Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Restoration Hardware {Inspired} Island

Hi Friends!
I am so super excited to share the finished pictures of my new kitchen island with you! 
It turned out just like even better than I envisioned it, I couldn’t be happier! I’m going to do this in two posts. This first post will simply be a show and tell…and then I’ll do another post with all the steps we took to build it.
Ok, so we’ll start with a finished picture and then I’ll tell you a little about it and give you lots more views!
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Here is my kitchen before the island:

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Actually, there is still an “island” in there. That’s a Costco rack taking the space of an island just to be sure I really wanted an island.  I wanted to make sure it wasn’t in the way and more annoying than helpful.  I have a very square kitchen, but it’s not super wide…so it’s not really meant for an island. I have approx. 96 inches between the counters.  So I built the island to be 24” and that leaves me 36” on each side of the island for walking space. Ideally I believe the recommendation is 42” but the 36” is working just fine for me.
Wait just a minute here!
This is suppose to be the show portion, not the tell portion!  I’ll give you all the details later. Smile!
Ok, but where I was going with that previous thought was that the above picture is NOT the before-an-island-picture.  HERE is a real before an island picture.
{You may need to sit down for this one.}
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THIS, my friends, is the real before picture! Can you believe your eyes? yes, yes it’s the same kitchen!
Ok, anyways…back to my island.
I love islands. I think they are the centerpiece to the kitchen, which is the centerpiece of the home. I have always wanted an island. I want a place where my 3 children can “help” me cook and I can still move my elbows. Oh, see, I’m doing it again! I’m giving you all my commentary.
Here’s the inspiration…Restoration Hardware’s Salvaged Wood Kitchen Island, priced at $2,695…plus tax, plus shipping…over $3,200!  Ouch!  Well, not even ouch, just NO WAY!!
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Here’s mine:
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Ok, so let’s review…
Before:
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And After:
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I just love it! Can you tell?
And now, I get to cross one more project off my 2011 to do list! Yay!!
Ok, and like I promised, I’ll give you all the details and tell you how we made it soon…I’ve got lots of commentary to share with you.  Smile!

UPDATE:  Here you go!  Here are ALL THE DETAILS of how I built my island!!!

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17 comments:

  1. mavis E. ButterfieldMarch 2, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    nice work dude! now come on over to Mavis Island so we can catch up of tea. or wine.

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  2. mavis E. ButterfieldMarch 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    * catch up ON, not "of."

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  3. Celeste, this is amazing to say the least. The kitchen transformation is incredible. Great job!!!

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  4. Great job! Your kitchen keeps getting better and better! :)

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  5. I love yours much more than Restoration Hardware's!!! Such great work!

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  6. what a lovely kitchen. I am so loving your after pictures. You all really turned that 1950's ugly of a kitchen to a keeper.
    The island is fabulous. I love how it has a rustic farmhouse feel to it. The marble top...looks like marble really finishes it off.
    I will be stopping back to hear how you did it all.
    great job!!

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  7. I found your blog doing a search for Pottery Barn toddler bedding and I had to laugh because my husband just asked if I could make it after hearing the word Pottery Barn! I am very new to sewing and don't think I can quite pull that off. Looking forward to following your blog and getting project ideas!

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  8. Love your new island! I can't wait to see the second post! We are in the middle of our kitchen update and I would love some carrara in my kitchen! Here's my site: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/

    I am your newest follower and would love it if you'd follow me back! Again, you did an awesome job with your kitchen!

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  9. I love your kitchen! The island is to die for! I can't wait to read the second post so I'm following!

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  10. Love love love! Can't wait to read how you did it!

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  11. Love the kitchen. I'm new to the blog...have you done a post about the whole kitchen re-do? What flooring do you have in the kitchen? It's beautiful!

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  12. Hi Rachel! Thanks for your sweet comments! I have not done a kitchen re-do post yet...it's on its way. I started my blog after I did a majority of the kitchen, so I have some catch up to do!
    The floor in the kitchen is original 1950s oak planks. We had it refinished a year ago and stained it (it was that yellowish oak color)with Bona: 3/4 ebony and 1/4 mahogony.

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  13. That is one cool transportation. I really love the way your kitchen have changed. Job well done.

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  14. I love your kitchen island... it looks better than the original at RH
    Susan

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  15. You've done a great job redoing your kitchen! The island added some great character too, not just functionality! Nice job! I like the colors of your kitchen too, it looks so crisp and clean.

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  16. Thank you EVERYONE for such sweet comments on my island and my kitchen. You inspire me! I really appreciate it. :-)

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