Toot, Toot

Not one to usually blow my own horn, some things just can not pass without a little excitement and celebration. 

A couple of weeks ago, a super nice lady reached out from to ask if I'd like to have my DIY kitchen island included in a roundup they were putting together for their site. 
Say what? Would I like to be included? Um, yeah.

So, I knew it was going to happen. It wasn't like it was a surprise or anything, but nothing could have prepared me for when I actually saw it go live. Cue biggest smile ever. 
Insane. Pinch me. I just can't believe it - this little blog, my little DIY project got such big recognition. Weak in the knees, I tell you. Weak in the knees. 

You can check out the link to, here.

It's always fun to look back on old posts and images. I can't help but to think: if I knew then, what I know now - that picture could be a whole lot better! And I would never have included a picture of me in all my post-baby glory. But, what's in the past, is in the past and I'm just super excited to have been included. 

You can check out the original post, here.

So much has changed since that post. For starters, we don't live in that house anymore, or even that State. And the kitchen island is no longer a kitchen island - it's found a new home in our laundry room. Yup, many a load of laundry has been folded and stacked there. 

Did you honestly think we'd leave her behind? I mean, come on. 

Thanks for indulging my little moment of celebration. 
Have a great weekend!

until next time, 

Kitchen Island Revisited

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We certainly did. We spent the holiday weekend visiting family in Ohio, taking in all the area had to offer including some lovely weather around Thanksgiving and snow shortly there after. The perfect way to ring in the new season, wouldn't you say? Now, I can't wait to turn my attention to Christmas decorations. 
{The carols are streaming already!} 

In the meantime, I wanted to share a bit more about our kitchen island. In case you missed it, we transformed a sofa table into a kitchen island by replacing the feet and adding a butcher block top. {You can read more about it by clicking here.} The only problem was that we hadn't decided what to do with the new feet - leave them in their natural wood state or paint them to match. The overwhelming response on Apartment Therapy was to paint, despite the potential headache of matching the color.

Majority rules around these parts, so painted they were. Two coats of our cabinetry color, BM White Down left them feeling a bit too light. To warm them up, we added two coats of golden oak stain. Just the right amount of yellowing...

While the island was upside down, we took advantage of the exposed underside and added a couple of screws to each side to more fully secure the butcher block top. In this case, more is more.

It's not a perfect match, by any means, but it does look a lot better than the natural wood feet. So we're happy.

And, for those of you wondering about the top...we decided not stain it darker, but instead let it darken with age. Of course, the three coats of Mineral Oil we've used to seal the wood are helping as well. 

Now, she's all ready to be the work horse we need her to be this winter. Winter baking, cooking and entertaining coming her way.

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DIY Kitchen Island

We finished our kitchen remodel a little over a year ago, and for the most part we are thrilled with the results. Of course, as with every big project, there are a couple of little things we wished we had done differently, like with light switches and outlets, etc. But there's also one big thing that the Mister and I have been debating all along...
Is there or isn't there room for a kitchen island?

Him = no, me = yes. 
Every couple of months I like to place things in the middle of the kitchen to try and help us visualize what it would look like. The response was always the Not enough room. 
I can't tell you what changed, really, but sometime over the last month with all the entertaining and house guests we've had, I decided we had to have an island. This time there was no talking me out of it. 
I had my measurements, which were like 20" deep x 32-46" long, and the search was on.  Unfortunately, I quickly came to realize that finding something in my price range with these odd measurements was not going to be easy. Time to get creative. DIY, anyone?

Last week, when my parents were here, my Mom and I stumbled across the almost perfect piece at HomeGoods. Of course. It's a Broyhill sofa table in a beautiful shade of distressed cream. Actually, we really couldn't believe our luck. With some simple tweaks, we knew it could be perfect. 

First things first, at 30" tall, we needed to add some height to bring it to counter level. After a number of calls, we were directed to a great local lumber and hardware store called Craftwood in Highland Park. {If you live around here and haven't checked it out, please do. You will not be disappointed. Great service and selection of hard to find pieces.}

We immediately settled on these 6.5" tulip bun feet to replace the existing feet on the table. The previous feet were 3", making the new height of the table/island 33.5". 
{We're still debating about the feet - do we paint or oil them to let the natural beauty of the wood shine through?}

Next, we were thrilled to find that Craftwood carried and had in stock, Boos Bros Butcher Block counters. Do you know how hard these things are to find? Amazing, here they were in our reach. And best yet, the helpful staff at Craftwood offered to custom cut the countertop for an extra charge of $.50 - Bargain. 

We used Liquid Nails adhesive to adhere the countertop to the top of the island. As recommended on the liquid nails site, we clamped the counters to the table and let it sit overnight. 
The new height is 35". 
Oh yeah, baby. So happy. 

In the span of on week, I got two of my wish list island and butcher block countertops. Pinch me. I still can't believe it. 

And for those of you curious, Mr. DD fell in love with the new island within a short 12 hours of having it in the kitchen. Not that he will admit that :)

Now, I'm not sure who is happier. Gotta love this gratuitous shot from my spaghetti sauce making afternoon. Me...

or Baby E, who now has a dedicated spot for one of her many toy baskets.

What about you, repurpose any furniture lately?

until next time,