Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kitchen Island Reveal.



I'm finally sharing the new addition to our kitchen! I've mentioned it here before that as much as I loved my kitchen, it was seriously lacking in storage and counter space. The room is quite narrow but long. It always seemed like a big waste of space to not have some sort of cabinet across from the main cabinetry. (You can see the opposite side of the kitchen here)


If you know my kitchen's story, you know that my brother built all the cabinets so in order to get them to match seamlessly, he would have to make them. Since that wasn't really an option at this point in time, we decided to go with something completely opposite in style. We also wanted something that would be movable and versatile. More like a piece of furniture that could work in different settings than just an island.




I really wanted something white and high gloss, however when we spied the high gloss wood grain finish we were intrigued. The result was a combination of the two. The cabinet itself is white and finished on both sides. The drawers are the same material but have the wood grain finish.



There is no hardware at all which gives it a slick modern feel. To open the drawers, you simply press on them and they pop open. Same goes for closing them. The mechanism is similar to the old stereo stands. There are six adjustable metal legs that make it looks more like a piece of furniture than a kitchen cabinet.



The counter top was a tough decision. Solid surface would have been ideal but we also wanted the option of being able to cut off the overhang, should we decide to use it outside of the kitchen. Using butcher block would make that a much easier job. In the end, while my heart wanted Quartz, I feel that the butcher block was the right call and I love how it looks and feels.



We added two Ikea shelves on the wall above the island. As a rule, I really don't like when things are offset. I'm a lover of symmetry! However, you would have bonked your head on the corner of the bottom one, should you be sitting at the counter. I let go of control and let Stephane hang them and it works! I don't mind it so much!



 Since we added the overhang on the countertop, it meant we could have bar stools! So exciting! We scored these at Winners and I love them. Stephane loves to cook and I always felt I was standing around watching him. Now with the extra counter space, I can help out. Or.. plunk my butt down and enjoy a glass while I watch:)

 


So finally, there you have it. The addition to our kitchen. A cabinet and some stools that changed the whole feel of the room and the way we used the space. So far, a great decision!


Sources:

Cabinets and Countertop ~ Prestige Kitchens (Summerside)
Shelving ~ Ikea Lack
Wire baskets ~ Superstore
Bar stools ~ Winners/HomeSense
Custom pet portrait ~ Lesli DeVito Paintings

32 comments:

  1. Glossy woodgrain = goodness in my book. I love how unique it is, Jane!

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  2. LOVE the glossy woodgrain! And the offset shelves look great too - you made the right choice ;) You must be loving the bar stools - the thing I hate the most about our kitchen (and there are a lot of things I don't like haha) is that there isn't any room for people to sit. It's such a natural thing to hang out while food is being prepared and so much nicer when you can be comfortable doing it!

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  3. Wow, what a gorgeous statement your functional island makes, the glossy woodgrain is really stunning, such a great choice, Jane!

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  4. Did I mention how much I love those chairs. The island looks great and I love the wood grain.

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  5. I love it! I'm starting to think about more modern pieces in my house.

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  6. It's gorgeous - and I love that plate wall! The boston terrier painting is fabulous too! Lots to pin here!
    Kelly

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  7. That all came together so nicely. It was a good way to use that wall space, too (even though it looked lovely before). More storage and more counter space = win win!

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  8. Wow I love it! The glossy wood grain is gorgeous!

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  9. Love it, Jane! The bar stools match perfectly too! Can't wait to see it in person :)

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  10. Your island is the perfect statement piece! Job {very} well done on that one. I'm totally feelin' the mid-century modern flavour you've got going on. Very cool!

    - Rachael
    arunawaymuse.blogspot.ca

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  11. I love it! Everything comes together so nicely in your lovely kitchen!
    Love from the West Coast

    http://withlov32012.blogspot.ca/

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  12. I love the choices you've made in here! The island looks fantastic with those fab bar stools - gorgeous!!

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  13. It looks so awesome! What a great idea to add more storage and counter space!

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  14. The island is sooooo sleek and modern; what a beautiful eclectic addition to your beautiful traditionally styled kitchen. I love that mix! I am a new subscriber to your blog and love your design... we are redoing out kitchen soon and I am looking for ideas and information - love your countertops and am wondering where to look to find more information about what you did for your kitchen reno? Thanks!
    Krista (teacher from B.C.)!

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  15. I love this! Such a fun and warm addition to the space!

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  16. Wow- I love what you have done! The mix of wood and glossy white is gorgeous! I love that you completely switched gears and went with something more modern than the cabinets. I love that mix in any room. Great job! :)

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  17. I want your kitchen!!!! It's stunning Jane.

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  18. What a great space! Love all of it!

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