Now that I have your attention,
I am not talking about
a tropical summer island....
a wooden kitchen island.
Boring.... I know.
This is our kitchen island.
You've seen it before.
It's nearly ten feet long
and almost 3 feet wide
and has a lower shelf area --
perfect for storage
and the keeping of my
larger serving pieces
When planning the kitchen,
I wanted to find an antique
to use as an island -- something
with a little more character
than what the cabinet maker could make.
So when I saw this antique (reproduction)
sideboard at the furniture market
in High Point, NC
it seemed like it could work
perfectly in the long space.
|This is the back of the island.|
It was not meant to be a free-standing piece
(as you can see in the photo above)
but luckily it was stained on the back
so all I had to do was find some decorative
wooden appliques and some frame molding
to make the back a little more decorative.
We also added a towel bar since it is across from the sink.
|The medallion on the right is repeated on the island on the front and sides. I found a similar version (seen on left) to add to the back section to try to make it more finished since it would be free-standing.|
|Two marble slabs are built into the top of the sideboard. We replaced the original ones with white Carrera marble to use for baking prep surfaces. They are 1" thick slabs but half of their depth falls below the wooden surface of the piece.|
|Old wicker suitcase and picnic basket for storage.|
|Vintage aluminum horsehead fence post top with a bowl of limes.|
Illinois is having a cold spell!
So excited, the temps this
week are going to be in the mid-eighties
all week. THIS is great news!
Hope you are
enjoying a little less heat this week
and maybe even some rain?
(We're still hoping for some of that.)