Do you love kitchen countertops that look solid and have robust natural wood color? A black walnut countertop is perfect for your kitchen. Walnut works in every construction style, including butcher block. Whether you want rustic or sophisticated countertops, count on Maryland Wood Countertops to deliver the piece of your dreams.
Why You Should Go with a Black Walnut Countertop
Walnut is our most popular wood for kitchen island tops and countertops. Black walnut is so popular because:
- It makes for a heavy and hard surface
- It’s shock resistant
- It has a dramatic natural color palette
- It’s hugely popular for butcher block
- The wood can be worked into any decor style
Walnut countertops and islands can be neutral or they can be showpieces. It’s all up to you.
High Style Butcher Block
Our walnut butcher block countertops have caught on in a big way in the Maryland area. Over countless jobs, our woodworkers have used black walnut butcher block to add style and functionality to kitchens.
Our woodworkers build end grain butcher block from leftover wood cubes. A black walnut tree’s outermost layers—the sapwood—are pale gold. The deepest heartwood is a dark chocolate shade, almost appearing black. The colors create a dynamic contrast within the same wood species. Depending on your decor preferences, we can design a subtle or bold end grain (checkerboard style) countertop or island top.
It’s important to know that any end grain butcher block is hard and stiff. You can prepare food on it, but it will dull your knives. Our clients usually choose end grain butcher block for style over function. We’ve used this style in countertops, sink vanities, island tops, desk and tables.
Black walnut slabs are in high demand for kitchen islands, dining tables and bar tops. A slab is the full-width slice of a tree. Live edge slabs have natural, irregular edges with lots of texture. Bookmatch slabs are two halves of a slab joined down the middle to create an aesthetically pleasing surface.
Slabs make nice little island tops if you want a small breakfast nook. We’ve also used live edge walnut slabs to top a tasting bar in a liquor store.
Premium wide plank/flat grain construction style is the traditional construction style for wood surfaces. It’s the least expensive construction style and the best for kitchen counters and island tops.
When we use flat grain construction to build your countertops, we can build L-shaped countertops or waterfall islands. This construction style gives you the most flexibility in designing your countertops.
To learn more about beautiful black walnut countertops for your kitchen, call Maryland Wood Countertops today at 443-840-7373.