We have been in our house almost three months, and I feel as if I have had a paint brush in my hand the whole time. I have really enjoyed our kitchen and the fact that it is open to the living room. I don’t ever feel as if I am away from the action and off cooking dinner on my own. Yankee chats and hangs out while I cook, or we cook together. Yes, he’s a keeper. Our kitchen is a work in progress (we will be painting the cabinets, changing the lights and the back splash.) However, it is still a very nice kitchen, and I want to make the most of this good thing. There is a large amount of open space in the middle, and after measuring and remeasuring, we converted a table into a kitchen island. It looks great and has given us extra counter and storage space.
This is our kitchen on move-in day. The walls, ceiling, and trim have been painted, but the cabinets haven’t changed.
My grandmother used to own a restaurant, and when I was in college, she gave this small restaurant table to me for the dining room in my house. I left the legs natural but painted the top yellow. When Mom was here, we decided that a black top would tie in nicely with the counter tops, and she painted it. The pine legs are almost the same finish as the cabinets.
I added a towel bar to the side to hold some colorful dish towels that depict my hometown of Lexington, KY.
I could add another towel bar to the other side or hooks to hold hot pads or even pots and pans. I also want to attach a shelf to the bottom for some baskets.
Mom used some left over Annie Sloan chalk paint for the top, and I sealed it with a clear wax. That makes it possible to really use the table when I am in the middle of preparing a meal. I have thought about adding casters to the bottom that would make it both taller and movable, but I just haven’t done it yet.
If you need an island in your kitchen and have an extra table, this would be an easy solution. It has sure worked for me.