Table Finishes

Whether you’re preparing food or serving up a feast, we have a finish to complement your lifestyle.

Food Grade Oil

The food grade oil finish is a basic mineral oil based finish. An initial coat of low viscosity mineral oil finish is applied to the top. The positive aspect of this finish is that it is completely inert and FDA approved. It also allows re-sanding and ding or dent repair at any time. The negative aspect is that the finish will have to be renewed on a regular basis with either retail mineral oil or our Grothouse Original Oil™. The renewal basis will vary based on use, but once a month is an average treatment interval. Maintaining the oil finish is very important to the long term life of the surface. This is the finish you will find on most commercially available Butcherblocks and is generally what we’d recommend for our Taglio line of work surfaces. This finish may give the appearance the top is still wet on delivery, the top is ready to use. At left is an example of a top with a food-grade oil finish.

Benjamin Street Lobkovich Block(1)


The Durata® permanent finish is our recommended finish for non-chopping applications and low maintenance applications. The finish is excellent for high wear, commercial applications such as our Tavolo and Infinite Series tables. This finish is composed of a special sealer washcoat applied top and bottom to seal the wood. That coat is followed by a polyester seal coat for physical toughness and hardness. The final finish coat is a catalyzed polyurethane for scratch resistance and chemical resistance. This finish has received the highest possible rating for durability from the Architectural Woodworking Institute using methods developed by ASTM, a worldwide standard setting organization.

This finish is completely resistance to water or chemical penetration. Very hard solvents such as lacquer thinner or alcohol will not affect this finish. Once fully cured this finish is highly resistant to scratching. This finish is approved for FDA indirect exposure (ie. Kneading dough), but not chopping. Chopping applications should be avoided. Available in a 35 sheen (satin).

Stock Stains & Glazes

Our stock stain supply continues to grow; we currently offer more than 40 stock stain choices to acheive nearly any color imaginable. Choose a stock stain and glaze combination from sample chips or a custom wood stain ladder. Our stock stains and glazes are only available in conjunction with the Durata® finish.


Custom Stains & Glazes

Our custom stain matching service is unsurpassed for accuracy, with a *Delta E of 0.5 or less. We can match a glaze to any cabinet door-sized sample, while stains can be matched to any size sample. Custom stains and glazes can only be used in conjunction with the Durata® permanent finish.

Distressing & Aging

All Grothouse surfaces can be distressed to evoke the appearance of an original antique. This deliberate process is carefully executed to mimic the hard use or elemental wear that is seen over time on both the top, side and bottom edges. This must be done very carefully to assure that the wear does not look “purposeful” or “factory made.” Glaze and stain can be added to accentuate the distressed piece. Careful communication and an exchange of samples assure the desired result.

Cindi Succa at Mark IV Kitchen & Bath(3)(1)

BIANCA™ AND NERA™ Pigmented Oil Finishes

Exclusive to Grothouse, these two new finishes have been specially developed and tested by the Grothouse team. The new Bianca™ finish provides the washed-out, bleached aesthetic that is hugely popular among our clientele, and the Nera™ shade provides clients with a darker color option.

These two pigmented oil finishes provide an on-trend design option for clients who want to showcase the imperfections and intricacies of the natural wood grain with a lightened-up wood surface. These finishing options combine the natural look of wood with a timeless design aesthetic that can elevate any room.

Grothouse offers five standard levels of distressing: four basic levels and one super distressed level.

  • Level #1: Lightly worn corners and edges and light dings
  • Level #2: Moderate worn corners and edges, moderate dings and light drag marks
  • Level #3: Heavily worn corners and edges, numerous dings, spotty worm holes and moderate drag marks
  • Level #4: Very heavily and unevenly worn corners and edges, plentiful dings, clusters of worm holes, plentiful drag marks and termite tracks
  • Super Distressed: Very heavily and very unevenly worn corners and edges, plentiful dings and notch marks, clusters of worm holes, plentiful scratches / drag marks / cracks in clusters, waffle hammer dings and circular dings, heavy edge nicks, termite tracks