Alternative Kitchen Islands

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kitchen renovations and healthy bank accounts rarely go hand in hand. This is certainly true   over at Project Dollhouse.  The kitchen's layout is functional and the workspace is adequate, so the kitchen update is going to be purely cosmetic.  The plan is to keep the existing cabinets and pretty them up with fresh paint and new hardware.   

yes, this is the "before"

I also think there's room in there for a small kitchen island, and since the original cabinets are circa 1972, there's no going to Lowe's and buying matching cabinets for the island.  No worries, there are lots of options for kitchen islands.

Image from Country Living

Image from Apt. Therapy

I love the marble top and all the hooks on the side .

I'm not sure this is an actual island, but it could easily function as one.

Image from Apt Therapy

My favorite -the french pastry table!

New windows are being installed tomorrow - thank goodness.   I'm ready to get to the pretty stuff!

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The Sister Sophisticate said...

Oh yeah...I can see it! Love option 1 or 4. I know how you feel girly! Hope you are having a great week!

Splendid Sass said...

Love them all, Kim. My favorite is the farm table.
Some great choices here. I actually like a table instead of an island with matching cabinets.

Karena said...

Gorgeous choice Kim. I love it as well, a few are a bit too rustic for me, can see them working perfectly though, depending on the design.

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Town and Country Gals said...

Love all the islands you showed but the 1st one is my fave. Can't wait to see the finished kitchen and see what you picked! Funny, I did a post May 20th on some of my favorite kitchen islands also.

Karen said...

I actually think that these alternatives are far more interesting than the typical island.


I know you can find something cute on the cheap! Ikea has some that you could "gussy" up and I saw something in Home Decorators catalog that looked like it would work for an island. I just sent it to a client. All it needs is a top from the boneyard or something.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

These have such character. Looking forward to seeing what you create in this room!!

Unknown said...

All good choices and they make a big statement about the style and personality of the owner! Much better than matching. Have a great weekend!

pve design said...

I love the way you can see the "after" and I know it will be worth all your patience and scouting out great ideas!
We are also in the midst of a renovation! It is one part scary and one part fun.

quintessence said...

I'm sure whatever you find will be perfect! One suggestion that my mother actually did was to have her island on wheels - it was so great because then it could be so multi-functional - over to the stove for extra counter space - over to the table for serving etc.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

My sister was quoted over 3k to have a kitchen island installled, so instead we got creative. She ended up buying the " rustic kitchen island" from West Elm. It is slightly taller than her counters, but that is an easy fix. And much less expensive.

Unknown said...

It is so much more interesting to throw in an unmatched 'island'. Great examples!