Anvil Metal Countertops with Unique Details

Anvil™ finished metal countertops with unique details can be designed for anywhere in your home or commercial space. Because our exclusive Anvil™ metal coatings can be applied to any wood countertop, designers can create metal countertop designs that were not previously available due to the limitations of metal forming.

Anvil Metal Finished Countertops with Unique Details like engraving, nail heads, rivets, and expanded corners

There are no limitations when it comes to wood, and the perks of our Anvil™ metal finish on wood countertops does not end there. Click here for more information or continue reading out some of the unique details we love on Anvil metal finished counters.

Nail Heads

Anvil Metal Finished Countertops with Nail Heads Detailing along the Edge

Nail heads were the noted feature of this Anvil™ Axel metal kitchen bar top designed by Dorothy Olivier of William Ohs in collaboration with Percoco Marble & Tile, Inc.

Nail Heads Detailing on Anvil Metal Finished Bar Top Edges

The nail heads run along the entire edge of the top. This intricate detail ties the bar top in with the rest of the French Country style kitchen, while also making it the anchor for center stage.


Anvil Metal Finished Bar Top with Faux Metal Rivets along the outer edge

Like nail heads, rivets are another unique detailing we love to include on Anvil™ finished counters. A favorite includes this Anvil™ Ferrum metal finished bar top in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina designed by  Distinctive Design LLC.

Faux Meal Rivets on Metal Bar Top Edge

In total, the bar top includes 22 faux meal rivets. The bar tops distinct appeal that melds it with the space it lives in.

Expanded Corners

Expanded Corners on Pewter Metal Finished Countertop for a Kitchen Island

This Anvil™ Palladium pewter-like metal finished countertop was custom crafted for the Plain & Fancy display at the Architectural Digest Design Show. The top features six expanded corners, a popular feature for kitchen island countertops. Combined with the decorative edge profile Standard Roman Ogee, the expanded corners provide visual interest and texture to the design.

Laser Engraving

Laser Engraved Anvil Metal Countertops can include company logos and QR Codes

At Grothouse, any of our countertops can be laser engraved with your company logo, a favorite quote or saying, an image, and even a QR code!

Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram to see more anvil metal countertops with unique details.

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2021 Wet Bar Design Trends

The beauty of wet bars is that they can be designed for nearly any part of your home. Is there a corner of the house that is not being used, a hallway between the kitchen and dining room, or perhaps an open area of your basement? A wet bar is the perfect solution and can be explained as a galley kitchen that meets a bar.

2021 Wet Bar Design Trends with a Wood Countertop

Most wet bar designs include necessities such as a countertop, cabinetry, sink, faucet, and under counter appliances, with the intention of serving family and friends alike. For inspiration, we gathered our top four 2021 wet bar design trends.

Trend 1: White Cabinetry with Dark Wood Top

White Cabinetry with Dark Wood Top Wet Bar Design Trend

A timeless, yet modern take on white cabinetry, Jesse Jarrett of Jarrett Design LLC designed this wet bar. The upper cabinets make the space feel open with glass front doors. Atop the lower cabinets is a Peruvian Walnut wood countertop. Aesthetically, the wood top complements the wood flooring. Functionally, the top creates the perfect surface to fix up a drink.  Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen ensures the top will remain safe from red wine stains and spills.

Trend 2: Open Shelves and a Waterfall Wood Top

Wet Bar with Open Shelves and a Waterfall Wood Top

Open glass shelves, a mirror backsplash, and sleek white cabinets create this glamorous wet bar design by Bob Ostrowski of Allikristé Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design. Providing both functionality and beauty, the Walnut with Sapwood butcher block Pastore waterfall top frames the cabinets. The most luxurious part of this design? Without question, the glass wall wine rack, of course.

Trend 3: Glass Front Cabinet Doors and Stained Wood Top

Wet Bar with Glass Front Cabinet Doors and Stained Wood Top
Josh Goetz Photography

Ellen Lopez of El Design Studio created this beautiful wet bar for a coastal style home. Your eye naturally follows this design from left to right, beginning with the tall wine refrigerator. Glass front cabinet doors showcase the glass shelving and fine glassware inside. A Figured Maple wood counter grounds this design, personalized by a custom stain application that enhances the woods splendor.

Trend 4: Colorful Cabinets and Anvil™ Metal Finished Wood Top

Wet Bar with Colorful Cabinets and Anvil™ Metal Finished Wood Top

Gloss blue cabinets with under counter appliances were designed by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. This design set the trend for gloss cabinets AND colorful cabinets alike used for wet bars in the years to come.  Another trend set with this design is the use of metal finished wood countertops. The White Oak Rift Sawn wood countertop is coated with Grothouse exclusive Anvil™ Metal Finish in the color Argentum. The application of the metal finish was done in such a way to show the wood grain.

