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 mdean@designstudiowest.com 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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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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Saxon Wood Countertops designed by Boxwood Design

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Two Saxon Wood Countertops were crafted for a stunning kitchen designed by Boxwood Design.

Saxon Wood Countertops designed by Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design
Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design

About the Designer: Lisa Brosius, has over 30 years’ experience in the building industry. Currently owns Boxwood Design located in Central PA, specializing in custom kitchens and baths.

Designer Tip: Before starting any home renovation hire a designer to assist with the project. A designer can help you stay on budget, increase efficiencies and insure a functional finished space.

Design Details

Saxon Wood Countertops for a kitchen island in a blue kitchen design
Design by Boxwood Design

Cabinet Manufacturer: Tedd Wood

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Countertops: Grothouse Flat Grain Saxon Wood Countertop and End Grain Saxon Wood Butcher Block

Sink: Kohler Porcelain

Backsplash: Calacatta Corchia

Wall Color: Anew Gray Sherwin Williams

Stove: Lacanche

Dishwasher: Miele

Saxon Wood Butcher Block Countertop Insert
Design by Boxwood Design

Other Advice: “There is no material that compares to the warmth and comfort natural wood surfaces give to a kitchen,” stated Lisa.

Stunning Kitchen Design with Wood Countertops on Kitchen Island
Design by Boxwood Design

To see more kitchens and baths by Boxwood Design, follow them on Instagram @boxwood.design. Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more designs featuring Saxon wood countertops.

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Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Natalie Spiniolas

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes a Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Natalie Spiniolas of Geneva Cabinet Company.

Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Natalie Spiniolas of Geneva Cabinet Company
Natalie Spiniolas of Geneva Cabinet Company

About the Designer: Mother of two you enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Has been to over 30 countries and finds inspiration and beauty in architecture from around the world. Has a bachelors in Interior Design and has been specializing in kitchen and bath design for 17 years. Enjoys implementing visual texture and laying materials in a space to create warmth and beauty.

Designer Tip: To create visual interest layer materials and finishes. In this space we hand planed and heavily distressed the Grothouse walnut countertop to give dimension to the beautiful wood countertop. This feature mixed with stone, metal and multiple wood finishes we create a balanced and pleasing aesthetic.

Distressed Walnut Countertop with black painted cabinetry in a transitional space
Photography by Shanna Wolf

Design Details

Cabinetry: Plato Woodwork

Cabinet Hardware: Schaub

Flooring: 6″ Rustic white oak with light distressing on surface and machined V-groove

Countertops: Hand Planed and Distressed Walnut Countertop by Grothouse; 3cm Calacutta Silver Polished Marble

Faucet: Rohl RA1458LMWSPN2 Polished Nickel

Sink: Shaw RRC3018WH

Backsplash: Mediterra Tile 3×6 subway in antique white with decorative Mosaic for the Range are in antique white and Ball Clay

Wall Color: Benjamin MooreBaby Fawn OC-15 Matte

StoveWolf DF486G range

Dishwasher: Miele G6362SCVI panel ready

Other Appliances: IC36R panel ready fridge, IC30F panel ready freezer SubZero, warming drawer Wolf WWD30 panel ready, Wolf SO30PMSPH electric oven, Wolf MDD30PMSPH drop down microwave

Other Items, Comments or Advice: Custom wood hood to match serving island and beams. Don’t forget about your ceilings, they are as important as any other surface. In this space we used columns and beams to create interest and soft space division.

Transitional kitchen with distressed and handplaned peruvian walnut wood countertop
Photography by Shanna Wolf
Walnut Countertop with Distressing and Hand Planing for a transitional space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Photography by Shanna Wolf

Check out more designs by Natalie by following her on Houzz! Learn more about Distressed and Hand Planed Wood Countertops by visiting our website.

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Faux Live Edge Countertops

Faux live edge countertops are artisan crafted with meticulous care to look very similar to a true live edge slab. The faux live edge detailing replicates wood’s natural contours. Given its handmade and hand-finished nature, each countertop is unique and no two are exactly alike.

