From the first moment I walked into our house, I knew that I wanted to do some updating and make-overing - especially in the kitchen! I began gathering and pinning inspirational ideas and keeping hard-copy magazine photos to provide me with ideas and guidance. Below are some of the ideas that I have dubbed as my favorites for a place to start - my kitchen island.
Do you see a theme developing? I landed on a couple of ideas and began to think and ponder and plan. Now, let's take a look at where we started. This was the look of the kitchen the first time I walked in the door. Get ready!
Last year I got the wild idea to turn the island around where the drawers faced the oven and Mike and I began sitting at the table where we were facing one another. That made me much happier. Then, I got to thinking about the overhang on the island and how it was wide enough to cover a bookcase. So, my search for inspiration was amped up a bit.
I did a bit of touch-up painting. Then, used some Howard Cutting Board Oil to begin water-proofing the top. I used three generous coats of the oil and it was soaked up like the wood was a sponge. I also just swooned at the way it brought out the beauty of the wood. Next, I added three coats of Howard Butcher Block Conditioner.
At this stage I was so excited and loved the new look of our island! The shelves were beautiful with that bead board back and beaded front trim. I caught myself just wandering into the kitchen to smile and admire it!
P.S. I already have a project in mind for the next step. And, I may or may not even have a couple of boxes stacked in the back bedroom.