For more 2021 wet bar design trends and inspiration, visit our Countertop Image Library. Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and tag #GrothouseThings when sharing our products so we can repost!

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Custom Shelfies

Custom Shelfies by Grothouse
Design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016

According to, the definition of a #shelfie is a picture of a shelf, especially a bookshelf that shows off someone’s books, movies, art, collectibles, special belongings, etc. So, what makes custom shelfies better than a regular shelfie? The art of the shelfie is already so personal. Designing a shelf custom made for you takes personalization to a whole new level.

Custom Wood Shelves

Custom Wood Shelves for Kitchens
Design by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017

Shelfies crafted by Grothouse are completely custom. The design process begins at picking the shelf material and stain color. Choose from over 60 wood species, over 40 stock stains, or a custom stain match to your flooring or another piece.

Shelves with Anvil™ Metal Finish

Floating Shelves with Anvil Metal Finished Edges
Design by Charlotte Lucas Interior Design for House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House 2020 | Photography by Emily Minton Redfield

In addition to wood species and stain color, our 8 Anvil™ metal coatings can be applied to any shelf for a truly unique look. Charlotte Lucas Interior Design selected our Anvil™ Magnum metal finish for the custom Ash wood shelves pictured.

Additional Shelf Features

Custom Wood Shelf Features
Design by Studio Dearborn for House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House 2020| Photography by Emily Minton Redfield

Our shelving system introduced new innovative features not yet available in the industry today. some of those features include side-to-side adjustability, tolerance for out of flat walls or studs, high strength magnetic mounts for easy attachment and removal.

Shelf Lighting Options

Wood Shelves with Integrated LED Lighting
Design by Amy Bloom Coleman of Spundesign

Light up your shelfie with our integrated LED lighting options. Lighting options include 3k Warm White or 4K Cool White and preinstalled white or smoke diffusers. Lighting is custom sized for each shelf, making installation easy.

For more information about custom shelfies, visit our website. For installation instructions, watch our installation guide video.

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Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland

A Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland of Darcy Niland Design for a new kitchen. Darcy stated, “Packed full of charm to match the original house, this kitchen took months of planning and was worth every minute of it.”

Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland
Photography by Carrie Niland

About the Designer

Darcy Niland is a native of northwestern Pennsylvania, proud Penn State graduate with a background in real estate finance.  She lives in Fayetteville, New York with her husband and three children.  Darcy discovered her passion for design while remodeling the Niland Family’s current home and lake house properties.  She spent months poring over design ideas, researching layouts, and sourcing materials which eventually led to the sketching of initial design layouts and meticulously overseeing the construction process to make sure every detail came to life.  It was the love of seeing a space with potential and watching it transform that led to the start of Darcy Niland Design.

Darcy Niland Design
Darcy Niland of Darcy Niland Design

Darcy Niland Design works with clients on projects of all budgets and sizes, commercial and residential, with a focus on layout and function of a space.  She brings the same passion and attention to detail to her clients’ projects as she does her own, actively collaborating while offering counsel and guidance in order to create beautifully designed spaces to fit each client’s individual style and needs.

Designer Tip

In the case of this project, the client felt very strongly about incorporating a wood countertop as a design element but often felt unsure of her decision.  I try to help the client focus on the details that are important to them at the start of the project and help them to navigate through the decision process while keeping the overall design in mind.  While going the more traditional route and carrying the quartz countertops throughout the kitchen would have simplified the process, we decided to focus on the wood countertop and make that the focal point of the design which truly elevated the space and gave the client the warmth she was looking for.

Traditional Kitchen Design with a Wood Counter for the Kitchen Island
Photography by Carrie Niland


Design Details

Contractor: DeBlois Renovate & Remodel

Cabinet Manufacturer: Showplace CabinetsKitchen Express

Cabinet Hardware: Assorted

Flooring: Oak

Wood Countertop: Grothouse Flat Grain Sapele Mahogany Counter Distressed to Level 2 with Hand Rubbed Black Glaze and finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in satin sheen

Complimentary Countertops: Calacatta Arno

Faucet: Moen Weymouth

Sink: Signature Hardware

Backsplash: Atlas Canyons Cobblestone

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81

Stove: GE Café

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: Fisher & Paykel Integrated Panel Ready Refrigerator

Kitchen Island Counter made of Sapele Mahogany for a Traditional Kitchen
Photography by Carrie Niland

Follow @darcynilanddesign on Instagram to see more of her beautiful designs! Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs with Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counters.

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All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top designed by Margaret Dean, NKBA

A beautiful kitchen in Rancho Peñasquitos, California features an All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top designed by Margaret Dean, NKBA at Design Studio West.

All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top for a Kitchen in San Diego, California
Brady Architectural Photography

About the Designer

Margaret has been designing and building kitchens, baths and more for over 25 years. She has won many awards for her work and accolades from her clients. Her clients are very appreciative of her creativity, expertise and thoughtfulness and come back to her time and time again. Contact Margaret by email at or by phone at 858-454-9133.

