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Customizable Country Work Table Fits Every Kitchen!

Customizable Country Work Table Fits Every Kitchen!

Our John Boos Country Work Table is the most popular butcher block table we sell! Standing at a counter height of 35″, it is the perfect table for food preparation. It provides an additional work surface and more counter space for appliances, if that’s what you need. But the main attraction is that this table is customizable to fit your kitchen decor and space. Plus, with multiple add-on features, it can buy you more storage capacity, too! 

13 COLORS

country work table colors

The Country Work Table is available with a natural wood base (i.e., table apron, legs and shelf/shelves) or it can be finished with one of 12 colors. Nine paint color options run the gamut, from Barn Red to Clover Green and from Caribbean Blue to an orangish Spicy Latte. Or choose one of three wood stains in walnut, cherry or gray. You’re sure to find the hue that complements your kitchen decor.

7 SIZES

country work table sizes

The Country Work Table is available in seven rectangular sizes. The smallest is about 3ft long x 2ft wide and our largest is 5ft long x 3ft wide. Depending on its style and size, you might use your table as a kitchen island for dining, positioned in the center of the kitchen. Or you can set it against a wall and use it for added counter and shelf space. With so many sizes to choose from, you can design the table that best fits your kitchen space.

3 SPECIES

country work table species

Our Maple and Oak butcher block Country Work Tables are by far the most popular versions, tried-and-true for years. However, our newest addition with a blended grain walnut butcher block top is very trendy now, as more customers are gravitating toward the warmth and richness of walnut for countertops, island tops and cabinetry in their kitchens.

STORAGE OPTIONS

storage options

Everyone loves a little extra storage space, especially in the kitchen. Add a drawer to your table to tuck away cooking utensils and kitchen gadgets. Select a few wicker storage baskets, perfect for farmhouse kitchens. And order one or two slatted shelves if you need extra space for appliances, cookware or decorations. Finally, the addition of casters instantly makes your table portable, allowing you to move it when and where you need it, then easily store it until next time.

There are hundreds, actually thousands, of versions of the John Boos Country Work Table given 13 colors x 7 sizes x 3 species x 3 shelf options x baskets x drawers x casters, oh my! So certainly you can design a configuration that’s just right for you and your kitchen!

Now More Than Ever, We Are Baking

Now More Than Ever, We Are Baking

Some of us love the smell of baking; others just savor the tastes. Some of us enjoy baking because we appreciate the science behind it. Recipes call for exact quantities or amounts of certain ingredients to be combined in rigid order, following a time-tested “formula.” Focusing on this step-by-step process can relieve our minds from worrying about other stress in our life.

Some of us enjoy the process of baking as much as the end result. Humans find few things more satisfying than checking a box and moving onto the next task at hand, especially in mouth-watering anticipation. The more daring among us even relish the chance to add a pinch of baker’s art to that recipe written by Mr. Science.

stress baking

Some of us, looking for productive ways to fill a sudden surfeit of idle time, are indulging in “stress baking” of late. Nothing like pounding and kneading bread dough to relieve some stress! And a little victory now and again goes a long way to help restore our senses of normalcy and accomplishment.

social baking
And then there’s “social baking” – the perfect new way to spend quality time with family. Cap off the experience by indulging in a delicious sampling of the fruits of your labor. And be sure to share! Baking is all about sharing, so don’t let the exultation end there. Celebrate your accomplishments by posting the experience on your favorite social media sites. It will inspire others to follow your lead!

If you’re an experienced baker, you already know that sturdy-but-smooth butcher block is the perfect work surface for baking.

The Butcher Block Co. offers a full range of butcher block tops for kitchen counters and islands, as well as butcher-block tables, carts, and cutting boards that can help make baking a breeze. And, if you’d like to take your home baking to the next level, check out our lineup of John Boos Bakers’ Tables. You won’t find a wider selection anywhere!

