I love my Kitchen…Island

Before the Gut and Remodel, the Kitchen had a Center Island.  It was entirely too wide and very inefficient.



Since we decided to remove everything and start from scratch, we were able to customize the new center island. We lengthened and narrowed it, which fits the space so much better.

We chose to have it painted with a glaze.  We also put in lots of drawers.

island-drawer side

Drawers that include dividers for all of my Tupperware lids.


And a rollout trash bin, which is right across from the main sink, put also right by the Prep Sink, too.


I love cookbooks and wanted a spot to keep those I was using most frequently.  These shelves work great for that.  We also included outlets on the island, too.  There’s this one that’s hidden, and another over by the prep sink. This works great for using the electric knife for carving, when doing lots of batches in the food processor and for crock pots when we have parties.


We debated a long time about the prep sink, especially since we went with the pot filler faucet.  We both love the look of a seamless island, but I’m really glad we finally decided to put the extra sink in.  It’s right across from the cooktop, so is perfect for draining pasta. It also faces more towards the main television, so when prepping foods is nice. Also, I can still pile the main sink with dirty dishes, but have access to a garbage disposal. 

Best of all? When we have parties, we fill it up with ice and beer!

Also, the second oven is here. It’s fantastic, too.  Being right across from the cooktop, I can pull something off the heat and put it right into the oven.  We tend to use this one for casseroles and breads and the other for baking and frozen corn dogs.

We went with an Ogee edge on the island countertop and the fancier corbels. The countertop guy also added the extra detail to the side with the stools. No lie, that all added up quick, but I really think those details make a difference.




And the AFTER

Kitchen light over center island

Linked to Remodelaholics.


  1. Beautiful! I'll admit that I love the "before" though LOL! I love white cabinets!

  2. Erin, We were able to save them and reuse them in Ryan's workshop!

  3. Gorgeous! I love your island and wonder if you have the same trouble keeping it cleaned off as I do around here! Thanks also for your nice comments on my display case. I love getting such nice messages; thanks again!

  4. Wow, fantastic job! What a transformation!