Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath.

Design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

About the Designer: Growing up overseas, Sarah developed a passion for historical preservation. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Interior Design. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on Color Therapy and strongly believes that living amidst great design can positively affect your subconscious and inspire you. After working over a decade in the design/build field, Sarah found herself drawn to the nuance and detail of custom millwork. In 2014, this passion led her to Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and  Bath. Her award-winning work has been featured in HOME, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Chesapeake Home and The Washingtonian.

A Tip from Sarah: Be realistic about how you cook and what your storage needs are. Do an inventory of all your largest and smallest gadgets. You most likely have more than you think! Now is the time to efficiently find dedicated space for everything from that colander to the smallest measuring spoons. We have innovative ways to maximize even the smallest spaces if we accurately know what your needs are. A collaborative project is the best kind!

Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen Bath
Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: QCCI Quality Custom Cabinetry

Countertops: Bratti Black Soapstone perimeter countertops; Grothouse Walnut with Sapwood kitchen island countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Backsplash: Silver Quartzite Edge Mosaic Tile

Stove: Wolf GR486G 48” Dual Fuel Pro Range with black knobs, six burners, and griddle

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero IT-36Ci Refrigerator with Ice Maker

Other Appliances: Hot rolled steel shelf with 3 puck lights

Additional Comments and Advice: We sourced a reclaimed beam from a barn in Pennsylvania and accented a custom hood with it to add character and warmth. Reclaimed wood also frames each of the doorways to extend the rough hewn wood texture. Soapstone and walnut wood was used on the countertops to add to the patina.

Walnut with Sapwood Countertop for a Kitchen Island designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Walnut with Sapwood Countertop for a Kitchen Island
Kitchen Island with Walnut wood countertop designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen Island with Walnut wood countertop
Undermount sink in Walnut wood countertop designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Undermount sink in Walnut wood countertop

View additional designs by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs featuring a Walnut Kitchen Island Top.

Photography by Bob Narod.

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Custom Distressed Walnut Countertop in a kitchen designed by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths

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.

Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths
Custom Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by 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.”

Distressed Walnut Countertop with a sink designed by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths
Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Mouser Custom Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Wood

Countertops: 

Perimeter – Honed Marble

Island – 1 3/4″ thick Flat Grain Walnut with sapwood countertop features a Standard Roman Ogee edge profile. It is distressed to level 4 with a hand rubbed black glaze and sealed with our exclusive Durata® Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Stove: Wolf Range

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero Refrigeration

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.

View additional designs by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Houzz. To see more designs including a Distressed Walnut Countertop, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking our page on Facebook.

Custom Sapele Mahogany Countertop in a bathroom designed by Collaborative Interiors

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured bathroom includes a Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Vawn Greany CMKBD lead designer and Trisha Gaffney AKBD co-designer of Collaborative Interiors.

Mahogany Countertop designed by Vawn Greany of Collaborative Interiors
Vawn Greany of Collaborative Interiors

About the Designer: As a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer, Vawn enjoys specializing in cabinetry and thrives on kitchen and bath design. Vawn has been published numerous times in local and national publications, as well as won several local design awards. In 2008, after several successful years in the cabinet/design industry, she launched her own design firm, Collaborative Interiors, in Seattle Washington.

A Tip from Vawn: Hidden supports and center lines were very important in this project. To be sure all details work out perfectly, it’s helpful to collaborate with vendors and tradesmen during the planning and construction phases.

Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Collaborative Interiors
Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Collaborative Interiors

Design Details

Flooring: Cork

Countertops: Flat Grain Sapele Mahogany Countertop finished with Durata® waterproof permanent finish in Matte sheen

Faucet: Newport Brass

Sink: Toto

Toilet: Toto & Gaberit

Backsplash: Geowhite Matte Field

Wall Color: Stone Tile – Island Stone Himachal White, Strip Cladding

Other Appliances: Hidden brackets were used to support the floating vanity

Advice: Big things come in small packages. It’s hard to believe that this was just and old shoe / mail closet before! The details of this naturally styled powder room fell into place nicely. It was fun to figure out the compact, spatial details so that everything would function comfortably in a room only 48″ wide. The beautiful Sapele floating vanity was perfectly arched to miss the door swing and the wall hung toilet saved space. All fixtures are complimented by the subtle color and rough texture of the stacked stone walls. In its simplicity, each and everyone of these details became very important to not overwhelm this tiny powder room.

