Grain
End Grain Saxon Wood™ Butcher Block by Grothouse

Flat grain Construction is generally preferred for an aesthetic furniture surface that enhances the grain of the wood. Flat Grain Construction is commonly known as Wide Plank Style. Saxon Wood™ Countertops  have a required minimum thickness of 1-3/4 inches. The image below is a Flat Grain Saxon Wood™ Counter.

Grothouse Saxon Wood™ Flat Grain Construction
Flat Grain Grain Saxon Wood™ Counter by Grothouse

Saxon Wood™ Countertops | Design

Saxon Wood™ Countertops can be designed for any style space, ranging from traditional to contemporary. Pictured is a Saxon Wood™ Flat Grain Counter designed by Wood-Mode for this traditional space. The counter includes Hand Planing, Laser Engraving, and a Black Glaze stain application. It is sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Finish in Satin.

Saxon Wood™ Countertop for a Traditional Space
Saxon Wood™ Countertop for a Traditional Space

Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company LLC designed the Saxon Wood™ Pastore™ Waterfall Counter in the image below for the 2014 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference.

Saxon Wood™ Pastore™ Waterfall Counter for a Contemporary Space
Saxon Wood™ Pastore™ Waterfall Counter for a Contemporary Space

This Saxon Wood™ Pastore™ Waterfall Counter includes Laser Engraving and is sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Finish in Satin Sheen.

Saxon Wood™ Pastore™ Waterfall Counter
Saxon Wood™ Pastore™ Waterfall Counter with Laser Engraving

Stay tuned for more designs including Grothouse Saxon Wood™ Countertops in our Countertop Image Library.

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Rustic Wood Countertops

Rustic Wood Countertops are becoming increasingly popular in today’s kitchen designs. Grothouse can create the ultimate Rustic Wood Countertop for any kitchen with two different resources: Reclaimed Wood Countertops and Distressed Wood Countertops.

Reclaimed Countertop design by Blue Bell Kitchens
Reclaimed Countertop designed by Blue Bell Kitchens

Rustic Wood Countertops | Reclaimed

Reclaimed Wood Countertops radiate rustic charm with their natural imperfections, which may include nail holes and insect scarring. Turning the reclaimed wood into rustic countertops is a form of artistry.

Reclaimed Rustic Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Reclaimed Rustic Wood Countertops by Grothouse

With their beautifully and naturally aged characteristics, the countertops add an organic element to any space. Their timeless appeal enhances traditional, transitional and contemporary designs. At Grothouse, our salvaged reclaimed wood is predominantly from antique Pennsylvania barns. They are also recycled from reclaimed wood beams. Nothing says “rustic” like antique, reclaimed wood. The prevalent antique reclaimed woods available at Grothouse are Oak, Heart Pine and Chestnut.

Reclaimed Rustic Wood Countertops
Reclaimed Rustic Wood Countertop designed by Blue Bell Kitchens

Rustic Wood Countertops | Distressed

Distressed Rustic Countertops by Grothouse
Distressed Rustic Wood Countertops by Grothouse

For those trying to achieve a rustic, old-world feel, Grothouse offers distressing for wood countertops. This deliberate process is artfully executed to mimic the wear that naturally occurs on older chopping blocks and wood surfaces. Glaze and stain can be added to accentuate the distressing. When you think of the term “rustic” you generally think of a worn out, antique piece of furniture. Grothouse allows you to choose the amount of rustic distressing with five standard levels.

Distressing Level 1: Lightly worn corners and edges with some light dings and dents.

Distressing Level 2: Moderate worn corners and edges; moderate dings and light drag marks

Distressing Level 3: Heavily worn corners and edges; numerous dings; spotty worm holes and moderate drag marks

Distressing Level 4: Very heavily and unevenly worn corners and edges; plentiful dings; clusters of worm holes; plentiful drag marks and termite tracks

Super Distressed: Very heavily and very unevenly worn corners and edges; plentiful dings and notch marks; clusters of worm holes; plentiful scratches and drag marks; waffle hammer dings and circular dings; heavy edge nicks; termite tracks.

Distressed Wood Countertop design by Heidi Piron
Distressed Wood Countertop designed by Heidi Piron

Grothouse also offers another form of distressing, referred to as Hand Planing.

Hand Planed Rustic Countertops by Grothouse
Hand Planed Rustic Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Hand Planed wood countertop surfaces look heavily distressed to mimic the elemental wear of wood that is seen over time. The process in hand planed artistry is done very carefully to assure that the wear does not look “purposeful” or “factory made”. The warm, textural element of Hand Planed Countertops are another form of Rustic Wood Countertops by Grothouse.

Rustic Countertop with Hand Planed Distressing designed by Wood-Mode
Rustic Hand Planed Countertop designed by Wood-Mode

You can see more Rustic Countertops and many more designs on our Countertop Image Library.

Hand Planed Wood Countertops

Grothouse continues to revolutionize their solid wood surfaces by offering Hand Planed Wood Countertops. Hand Planed wood surfaces look heavily distressed to mimic the elemental wear of the wood that is seen over time. The process in hand planed artistry is done very carefully to assure that the wear does not look “purposeful” or “factory made”.

Hand planed wood countertops
Hand Planed Wood Countertop Surface

Designing | Hand Planed Wood Countertops

Any countertop wood species can be hand planed. The recommended construction styles for hand planed countertops is Flat Grain and Edge Grain. Careful communication and an exchange of samples between Grothouse and the client is done to assure the desired result.

Hand Planed Countertop surfaces are typically sealed with our Durata® Finish. Pictured below is a Walnut Hand Planed Counter sealed with Durata® Finish in Matte. Durata® is available for hand planed surfaces in Satin or Matte. 

Walnut Hand Planed Wood Counter with Durata® Finish
Walnut Hand Planed Wood Counter with Durata® Finish in Matte

The textural element of countertops with hand planed distressing can look good in any style kitchen – traditional, contemporary, transitional, modern, and the list goes on. In a modern or contemporary design, hand planed wood countertops can soften the look by adding warmth and texture to the design.

Wenge Hand Planed Wood Countertop designed by Venegas and Company
Wenge Hand Planed Countertop designed by Venegas and Company LLC
Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company LLC in Boston MA
Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company LLC in Boston, MA

Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company LLC designed the contemporary kitchen display shown above.

The display features Premier Custom Cabinetry with a Wenge Hand Planed Countertop sealed with Durata® Finish in Matte.

This countertop is Flat Grain and 1 3/4″ thick. It features various options such as a Custom Seam Miter and Laser Engraving.

You can add this display to your idea book on Houzz and like it on Facebook!

Hand Planed Wenge Wood Countertop
Hand Planed Wenge Countertop designed by Venegas and Company LLC

Options | Hand Planed Wood Countertops

Hand Planed Countertop surfaces can include a variety of options, from Laser Engraving to Integrated Bowls, the opportunities are endless. The artful look of countertops with hand planed distressing can be easily complimented with different options. Options should be considered not only for the look of the countertop, but also for the use.

Hand Planed Countertop with Laser Engraving
Hand Planed Wood Countertop with Laser Engraving.

If you are interested in designing your own Hand Planed Countertop you can Request a Quote now or call us if you have questions!