In case you haven’t caught on by now, I am DIY obsessed. And when I run out of things to DIY in my own house….I just move onto my family members houses. Which works out well for them, I reckon.
My sister, Amy is a crazy excellent cook. Cooking is to her what design and decorating is to me. Amy lives with her family in a farmhouse built-in 1903. We all know how I feel about farmhouses, so no need to express my love for her house. Her kitchen is really big and had huge potential for being an awesome work space for her to create wonderful food magic in. When they first purchased the home, this is what the kitchen looked like.
Not horrrrrrrrrible. But not great either. I love wood – but this kitchen literally threw up wood. It’s like “hey, I’m a kitchen made only of wood. Wood you pull up a seat and wood you like something to drink?”. I’m so weird. That was funnier in my brain.
Anyway – she painted the cabinets white and then a subtle creamy yellow on all the wood walls. It’s looking good now! But we’re still not maximizing this kitchen’s potential!! She has more.
Amy has always dreamed of having a HUGE island – where she can bake me lots of chocolate cookies. Ok. Maybe not. It’s probably more for the convenience of feeding her 3 children, but whatever. I pitched to her the idea of ditching her high top kitchen table (that came with the house when they bought it) and putting in her dream island. We would then build her a farm table and put it in her living room. Her living room has this huge dead space that would be perfect for dining – but that’s another post that will be coming soon.
I knew we could just build her island around a few salvaged cabinets, so we set out on a quest. We weren’t able to find a set of matching cabinets but she was able to find a pair of completely opposite – not even close to being the same – not even the same height, length or width – cabinets. Eh. Good enough.
We used them as the foundation and just built the frame around them. We made it all work and managed to get it all done in one day! We added some gorgeous open shelving too!! I’m so happy she now has her dream island!! She just needs some bar stools for each end and I believe she has plans to replace her lighting, but then her perfectly perfect farmhouse kitchen will be complete!! Isn’t it so great?! Look at that MASSIVE island!!