As most of you know, husband and I received an amazing wedding present from my parents in the form of a custom granite island. This island is simply essential to our kitchen and home. I do not think I could survive all of our entertaining without my dear dear friend.
When we initially started looking for new homes, we always took the island into consideration. We hoped that the house we found would have a kitchen which accommodate our precious gift. Well, low and behold, we were able to fit the island into our new kitchen! Although much smaller in size than our last galley, an empty wall was just waiting for our island to take her place of honor in the new household, and complete our kitchen.
Still, there was a problem... The old house allowed me to put the island directly in the center of the kitchen, near the stove and sink, which made cooking and baking so simple. I could literally turn around and chop veggies or throw dishes into the sink… In this new house, because of the layout and size of the room, the island is about six feet away from the stove and sink. This doesn't sound like much, however, the distance is just far enough away, that I no longer chop or bake on its lovely granite surface. As silly as it sounds, it is just too distant to be running back and forth while cooking. So instead, I squeeze into the tight corner between my stove and sink and try to chop away… However, our island is not obsolete, we still constantly use her for use with our bar stools, a buffet for parties and dinners, and really just general household use.
Now, because my husband is the nicest boy ever, and possibly, because I have mentioned in frustration that the island is just too dang far away, we decided to take the leftover piece of granite from the island top and make a smaller, more compact island that I could easily slide in next to the stove and sink. Husband decided that this new guy should be mobile and efficient so that we could easily roll him out of the way when entertaining. Also, we decided to make the working height a few inches taller to fit my tall frame... So off we went in search of a base.
We lucked out at a second hand contractor warehouse and scored a base kitchen cabinet with a cupboard and drawers (which I desperately need since my kitchen has only TWO drawers in the whole kitchen!). The new cabinet cost a grand total of $35. The back was exposed, but Husband fixed that right up by adding bead board and molding.
At first, I thought we could stain the base the same color as our cabinets, but as the new cabinet base was really just a laminate over particle board, I was unable to stain the piece. So… after some research and thought, (white was definitely in the running), we decided that we would paint the base an espresso brown, specifically Behr’s French Roast.
One thing to note, while researching brown kitchen islands, I found that they looked best with a satin sheen, or a glossy hue. I really love this new look and after finishing off with a few coats of poly, I am ready to use my mini island! Have a look!