Custom Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Collaborative Interiors
Custom Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Collaborative Interiors
Custom Mahogany Countertop designed by Collaborative Interiors
Custom Mahogany Countertop designed by Collaborative Interiors

View additional designs by Collaborative Interiors on their website and Houzz. To see more designs including a Sapele Mahogany Countertop, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

Custom Sapele Mahogany Countertop in a bathroom designed by Palmer Todd

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured bathroom includes a Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Michael Mortensen of Palmer Todd.

Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Michael Mortensen of Palmer Todd
Michael Mortensen of Palmer Todd

About the Designer: Michael Mortensen is the Senior Tile Designer who brings more than 20 years of sales experience to Palmer Todd. His extensive product training and hands–on experience are responsible for his vast knowledge of tile and stone characteristics and use. He takes client satisfaction very seriously and always strives to provide excellent customer service.

Michael is a long-time top performer at Palmer Todd. His extensive sales experience has aided in the training of other Palmer Todd associates. He is forthright and resourceful, and believes the best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

Michael enjoys philanthropic work and has dedicated much of his personal time to his Church’s Missionary work in Uganda, Africa, as well as aiding in fundraising efforts for organizations such as the Battered Women’s Shelter, Susan G. Komen, and the American Cancer Society.

A Tip from Michael: Learn the diversity inherent in the material. Wood countertops can be used in other locations and are extremely durable.

Custom Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Palmer Todd
Custom Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Palmer Todd

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Downsview

Cabinet Hardware: Burnished Brass Nanz Hardware (8240/8827)

Flooring: New Ravenna Waverly Mosaic

Countertops: Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop crafted in Flat Grain construction, complete with a Roman Ogee edge profile, finished with Durata® waterproof permanent finish in Satin sheen and black glaze.

Faucet: Waterworks Henry Antique Brass

Sink: Kohler Ladena Undermount

Wall Color: Custom Wallpaper

Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Palmer Todd
Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Palmer Todd
Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Palmer Todd
Sapele Mahogany Countertop designed by Palmer Todd

View additional designs by Palmer Todd on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz. To see more designs including a Sapele Mahogany Countertop, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

Types of Sinks in Wood Countertops

Types of Sinks in Wood Countertops
Sinks in Wood Countertops

The types of sinks that can be included in Grothouse wood countertops and butcher blocks are limitless. Sinks can be made in any style – from vessel sinks to apron sinks, single or double bowl, and made out of any material – from stainless steel to cast iron.

Types of Sinks

Vessel Sink in Wenge Wood Countertop
Vessel Sink in a Wenge Wood Countertop

This bathroom designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath includes a Wenge wood countertop with a Vessel sink.

Apron Sink in a Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block
Apron Sink in a Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block

Showcase Kitchens designed this Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block with a Walnut Border to include an Apron sink.

Farmhouse Sink in Wenge Countertop
Farmhouse Sink in a Wenge Countertop

The Shadowlight Group designed this Wenge wood countertop to include a Farmhouse sink.

Double Bowl Undermount Sink in Teak Wood Countertop
Double Bowl Undermount Sink in a Teak Wood Countertop

The most common sink included in wood countertops is an undermount sink. Blanco designed this Teak wood countertop to incorporate a Blanco Niagara Double Bowl #440160 undermount sink.

Overmount Sink in Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop
Overmount Sink in a Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block

Plain & Fancy Cabinetry designed this Sapele Mahogany butcher block countertop to include an overmount Kohler Sink model Brinx K3674 in Stainless Steel.

Types of Faucets

Grothouse wood countertops and butcher blocks can also accommodate any type of faucet. Other accessories can also be included, like soap dispensers and sprayers.

To view more designs of wood countertops and butcher blocks with sinks, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website.

Santos Mahogany Countertops

Santos Mahogany Countertops crafted by Grothouse
Santos Mahogany Countertops by Grothouse

Santos Mahogany Countertops are extremely unique because the wood specie is not seen often. One special characteristic of Santos Mahogany is that it has a wide variation in color. Santos Mahogany is a very dense South American species and is a mahogany alternative. Santos Santos Mahogany Countertops are typically crafted in Edge Grain Construction, which is shown in the diagram below.

Edge Grain Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Edge Grain Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Edge Grain Construction is extremely stable and makes for great kitchen surface countertops. 

Santos Mahogany Countertops | Design

Santos Mahogany Countertops are typically designed to be used as kitchen surface countertops.

