A kitchen island is next on my “to buy/build” list. I just haven’t quite figured out how I want to go about it.
- A pull-out for my garbage, and possibly one for recycling, too. (Or one pull-out with space for two cans.) The island will most likely become my primary work space so I’d like to have the garbage receptacle within easy reach.
- An overhang with space for 2-3 people to sit on stools that can tuck underneath when not in use.
- Additional storage for utensils and dish towels.
- Character. I want the island to look like it belongs in the kitchen and doesn’t look like a “get-by” piece of furniture. Some of the to-buy islands out there look super contractor-cookie-cutter. I want something that makes me smile when I see it… even in the midst of a cooking disaster.
The first island image above would work well– it meets my criteria, plus the shelves on the side would be great for extra dishes, etc. (Although I would be slightly worried about Louie playing with whatever was stored there.) I also like that the cabinets aren’t flush to the ground– you can’t see it too well, but they sit up a bit on mini legs.
This next island is similar to the one above except it has open shelves in the center, too, and a more obvious country-cottage vibe.
I like the shape of the counter top in the island below… and it’s awesome because it’s actually a drop-down leaf in the back. (I think I want a non-drop-down.)I love the look of this final island table even though it doesn’t really meet any of my criteria listed above (except the storage)… I love the lived-in, rustic look. I also like that it is more open and “airy” than the traditional cabinet-based islands. I’m trying to think of a way to make this one work.
Then there are the other features I need to decide on…
- Base color… something fun, something traditional?
- Counter top material and color
- On wheels or not (to make it easy to move when/if needed)
Sara and I are going to check out Habitat for Humanity’s Builders Bargains store tomorrow and I’m going to be on the look-out for cabinets to use as an island base, counter tops, and neato drawer knobs for my bedroom dressers! (I’m hoping that if I go in with a mission I won’t come out with too many things I don’t really, truly need…)
PS. Click on the images to go to their sources!