By Adalwolfa Grob. Kitchen Island. At Monday, January 07th 2019, 04:51:35 AM.
Repurposed buffets, a rather plentiful item at antique stores is the vintage buffet. The 1960s versions are usually rather dowdy looking in their original wood finish, but give it a coat of paint and voilà — a whole new look. If you are going to paint it, you don’t need to find a pristine piece, either, meaning the price will be lower. Because furniture is rarely finished on the back, consider how you can finish this to fit both the piece and your kitchen, and whether you’ll need a carpenter’s help.
Add appliances, incorporating sinks or stovetops into the surface of the island is one way to spread the workflow throughout the kitchen. Installation can be tricky, so pay attention to details like ventilation and plumbing. This will require running downward (most common in islands) or overhead venting (which can be expensive), and allocating extra space to in-cabinet pipes.
Nixing ready made for readily imaginative, these homeowners fashioned kitchen islands after their own hearts. For the My Labottedoro series, we visit and photograph creative, personality-filled homes and the people who live there. Sometimes working with professionals but most of the time going strictly the DIY route, these residents take clever and unexpected approaches to home design.
“They actually come from being an additional afterthought that was a good luxury to have to nearly the center focal fact of the kitchen,” Payner says. “The island is not so considerable an‐island–in the kitchen; it is a barrier among the living⁃room or the kitchen.”