Lately, I’ve had several questions about our kitchen island, so today thought I’d answer your questions and tell you a bit more about it.
When Anthony and I were designing our kitchen a few years back, I really wanted to have a kitchen island with a bit of contrast against our dark cabinets. I also liked the idea of having an island that looked like a piece of furniture. When we met with our cabinet company, I had them look for a kitchen island that had a butcher block top, shelves, drawers and a white/ cream finish. They found an absolutely beautiful island. It had a thick butcher block top, drawers for extra storage, a cabinet and shelves. It was lovely, and I was in love, but I almost fainted when they showed me the price. I knew what I wanted, but there was no way we could squeeze the island into our construction budget.
At that time, I was certain we would end up waiting until we saved up a bit more money and go without the island in the mean time. I was fine with it and had moved on for the moment.
Then, Anthony and I made a trip to our local Home Depot to purchase a few light fixtures for the house. Right when we walked in the door, they had two islands sitting to the side. They were near exactly what I had been looking at with the cabinet company, except one was black and the other was cream with an antique glaze.
There were two major differences between the island at the cabinet store and the one at Home Depot. First, the island from the cabinet company was topped with genuine thick butcher block. The one at Home Depot was a fake butcher block. Second, was the price. Huge difference there!
I think I must have walked into Home Depot on the right day at the exact right time, because those islands were special ordered by someone else, they didn’t like them and they were on a major discount! There was absolutely nothing wrong with the island.
While I guarded the island from other shoppers (it needed guarded, trust me), Anthony left to ask questions. Before I knew it, I was skipping out of Home Depot with the biggest smile on my face, slightly dazed, watching Anthony load it up to go home.
Not only had I completely lucked out that the island was the exact size that we needed for our kitchen, but it was near identical to the one that I had been looking at with the cabinet company. And, we saved about $1,000.00. Oh happy day!
Since we’ve had it, I’ve definitely put it to use! It’s the first place I set something on when I walk in the door. I most definitely use it for cooking and entertaining, and it’s generally the first place I lay out my supplies to craft or paint. It’s even seen a few DIY projects that haven’t needed the garage.
I’m sure you’ve noticed it in many of my projects:
To painting furniture…
To DIY projects…
This island has seen it all and more, and it’s still going strong! Eventually, I think we’ll replace the top with a thick piece of butcher block, but until then I’m completely happy with it!
Unfortunately, I was unable to find the exact island, but a quick search for “furniture kitchen islands” will bring you so many beautiful and similar kitchen islands! And I wish I could find another towel rack too… ours came with the island. And it’s just lovely!
I hope that answers any questions you have about it, but if not feel free to leave a question in the comment section!