So, last week, when I realized I needed to find a trash can for the laundry room, I shopped the house and found something I already had that might be perfect. It may need a little bit of a makeover (which I’m already working on and hope to have to show soon), but it’s functional, which lets me turn my attention elsewhere.
And speaking of elsewhere…
I shopped the house again. I was oiling my walnut butcher block counters the other night and got to thinking about my kitchen island. I have been wondering for years if putting an island in the middle of the room will be the right choice, and I know the first thing will be figuring out if one will fit. I’ll need a comfortable amount of room to walk and cook from all sides without feeling cramped. When shopping for an island, the most common suggestion to help visualize the size you’ll need is to tape things out on the floor. I grabbed a roll from a nearby table to start marking, and then it hit me: why not move the table itself into the center of the room as a test drive? I bought it ages ago from Pier One on clearance and have always intended to keep it along the far kitchen wall as a casual eating table with stools. But the size and height are perfect to get a feeling of what an island will feel like. So, I climbed under the table, hoisted the table on my back, and did some sort of awkward turtle walk to the center of the room to drop it off in its new temporary home.
Even if it was covered in dust from being the tool dumping ground for the last six months, it looked pretty good. It helps if your cleaning products weren’t comically placed out of your reach by your uncle. Clearly, it took something as difficult as moving furniture for me to feel motivated to clean up a little. A tiny, little bit.
It’s definitely not what I have in mind permanently (I’m thinking something with more of an industrial feel), but the open front and shelved side will help me figure out if I like the change without making any large purchases.
And next… finishing the cabinets! So tired of this project (and yet, waning on my motivation to finish it). Maybe the delivery of a few backsplash tile samples will motivate me to get it done. I’ll be sharing those soon.