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.
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!
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.
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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