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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Custom Metal Countertops designed by New Ravenna

New Ravenna is America’s premier designer and manufacturer of stone and glass mosaic tiles. Handcrafted in Virginia, their tile is fashioned into decorative borders, murals, field tile and medallions to create distinctive styles and textures. The end result is a custom, one-of-a-kind work of art.

They recently released a new collection, Jardins Français designed by Caroline Beaupere. With the introduction of this new collection, New Ravenna designed Anvil™ custom metal countertops to match the materials in the mosaic tiles.

Inspired by the formal gardens of France, the Jardins Français features a variety of materials that represent the four seasons. In Caroline’s words, “I have always been moved by the light in France and how it changes throughout the year, affecting the gardens as it comes and goes.”

Custom Metal Countertops designed by New Ravenna
Magnum Countertop designed by New Ravenna

A Magnum metal countertop was gilded to match Fleur de Lys flooring, shown in polished Bardiglio, Calacatta Gold, and Brass. The luminescent shell used in this tile represents Spring.

Custom Metal Countertops designed by New Ravenna
Magnum Countertop designed by New Ravenna

The Anvil™ Magnum metal countertop also pairs beautifully with Fleur de Lys in polished Calacatta Gold, Thassos, and Brass.

Magnum Brass Metal Countertop designed by New Ravenna
Magnum Countertop designed by New Ravenna

Jardin de Versailles emulates the golden hues of Fall. Shown in polished Calacatta Gold and Brass, this pattern is paired with a gleaming Magnum countertop.

Axel Stainless Steel Metal Countertop designed by New Ravenna
Axel Countertop designed by New Ravenna

Tuileries Petite is a hand-cut mosaic shown in polished Thassos, Nero Marquina, and brushed Aluminum. The grey hues in this bold textural design are echoed in the Axel metal countertop.

Anvil™ custom metal countertops are an excellent match for mosaic tiles, complementing the abstract colors and designs. Grothouse is honored to partner with a fellow made in America manufacturer whose talents are celebrated worldwide.

You can learn more about the New Ravenna Jardins Français collection by clicking here. To see more designs featuring Anvil™ metal countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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Brass Fixtures and Wood Countertops

Brass fixtures are an extremely popular kitchen trend showing up everywhere. Earlier this year, Houzz predicted that brass fixtures would gain popularity, and they were right. Combined with neutral components, like wood countertops, a new, elegant design is created that hasn’t been used for decades.

Kitchen Designs with Brass Fixtures and Wood Countertops
Brass Fixtures and Wood Countertops Photo via My Soulful Home 

Kitchen Designs with Brass Fixtures and Wood Countertops

The featured kitchen design with brass fixtures pictured above is Olivia Brock’s kitchen via My Soulful Home. Below are more kitchen designs featuring brass and wood countertops.

Rustic Kitchen Design with Brass Fixtures and Reclaimed Wood Table Top
Brass and Reclaimed Wood Table Top

Designed by Lobkovich, this kitchen mixes both warm and cool hues to evoke a rustic aesthetic amongst a desaturated backdrop. Brass hardware is used on the table crafted by Grothouse with a Reclaimed Chestnut wood top. Brass is also found on the range and light fixtures.

Kitchen Design with Brass Fixtures and Walnut Wood Table
Brass and Walnut Wood Table

The Grothouse Anvil™ line of metal gilded wood surfaces includes a Magnum brass-colored finish. For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016, Matthew Quinn designed a Walnut wood table with an Anvil™ Magnum banded edge. Also found on the hood and light fixtures, the brass pops against the neutral tones throughout the rest of the kitchen.

Brass Fixtures with Anvil Magnum Metal Countertop and Peruvian Walnut Countertop
Brass with Anvil Magnum Metal Countertop and Peruvian Walnut Countertop

Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry designed this display for the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016 featuring an Anvil™ Magnum metal finished counter, Peruvian Walnut countertop and brass cabinet hardware.

