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A Bamboo Parquet Butcher Block

Carter Oosterhouse explains why bamboo countertops are beautiful and eco-friendly.

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Formaldehyde-free bamboo butcher block is great for use in kitchens because it's food safe and doesn't emit harmful toxins into the air. Bamboo grows rapidly and reaches maturity in just four years. Harvesting is done by hand in closely managed forests, minimizing any harmful impact on the environment. The bamboo is glued together using a low-VOC (volatile organic compound) adhesive.

Product Information for Items Used in this Room Makeover:
bamboo parquet butcher block for peninsula (1-1/2 inch end grain neutral) — Teragren
copper laminate for cupboard (Moonscape #230) — Chemetal
cupboard glass (1/4-inch reeded glass) — Harmon Glass
cupboard hardware (Beverly drawer pulls item #085030741; Beverly cabinet knobs item #085033591); glass fruit bowl (clear Bacchus bowl, item #065050673); faux pears (item #065050219); blue towel (item #067071511) — Target
paint (Pittsburgh Paint Cedar Beige item #227-4) — Ace Hardware
paint (Valspar Skylight Blue #4006-3C); barstools (24-inch, S. Kijchai Company Ltd., item #117399, model #5385); corner shelving for pot rack (14-inch white corner Park Avenue item #143592, model #0194444; 10-inch white corner shelf kit item #61850, model #0194166; 12 by 12-inch Madison corner shelf kit item #62322, model #0194168) — Lowe's
hybridized Portland cement on countertop (SkimStone Deep Slate and Oystertone) — Modern Masters
draperies (crinkle voile tie top panel, blue paisley, item #388294) — Cost Plus World Market