As I mentioned before, our home is 21 years old. The kitchen is 21 years old. We bought a new stove/oven, microwave, and dishwasher recently but the rest of the kitchen is rather dated. For well over a year, we have discussed, planned, and window shopped for a new kitchen. One of the main issues with the kitchen is that most of it is taken up with a large, ugly island that we use only as a dumping ground.
Now, my husband would probably say that the biggest issues with the kitchen is the color scheme and the hydrangea wallpaper border. They are quite something, but the island has been more of a problem for me. It keeps the refrigerator from opening completely and just takes up entirely too much space–space that could be in such a much more functional way. So. . .
On Saturday, we minimized the island!!
To be honest, initially our plan was to rip out the entire bad boy and replace it with something new. We even picked out what we would use. However, once we removed the tile top and part that jutted off the side and back, I realized that we could work with this part of the island. It saves us money, lets us keep the same amount of storage, and it matches the rest of the cabinets (which we are also keeping). It’s a win-win-win situation. We then went shopping on the screened porch (yes, that is where we keep a good bit of our inventory of live edges) and found two beautiful slabs of maple that Randy is going to use for the counter top. Stay posted!