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 Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works.
About the Designer: Phoebe really enjoys working with clients to bring their ideas to life. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and her goal is always to create a space that the homeowner is excited about, so they are happy to share it with family and friends. Aesthetics are very important, but a kitchen design is only successful when it is functional. As a designer my goal is always to create a beautiful space that feels effortless.
A Tip from Phoebe: Play with symmetry. A symmetrical layout is the foundation of any good design, but try making a statement with a glass cabinet that is a different size than all the rest, use asymmetry to create focal points.
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 Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.
About the Designer: Alicia Saso, AKBD, graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture. For the past eight years, Alicia has specialized in residential kitchen and bath design. “I believe that the most important part of the design process is at the beginning. That is when you form a relationship with your client and learn what is most important to them. Once that is established, everything else falls into place. My goal is to design a space that not only meets my client’s vision but exceeds it.” Click here to read Alicia’s full bio.
About Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio: Founded by Gail Drury, CMKBD in 1987, Drury Design’s Client Focused Design™ approach integrates design recommendations, materials selection and construction management into one seamless customer design, project management, and build experience.
Additional Comments and Advice: The client loved the uniqueness of the Grothouse top since every piece made out of reclaimed wood is individually unique. This anchored the rustic design of the kitchen.
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 Reclaimed Chestnut Counter designed by Shawna Dillon, ASID, NCIDQ of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro.
About the Designer: Shawna Dillon is an award-winning Interior Designer and the Principal of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro, employing over 16 years of experience with the Snaidero product. Shawna has a B.S. in Interior Design from Virginia Tech with a minor in Art History. She demonstrates her commitment to the design profession as an NCIDQ certificate holder and a professional member of ASID. Shawna offers her clients the expertise required to ensure that their project is completed on time and within budget, while reflecting the client’s individual tastes and improving the way their space functions.
A Tip from Shawna: Incorporating warmer elements, such as this cantilevered Grothouse reclaimed wood top, can help clients blend the elegance of a sleek contemporary cabinet style with a more transitional or traditional home.
This kitchen won Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award! Photographed by Gordon Beall Photography.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Snaidero – Paolo Pininfarina design in Coffe Elm and Burnished Gold with Bronze Glass
Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops radiate in rich, rustic charm. The wood exhibits an extremely unique character from hundreds of years of weathering. This look is nearly impossible to reproduce. Reclaimed Oak is also commonly referred to as Antique Oak.
Using Reclaimed Oak for your countertop is an environmental contribution because it is a recycled material. The reclaimed oak wood used by Grothouse to craft wood countertops is from dismantled antique Pennsylvania Barns. Each wood board is inspected and carefully juxtaposed to create a visually pleasing surface.
Designing Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops
Countertops crafted in Reclaimed Oak make a naturally stunning focal point in any space. While Reclaimed Oak countertops can be custom crafted for any style kitchen, we typically see them in country, rustic, and farmhouse style kitchens.
A modern farmhouse kitchen in Columbus, Ohio designed by Monica Miller , CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co. features a Reclaimed Oak kitchen island bar top. The bar top accents the floating wood shelves and provides a comfortable seating area. The charm and warmth of the wood adds to the farmhouse feel of the design.
Landmark Cabinetry designed this Reclaimed Oak countertop for a kitchen island in Rock Hill, New York. The countertop makes for the perfect focal point in this rustic kitchen and compliments the wood beams gracing the ceiling.
A stove top insert is conveniently located across from the main sink in the middle of the kitchen island. Food preparation is easily accomplished with this clever set up. Sealed in our exclusive Durata® Permanent Finish, this countertop is waterproof and durable.
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 Reclaimed Oak Counter designed by Monica Miller, CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co.
About the Designer: Monica works with her clients from the earliest conceptual stages of their project design through to the final walk through. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art & Design and is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (NKBA) and a Certified Remodeler (NARI). Monica has over 25 years of experience in the residential construction industry and joined J.S. Brown & Co. in 2002 as a designer and sales consultant.
A Tip from Monica: It’s very tempting to follow trends, instead discuss your needs and budget with your designer and try to make decisions based on your personal tastes, budget, and practical issues like durability and maintenance concerns. Your home should reflect your style, not just what you see on television.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Most existing cabinets remained and were painted. New pantry cabinet by Trail Cabinet.
Stained Reclaimed Wood Countertops crafted by Grothouse are a true piece of history. Our salvaged reclaimed wood is predominantly gathered from antique Pennsylvania barns. Turning the wood into Stained Reclaimed wood countertops is a form of artistry. Each board has natural imperfections that tell a story centuries old.
Reclaimed Wood Countertops take many forms at Grothouse. Clients have recycled them for use as vanity countertops, bar tops, kitchen counters and even planter boxes. They add an organic element to the space. The timeless appeal of the wood enhances traditional, transitional and contemporary designs. The prevalent antique reclaimed woods available at Grothouse are Oak, Heart Pine and Chestnut.
While the natural reclaimed wood is beautiful in itself, some clients desire a stain application. This blog covers the topic of Stained Reclaimed Wood Countertops crafted by Grothouse. The featured photography is of a Stained Reclaimed Chestnut Countertop designed by Geneva Cabinet Gallery.
Stained Reclaimed Wood Countertops | Options
Reclaimed Wood Countertops can be stained with any of our 60 stock stains or it can be custom stained. We use a color lab for all stain matches. Matches will be within a delta E of 0.5 or less. Stained Reclaimed Wood Countertops are typically stained with our stock stain applications.
The Stained Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop pictured above was stained with one of ourStock Stains. It has a 1/8 inch Roundover Edge Profile on the Top Horizontal Edges, Bottom Horizontal Edges, and Vertical Corners.
The pictured Stained Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop includes an Integrated Synthesis Chicago Bar Rail and an Integrated Drink Rail. Below are more photographs of the same countertop.
Stained Reclaimed Wood Countertops | Finish
All Stained Reclaimed Wood Countertops are required to be finished with our proprietary Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. This finish is maintenance-free and seals the countertop safely, protecting the stain from most household chemicals. Water left on the surface dries with no water rings. Red wine, vinegar, alcohol, soaps and coffee will not affect the finish.
Adding Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops to any space is recycling at its high end finest. Reclaimed wood is a green alternative to using newer generations of wood for countertops. It is endorsed by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops exhibit the natural historical aspects of the originality of the wood. The natural historical aspects convey character and create an extremely unique appearance.
Designing | Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops take many forms at Grothouse. Clients have recycled them for use as vanity countertops, bar tops, kitchen counters and even planter boxes.
Pictured below is a Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Counter made in Flat Grain Construction to be used for kitchen countertops. This Reclaimed Wood Counter was designed by Classic Stone Works, Inc. The counter includes two mitered joints with pre-installed hidden hardware.
As earlier stated, Reclaimed Chestnut Countertops take many forms at Grothouse, including bathroom vanities. The Kitchen Strand designed the Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Bathroom Vanity shown below. This countertop is made in Edge Grain Construction. The countertop is complimented with a Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Backsplash.
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops | Facts
Reclaimed Chestnut is the rarest reclaimed wood. Reclaimed Chestnut wood countertops by Grothouse are derived from dismantled antique Pennsylvania Barns.
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.