Let’s Talk Butcher Block

Let’s talk butcher block!

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, Butcher Block is a great option for countertops! People tend to shy away from Butcher Block saying” “they’re too much maintenance and I’m afraid it will stain or scratch.” The reality of it is, not everything you hear is true.  In fact, for the past century and a half, Europe has considered wood the preferred material for kitchen countertops. Wood is a sustainable resource that provides outstanding durability while adding a natural beauty and warmth to the space. Unlike quartz, wood countertops are eco-friendly. They do not attribute to water or noise pollution. It’s no wonder it’s such a desirable choice!

Now offered at Moscow & Pullman Building Supply is CafeCountertops.  These solid wood countertops are food-prep safe and produced here in the USA! With the ability to use these countertops basically anywhere, they are built to withstand temperature changes and moisture. This means they’re not only great for accent areas like in your island, but can be used in sink or cooktop areas without fear.

Hand-Rubbed Oil Finish delivers an effective combination of food-prep-safety and easy, long term care. The blend of food-safe oil and hard natural waxes create a food-safe finished product that has excellent moisture resistance that blocks out liquids and dirt. Scratches made with this surface can be removed, too! Maintenance for this finish is an easy, twice-yearly treatment. Enjoy the convenience & protection of this finish, which is recommended for kitchens.

Super Top-Coat Finish is considered a permanent finish option. This finish is idea for bathrooms, bars, or furniture (like tables). This, much like any other clearcoat, cannot offer a food-prep-safety guarantee (in other words, it’s not meant for chopping like the hand-rubbed oil is). It is suitable for both standard and commercial or bar grades, that are non-food-prep areas. It is also an additional cost.

With 16 edge profiles available to choose from, you can customize your countertops to fit your style! Match pre-existing countertop edges, or create a fresh, new look to accentuate your space.  Premium, custom edges are available, too!

Ask out design center pros for more information on these countertop edge profiles. Also find tangible countertop samples in our store, so you can check them out in-person.

For CafeCountertops with the Hand Rubbed Oil Finish, an easy wipe-on wipe-off procedure needs to be completed twice a year. It contains an all-natural wax blend that effectively repels moisture, making them completely suitable for areas next to sinks. However, we do not recommend letting water stand on the worktop surface for long periods of time. Another great aspect to this countertop option, is they are stain resistant. So, no need to worry if you spill heavily-pigmented foods such as red wine or yellow mustard on your countertop! All of the standard finishes block out dirt and stains. Food and drink should, however be wiped clean with a mild soap and towel. Comparatively, this maintenance is significantly less than what is required of other butcher block brands.

The Super-Top Coat is an optional finish, equivalent to other brand’s ‘permanent’ or ‘waterproof’ finishes. CafeCountertops encourages you to do your research about this finish to see if it’s right for you based on your desired countertop application and/or location. We suggest visiting CafeCountertops’ FAQs page for more information on solid wood countertops care and maintenance.


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Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising


By |August 24th, 2020|Cabinet Chat - Design Blog|

The Dynamic Duo – March 3, 2020

Today’s blog post is all about Nathan & Chelsea – The Dynamic Duo! They work alongside each other in the Moscow Design Center. Why do we call them that? When approached to participate in a blog post, they insisted on doing it together. Sounds like a dream team if we’ve ever heard of one!


Who is this Dynamic Duo?

Nathan & Chelsea are in charge of our Moscow Design Center. They share the same title and responsibilities at the job: Cabinet Design, Sales & Installation.

Nathan has worked at Moscow Building Supply (MBS) for about 9 years to date. He started his career in the lumber yard back in 2010. As hands-on as that was, he wanted to be on the other side of the counter. When the opportunity to work at Master’s Touch Cabinetry, a local custom cabinetry company, presented itself he didn’t hesitate.

Here he built and installed custom cabinets. After about a year, he returned to MBS and worked in the rental department for a few years. He soaked up all the information he could there and made the transition to the Design Center.

As for Chelsea, she has worked in multiple departments during her 5 years of service at MBS. She began her career as a cashier in 2015 then worked her way into the Lawn & Garden department as a customer service associate. She eventually gravitated towards the Service Counter. This is where she could really hone in on customer service and broaden her product knowledge.

Chelsea wanted to expand her skill set, so when an opportunity in the flooring department opened, she took it. From that position, she transitioned into her current role in the Design Center quite naturally.


What do they do?

Nathan & Chelsea help make clients’ dream designs become a reality. They mainly work on kitchens and bathrooms and have designed spaces all over the area. They work with customers everywhere from Farmington, WA to Lewiston, ID.

