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New DIY Kitchen Island

Hello there!

If you’re reading this I hope you’re doing well! I’m excited to share a little project we completed a few weeks ago but hadn’t gotten around to sharing with ya πŸ™‚ If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve already had a chance to see it, lucky you πŸ˜‰ I also thought this would be a perfect time to share the other side of our kitchen with ya!

If you remember we had made a butcher block island in our kitchen out of an old wash tub. It was cute & functional enough, but just not exactlyΒ perfect for the space. Then I was stuck by inspiration while looking through some pictures of a local friend who sells old “junk” & collectibles. He was selling the piece pictured below.


We’ll Just Make It πŸ˜‰

When I saw it I thought that would be SO cool in our kitchen, but it was way too long! Naturally my next thought was we can make that! I went out to the shed picked out wood & drew it up for Ed. The next weekend he had her built in no time. Scroll to see how she turned out πŸ™‚



Form & Function

The first thing I’m obsessed with is the wood the island is made from! It’s oak that came from my parents old farmhouse when they removed a wall, which makes it extra special, but it’s also completely gorgeous! The huge saw mill cuts add so much character & texture. I also love its natural color & variation.

Secondly, I’m thrilled with its functionality of the piece! It has added so much workspace to our kitchen! It’s so nice to have an island to put things without it eating up too much of the kitchen’s square footage! PLUS we now have more storage! And who can ever have enough of that?! Especially in a small kitchen!

The shelves serve as both a place to display antique finds & decorate as well-being an open pantry for our potatoes & onions on the bottom & dry goods on the top in the jars. The jars are from Target you can find them HERE. I love being able to use baking & dry goods as part of my decor & again they add so much texture to the space. I’m on the hunt for a couple more crocks for the bottom shelf.

The last 5 pics are what it looks like now for Christmas πŸ™‚



More Room for Cookies!

We have a couple more projects planned for this space that we plan on starting soon. I can’t wait to share the details with ya πŸ™‚ But for now I’m definitely taking advantage of the extra workspace for baking cookies πŸ˜‰ Hope you guys are enjoying the holiday season & all the magic that it brings!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @midcounty_living for all our latest projects, updates, & pics πŸ™‚


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