Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter

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 set of Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter of Whiski Kitchen Design Studio.

Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter of Whiski Kitchen Design Studio
Design by Melissa Sauter

About the Designer: Loving living and working in the Detroit area! So gratifying to be a part of rebuilding the city! I love the characteristics and details in the historical homes in Detroit and preserving and showcasing them. I moved here after growing up in Ohio, attending Western Michigan University for Interior Design and Business, and living in Chicago for a few years. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, visiting museums and exhibits, and panting abstract art.

Designer Tip: Mix textures and finishes to create interest and don’t be afraid of using the color black! Too many people are worried using such a dark color will make a space appear smaller but it doesn’t, it adds a richness and layer of luxury!

Ash Wood Countertops for black cabinets in a kitchen designed by Melissa Sauter
Design by Melissa Sauter

Design Details

Cabinetry: Legacy Crafted Cabinets

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas Homewares – Steam Punk

Flooring: Tile Shop 2″ Matte White Hex

Grothouse Countertops: A set of Ash countertops were crafted for this design, each with a Classical Small Bead and Cove edge profile and finished with Durata® permanent finish in satin sheen

Other Countertops: Aurea Stone Top fabricated by Solid Surfaces Unlimited

Faucet: Signature Hardware – Isadora

Sink: Elkay Fireclay Apron Front

Backsplash: Quintessenza Cromia26 Subway Supplied by Genesee Tile

Stove: GE

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: LG Refrigerator and Whirlpool Microwave

Ash Wood Countertops with Apron Front Sink and Black Cabinetry
Design by Melissa Sauter
Black Cabinets with gold hardware and ash wood countertops
Design by Melissa Sauter
Classical Small Bead and Cove Edge Profile on Ash Wood Countertop
Classical Small Bead and Cove Edge Profile on Ash Wood Countertop

Check out more designs by Melissa by following Whiski Kitchen Design Studio on Instagram and by liking them on Facebook!

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Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block designed by Debbie Nassetta

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 Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block designed by Debbie Nassetta, CKD, CBD, CID of Roomscapes, Inc.

Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block for kitchen island designed by Debbie Nassetta
Design by Debbie Nassetta

About the Designer: Principal Designer and owner of Roomscapes, Inc., designing kitchens and baths, laundry rooms, bars, wine rooms, etc.

About the Designer: Don’t be afraid to mix materials.

About the Butcher Block: End Grain Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood 3 inches thick  with a 3/8″ Roundover Profile on Top Horizontal Edges; finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Design Details

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode

Cabinet Hardware: Schaub

Flooring: Stone

Complimentary Countertops: Quartzite and Engineered

Faucet: KWC

Sink: Custom stone sink

Check out more designs by Debbie by following Roomscapes on Instagram! Learn more about this Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block by visiting our website.

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Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms

The primary function of a laundry room is to serve as the perfect place to wash, dry, store and iron. The most important part of a laundry room, aside from the washer and dryer (of course), is a place to store and fold. For many years we have seen designers incorporate Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms.

Why? Well to start, wood countertops are a naturally warm surface. They are the perfect welcoming spot for your freshly, clean laundry. Conversely, wood countertops are very easy to clean, so they can just as easily welcome your dirty laundry. Wood countertops double as a prep zone and a wash and dry zone.

One of the greatest benefits to adding a Grothouse wood countertop into a laundry room is the exclusive Durata®  Finish. Not only is it permanent and waterproof, but it is also impervious to most household chemicals. Water left on the surface simply dries with no water rings, red wine, vinegar, alcohol, soaps and coffee will not affect the finish. Durata® is not affected by these chemicals, providing a worry free finish.

Designs with Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms

We have seen laundry rooms of many styles that incorporated wood countertops into their designs. To start, we’re showing off this Reclaimed Oak wood counter designed by This Old House for Idea House 2018 located in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Custom Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms with Blue Cabinetry Design
Design by This Old House | Nat Rea Photography

Creating the perfect laundry station, the Reclaimed Oak counter is finished with Durata® in Matte sheen.

Walnut Wood Countertop for a White and Green Laundry Room in Hawaii
Design by Archipelago Hawaii

Archipelago Hawaii designed a long Walnut wood countertop measuring 144 inches for this bright laundry room.

Walnut Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms with White Cabinetry and Wood Flooring
Design by Archipelago Hawaii

Finished with Durata® in Matte sheen, the Walnut countertop is the perfect place to fold, organize, store clothes and more.

Maple Wood Countertop for a Laundry Room and Kitchen All in One Area
Design by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop

Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop designed this kitchen and laundry room area to include two Maple Wood Countertops. The first Maple countertop is a half Pastore table that features a waterfall edge. This countertop was designed for additional counter space for this small area. The second Maple countertop was crafted to include a cooktop and undermount sink. Both wood countertops were finished with Durata® in Satin sheen.