When asked what a typical day looks like, they said they start by mapping everything out. They discuss customers’ needs and what needs done first, then what appointments they have scheduled, etc.

At this point, they are essentially serving customers’ needs by appointment only. When they’re not in the office meeting new customers or designing a client’s dream kitchen, they’re on the job site. They frequently take measurements or stop by installs to make sure it’s up to par. Some of their daily duties include coordinating appointments, meeting customers, designing custom spaces, and ordering product/materials.


Challenges, why not!?

This job can sometimes presents challenges. For example, mixing personal taste with customers’ choices can be difficult. But seeing the design take shape into something the customer loves is totally worth it. Chelsea says “The unexpected hurdles in an install can be challenging. There’s always a solution through conflict resolution and thinking outside of the box.” Both Nathan & Chelsea enjoy the challenges of day-to-day work in the Design Center.

Why MBS?

Nathan & Chelsea enjoy their jobs at MBS. “My favorite aspect of the job is building new relationships with clients.” said Nathan. “Also helping them realize their home improvement dreams can become a reality.” Chelsea enjoys being able to comfortably guide customers through the design process from start to finish. She loves giving customers the ability to create the kitchen of their dreams.

Nathan and Chelsea agree that MBS is a good company to work for. They both expressed it has a family atmosphere and the company offers genuine concern for its employee’s happiness and well-being. This is something that not all companies offer. Because MBS is family owned, they want to do their best to treat employees like family. Nathan & Chelsea are truly a part of the MBS family.

Also, what’s unique about MBS is the customer experience. “We care about every job from start to finish because those personal relationships are important to us.” said Chelsea. MBS offers all the tools and resources for a successful home improvement project. This includes having employees like Nathan & Chelsea who take the extra steps to make sure everything goes smoothly. They hold a job accountable even if MBS isn’t the ones doing the installation.


What else…? Fun Facts (of course)!

Nathan is originally from Pendleton, OR. He currently resides in Potlatch, ID where he purchased a home in 2019. He likes woodworking, building furniture, hiking, riding dirt bikes, being outside in nature with his girlfriend, Kelli, who also works at MBS.

Chelsea grew up in Deary, ID and rents a duplex in Moscow, ID. She enjoys getting lost in a good book and playing sports like basketball and tennis. She also loves spending time in the outdoors around a fire with friends and her boyfriend Hayden, who she met through MBS.

Next time you’re in the Design Center, make sure to say hi the dynamic duo. Keep up the good work Nathan & Chelsea!

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog, want more? Check out our other blogs: Let’s DIY & In Bloom on the Palouse.


Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |March 3rd, 2020|Cabinet Chat - Design Blog|

Katie’s Kitchen – December 5, 2019

Welcome to Katie’s Kitchen!

When Katie set out to design her kitchen, she knew she wanted a space with a lot of room, off-white cabinets, and a farmhouse feel. When all was said and done, Katie’s kitchen design was just what had hoped for… a warm, cozy, and inviting space. She enjoys sitting at her island and getting to utilize her over-sized, farmhouse style sink.

Katie’s kitchen was designed, purchased, and installed by Moscow & Pullman Building Supply. She describes working with Nathan & Chelsea in the Moscow Design Center as fun and easy. “They were invested in helping make my […]

By |December 5th, 2019|Cabinet Chat - Design Blog|

Meet Our Newest Design Member – November 22, 2019

Our design center staff has been quite busy the last few months, including welcoming our newest member, Shayna Osborne, to the team! We thought a fun way to on-board her would be through an employee feature.

Osborne joined the MPBS family in September 2019 as a ‘Cabinet Design Specialist.’ She works alongside Nathan & Chelsea in the Moscow Design Center. Nathan describes Shayna as fun and eager to learn “Although she is still new, Shayna has been doing a great job so far,” Nathan said.

After graduating from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s of Art in Interior Architecture & […]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Cabinet Chat - Design Blog|

Remodeling Your Bathroom – August 27, 2019

Consider Style – When updating your bathroom you need to make sure it is not only functional, but also suits your style. Modern and contemporary styles are frequently used in bathroom designs.

Contemporary Fresh & clean is the feel of a contemporary design. It’s all about creating a welcoming atmosphere by using muted tones and minimalistic vanities, cabinets, and fixtures.

Modern Exemplifying clean lines through neutral colors, natural materials, and minimal decorative details will get you a modern look.

Modern Rustic This blends the typical neutral color scheme of the modern style with fun fabrics and textiles like cowhide, jute, or linen to add a […]

By |August 27th, 2019|Cabinet Chat - Design Blog|