Our Kitchen Table: A Kitchen Island Solution
We LOVE our house. I love my kitchen, it’s homey, very cook-able and everything works perfectly. It has a pretty white tile backsplash with green accent and a dark granite, TONS of cabinets, a huge window and great hardwoods. At one point it had beautiful wallpaper border above the cabinets + my favorite part, it’s truly the center of our home and connects to the dining room and breakfast room.
I have a few ideas to spruce it up eventually (this is like our 10 year plan) – I cook all the time and love to be in the kitchen:
- Deeper cabinets (some of my plates are too wide in diameter to fit in the uppers)
- Actually, just new, more modern cabinets – ours are wonderful & very organized but I want to make them taller instead of having the border at the top
- More “open” to be able to see into our great room (I am not an open concept girl, I LOVE our 3 separate dining areas to make it feel more formal for holidays + parties), but with a toddler and always hosting, it would be great to be able to gather in the kitchen and also the bar at the same time!
- With the new openness (we will be removing a large wall, therefore losing a ton of upper cabinets, but that’s ok, they’re not functional for our larger platters, etc), I must have a large island with tons of storage and surface area for cooking, especially since I’ll be losing some of the uppers. We are thinking of adding 2 islands – one for storage & cooking, the other for stools and entertaining!
- Gorgeous colors, wallpaper – I don’t want an all white boring kitchen, it’s not boring now so definitely want to keep some character.
Anyway, those are just thoughts and ideas in my head because I need to win the lottery.
But for a temporary fix, I NEEDED a surface in the kitchen that Mac can sit at to color, help me cook, etc.
I’d been in contact with some custom furniture builders to create the perfect length/height table for our kitchen. Some of the quotes I received were more than $900. I’d rather buy something more affordable (especially since this is temporary) and put that money towards a kitchen remodel. Eventually, we won’t necessarily need this table because I’ll have custom cabinets and islands built into our kitchen plan.
My next idea was to just build our own. BUT, the counter height turned style legs I wanted were going to cost at minimum $150 and that didn’t include the tabletop, stain, or the actual time and labor it would require.
I ended up finding the perfect counter-height table that wasn’t too pub style. I didn’t realize how many counter-height tables looked like they belonged in a bar and were big squares. For this space, I really needed long and skinny. And wanted it to be the same height as my bar stools I was using in our wet bar so I could finally get them out of the bar and put them in a more functional space.
The main reason I chose this table: the legs are actually pretty and not straight like all of the modern, cheap, fiberboard furniture they make now + the size was perfect.
I considered a few different tables but once I found this, with the measurements and price, it was a no brainer. SO glad we bought it & you would not believe how many compliments I’ve gotten on this cheap table. It’s MAKES our kitchen. Mac eats breakfast here every morning and on weekends, he sits here and helps me make pancake batter or cut fruit or whatever we’re doing that morning. So many memories have been made around this little table in the short while we’ve had it, I wish I would’ve purchased it sooner!
[Oh, and assembly was SO easy straight out of the box that our 3 year old helped put it together and we were done in less than 30 minutes]
There are bar stools that go with this table (I linked below) and if I didn’t love our Serengeti fabric leopard stools, I was going to purchase the coordinating ones. I’m so glad I waited because I love the warmth the leopard adds to the bright white!
I also love these stools:
One day when we can finally remodel the kitchen, if this table is even still in one piece, I will use it in the office for crafting, wrapping gifts, etc. because it’s the perfect height for that. One of the reviews said someone used it in a large laundry room as a folding table, love that idea too!
Here are some of the other counter-height tables we considered that would function as a kitchen island!
With sticky fingers and all of the cooking we do, my favorite cleaner is Mrs. Meyers, this scent is my favorite. I use it at least once a day on this table!
I styled ours with a blue and white pitcher with white hydrangeas and our leopard bar stools I recovered (I’m going to do a post about them soon, I promise).
A few of my favorite pieces from my entire house are in my kitchen and I’ll link them here, too.
And for hosting showers, I love to display these!
I have tons of blue & white canisters for coffee, tea, flour, sugar, my kitchen utensils, etc.
I love these blue & white kitchen canisters too!
I hope you can get a little creative with your kitchen island dreams, too! Even if it’s temporary until the real dream becomes reality!