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Grothouse Solid Wood Countertops at KBIS 2019

Grothouse Solid Wood Countertops at KBIS 2019 in Las Vegas included an array of displays featuring custom crafted wood and Anvil™ metal surfaces.

Harmoni Kitchens Booth # C8922

Grothouse Walnut Wood Countertops at KBIS 2019 in Harmoni Kitchens booth
Walnut Wood Countertop

Grothouse crafted a variety of countertops for the Harmoni Kitchens Booth. The first was a Walnut with Sapwood countertop crafted in flat grain construction style. At 3 inches thick, this countertop was custom stained to match a sample supplied by Harmoni Kitchens. It was finished with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Grothouse Kensington™ Wood Countertops at KBIS 2019 in Harmoni Kitchens booth
Kensington™ Wood Countertop

Another countertop was crafted out of Kensington™ Wood in flat grain construction style. It was finished with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. In addition, the countertop has six Anvil™ Palladium metal finished accents.

Grothouse Anvil™ Magnum Metal Countertops at KBIS 2019 in Harmoni Kitchens booth
Anvil™ Magnum Metal Countertop

A custom Anvil™ Magnum metal finished countertop was also crafted, featuring a cooktop cutout. The metal finished was applied for a textured/rolled look and is sealed with a Durata® Finish Satin sheen overcoat.

Plato Woodworking Inc. Booth # SL3016

Grothouse Kensington™ Wood Pastore™ Table at KBIS 2019 in Plato Woodworking booth
Kensington™ Wood Pastore™ Table
Grothouse Kensington™ Wood Counter at KBIS 2019 in Plato Woodworking booth
Kensington™ Wood Counter

For the Plato Woodworking booth, Grothouse crafted a custom Pastore™ Table. The table was designed of Kensington™ Wood in flat grain construction style.

Elkay USA Booth # N3026

Grothouse White Oak Driftwood Finish Surround at KBIS 2019 in Elkay booth
White Oak Driftwood Finish Surround
Grothouse White Oak Surround with Integrated Bowls at KBIS 2019 in Elkay booth
White Oak Surround with Integrated Bowls

A White Oak counter was designed for the Elkay booth as a floating cabinet surround. This counter features a Driftwood Finish and is sealed with Durata® finish in Matte sheen. Two integrated bowls were crafted to sit on either side of the vessel bowl sink.

Grothouse Anvil™ Exodus Metal Countertop at KBIS 2019 in Elkay booth
Anvil™ Exodus Metal Countertop

An Anvil™ Exodus metal countertop was crafted for a kitchen bar top. It features a cast finish and a Durata® overcoat.

Monogram Appliances Booth # C5819

 

Grothouse Wenge Wood Countertop at KBIS 2019 in Monogram booth
Wenge Wood Countertop
Wenge Countertop with Stove top at KBIS 2019 in Monogram Booth
Wenge Wood Countertop with Stovetop and Undermount Sink

For the Monogram booth, a large Wenge countertop was crafted in edge grain construction. The short sides of the countertop feature an undercut Chamfer edge profile. A flush mount cooktop sits perfectly in this countertop, as well as an undermount sink. The countertop was finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Grothouse is honored to have collaborated with such innovative partners for KBIS 2019!

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Black Kitchens with Wood Countertops

All the experts agree on this one: black kitchens with wood countertops are making their mark in 2019. Yet another trend that has been climbing its way back from the eighties, black is bringing that sharp contrast to kitchens devoid of color.

Black Kitchens with Wood Countertops Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Black Kitchens with Wood Countertops | Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

Black hued kitchen designs quickly add an elegant sense of drama to any home, are easier to manage, and are an elegant alternative to standard ivories.

Designs of Black Kitchens with Wood Countertops

Black Kitchen with Reclaimed Wood Bar Top Subway Tile Backsplash Black Fixtures
Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro | Gordon Beall Photography

Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro designed this sleek, sultry kitchen. A warm Reclaimed Chestnut wood bar top combined with tall black cabinets and fixtures bring dramatic flair to the white subway tile walls and light-colored floors. This kitchen won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award!

Black Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

Rich, black enameled cabinetry reaches the ceiling in this kitchen designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year.

Black Cabinets with Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop and Matching Wood Engraved Shelves
Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

Accents of Peruvian Walnut can be seen throughout the sophisticated space, including a custom wood countertop with a cooktop and matching wood shelving. The shelving featured laser engraving of various words, such as “dessert” and “salad”. The look is completed with brushed metal hardware, white stone counters and geometric glass tiles.