Blue Kitchen with Brass Fixtures and Anvil Magnum Metal Countertop
Brass and Anvil Magnum Metal Countertop

Plain & Fancy also chose a Magnum counter for their display at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016. This display boasts brass accents everywhere with matching cabinetry hardware.

 Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs with brass fixtures and wood countertops.

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Custom Counters Complement Decorative Backsplashes

Custom Counters by Grothouse Complement Decorative Backsplashes
Custom Counters Complement Decorative Backsplashes

Some of the industry’s best have designed Grothouse custom counters to complement decorative backsplashes to create unique and outstanding designs. Whether it be a solid wood surface or an Anvil™ metal countertop, it can be designed to complement even the most drastic backsplash.

Designs featuring Custom Counters and Decorative Backsplashes

White Oak Bar Top with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish Complements Gold-striped Marble Backsplash
White Oak Bar Top with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish Complements Gold-striped Marble

Matthew Quinn designed House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016, which included this wet bar. Quinn covered the wall in gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles by AKDO arranged in a sunburst pattern around the window. A White Oak Rift Sawn Blank with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish bar top was designed to bring out the gray tones in the marble. Also designed for this space were custom floating shelves to match the bar top.

Peruvian Walnut Countertop and Shelves Complement a Wall Covered in mica shavings
Peruvian Walnut Countertop and Shelves Complement a Wall Covered in mica shavings. Photography: Nikki Ritcher for House Beautiful.

A Peruvian Walnut countertop and matching shelves stand out against Phillip Jeffrie’s Quartz wall covering made of mica shavings. This kitchen was designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in California. This kitchen also featured an extraordinary backsplash composed of Black and Silver Iridized Chrysalis tiles by Ann Sacks.

Walnut Butcher Block Complements Handpainted Tiles inspired by the Mediterranean Sea
Walnut Butcher Block Complements Handpainted Tiles

This rustically elegant kitchen boasts a myriad of textures and materials. Designed by Peter Cardamone and Lynne Kaltman of Blue Bell Kitchens, a custom Walnut butcher block and leathered quartzite countertops complement the Mediterranean Sea inspired handpainted by Tabarka Backsplash.

See how other designers use custom counters to complement decorative backsplashes by visiting the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. For even further inspiration, follow our profile on Houzz.

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Ferrum Iron Countertops

The Anvil™ Ferrum metal finish creates a appearance to iron countertops and zinc countertops when applied to Grothouse wood surfaces or composite substrates. Over time, the Anvil™ Ferrum finish will tarnish like a real metal surface, giving it a unique appearance.

Anvil™ Ferrum Iron Countertops
Anvil™ Ferrum Iron Countertops

Designing Ferrum Iron Countertops

Ferrum countertops provide both a classic and a modern look that combines the cool tone of metal with the warmth and charm of a wood surface.  They are typically popular in traditional style spaces, but can be custom designed to fit any space in your home.

Anvil Ferrum Iron Countertops by Grothouse
Ferrum Countertops combine the cool tone of metal and the warmth of wood.

Ferrum countertops can be crafted to any shape or size. They can even be crafted into Pastore™ waterfall countertops or tables. Any custom feature can be added to the countertop to add function and appeal, like an integrated bowl. Integrated bowls provide the ability to decoratively hold fruit, eggs, or other items.

The edge profile chosen will shape the style of the countertop. Ferrum countertops can include any of our 40+ edge profiles available. Custom edges can also be crafted to make your countertop one-of-a-kind.

Ferrum Iron Countertops for Kitchens by Grothouse
Ferrum Countertops can include any edge profile.

Unlike real metal countertops, Ferrum countertops can be used in outdoor applications when the finish is applied to an exterior rated substrate.

If you are seeking a cleaner look, choose a wood countertop with Ferrum metal finish and a topcoat of our Durata® Waterproof and Permanent Finish. Ferrum countertops with a topcoat of Durata® may not be used outdoors.

Click here to learn more about Anvil™ Metal Countertops by Grothouse. To see designs with Ferrum Iron Countertops visit our Countertop Image Library.

