Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Island Project

I decided some months ago that the island in my kitchen was too big.




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When you are working there , it is hard to get to the refrigerator…





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Or the oven…





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Or the dishwasher…





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Then I saw a picture in Fifi’s book ,Romantic Prairie Style , where someone had used a workbench for an island .




So I headed out to my garage where there were two of these…





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Can you see it behind all the junk ?




I decided I didn’t need two of them so I started working on one .





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I added the middle shelf and then painted it red and put some dark wax on it to make it all look the same.





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While I was away on vacation , my son came over and removed the cabinets and the sink that was there , and left me with this …





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So today he and one of his friends , who is a plumber , came and removed the pipes , and added an outlet in the floor so I can add an electric bar to the island for my crock pot and mixer and such .





This is what it looks like now…



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It holds all my pots and pans . And there is so much more room to move around .





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I want to change the light fixture , I don’t like the pot rack above because anything hanging there is in the way , I’m thinking something like a pendent barn light would look good .




I am also going to add ( if I can find what I want at a price I can afford , which is next to nothing ) a metal covered top that is about 6 to 8 inches wider than the top of the bench so I can pull up a couple of bar stools there .




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So what do you think ?





Do you like it ?





Linking up with Debra over at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday .



Laurie Anna's Vintage Home for Farm House Friday.



Cindy's Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home .




And Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday .




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39 comments:

  1. I love it. Isn't it amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it!!!!

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  2. I really like what you did. The red truly spices up the kitchen and makes it such a happy area. Yes, I would add a light fixture after removing the pot holder. I think the pot holder width looks out of place now with the narrower bench shelves. Also think a hanging light fixture would look awesome. The time for yard sales is fast approaching. Bet you can find something for next to nothing. Will be checking back to see if you do. Congratulations on a great job.

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  3. Looks great !!! I personally like the pot rack it wouldn't bother me that it is some wider? :)
    It looks fine to me!!! :)

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  4. You did a fantastic job with your new island! I love the style and the red paint too. I think an industrial barn type pendant light would look great. Good job!

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  5. WOW!!! I love what your new, smaller, colorful island has done for your kitchen. I also love that you did it right ... removing the plumbing and all. This turned out great! (I also love the color!)

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  6. Sharon, wow this is such a fabulous change!!! Love the smaller idea! You have some great fellas to help you out like that. Love the open shelving in it. Thanks for linking up with VIF, xoxo Debra

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  7. I have the same problem that you did have. This is a terrific solutions & you did a great job!

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  8. Wow! It looks fantastic. Love the bold color, and you have so much room now. Nice job.

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  9. Hi Sharon,
    You never cease to amaze me with your talent and ability to create something wonderful.

    I really like your new center island and the red color is perfect in your kitchen.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  10. What a wonderful island! I just love it!

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  11. That is awesome! Did you build the middle shelf yourself? I love women with power tools!

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  12. I LOVE the red! The whole project was a bold move that turned out awesome!

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  13. Awesome idea; I love it and the red is beautiful in your kitchen area.

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  14. I don't like it, I LOVE it....I adore your kitchen.

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  15. Looks wonderful! My favorite color is red, so I love it.
    Best,
    Gloria

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  16. Oh, I love it! It looks wonderful & the color is great too.

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  17. I love your kitchen Island. I made one of my own too. Come buy and check it out.
    http://loraine-breakfastfordinner.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-zero-kitchen-island.html

    Loraine

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  18. Oh My Goodness...WOW!!! you did a Superb Job...Magazine Worthy for sure.. : )

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  19. Your new kitchen island is GORGEOUS lady!!! Just gorgeous! You really have the touch and I love the colors in your kitchen, they are very vintage.
    Your kitchen is altogether lovely!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  20. Great change in your kitchen. Even though my cabinet island size is fine, I like the contrast in style that yours is. I need to go look out in my garage now!

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  21. To answer your question, I love it. I have the same issue in my kitchen and I have been thinking about reducing the size of my island. You came up with a great solution. Love the red.
    Traci

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  22. I love it! Perfectly perfect! My hubs and I built an island this week which I'll blog about Monday - right now we're painting it "Cottage White" but I'm really torn about possibly painting it red - yours looks awesome in red and really brings a pop of color to the kitchen. Thanks for sharing at Common Ground's party.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  23. Absolutely love it. Red was the perfect color to paint it. Happy to be a new follower (I'm a Nana too) from Vintage Inspiration Friday . Would love for you to visit me back.
    Laura

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  24. What a great idea! I love red in kitchens and it looks wonderful in yours! :)

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  25. Sharon,
    This looks great ! Love the red, great accent color for your kitchen.
    Sherry

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  26. Oh wow - yes I do love it! And going red was perfect.

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  27. I liked the big island you had because I'm sure it was very functional as well as it did look good but if you didn't have the room you did very well by putting in the new one. It looks great and the colour is good. I am into hanging pots and I could imagine that black rack painted red like the shelf...with some pot lights or something above.

    I hope you can find exactly what you are looking for to finish the look. Looks great.

    Judi

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  28. I love it. Came over from Debra's. Hope you will join my party on Wednesdays some time.

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  29. Really cute. You should make your pictures bigger (after you load them into your post choose L or XL) It a great repurpose project and the red is perfect.

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  30. it's so great, i love it and i love all the red in your super cute kitchen! i have the same strawberry metal tray that you do :)

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  31. laughing....because my island makes it tight in my kitchen...just like yours - the doors, the oven, etc...lol! LOVE what you did - the red is perfect (not to mention, I love the paint color on your wall....want to tile behind my stove that same color...now to find the tile!!)

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  32. I think you did a marvelous job. It looks super and it works so much better in your kitchen. Hooray for you!!! And the color is wonderful.

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  33. Your island turned out beautiful, shows how creative you are! I love it!

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  34. While your new island turned out beautifully, I have to tell you that an island with electrical and plumbing is a GIFT I wish I had in my kitchen. Had I owned your island I would have never given it up! I understand the space restrictions but still... That puppy would still be living in my kitchen!

    Wonderful blog!

    xo
    Janet

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  35. Wonderful! You did a fantastic job. I'm wanting to put a narrow island in my kitchen too, but I need something with an enclosed bottom. We have a cat and dog and I don't want them sticking their noses in dishes or pans lol! I'm visiting from WhisperWood Cottage. Love your blog and am a new follower. Have a lovely week!

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