Ron has promised to make an island for the newly remodeled kitchen. Actually, we have been planning an island for years (and years), but the recent renovations have brought the plans back into the forefront, so after he finishes Kristin's second bookshelf, the island is the next thing on the list. (I hope. Hint, hint to Ron if he's reading.)
We definitely want a freestanding island. We like the flexibility of adding a work/serving surface while also being able to move it about if necessary for a gathering or project. So when I saw Melissa's post about freestanding kitchen islands, my wheels started spinning.
The "freestanding" part is definite...but little else is. Shelves or not? An open feel, or solid with doors and drawers for coveted storage? A place for cookbooks? Butcher block or old wood? Painted or stained?
So today I experimented.
How does one "experiment" with an island, you ask?
I robbed this table (made with old wood) from my living room...
...and brought it into the kitchen. Just to see if the "open" feel is what I want. (I suspect that it is. I don't want to hide my new farmhouse sink with a closed-in type of doors-and-drawers island.)
I can't leave it here. Ron and I would miss it there in the living room between our chairs. Where would we set our cups of evening coffee?! Plus, an actual island would need to be a bit higher to be used as a work surface for Kati and me. We're too tall for this one.
But what do you think? Does it look at home here?