Kitchen Remodel in Rancho Peñasquitos, California features a Grothouse Walnut Waterfall Top
Brady Architectural Photography

Designer Tip

Cooks are happier when all used items are within reach and counters are free of clutter. The shallow backsplash shelf in this design allows for efficient prep in a small kitchen. The clients are tall and can easily access the upper cabinets.

Custom All Heartwood Walnut Wood Waterfall Top in a San Diego, California Kitchen Remodel
Brady Architectural Photography

Cabinet Manufacturer: Sollera Fine Cabinetry supplied by Design Studio West, San Diego, CA 92117

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs, Aspen Series, Light Bronze

Flooring: M. Austin Flooring, San Diego, CA

Grothouse Wood Countertop: All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top sealed with Durata® permanent finish in satin sheen

Other Countertops: Aurea Stone Quartz, “Paragon”

Faucet: Waterstone

Sink: Rohl

Backsplash: Cle Tile, “Zellige” and “Paragon” Quartz

Wall ColorDunn Edwards “Winter Morn” DET617

Stove: Miele

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Miele and Thermador

Other Items, Comments or Advice: When using a cool pallet, wood adds warmth and comfort to a space. In a kitchen or well used area, it is imperative the wood can withstand basic affronts such as spills and splatter. I advise other designers to check out Grothouse woods with the “Durata” finish. My clients are amazed at the resilience and cleanability of the products. I’m always confident that Grothouse will supply a superior product and that my clients will be exceedingly satisfied.

Click here to see more designs by Margaret Dean and Design Studio West. To see other designs featuring an all heartwood Walnut half Pastore top, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website.

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Kitchen Islands for Gathering

Have you ever noticed where family and guests naturally gather in your home? I bet most of us would answer with, “around the kitchen island.” Today, kitchen island is the ultimate expression of the kitchen’s move from the back of the house to the center of the home. Often times, it acts as a replacement for breakfast nooks and kitchen tables. So what elements create gathering kitchen islands?

Gathering Kitchen Island Elements

First and foremost, the most gathering-friendly kitchen island countertop material is wood. Wood is a naturally warm material, and thus is also an inviting material to cozy up to.

Gathering Kitchen Islands with Grothouse Wood Countertops
Design by Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design

“There is no material that compares to the warmth and comfort natural wood surfaces give to a kitchen,” stated designer Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design.

Huge Kitchen Island with a Butcher Block Top
Design by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens, Inc.

Another key element in creating an island for gathering, is having both standing and seating room. Incorporating both is important, so guests that would prefer to stand have plenty of room without those who want to sit getting in the way of each other.

Two Tier Kitchen Island Designed for Gathering
Design by Kitchenscapes

Did you know a kitchen island can be more than one tier? How clever is this two-tier kitchen island designed by Kitchenscapes? One area is distinctly for seating, more like the kitchen table, and behind it is more seating, with an adjacent counter for standing room, entertaining and more.

Two Tier Kitchen Island with Wood Countertops Designed for Gathering
Design by Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design | Photography by Kaunis Hetki Photographer

“This is a family that loves to cook and entertain so we incorporated their large commercial range flanked by perimeter quartz countertops, and a gorgeous walnut butcher block end grain countertop section. This is matched alongside by flat grain walnut pedestal table with built-in seating and storage,” stated the designer of this two tier kitchen island, Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design.

Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more gathering kitchen islands.

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A Coastal Home with Wood and Metal Countertops by Grothouse

A home designed by Ellen Lopez of El Design Studio was inspired by a Coastal palette and elegant styling. Ellen collaborated with Grothouse to design a series of wood and metal countertops and accessories for various rooms in the home. Ellen thoughtfully selected every detail to tell the story of the homeowner, the architecture and the homes location on the North Shore and the picturesque view of the Long Island Sound.

The Kitchen

A Coastal Home with Wood and Metal Countertops by Grothouse
Josh Goetz Photography

The homeowner is a cook, so the kitchen was designed not only designed for show, but most importantly functionality. The kitchen island features a custom stained Curly Figured Maple wood counter. Finished with Grothouse exclusive Durata® finish in matte sheen, this counter is completely waterproof and perfect for seating. A custom edge profile and two expanded corners add drama to the counter’s design.

“The custom-figured maple wood countertop by Grothouse with its rich, dark stain adds to the elegance and provides depth and strength to the space,” stated Ellen.

Argentum Anvil™ metal finished range hood
Josh Goetz Photography

A custom Argentum Anvil™ metal finished range hood sits beautifully above the island. The nickel silver tones of the Argentum metal finish complement the crystal chandelier above the eat in kitchen table.