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The Camelot Edge Profile

The Camelot Edge Profile exclusively available on Grothouse Wood Surfaces
The Camelot Edge Profile

The Camelot Edge Profile is exclusively available on Grothouse custom solid wood surfaces. The name “Camelot” is most commonly known as a castle and court associated with King Arthur. This edge profile features strong details and elegant curves, much like the architecture of the Camelot castle. And thus, the edge profile was named the Camelot.

Designing Wood Countertops with the Camelot Edge Profile

A countertop must be at least 3 3/4 inches thick to feature the Camelot edge. A large overhang is required because of edge projection. This edge also features a large inside radius.

Camelot Wood Countertop Edge Profile
Camelot Wood Countertop Edge Profile

The edge can be applied to wood countertops crafted in edge grain and end grain construction style. Flat grain construction with applied edges can be done, but is not recommended as it would be unusual at that thickness. This edge cannot be added to a composite substrate.

A wood countertop with the Camelot edge can be crafted in any of our 60+ wood species. It can also be coated in any of our Anvil™ metal finishes. Any of our custom features and options can also be applied to a countertop with a Camelot edge.

Camelot Edge Profile on Hard Maple Wood Countertop by Grothouse
Camelot Edge on Hard Maple crafted in Edge Grain Construction and coated in Anvil Axel Finish

The Camelot edge profile photograph featured in this blog is a sample crafted out of Hard Maple wood in edge grain construction style. The wood is coated in the Anvil™ Axel metal finish. The sample is a 3 3/4 inches thick.

This sample is a part of our Anvil™ Metal Sample Kit for Grothouse Dealers. If you are interested in becoming an Anvil™ Grothouse Dealer and purchasing the kit, contact us at glumber@glumber.com.

Top of the Camelot Edge Profile
Top of the Camelot Edge Profile

You can view more edge profiles available for Grothouse wood surfaces by visiting this page on our website. Visit the Countertop Image Library to see designs featuring wood surfaces with the Camelot edge profile.

Exodus Oil Rubbed Bronze Countertops

Anvil™ Exodus Oil Rubbed Bronze Countertops
Anvil™ Exodus Oil Rubbed Bronze Countertop

The Anvil™ Exodus finish imitates the look of areal Oil Rubbed Bronze countertops when applied to a wood surface or a composite substrate. Anvil™ Exodus metal countertops offer a distinct appearance and can be designed to fit any style space.

Designs with Exodus Oil Rubbed Bronze Countertops

Because the Anvil™ Exodus metal finish is being applied to wood surfaces or composite substrates, Exodus countertops can be designed and crafted for curved  and complex applications, unlike real metal countertops. Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry designed an Exodus Oil Rubbed Bronze countertop for their display at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016.

Anvil™ Exodus Countertop designed by Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry
Anvil™ Exodus Countertop designed by Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry

The countertop was crafted for the kitchen island pictured above. It includes  an undermount Franke PKX11021 sink and Franke FF3100 faucet.

Exodus Countertop with Franke Undermount Sink and Faucet
Exodus Countertop with Franke Undermount Sink and Faucet

The design included laser engraving of the Grothouse logo in the corner of the countertop.

Exodus Countertop with Laser Engraving
Exodus Countertop with Laser Engraving

When the Exodus metal finish is applied to a composite substrate, the countertop can be used in exterior spaces like an outdoor kitchen or seating area.

Exodus countertops match an array of decorative cabinet hardware and lighting, making it easy to unify the look of any kitchen or bath design.

Most designers use Exodus countertops in spaces they want to add old world character. They are perfect for rustic and down-to-earth spaces.

Learn more about metal countertops by visiting this page on our website. Check out the Countertop Image Library to see more designs including Exodus Oil Rubbed Bronze Countertops.

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Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops

Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops
Anvil™ Argentum Countertops

The Anvil™ Argentum finish imitates the look of real nickel silver countertops. Argentum countertops are identical to nickel silver countertops in look, while embracing the benefits of wood countertops. Argentum countertops are warm to the touch. They are not limited to size or shape, and can be used for complex designs and curved applications unlike real metal countertops.

