Oh hello! Happy Memorial Day!
I wanted to add a little section to the blog dedicated to all the crap that doesn’t necessarily warrant a full blog post. Here I might post about what good books I’m reading, cool stuff that I’ve seen, places I’ve traveled, DIY projects around our house, doodles I’ve drawn, and meals I’ve eaten that are worth sharing. So because I know you’re dying to get going– here’s the first post of Leftovers:
Our new kitchen island: We bought our house two years ago in July. A classic “worst (not really but close) house in the best neighborhood” stories, the house was peach on the outside, and full Tex Mex on the inside. I’m talking terra cotta textured walls, more terra cotta faux finish walls, and then some light orange on the rest of the house. The kitchen, as a point of contrast (ha) to the rest of the house was BRIGHT yellow with a true orange texture below the chair rail. In the middle of the kitchen was a small island. On top of that little island? FLOOR TILE. Apparently when they re-did the kitchen floors with their southwestern tile, they opted to put in a little island with some leftover floor tile on top.
I was able to look past many of the aesthetic flaws of this house, but the island was a huge eyesore. Not only was it odd to put floor tile on an island, but for someone like myself who likes to cook and uses that island on a daily basis, attempting to scrape crumbs off the counter and instead shoving them into grout lines was a source of endless frustration. We’ve done a ton of improvements to our house already, and finally it was time for the island to get spruced up.
We initially planned to paint the island and pull out the wine fridge (not shown in the above photo, but it’s across from the dishwasher) and put in a bookshelf or wine rack or something similar– and then add a longer island top to expand the workspace. After some investigation by my contractor (aka husband and DIY master Chris) we decided the cabinets weren’t worth repurposing and instead got some in-stock cabinets and knobs at Lowe’s.
We splurged on the top a bit, and got a blended grain walnut John Boos butcher block island top which I L.O.V.E. Every time I walk into the kitchen it’s a pleasant surprise, and the added 2 feet of workspace is amazing. The added drawer space that we gained from not keeping the wine fridge is also great (I have an ENTIRE DRAWER for my knives!) It’s only been a couple of weeks with the now finished island and I already can’t imagine what it was like on that horrible tile.
We still have plans to do a larger kitchen renovation down the road and continue to de-Tex the kitchen– but for now, the island is a huge win.
Currently reading: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat. Not finished with it yet but I’m loving her writing style, clever illustrations and plain spoken explanations behind the science of cooking and what works and WHY.
Currently craving: Fresh picked strawberries
That’s it for now! Catch ya next time