The kitchen of our dreams definitely included an island with space to eat and work. After shopping around for islands and realizing they were too small for our space and very costly, we knew if we wanted a four-person, eat-in island, we were going to have to build it ourselves. Or, more accurately, my husband was going to have to build it while I tried to keep the children out of his way.
He did a pretty great job, right? We LOVE this space. We’ve eaten almost every single meal at the island since it was completed.
The island was built INTO the floor, meaning my husband attached it to the concrete and later laid the flooring around it. In retrospect, we weren’t sure this was the best idea because it didn’t leave much room for repositioning or getting rid of the island altogether. Luckily, we’re in love with it, so no plans for that in the immediate future.
There was no specific blueprint for this island. I just chose a few inspiration photos, like this one:
And he got to work trying to make it happen. We were going to paint the island this aqua/turquoise-y blue color, but when we went with that color for the backsplash we decided to keep it white. Originally, I purchase four stools with backs on them for the island, mainly because I didn’t trust my kiddos on them. We don’t need any concussions from falling off bar stools. That’s what your twenties are for! But they really didn’t look right.
So, I took them back and got a basic saddle stool that would tuck in under the ledge. A decision, I’ve calculated, that will reduce our total number of stubbed toes per household by 73 percent, even though it slightly increases our risk for bar stool related concussions. Actually, after a couple of falls, the kids got the hang of keeping their balance.
Anyway, back to the bar. Again, my husband, who’s a pretty prolific builder of things I beg him to build, just kind of winged it, so I can’t give you any great detail. I will say it’s very simple, because we live on a slab and wiring in electrical or plumbing would have been cost prohibitive. And since we’ve got more cabinets than we know what to do with anyway, he didn’t build any into this piece. He did however install this…
See that hollow space? It’s soon to be a custom wine rack. Right now it’s just kind of a wine hole where I keep my wine that I’ll later pour into my wine hole. (That’s my mouth, get it?) It’s also currently serving as a pretty epic hide n’ go seek spot.
The other side is very basic with some trim.
Here are a few more shots of the island in-progress…
It was painted with the same oil-based paint (color: Benjamin Moore White Dove) as the cabinets.
I am so glad that we went with an island in the kitchen. It’s truly become the hub of the house. We’ve barely used our table since it was finished, because it feels so easy and casual to just belly up to the bar and eat together. I can imagine my kids as teenagers eating after school snacks at the bar while I pepper them with questions about the day that they sullenly refuse to answer with anything but the word “fine.” Ahhhh! Makes my heart soar!