The Argentum finish can be applied to any wood specie or a composite substrate. When applied to a composite substrate, the countertop can be used in outdoor applications. Countertops with the Argentum finish may include a Durata® overcoat.

Designs with Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops

Argentum Nickel Silver countertops were recently featured in the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 designed by Matthew Quinn. Grothouse crafted a Rift Cut White Oak wood bar top with Argentum metal finish. The Argentum finish was applied to show the texture and grain of the wood. The bar top includes an overcoat of our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.

Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops in House Beautiful KOTY 2016
Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops in House Beautiful KOTY 2016

Grothouse also crafted the floating shelves in this bar area out of a composite substrate with the Argentum metal finish. The shelves include an overcoat of Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish as well.

Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Floating Shelves in House Beautiful KOTY 2016
Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Shelves in House Beautiful KOTY 2016

To see more designs featuring Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops, visit our Countertop Image Library. Visit this page on our website to learn more about the Anvil™ line of metal countertops and the other metal finishes available.

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Kratos Copper Countertops

Anvil™ Kratos Copper Countertops
Anvil™ Kratos Countertops

The Anvil™ line of wood surfaces imitate metal countertops in look and function. The Anvil™ Kratos finish is similar to a copper-like finish. Just like real metal countertops, Kratos copper countertops oxidize and tarnish over time, giving them a unique patina with hints of red, green, and brown.

Kratos Copper Countertops
Kratos Countertops have a unique patina with hints of red, green, and brown.

Designing Kratos Copper Countertops

Kratos countertops offer are distinctive in old world charm and a characterful appearance, and tend to be quite a conversation piece. They are typically popular in traditional style spaces, but can be custom designed to fit any space in your home.

Kratos Copper Countertops by Grothouse
Kratos countertops can include any of our custom features.

Kratos countertops can feature any of our countertop edge profiles and our countertop options. Laser engraving is one of the most common options because it allows you to add a personal touch to your copper-like countertop.

If a designer wishes to keep the surface looking pristine, Anvil™ surfaces can be over coated with our exclusive Durata® finish.

Click here to learn more about our Anvil™ line of metal countertops. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking us on Facebook!

Engraved Metal Countertops

Anvil™ Engraved Metal Countertops by Grothouse
Anvil™ Metal Countertops with Engraving by Grothouse

Anvil™ Engraved Metal Countertops by Grothouse allow you to truly personalize your surface with any design. Anvil™ metal countertops with engraving exhibit a luxurious appearance that is completely unique to your very own personal taste.

Engraved Metal Countertops | Designs

One of the most popular designs engraved in metal countertops is the diamond pattern pictured below.

Engraved Metal Countertops with Diamond Pattern
Diamond Pattern Engraved in Metal Countertop

The diamond pattern can be featured on any Anvil™ metal countertop finish available. The pattern can be engraved in the top of the countertop, but it can also be engraved along the edges.

Engraved Metal Countertops with Diamond Pattern
Engraved Diamond Pattern in Metal Countertop

Another popular design engraved in metal countertops is a company logo. Engraved logos really stand out against metal finishes. Pictured below is our company logo engraved in a Magnum metal countertop.

Magnum Brass Engraved Metal Countertops
Company Logo Engraved in Magnum Metal Countertop

Pictured below is our company logo engraved in a Palladium metal countertop. This finish exhibits the appearance of White Gold. This metal countertop was featured in the Plain & Fancy Cabinetry display at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016.

Palladium White Gold Engraved Metal Countertops
Company Logo Engraved in Palladium Metal Countertop

The color of the area engraved differs depending on the metal finish you choose. Below is an Exodus metal countertop that has our company logo laser engraved into the corner of the surface.

Exodus Oil Rubbed Bronze Engraved Metal Countertops
Company Logo Engraved in Exodus Metal Countertop

Anvil™ metal countertops with laser engraving by Grothouse can include a topcoat of our exclusive Durata® waterproof permanent finish or they can be left with the raw metal finish. Click here to learn more about our Anvil™ line of metal countertops.