Kitchen islands might have been originally designed to give the baker an extra work surface, but over the years they’ve evolved into so much more. A spot for breakfast or homework, a gathering place during dinner preparation. They used to look just like the rest of the cabinets but today matching is not a requirement. I love to see a kitchen island made from a different material or at least finished in a contrasting color or stain. Of course, my favorites are repurposed or upcycled from old materials.
A small kitchen is no reason not to install an island. This narrow shelf was once an aquarium stand. How clever is this idea? Elle Decor
A well used tool or work bench from great-grandpa’s shed adds a rustic touch to any kitchen: country or contemporary.
Other island ideas?
- Old farm house table (with leg extensions)
- Bar cart
- Library card catalog cabinets
- Dresser, buffet or desk repurposed
- Industrial shelving
What are your ideas?