Mr. Hollow and I decided it was time to say good-bye to the table in the kitchen. Since I love to cook and was in desperate need of the extra counter space, we decided to go with an island. Plus, we made an overhang to create a bar on one side to accommodate 2 people. Just perfect for us! :)
My big purchase was two counter top height chairs in a dark oak from Overstock.com. They are very sturdy and comfortable. Since it is nearly impossible to match my cabinets, I went with my love for a darker oak. ;) I am very impressed with the quality of the chairs which was a relief, since I was buying without testing... Yikes!
I will do a post later on a new method (to me anyways) that I found for distressing wainscoting. Believe it or not, my original plan was to leave the island a stained brown. It was Mr. Hollow that came home and kept suggesting that a distressed look would be better to tie in with the garbage holder that my son made and makes it completely different from the cabinets. What the man is allowing painted furniture and distressed to boot? I wasted no time and surprised him by faux finishing it the next day while he was at work. He said it was better than he could have imagined. WOW... this was a great compliment coming from a terribly picky man! :)
Mr. Hollow and Farmerboy finished the cabinet out with some vintage barn board. Here is where my Hubby's non love of prim comes in... Flaking paint! I had to promise to run it over lightly with a wire brush and finish with some matte sealer. That will be easy enough! ;)
I was adamant that there wouldn't be any doors on this island with the proximity to the stove. Farmerboy wanted to make some with chicken wire, but it would have been unappreciated in the back and a pain to open. So, Mr. Hollow left the back open and made a short removable shelf to store lighter food items.
I can honestly say the island was one of the best decisions that we have made for our home. It makes our kitchen... Well... More like a kitchen! ;) Plus, I found out how great it is to NOT be leaning over a table all the time to prepare meals. It is absolutely heavenly! :)