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Now that the appliances are in the laundry room, it’s time to hop back into the kitchen project and get a few more things finished. Or, I suppose – at the very least – put my dishes away. Hunting for a fork in my living room is just weird. And reminds me way too much of college.
First item on the list is to finish painting the upper cabinets. I’ve got at least one more coat; coverage has been pretty good so far, so I’m staying optimistic and can probably knock this out in the next week (before Christmas, I hope).
Second on the list is finding some backsplash tile to cover the nasty walls (more on those later). I absolutely love my new countertops, but I still can’t cook in here if I have to see that. I’ve scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed without much luck of getting rid of the stains left behind on the walls (that section under the wallpaper is what was hiding behind the previous countertop). But until those stains are covered, all I can think of is BIO HAZARD. Blech.
And third – also today’s topic – is the kitchen island. My kitchen is plenty big enough to add an island to the middle; but because I have butcher block on all of the other counters in this space, I’m thinking of going more industrial (which will also match the new hardware). I have enough butcher block from the installation to build a center island, but I think I want to go with a different material on the surface in the middle to keep things interesting.
I’ve eliminated most of the closed-in options; my kitchen is one of the bigger rooms in the house, so I want to keep the open feel. Putting an island with cabinetry on the bottom will just make the space look smaller, so I’m on the hunt for more of a prep table with open shelving – possibly with locking casters on the bottom, too. Most prep tables are either surprisingly inexpensive (aka “within my price range”) or way over the top. I’m not exactly sure why there’s such a gap in pricing, but as long as there’s something that will fit both my tastes and my wallet, I’m a happy camper. Just for the sake of inspiration, check this lovely drool-inducing setup (from House and Home):
I’ve been trying to find something similar. Here are my top three choices so far:
Ideally, I’d love to have the same square legs as the inspiration pic and three shelves, but I can live with two if necessary. I just can’t have it looking wimpy, and the thinner legs of the Ikea version (#2) aren’t quite right. But I love the additional middle shelf and the towel bars on either side. The best part about any of these is that they’ll likely come flat-packed, which means I can try to hack the legs with other materials. Maybe even a mix of wood/stainless would look even better :)
How about you? What were your decision factors when choosing a kitchen island?