Faux Live Edge Countertops
Faux Live Edge Countertops

Designs with Faux Live Edge Countertops

Tigerwood Faux Live Edge Countertop for Raised Kitchen Island Bar Seating
Tigerwood Faux Live Edge Countertop

A Tigerwood countertop was designed by Brooke Eversoll CKBD for S & W Kitchens Inc. featuring a faux live edge along the front. The faux live edge draws attention and visual interest, creating a gathering spot for family and friends.

Walnut Faux Live Edge Counter designed for a long kitchen island end
Walnut Faux Live Edge Counter | Photography by Benjamin Hill Photography

Scott Haig, CKD and Co-Designer Randy Godeau of Bay Area Kitchens designed this kitchen to feature two Walnut countertops with faux live edges. One countertop was designed for the end of the kitchen island.

Walnut Faux Live Edge Counter Kitchen Island End
Walnut Faux Live Edge Counter |Photography by Randy Godeau of Bay Area Kitchens

The faux live edge runs along an arc, serving as an astonishing finishing point to this long kitchen island end. It also serves as a place to display décor, food and beverages for entertaining and more.

Walnut Faux Live Edge Wood Bar Top with Durata Waterproof Finish in Matte Sheen
Walnut Faux Live Edge Bar Top | Photography by Randy Godeau of Bay Area Kitchens

The second countertop is at the other end of the kitchen island, which was designed for a raised bar seating area. The faux live edge was designed for the edge facing the guests seated at the bar. Both ends of this island are complete with faux live edge countertops, creating an extraordinary balance in this uniquely shaped kitchen.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs with Faux Live Edge Countertops. See more wood innovations by following @grothouseinc on Instagram and liking Grothouse on Facebook!

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Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes a Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda
Needham.

Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham of Tradition Homes
Designer Amanda Needham

About the Designer: Amanda’s goal is to create a livable design that shows the personality of the client and her passion is the interior architecture of the home. During her six years working for one of the nation’s top designers, she collaborated on homes as large as 40,000 square feet and had a project featured in MTV teen cribs. Amanda developed a discerning eye for color, scale and form while working at Tradition Homes and Eric Charles Designs and earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Interior Design while studying at Michigan State University.

Designer Tip: I typically wrap the wood waterfall top over standard countertop height, but we addressed the scaled the height of our clients and ergonomically it was best to design this waterfall top just below standard countertop height.

Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham of Tradition Homes
Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham of Tradition Homes

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Omega Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Sand in place random white oak

Countertops: Cararra Marble and Grothouse Walnut Pastore Table

Faucet: Rohl

Sink: Shaw classic modern farmhouse

Backsplash: Handmade white subway tile

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

Stove: Thermador 48″ range

Dishwasher: Bosch dishwasher

Other Appliances: Custom range hood from Raw Urth Designs

Advice: Make sure to address how the client intends to use the wood top so the best finish is selected. This client preferred to have the lowest sheen possible and this wood top will get light so we chose the Original butcher block oil finish.

Walnut Pastore Table for a Large Kitchen Island
Walnut Pastore Table for a Large Kitchen Island
Walnut Pastore Table with Matching Wood Columns for a Kitchen Island
Walnut Pastore Table

Check out more of Amanda’s work by following her on Instagram and Tradition Homes on Instagram. Learn more about wood Pastore tables by visiting our website.

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Drop Leaf Wood Countertops for Kitchens

Drop Leaf Wood Countertops are the perfect way to incorporate additional counter space when you want, and additional kitchen space otherwise. Wood countertops featuring drop leaf ends are perfect for small spaces, but can be incorporated into larger kitchens as well.