Butlers Pantry with Black Cabinets and Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop with Drainboards
Butler’s Pantry Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

Extended off the kitchen was a butler’s pantry, featured the same black cabinetry and backsplash. A Peruvian Walnut countertop was crafted for the sink area, which included drainboards. With black covering just about every aspect of the space, the Peruvian Walnut countertop, as well as the light-hued countertop, made perfect, bright additions.

Wet Bar Design with Black Cabinetry and Peruvian Walnut Wood Counter and Geometric Tile Backsplash
Wet Bar Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

In addition to the kitchen and butler’s pantry, Steven Miller designed a wet bar that features the same design elements: Peruvian Walnut wood counter, geometric black and silver metallic backsplash and black cabinetry.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs of black kitchens with wood countertops.

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2019 Kitchen Island Trends

2019 Kitchen Island Trends create gathering spaces for entertaining and increase functionality of space in the form of multi-level islands and movable islands.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends | Multi-Level Islands

Islands are being upgraded with dedicated dining space that is set apart by contrasting counters in different heights and materials, a table base and built-in banquette seating.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends multi-level islands with wood countertops for dining and granite for food prep
Designed by Karen Schone of Designers Point | Visual Memories Photography

Karen Schone of Designers Point designed this multi-level island to include a Grothouse Walnut wood countertop as the table top and a granite countertop for the other section. The wood top is perfect for dining and the granite for food prep. If needed, the wood top can also be used for food prep.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends multi-level islands with banquette seating wood table tops and metal bases
Design by Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz for Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018

Ahead of his time, Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz designed this space featuring a multi-level island for the Liebherr booth last year at KBIS 2018. This island features a built-in banquette dining area. The table includes a Grothouse White Oak Bleached wood countertop with an Anvil Ferrum finished metal table base. The countertops on the other sections of the island were supplied by Kelya – Natural Collection by Dekton.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends | Movable Islands

Islands are handy as prep surfaces and extra seating, but they don’t need to be set in stone. In 2019, movable islands will grow in popularity as they offer flexibility when entertaining, and can be designed perfectly for small spaces.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends Movable Islands with Wheels and Wood Countertops
Design by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017

This space was designed by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. Grothouse American Black Walnut countertops and metal frames create the slim, movable island. The island ties in the matching Walnut wood shelves. and adds warmth to the white and black design.

Stay tuned as we release more 2019 kitchen island trends by following Grothouse on Houzz, Instagram or Facebook! View more designs including Grothouse wood countertops on the Countertop Image Library.

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Taking Home First Place

Congratulations to Jeannine Price – Grothouse Regional Sales Representative for New York, New England – and her husband for taking home first place at the Interior Design Society Long Island Chapter Swatched 2018 Event Design Competition!

Jeannine Price Grothouse Regional Sales Representative Taking Home First Place
Jeannine Price – Grothouse Regional Sales Representative for New York, New England

This was the third annual Swatched event. It took place at Stark Carpet in Syosset, New York on October 9, 2018. All proceeds from this event supported charities by the design judges. Among the sponsors, guests included kitchen and bath designers, exterior, interior, students and architects.

IDS Swatched Event Design Competition 2018
IDS Swatched 2018

All competition participants had one hour to put a swatch board together from a mystery bag of materials and a design library. The items in the mystery bag must be used for the design to qualify. The swatch boards included carpet, tile, paint colors, décor and more. At the end of the hour, the judges chose their favorite four boards.

George Oliphant George Oliphant of George to the Rescue with IDS Swatched 2018 First Place Winner Jeannine Price
George Oliphant of George to the Rescue with Jeannine Price

With over 200 attendees, and about 50 designers participating in the competition, Grothouse is proud of Jeannine for taking home first place! Click here to watch a video of the event.

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How to Identify High Quality Wood

Identifying high quality wood can be difficult with many furniture pieces looking great in the store, only to prove flimsy and cheap once you purchase them and use them over time. Here’s how to identify whether or not wood furniture pieces are high quality.

How to Identify High Quality Wood Furniture, Countertops, Desks, Tables
How to Identify High Quality Wood

Identifying High Quality Wood

The highest quality material for wood furniture is solid wood. Solid wood furniture is made from single pieces of wood or wood boards that are glued together to make panels. Trees, after all, are only so wide.

Solid wood comes in hardwood or softwood. Hardwood comes from trees that grow slowly. It is more dense and resistant to dings. Common hardwood species include Walnut, Ash, Maple and Cherry. Softwood comes from trees that grow fast. It is less dense than hardwood. A common softwood specie is Pine.

