06 May Wood Countertops with Metal Coatings from Grothouse Can Fool the Eye
On May 3rd, Pennsylvania based Grothouse, Inc. introduced Anvil™ metal finished countertops. The coatings can be applied to any wood countertop, so designers can create ‘metal’ tops that were not previously available due to limitations in metal forming. Now, woodworkers can top off their cabinets with details such as engraving, nail heads, rivets and expanded corners. That’s because there are virtually no limitations when it comes to wood.
The new line of wood surfaces imitates metal countertops in look and function but can be used in curved profile applications and complex shapes that were not previously possible when using sheet metal products.
This new product line coats wooden countertops with real metal particles for “a sophisticated surface unlike any other in the industry”. It allows the natural grain and imperfections of wood to show through, but it also develops a rich aged patina over time. Slight imperfections and variations in color are inherent in the finish process for a more natural look, but if a designer wishes to keep the surface pristine, Anvil can be over-coated with a clear coat called Durata®.
The Anvil surfaces are exterior rated when combined with exterior substrates, which is a departure from many real metal countertops.
The new coating is available with any Grothouse edge treatment, requires a production lead time of four to six weeks, is easy to clean and comes with a one-year warranty.
Shown in the small image top left and larger photo at right is a kitchen bar top with upholstery nail head detailing that was designed by Dorothy Olivier of William Ohs in collaboration with Percoco Marble & Tile, Inc. The nail heads run along the entire edge of the top, tying the bar top to the rest of the French Country style kitchen. The center left image shows a bar top with faux metal rivets along the outer edge, while the bottom photograph shows a top with expanded corners and a pewter-like coating called Palladium. This top was built for the Plain & Fancy display at the Architectural Digest Design Show. The top features six expanded corners with Roman ogee profiling.
As with any of Grothouse’s countertops, the new line can be laser engraved with a company logo, a favorite quote or saying, an image, and perhaps even a QR code.
Woodshops looking to add other metal-coated details to components such as turned accents or range hoods might like to check out our recent story about MakeItMetal.