Drop Leaf Wood Countertops for Kitchens
Drop Leaf Wood Countertop

Kitchen Designs with Drop Leaf Wood Countertops

Walnut Drop Leaf Wood Countertop in Hawaii
Walnut Drop Leaf Wood Countertop designed by Archipelago Hawaii

Archipelago Hawaii designed this transitional kitchen to include a Walnut with Sapwood Drop Leaf countertop on the end of the kitchen island. The drop leaf adds seating space and additional food preparation space if needed.

Maple Drop Leaf Wood Countertop designed by Griffey Remodeling
Maple Drop Leaf Wood Countertop designed by Griffey Remodeling

Griffey Remodeling designed Maple Wood countertops for this small kitchen in Columbus, Ohio. The section to the right of the stove features a Drop Leaf End. This creates more counter space when needed, while still allowing room to get to the door next to the cabinets.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs with Drop Leaf Wood Countertops.

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Round Kitchen Counter Corners

Round Kitchen Counter Corners are an easy way to make your design unique, add a sense of smoothness to your space. In addition, they make the counter safe for families with young children in the kitchen.

Round Kitchen Counter Corners | Wood Countertops, Butcher Blocks, Bar Tops, Tables
Round Kitchen Counter Corners

Round corners can be achieved by designing a counter with a round shape, such as a circle, oval or with an arc or curve. Another way round corners can be achieved is by selecting a round edge profile for the top horizontal edges, bottom horizontal edges and vertical corners. The roundest edge profiles available at Grothouse include: ½” Roundover¾” Roundover1” Roundover1 ½” Roundover and Full Bullnose.

Designs with Round Kitchen Counter Corners

The designers of these kitchens found creative ways to ease the transition from counter to walking zone. It’s pretty standard for kitchen island cabinets to run in a straight line. But sometimes, that isn’t the smoothest route. These two kitchens employ clever usage of wood island countertops with round corners. Though the solutions vary, each makes the nearby passageway feel a little more smooth. Could this be a solution for your kitchen?

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop with Round Corners
Walnut Butcher Block with Round Corners

Haile Kitchen & Bath designed this transitional kitchen. Its large island features a Walnut end grain butcher block with an arched end. The edge profile selected for this design is an 1/8″ Roundover on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges.

Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Counter and Dining Table with Round Corners
Peruvian Walnut Counter with Round Corners

Kitchen counters with round corners are perfect for dining tables, like this one designed by Wendy Danziger of Danziger Design. This Peruvian Walnut edge grain wood countertop features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges. Click here to learn more about this countertop design.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs with round kitchen counter corners.

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Most Popular Feature to Upgrade in a Kitchen Renovation

Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, surveyed more than 1,700 homeowners doing a kitchen renovation as part of its 2018 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study. In addition to other things, the study asked what features homeowners are upgrading in their kitchens.

Survey respondents had completed a kitchen project in the previous 12 months, were working on one or planned to start one in the next three months. Their responses provide insight into what is currently trending in American kitchens.

 

Most Popular Feature to Upgrade in a Kitchen Renovation are Countertops
Major Upgraded Kitchen Features | Image Source: Houzz

As this graph shows, the most popular feature to upgrade in a kitchen renovation are the countertops. Countertops are the most common splurges during kitchen renovations, whereas homeowners tend to save on flooring, backsplash and lighting fixtures. This makes sense, as countertops are so much more than just a surface. Countertops create spaces for entertaining and spending time with family and friends.

Butcher blocks and wood slabs rank third in the top five popular choices in countertop materials, following natural stone and engineered quartz. However, these materials are often mixed together to create the perfect kitchen countertop flow.

While stone and quartz are beautiful in appearance, they are naturally cold, hard surfaces. Wood is a naturally warm, comforting material that is commonly used for food preparation or seating areas.

Countertop Materials in a Kitchen Renovation include a Walnut Butcher Block and Marble
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs, this kitchen features a Walnut butcher block for a food prep station and a marble countertop for the kitchen island.

The countertop design guide on our website includes an image library, showcasing countertop inspiration for a kitchen renovation by some of the industry’s best designers. Click here to view the library!

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