15 January 2014

Globetrotting Kitchen Crusader: From the Alps to the House

You’re probably wondering if TBW even does projects anymore because it has been that long since a project post….well, the answer is a big, fat YES! Let me tell you, the month of December/January has been nuts. Being the worrywart I am, I didn't want to mention anything before these events happened. You never know what crazy people are out there in the internet world.

From December 19 to January 7, I was only home two nights. I was a regular ol’ globetrotter. The list goes Chapel Hill, Lumberton, Seaford, Switzerland (WHAT?!), Myrtle Beach, and Charleston. I won’t bore you with a bunch of trip details, but I will leave you with these few pictures from our gallivanting across the Swiss Alps…





Now that that excitement is done with…I am pretty jazzed (yes, jazzed) about my new undertaking. It is no secret to anyone who has visited my house that my kitchen is cozy (and by cozy I mean teeny tiny.) We have exactly one drawer – when you add the two miniature drawers together.  There is also no eating area. Every time we have had company over, we have either had to eat outside on the deck furniture or cram ourselves in to the family room. Don’t be silly neither of those places has an actual table.

The problem is there is not a substantial amount of floor space in the kitchen to add an island (for countertop-age and storage) and to also add an eating area. So I needed an island that doubled as both, but wasn't gigantic and take up the entire space.

Solution: An old dresser my parents gave me we had stored in the garage. You may recall the very first TBW post ever by Kate From Console to Counter. Well, I may have borrowed my idea from her. So in it came and it fit perfectly.

Next task…find a counter top (because I needed island seating.) Got to give a big shout out to my parents for this one. They knew I had been looking around for a big piece of butcher block and happened to be at the Jamestown Restore (do you guys know about this place? The Habitat for Humanity store? Sells new and used building materials at 50-90% discount and all proceeds go to a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Definitely check one out. Hit or miss, but you can find some pretty sweet deals if you’re dedicated!) where they found a solid piece of butcher block 6 ft x 30” for $15. YES, $15!!! For anyone who has ever looked for butcher block, you know this is a steal of a deal.

It needs a little TLC since is has a thick layer of varnish on top that is so not me and is slightly long. So after cutting and sanding this baby is going to awesome!

BEFORE:



IN THE MIDST OF SANDING:




So that is my current project and when it is done (hopefully within two weeks) I will post an after pic with a how-to like always!

And no we have not forgotten about the promised giveaway; it’s just taking us a hot minute to get everything together. Happy hump day, y’all!

Xoxo, Christie

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