I built the island for a craft fair that was at my house last weekend -- I knew I would need more serving space in my kitchen, plus I hoped that it would showcase what I can do with reclaimed wood and I thought it would sell relatively easily. It didn't sell at the craft fair (got lots of ooohs and ahhhs, though), but I think it's got a new owner now (care of Craigslist). She's coming to pick it up tonight, and I am pretty sure I'll have to build another one for myself!
This little island has become sort of a workhorse in my kitchen!
I've also found that it is a great place to store my juicer and my blender -- two pieces that we use regularly and take up more counter space than I'd like. The storage space under the island keeps my counters clear, which I love.
This size is a bit too big for my kitchen. It is 60"x26" and I need it to be more like 40"x26". I also think when I re-make it, I'll use a butcher block top. My never-ending complaint (or, one of my never-ending complaints) is that my cutting boards are too small (even though the biggest is about 18"x24"), so this should solve that problem. With the way that Scott and I eat, I'm constantly chopping veggies so I think the butcher block top will come in super handy.
I'm also going to add a galvanized pipe towel rack to one side of the island. I've got it sitting in the garage, waiting to be added, but I ran out of time to put it on this island because of the craft fair deadline that was quickly approaching. Plus, industrial-chic is not everyone's thing, so a friend suggested I leave it off and offer it as an add-on. Smart thinking, especially since galvanized pipe isn't as cheap as one would think.
One thing I'll miss about this island is its reclaimed origins. Almost the whole thing is built out of wood from our recently de-constructed deck. There are marks in it from where my girls banged on the wood while taking the deck apart, and some where they just banged on it because they had hammers in their hands and they are kids. We're using most of the old deck wood to build a pergola and I'm not sure how much will be left for furniture. I'm hoping to get at least a few pieces, but I may have to go find someone else's old wood to use or (gasp!) buy new wood.
Do you have a small island in your kitchen? What do you use it for? Do you ever feel like it is in the way? One of my girls is a little bummed that the island leaves her less room for dancing. :)
FYI: if you're looking for plans for an island similar to this one, check out Michaela's Kitchen Island plans over at Ana White. This one is the same overall dimensions, but without the drawers. Also, this one was built using pocket hole construction and sealed with my favorite non-toxic sealer, PolyWhey by Vermont Natural Coatings.