Custom Butcher Block Island
Countertops for Kitchens
THE beautiful, multipurpose kicthen solution
Butcher Block Island tops are not only visually appealing, they eliminate the need for cutting boards and chopping blocks. They create a large surface that can be used for direct food preparation and chopping. This is a fantastic feature if you have cooking parties and need space for chopping chefs or have a large family that loves to cook.
The care is simple and eliminates the need for storing multiple cutting boards. In addition, if you incorporate a waste hole with a compost bin underneath, clean-up is a breeze.
All Grothouse Butcher Blocks are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.
Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertops
Grothouse Butcher Block provides a functional work surface and, unlike stone slabs, can be made any size without unsightly seams required with many slab items like granite or marble. Butcher Block Islands become the centerpiece of the kitchen and are safe to use with sinks and stoves. They provide a warm organic workspace and can be designed with any shape or pattern.
Refinishing and Removing Stains and Cleaning Butcher Block
To remove stains, like red wine, take half a lemon, rub it on the stain, and pour sea salt over the lemon juice to create a poultice. Ensure the salt and lemon juice are well combined, and let this sit overnight on the stain. The salt will draw the stain into the salt crystals. Simply clean the poultice from the butcher block, and voila! We even had a client state this method worked on a stain from WD-40 lubricant!
If a butcher block surface has developed scratches from years of use, sand the top starting with 50 grit and increasing in stages, ending with 100 grit sandpaper. Clean the top and apply Grothouse Original Oil™ to the newly sanded surface.
Butcher Blocks are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. They are not available to be finished with Durata® and cannot be stained. For a countertop that can include stain and be finished with Durata®, see countertops made in Flat Grain or Edge Grain Construction.
Eliminate the Need for Cutting Boards and Chopping Blocks
Butcher Block Island tops create a large surface that can be used for direct chopping. This is a wonderful feature if you have cooking parties and need space for groups of chopping chefs or simply have a large family that loves to cook. The care is simple as described above and eliminates the need for storing multiple cutting boards. In addition, if you incorporate a waste hole with a compost bin underneath, clean-up is a breeze.
Butcher Block Countertops are tactile and warm to the touch
We love to touch wood and cannot resist caressing a carefully sanded silky butcher block. At Grothouse, we are frequently complimented on how our butcher blocks are so smooth to the touch. Wood is inviting to touch, visually beautiful, and instantly pleases our sense of sight and touch. In addition, it is warm to the touch. The thermal diffusivity of wood is much lower than that of other materials like steel, concrete, and stone. For this reason, wood does not feel extremely hot or cold to the touch, as do some other materials, making a butcher block island an inviting surface to sit at on a cold winter morning.
Kitchen Carts as Butcher Block Islands
Small kitchens really need products that can serve multiple purposes. A custom-made butcher block kitchen cart can be the answer for a small kitchen that needs casual seating for two, a chopping surface, and additional counter space. By adding drawers, additional storage is created. This is also a great solution for serving the Thanksgiving Turkey tableside. A kitchen cart on wheels can be rolled to the dining table, allowing the turkey to be carved tableside without taking up precious space on the dining table.