My husband and I bought our first house two weeks after we got married.
Craziness. It's an awesome two-story colonial, I love it. The only problem? Hello, 1980's. It makes me want to break out in song, Ferris Bueller style, often.
Our kitchen lacked counter-space. This was a huge problem because we both love to entertain. You can't have everyone hanging out in the kitchen fighting over the cheese, crackers, and chips that occupy the same 6 inches of prime real estate. We needed a kitchen island to break up the space in our kitchen and provide some much needed
After a couple weeks of searching and not finding anything in our price range that we liked -- everything was basically $1000.00+ for a 2'x6' island with the features we wanted. This called for an imagination intervention. Why not find a base that I loved and then move forward from there?
I scoured thrift stores and Craig's list for weeks. Literally. I finally found THE piece. It was hanging out in a storage unit a couple of miles down the road -- just waiting for me! It had everything; character, glass doors, storage, and size...
Not the TV. Yep, it's an entertainment console from Haverty's. We purchased it for $300. Loading this into a suburban to take home? Priceless (thanks Christie!!!). One major problem, no counter top.
We decided we really liked the butcher block look. It adds a warm, natural element. Be savvy when trying to find this type of counter-top Even lumber liquidators can get pricey. In fact, they started around $300, just for the top. About a month after getting this beauty, we made a trip to Ikea....drool. Seriously.
They offer a natural wood counter-top, 2'x6', for $125. It comes in both a light and dark wood variation -- in that the base is already a dark wood, we opted for the light variation. The easy part was deciding that was indeed the counter-top we wanted. The hard part was making our way to the checkout line without getting distracted. After a F-U-n morning of attaching the sucker, we were golden! The top is attached with wood glue and then secured with L-brackets and screws from the underneath. It isn't going anywhere!
We've transitioned one of the glass cabinets to a bookshelf for cookbooks & trinkets and the other is a 24 bottle wine rack (courtesy of my talented brothers!). The back is still a work-in-progress, more pictures of that to come later. In the meantime, check out the quasi-finished product, and let me know if we can answer any questions...just don't judge my kitchen floor!!