The kitchen table was also crafted by Grothouse, composed of an Ash wood tabletop and an Argentum Anvil™ Metal Finished table base – designed to match the range hood.

The Pantry

Custom Stained Ash Wood Pantry Counter
Josh Goetz Photography

Built custom for the base shelf of the pantry was a custom stained Ash wood counter. The counter provides space for storage and is sealed with Durata® waterproof and permanent finish in matte sheen.

The Dining Room Buffet Server

Custom Stained Figured Maple Counter for the Dining Room Buffet Server
Josh Goetz Photography

The mood of each room changes subtly, while similar elements were woven together to keep the story connected. In doing so, a custom stained Figured Maple counter, matching the kitchen counter, was crafted for the buffet server in the dining room.

Click here to read Ellen’s blog to learn more about this home’s design. Visit our Countertop Image Library to see more designs with wood and metal countertops.

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Walnut Wood Home Bar Top designed by Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham

A Walnut Wood Home Bar Top was designed by Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham for an English Manor in Birmingham, Michigan.

Walnut Wood Home Bar Top designed by Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham

About the Designer: At a young age Lauren developed a passion for all things design, and went on to pursue a career in both architecture and interior design. By establishing Maison Birmingham, Lauren is able to fully engage both of these interests as she utilizes her technical expertise as an architect to take her innovative designs to the next level, making each space truly unique.

Designer Tip: “By embracing the original architectural character of this English Manor we were able to create a new functional kitchen that feels like it has always been there.” – Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham

Cabinet Manufacturer: Maison Birmingham

Cabinet Hardware: Armac Martin

Flooring: White Oak Herringbone

Countertops: 1-1/2″ thick Edge Grain Walnut with Sapwood sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen. Click here to learn more about this top.

Faucet: Kallista

Sink: Kallista

Backsplash: Subway tile

Stove: Ilve

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero

Follow Maison Birmingham on Instagram to see more of their stunning designs! To see more designs with Walnut Wood Home Bar Tops, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website or read other blog posts.

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Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath

A spacious, contemporary kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design and Brenda Friday Design. The kitchen island features a custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers.

Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers

Saxon Wood is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced exclusively by Grothouse. Custom designed for this island is a Saxon Wood counter top that features waterfall legs. Six drawers were also crafted in Saxon Wood for the kitchen island end. The drawer fronts were strategically built to ensure the grain matched from left to right, giving it a strikingly unique and beautiful appearance.

Custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop for Contemporary Kitchen
Tom Little Photography

Design Details

Cabinetry Manufacturer: Mouser Cabinetry

Cabinet Color: Blue

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Complimentary Countertops: Ultimate Granite / Black Pearl

Appliances: Sub-Zero and Wolf Stainless Steel

Flooring: Wood Floors

Contractor: Century Interiors, Inc.

Custom Saxon Wood Countertop and Matching Drawers
Tom Little Photography

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Walnut Dining Room Bar Top designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

A beautiful cottage with a smaller, yet smart, layout for relaxed lakefront living was designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer of TruKitchens. The space features a Walnut Dining Room Bar Top custom crafted by Grothouse.

Walnut Dining Room Bar Top designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens
Design by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

About the Designer: Todd Wiley, TruKitchen’s Senior Designer, has been working in the industry for the past 25 years.  His passion ignited in college when he started working for a builder and cabinet shop owner.  Realizing that he had to immerse himself in the industry to learn, he took a job at local shop on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As his passions grew, he moved on to Standard Kitchen Distributors where he continued to master the trade. This experience gave him the exposure to the systems and process that he was searching for. Feeling like there was more to learn on the design-end of the business, Todd then spent 7 years at a Cascade based design shop. For him, this experience gave him what he needed to further pursue his passion and open his own design shop, which is where he is today.

Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens designer of Walnut Dining Room Bar Top
Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

Designer Tip(s): “The dining area bar sits along an interior wall that faces out to a beautiful lake. The mirrored backsplash below eyelevel feels like a window pulling natural light into a potentially dark corner of this open main floor layout.”

“The inset cabinets in a clean line door style and unique custom paint color paired with the wood countertop blend cottage and contemporary.”

Walnut Dining Room Bar Top with Blue Cabinetry and Gold Hardware
Edge Grain Walnut Bar Top for a Dining Room

Cabinet Manufacturer:  Grabill Cabinetry in custom paint match on inset Lacunar door style

Cabinet Hardware: Champagne bronze

Flooring: Medium hardwood

Countertops: Edge grain Walnut with sapwood

Backsplash: Mirror

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero panel ready ice maker, Perlick panel ready wine storage, Perlick panel ready undercounter refrigerator

Other Items, Comments, Advice: Interior design by Vision Interiors, Builder is Devries & Onderlinde Builders, Architect is Visbeen Architects, Photography by Ashley Avila Photography. Click here for additional project information!

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