Friday, October 22, 2010

Kitchen Island Addition

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Hope your week was absolutely fantastic...this was one of the BEST weeks of my life.

So remember that sweet little kitchen island my father in law made for us? You know, the one I painted pink?

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Yup that's it!

Well, I finally added a makeshift towel bar. And when I say "I", I really mean my father in law. The towel bar was not a true towel bar but rather a cabinet pull from eBay. Score.

I couldn't find a towel bar at any big box store {Artie--we love the term "big box, " right?} that had the right dimensions for my sweet custom island. So a moment of ingenuity came to me {it happens ever so rarely} and it dawned on me that I could make a modern long cabinet pull do the trick.

I ordered it for about $10 bucks {including shipping}, it then sat all summer with Dave and I making plans to someday deal with it, and now finally my father in law came to the rescue and affixed it to the island.

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I love this little addition and I think it makes the whole island look complete. Thanks, Dan!

I hope you all have a very happy weekend planned! Dave and I are attending a Blues' hockey game with friends, writing a paper/preparing a presentation for our master's class, and celebrating my paw paw's birthday!

xoxo

27 comments:

niartist said...

Yes, big box store. LOL! You can only say discount retailer so many times. :)

I love this ... I didn't realize it was pink though til' now. FABULOUS!

And you're right - that towel bar does put the perfect finishing touch on! :)

Have a great weekend!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Love this. What a clever idea. I think I gotta keep this in mind. We don't have an island, but I think it would also work on the end of the cabinetry. Clever.

Kelly at I Dream of Decor said...

great idea, and love those towels Joi!

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

good idea!!

Desert Domicile said...

Awesome addition and so clever! Quick question about your painted cabinets ... have you noticed any chipping and did you paint the insides?

I have solid oak cabinets that are nice but not my style and I'd like to paint them white but am afraid they'll chip/ding/scratch overtime.

other-option said...

Congrats on all your success! Your blog is a joy to read...
- Danielle
other-option AT hotmail DOT com

Leslie G said...

Working at an architect firm, I call those stores "big box" stores too.
Gah, that kitchen island seriously makes my heart pitter patter. I have an unhealthy obsession with wood- and that wood grain top is just SO beautiful. Do you know what kind of wood your FIL used for this?
Loving the towel bar, BTW.

Sarah said...

your island and kitchen are adorable.. those dish towels are sweet too, where ever are they from? enjoy your weekend!

Myssie said...

Love the towel bar, heck, I love the island!! Enjoy the hockey game! I love going to Blues games!!

Leah said...

You seriously can do no wrong! Love it.

emily said...

That bar is perfect for the island and the towel is fabulous! Looks great!

Sharstin said...

love--it looks so great~your kitched is so fab! i would love a handy father-in-law!

jonalynn said...

Great finishing touch! You are so creative!

And I have to ask (if you don't mind) where did you get those fabulous towels??? They are perfect!

AnaLisa said...

Towel bar is a great addition! Love the towels!

Joi said...

@Desert Domicile-We haven't experienced any chipping, but we prepared the cabinets pretty good to be painted! We stripped the old finish and sanded them down. We then used an oil based primer and paint. The oil based paint wasn't difficult to work with as some people suggest and it cures pretty hard with no brushstrokes. I love it!

@Leslie G-I think he used pine. I can get back to you for sure, though. I know the top of the island was already one piece...it was in the tabletop section of lumber at Lowe's for a little kid's table. It fit the bill perfectly. : )

@Jonalynn-They are from Anthropologie.

Jesse said...

Can I just tell you that I swoon over your vases every time I see photos of your fab island! Brilliant idea to use the pull as a towel holder! Have a great weekend!

HALLELUJAHS said...

Love your sweet kitchen!

Blessings,
Holly
http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Aren't you a smarty pants! I think the pull looks better than a bar would have...the pull fits the scale of the island perfectly!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

I like the towels just as much as the bar!

Kelly

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

It looks great, especially because of those beautiful towels!!

Lonely Wife Project said...

I'm so envious of your island!!

Suzie said...

Joi, it's the perfect finishing touch! So cute!

Lovely Little Nest said...

I love the island and the towel bar! You're lucky to have such a talented father-in-law :)

Where are the towels from? They are too cute!

Kiley said...

Oh I just spied the Nate Berkus bowl on the bottom! ha ha. I have it too and it's holding a plant in my office. Love it!

And I love your style. I think ours are similar :)

kitchen towel bars said...

I love the kitchen! It is so simple yet so stunning! Nice addition you got there.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hi Joi...I found you somehow on Design Sponge but I'm not really sure how. :o) I am so impressed by your kitchen redo. It was done on a budget but certainly doesn't look like it. I was wondering if you changed the hinges on your cabinets when you painted them? I have hinges similar to yours and am starting a small kitchen reno soon. I'm stumped as to what to do about my hinges. They are sort of a dark gold color and I would love for them to just go away. Any input you could share would be so appreciated. I'm a fairly new blogger and when I find a blog such as yours I feel like I've hit the jackpot! Thanks for your time ~ Ann

Rica said...

I LOVE that you used a dark gray with your white kitchen cabinets! I just recently did the same in my kitchen and then found yours on houzz....What an inspiration! I hope you don't mind but i linked to your site, which i LOVE by the way! Love your site name as well!

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