In 2019 Countertop Trends are all about allowing raw materials to shine on their own. Kitchens will be pared down with reclaimed wood, butcher block countertops, and matte finishes.
2019 Countertop Trends
To us, Reclaimed wood countertops will always be in. Reclaimed wood fits the minimalist trend for the new year, adding just enough character to any kitchen design with its natural imperfections. We offer a variety of reclaimed wood species, like Chestnut and Oak.
Butcher block countertops by Grothouse are custom wood countertops crafted in end grain construction style. End grain construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps them sharp. In addition, butcher block countertops tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning. After years of use, they can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new again. They require very little maintenance, as they only need to be oiled when they appear dry. Their functionality and natural beauty is what makes them a continuous trend in kitchens and other spaces year after year.
Our exclusive Durata® waterproof permanent finish is predicted to be requested in the matte sheen. Matte finishes are said to be used throughout kitchens in the new year, from cabinetry to appliances; and we don’t see why that wouldn’t apply to countertops as well. Wood countertops with a matte finish have a forever-cool allure that is certain to never go out of style.
Reclaimed wood kitchen bar tops are artisan crafted to retain the salvaged wood’s visible knots, cracks and nicks, creating a truly unique design rich in textural details.
Reclaimed countertops are crafted from antique barn wood floor boards, beams and siding. Heavily distressed reclaimed wood tops are normally crafted from floor boards and siding. Reclaimed wood beams may have nail holes and insect scarring, but the aged character is less apparent than counters made from barn siding or flooring.
Monica Miller, CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co. designed this Reclaimed Oak wood kitchen bar top for this white, modern farmhouse kitchen. This bar top is simple and functional in design. It is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.
Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works cleverly designed this Reclaimed Chestnut countertop to function as the island top as well as a bar top. It is protected by Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. The beauty of the reclaimed wood takes center stage of this kitchen.
Landmark Cabinetry also designed a Reclaimed Oak kitchen island top to include a section for bar seating. This top is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen for a natural, rustic appearance.
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.
Reclaimed Wood Tables crafted by Grothouse are made from 100 percent real reclaimed, heirloom quality lumber. The wood used is predominately from eighteenth and nineteenth century Pennsylvania barns. The natural imperfections in reclaimed wood lend history, character, and beauty to any style design, from modern to industrial to traditional to rustic.
Reclaimed Wood Tables | Features
Reclaimed wood tables by Grothouse can be crafted for any desired use, whether you would like a reclaimed wood dining table, table top, coffee table, restaurant table, end table, etc. They can also include a variety of features to add function to the space. The reclaimed wood dining table featured in this blog post was designed by Lobkovich. The Grothouse team worked with the designers, J. Paul Lobkovich and Emily Neifeld, on the design of the table to include a multitude of features.
This reclaimed wood table can double as a dining area and a kitchen island. It has eight drawers, perfect for storage and organization. The table top is 1-3/4 inches thick and crafted of antique reclaimed chestnut in flat grain construction. The table is 50 inches by 98 inches and 37 inches in height.
One important feature was that the table had electrical outlets. Grothouse prepared the table for the outlets on the inside and outside of the drawers. In doing so, a one leg drilled with a hole was used so that wiring could be fed to each electrical unit. On the exterior, Grothouse crafted custom matching outlet covers of the same reclaimed wood to minimize the appearance of the outlets. On the interior, shallow outlets were used that featured USB plug-ins for easy access to charge phones and electrical devices.
To help with lateral strength required to support a table of this size, a metal “X” was designed to mount to the underside of the table. The “X” was made of stainless steel and unlacquered brass and designed to complement the La Cornue Range and custom hood.
The table is supported by solidly constructed reclaimed wood legs crafted out of the same chestnut wood as the table top.
The table top is complete with a 1/8 inch Roundover edge profile on the top horizontal edges, bottom horizontal edges, and vertical corners.
To view more designs featuring reclaimed wood tables by Grothouse, visit our Image Library. To see more designs by Lobkovich, visit their Houzz page.
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.