Modern Elegance designed the Santos Mahogany countertops shown in the image below. The deep red color of the countertop stands out beautifully against the white traditional cabinetry. The countertop is sealed with our Durata® Permanent Finish.

Santos Mahogany Countertops designed by Modern Elegance
Santos Mahogany Kitchen Countertop, design by Modern Elegance

Quality Design Works, Inc. designed the Santos Mahogany Countertop shown in the image below for the kitchen island. The countertop has a Conventional Double Roman Ogee Edge Profile to prevail a traditional appearance. The countertop includes an undermount sink and one faucet hole. It also has one arc and is sealed with Durata® Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.

Santos Mahogany Countertops for Kitchen Islands
Santos Mahogany Kitchen Island Countertop, design by Quality Design Works, Inc.

The kitchen featured in the image below includes a Santos Mahogany Countertop, which served as a backdrop for a skit on the television show Saturday Night Live. Click here to view the skit. The Santos Mahogany Countertops in the kitchen were sealed with Durata® Permanent Finish. The Countertops have a custom edge profile to carry out the traditional and french flair of the kitchen.

Santos Mahogany Countertops on Saturday Night Live
Santos Mahogany Countertops on Saturday Night Live

Santos Mahogany Countertops are typically designed to be used as kitchen surface countertops. They are also typically crafted in Edge Grain Construction Style. Santos Mahogany Countertops can include any of the Wood Countertop Options and Features available. Most often than not, they are finished with Durata® Permanent Finish.

Durata® Permanent Finish is a proprietary finish exclusive to surfaces crafted by The Grothouse Lumber Company. Durata® makes the countertop a completely waterproof and chemical resistant surface after 30 days. Durata® is not only waterproof, but does not require any ongoing maintenance. Durata® is Green guard certified and has received the highest possible rating for durability from ASTM International, a worldwide standard setting organization. The finish is not affected by Lacquer thinner, Ammonia, Red Wine, Vinegar, Oil, Ketchup, Mustard, Bleach, or Soaps. Durata® is available in Satin Sheen or Matte Sheen. It is FDA approved for indirect exposure (i.e. Kneading dough), but not for direct chopping. Direct chopping applications should be avoided. For chopping applications, Grothouse recommends Grothouse Original Oil™.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to view more Santos Mahogany Countertops sealed with Durata® Permanent Finish.

Grothouse Wood Countertops Sinks

Grothouse Wood Countertops Sinks
Grothouse Wood Countertops with Sinks

One of the most common questions we are asked is, “Can Wood Countertops have sinks?” The answer is YES! At Grothouse, we manufacture Wood Countertops with Sink Cutouts every single day. Designing wood countertops with sinks is no different than designing with any other countertop surface. We seal all sink openings with proprietary methods that assure you a wood countertop with a lifetime of worry-free use. With our advanced technology and expertise in the Wood Countertop Industry, Grothouse countertops can include a variety of sinks. This blog will discuss the most popular sinks we accommodate.

Wood Countertops Sinks | Undermount Sinks

Wood Countertops with Undermount sinks are the most popular style of sink. This is our preferred method because they provide a clean line on the surface.

Pictured below is a Teak Wood Countertop with an Undermount Sink. The sink is a Blanco Niagara Double Bowl #440160 with a Blanco Meridian 1.8 Semi-Pro Faucet#440558.

Wood Countertops Sinks, Wood Countertops with Undermount Sink by Blanco
Grothouse Teak Wood Countertop with Blanco Undermount Sink, designed by Blanco

Wood Countertops Sinks | Farmhouse Sinks

Another type of undermount sink commonly paired with Wood Countertops are Farmhouse Sinks.

The Wenge Wood Countertop shown in the picture below includes a a large Blanco Farmhouse Sink.

Wood Countertops with Sinks, Wenge Wood Countertop with Farmhouse Sink
Wenge Wood Countertop with Undermount Farmhouse Sink, designed by The Shadowlight Group

Wood Countertops Sinks | Overmount Sinks

Grothouse also manufactures countertops to include Overmount Sinks. Overmount sinks are self rimming and the lip of the sink frames the sink opening.

The picture below is a Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop with an Overmount Kohler Sink Model Brinx K3674 Stainless Steel.

Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop with Overmount Sink
Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop with Overmount Kohler Sink, designed by Plain & Fancy

You can learn more information and specifications about Grothouse Wood Countertops Sinks by clicking here.

