New Kitchen: The Island Workhorse

September 29, 2010

Design and Decor, kitchen, smart fixes

Chuck from noticed my island in the new kitchen. So I thought I’d mention it. 😀


The island is a big one, on great big casters. I cut a portion of the butcher block countertop slab to fit on it. Originally, I was going to use a simple table or maybe construct a table of my own, using the butcher block as a tabletop. But as the renovation dragged on, and my list of Things To Do grew larger and larger, I decided to shell out the bucks and get one. I bought this island at my local Bargain Outlet (a chain of discount materials here in the Northeast). It cost a heck of a lot of money: $240. For that amount, I expected the materials to be first-rate and the instructions to be a breeze.


The instructions were TERRIBLE. We had to take it apart three times due to poor or missing instructions. And the material is “OK.” But one of the stiles had been obviously cracked during manufacture, and had been glued together at the factory (in China).


We love the island– the concept of an island– and we made new parts of sturdier wood to make this work. So I don’t intend to complain about the island, per se. I just expected a lot more for my money. I wouldn’t recommend this particular island (it’s “Sunnywood”), but I do recommend the style: a big box of shelf boards with cabinet doors, and a sturdy wood countertop. We love our kitchen island for this. 🙂 It also helps to direct traffic and keep passers by out of the work area. AND it makes a terrific barrier with which to play hide and seek with Livvy. 😀


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4 Responses to “New Kitchen: The Island Workhorse”

  1. Marg Says:

    Wow the kitchen does look great. The island looks good too even if you did get scammed. But you fixed it, so it is fine now I hope. So many lessons.
    This has been so educational. If only I was going to renovate. Have a good one.

  2. Secondary Roads Says:

    Our island is a four-legged butcher-block table. I like the extra storage and the casters you have on your island. It is one of the highlights of your kitchen IMHO.

    • Mrs. Mecomber Says:

      Marg– LOL. Yes, if only you were going to renovate! I guess my blog has been very full of kitchen posts and greatly lacking in Livvy posts.

      Chuck– it is a nice island, I’m glad we made it work. I don’t ever want to have to assemble another one like it, though!

  3. Renee Says:

    Oh my goodness, your kitchen is Breathtaking!!! I can’t believe that is the same room as the “before” pictures! It’s stunning! Excellent planning… I wouldn’t have the slightest clue where to begin when planning a room. Yours looks fabulous!