Seven Kitchen Design Styles That Americans (And We) Especially Like

Seven Kitchen Design Styles That Americans (And We) Especially Like

Over the years, kitchens have evolved to become so much more than places in homes where meals are prepared and consumed. Today’s “great kitchens” also serve as family rooms, media centers, conference rooms and virtual offices. Now more than ever, with the kitchen serving as the hub of family activity as well as the focal point of the home, it’s important to choose a kitchen design style that suits the needs and tastes of you and your family. With that in mind, the Butcher Block Co. presents an overview of seven of the most popular kitchen design styles.

While a home’s overall design style can dictate, or dramatically influence, the style selection for your kitchen, that’s not always the case. Moreover, realize that most kitchens incorporate elements associated with multiple design themes. This causes the majority of kitchens to be classified into either of two broad style categories: traditional or contemporary.

TRADITIONAL

About one in three North American kitchens can be categorized as Traditional – i.e., incorporating aspects of design from across multiple centuries and common to both the English countryside and modern-day Europe. Considered classic and timeless, but never ostentatious, traditional-style kitchens feature such details as glass-front cupboards, painted wood cabinetry, and vintage hardware and light fixtures. The use of warm, rich colors and plush furniture makes traditional kitchens warm and comforting.

CONTEMPORARY

Kitchen Design Style

About a quarter of kitchens can be classified as contemporary – i.e., incorporating modern, state-of-the-art materials in efficient, minimalistic designs. In a contemporary kitchen you’re likely to encounter such materials as stainless steel, glass, concrete, and chrome used in combination with a simple but bold color palette – sometimes limited to black, white and gray. But it’s not likely you’ll find much decoration, since the Contemporary designer is mostly focused on utility and efficiency.

MODERN

Modern Kitchen Design Style

While “contemporary” and “modern” are synonyms, they describe kitchen design styles that are actually quite different from one another. Whereas the Contemporary style of design is focused on the present, the Modern style harkens back to the mid-century modern era of the 1950s and 1960s, and sometimes more broadly, to the decades of the 1920s through the 1970s. Modern kitchens often showcase wood as their featured material, and color palettes that incorporate earth tones. About one in ten kitchens follows the Modern style of design.

TRANSITIONAL

Transitional Kitchen Design Style

In this case, the term “transitional” alludes to a blending of two styles: Traditional and Modern. In the vernacular, we might refer to this style as a blending of the old with the new. For example, a Transitional kitchen might combine stainless steel or black appliances and fixtures with dark cabinets exuding warmth, all juxtaposed against neutral-colored walls. The Transitional design style is followed in roughly 15% of kitchens.

FARMHOUSE

Country Farmhouse Kitchen Design Style

Kitchens designed in Farmhouse style, typically described as open and inviting, encourage “simpler living.” Cabinets, tables, and chairs are made of quality hardwood. Such a kitchen might well showcase a farmhouse table, an apron-front sink, a wood-burning potbelly stove and a hearth. Another distinguishing characteristic of this style is its use of bright colors we often associate with rural settings, such as red, yellow, and blue, mixed with pastels.

COTTAGE

Cottage Kitchen Design Style

Designers employ the Cottage style of design when the objective is to create a casual and welcoming atmosphere associated with vacation or summer cottages designed for relaxation and entertaining. More often than not, a cottage-style kitchen is characterized by a light and airy look achieved through the use of light, muted colors; white beadboard cabinets; a farmhouse sink; wood floors that add warmth; and vintage light fixtures that provide a “retro” feel.

COASTAL

Coastal Kitchen Design Style

As one might imagine, coastal or beach-style kitchens are likely to be cheery and bright, illuminated by abundant sunlight and featuring gentle and soothing shades of blue, green, white, and beige (in a callout to sand-colored beaches). Lighting tends to be subdued, and seaside or maritime-themed décor typically features seashells, sea life, sailboats and fishing, for example.

We recognize there are numerous other kitchen design styles not covered here, and not one of them is wrong. What’s most important is that YOU find a style that invigorates you. And regardless of your design-style decision, know that the Butcher Block Co. can supply you with butcher block surfaces, furniture, and accessories to make yours a twenty-first-century kitchen: wood counter and island tops; island, dining, work, and bakers’ tables; kitchen carts; cutting boards and chopping blocks; and knives and knife blocks.