 

Kitchen Island Countertop on This Old House®

Grothouse has had the honor of crafting a kitchen island countertop for the This Old House® renovation of an 1872 Italianate in the historic Boston suburb of Arlington.

Kitchen Island Countertop for This Old House® Arlington
This Old House® Arlington Project

Kitchen Island Countertop Details 

The kitchen island countertop is 300 pounds and 11 feet long. It is crafted of Burmese Teak wood in Flat Grain Construction. The countertop is sealed with our Durata® Finish in Satin sheen; a maintenance-free, waterproof finish only available on Grothouse wood surfaces. The countertop includes an Apron Sink Cutout for a Kohler sink (Model K6487). The countertop has a 1/8″ Roundover Edge Profile on all of the top horizontal edges. The vertical corners and the bottom horizontal edges are square.

Custom Wood Kitchen Island Countertop crafted by Grothouse
Kitchen Island Countertop crafted of Burmese Teak Wood in Flat Grain Construction.

Episode Details

The island countertop can be seen on Episode 3324 (Season 33, Episode 24) of This Old House® called “Decorative Details.”

In this episode Norm Abram finds Paul Grothouse at the house ready to install the stunning countertop and sink.

This episode will begin airing on April 17, 2014. You can check your local listings to see when the episode will air near you.

About The Grothouse Lumber Company:

This episode is the sixth appearance of Grothouse on This Old House®. 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.

Visit our website http://www.glumber.com  to learn more about designs with a kitchen island countertop.

Zebrawood Countertops

Zebrawood countertops are popular for modern and contemporary styled spaces. Zebrawood is a type of wood that can be found in Africa. Zebrawood got it’s name because of its resemblance to the stripes of a zebra. It has a strong early wood to late wood contrast. It is an exotic decorative wood. The grain is typically wavy or interlocked.

zebrawood countertops
Custom wood countertop made of Zebrawood by Grothouse

Zebrawood Countertops

Grothouse crafts Zebrawood Countertops in Flat Grain and End Grain construction. It is great for crafting countertops because it is hard and heavy. It has a Janka scale of 1575.

Pictured below is a Zebrawood Bar Top in Kentucky. This kitchen was designed by Creative Kitchen & Bath. 

Zebrawood  countertops
Zebrawood Bar Top in Kentucky designed by Creative Kitchen & Bath

This bar top is made in Flat Grain construction. Zebrawood contains various brown colors such as a yellow brown and darker brown. The variations of brown in the wood compliment the brown colors in the flooring.

Zebrawood can also be crafted in End Grain Construction. Also known as a Butcher Block. Pictured is a Butcher Block Dining Table.

Zebrawood  Countertops butcherblock style
Zebrawood Butcher Block Dining Table designed by Brandy Cohen of Dandamudi’s, Inc.

The table was designed by Dandamudi’s, Inc. We love this creative use of a butcher block. It can be used as a food preparation station for direct chopping. It can also be converted into a dining table. This design provides creative inspiration for small kitchens and apartments.

Zebrawood Facts

Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz used it in their vehicles. It can used for skis or tool handles. It is sometimes used to make guitars. It is generally sold quartersawn to ensure even lineal figure. It is also known as Zebrano, Palmaletto, African Zebrawood, Zingana, Okwen, and Allen Ele.

The Countertop Design Guide contains more information about Zebrawood.

Zebrawood Countertops are a striking statement that works well in contemporary and transitional designs.

Walnut Butcher Block Countertops

Walnut Butcher block Countertops by GrothouseWalnut Butcher Block Countertops by Grothouse

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.

American Black Walnut Butcher Block Countertops

The large kitchen island countertop above is flanked by two raised American Black Walnut Butcher Blocks of end grain construction.  The foundation of the countertop is constructed of American Cherry with a double border of Wenge and American Black Walnut. View this page http://www.glumber.com/image-library/walnut-cherry-wenge-butcher-block-countertop-pennsylvania/ for more details about this design.

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Peruvian Walnut Butcher Block Countertops

The Peruvian Walnut countertop above is Edge Grain construction. This type of walnut tends to appear darker in tones than American Black Walnut. For more information on this design visit http://www.glumber.com/image-library/peruvian-walnut-wood-countertop-in-philadelphia-pennsylvania/
Walnut butcher block countertops can be custom made to any design you desire. For pricing and additional design information visit http://www.glumber.com  If you desire additional information about Walnut countertops, please fee free to comment on this post. We will respond to your questions promptly.

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. 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.