Why Choose High Quality Wood

When made with high quality wood and built with a solid construction, wood furniture can last for decades and sometimes even centuries. Solid wood furniture can be refinished and repaired easier than furniture made of other materials.

Solid wood furniture is typically sealed with a high quality finish, which helps the furniture to last even longer. Grothouse solid wood surfaces are either sealed with our exclusive Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish or Original Oil™. Both are high quality finishes that keep the surfaces looking like new and protect them from everyday use.

Finding out if the furniture is made of solid wood is the best way to identify the quality. Be sure to find out if the solid wood was used to craft the entire piece or just certain parts. Another way to ensure you are purchasing a high quality piece is to shop at the right places, like Grothouse for example. Every piece crafted at Grothouse is made of high quality wood.

Learn more about the high quality wood surfaces custom crafted by Grothouse on our website www.glumber.com.

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Round Kitchen Counter Corners

Round Kitchen Counter Corners are an easy way to make your design unique, add a sense of smoothness to your space. In addition, they make the counter safe for families with young children in the kitchen.

Round Kitchen Counter Corners | Wood Countertops, Butcher Blocks, Bar Tops, Tables
Round Kitchen Counter Corners

Round corners can be achieved by designing a counter with a round shape, such as a circle, oval or with an arc or curve. Another way round corners can be achieved is by selecting a round edge profile for the top horizontal edges, bottom horizontal edges and vertical corners. The roundest edge profiles available at Grothouse include: ½” Roundover¾” Roundover1” Roundover1 ½” Roundover and Full Bullnose.

Designs with Round Kitchen Counter Corners

The designers of these kitchens found creative ways to ease the transition from counter to walking zone. It’s pretty standard for kitchen island cabinets to run in a straight line. But sometimes, that isn’t the smoothest route. These two kitchens employ clever usage of wood island countertops with round corners. Though the solutions vary, each makes the nearby passageway feel a little more smooth. Could this be a solution for your kitchen?

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop with Round Corners
Walnut Butcher Block with Round Corners

Haile Kitchen & Bath designed this transitional kitchen. Its large island features a Walnut end grain butcher block with an arched end. The edge profile selected for this design is an 1/8″ Roundover on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges.

Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Counter and Dining Table with Round Corners
Peruvian Walnut Counter with Round Corners

Kitchen counters with round corners are perfect for dining tables, like this one designed by Wendy Danziger of Danziger Design. This Peruvian Walnut edge grain wood countertop features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges. Click here to learn more about this countertop design.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs with round kitchen counter corners.

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Breakfast Bar Tops

Breakfast bar tops are a brilliant way to add extra living space into the kitchen. They are the little perch where you start, and often finish, the day. Most designers choose a solid wood countertop for breakfast bars. Unlike stone and metal, wood is a naturally warm surface that is perfect for sipping morning coffee or enjoying ice cream.

Despite its name, a breakfast bar isn’t just a spot for morning coffee and a bowl of oatmeal. This handy feature, which can be as simple or ornate as your kitchen is, fulfills multiple roles: a cocktail party buffet, a kids’ homework station, extra dinner party seating and more.

Most breakfast bars are designed to sit higher than the kitchen countertops, but they have been designed to align with kitchen countertops as well as even sitting below them.

Designs with Breakfast Bar Tops

Custom Wood Breakfast Bar Tops for Kitchen Islands
Walnut Breakfast Bar Top

The cooking and eating zones on this kitchen island designed by Todd Wiley of Tru Kitchens have been ingeniously divided up, thanks to different worktop materials. It’s a simple trick that makes it instantly feel less like a workaday kitchen and more like a multi-functional space. For the breakfast bar, a Walnut countertop was designed to fit perfectly around the other countertop material.

Custom Wood Reclaimed Chestnut Breakfast Bar Tops for Kitchen Islands
Reclaimed Chestnut Breakfast Bar Top

Designer Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio used Reclaimed Chestnut for this raised breakfast bar top. The wood has tons of ramshackle character and adds organic charm to the space.

Custom Walnut All Heartwood Breakfast Bar Top
Walnut All Heartwood Breakfast Bar Top

This half-wall could easily have languished as wasted space. However, Kitchenscapes saw an opportunity and put it to work with a simple Walnut All Heartwood counter, fun blue tile and bar stools that creates the perfect spot for coffee or cocktails.

Custom Cherry with Sapwood Breakfast Bar Top
Cherry with Sapwood Breakfast Bar Top

This large Cherry with Sapwood breakfast bar top designed by Kubik Builders provides plenty of room for sitting and gathering out of the main food prep space on the opposite side of the kitchen island.

Want to see more designs featuring breakfast bar tops? Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library by clicking here.

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