No island is an island
Back up to our initial vision for the kitchen island. We wanted to use the blue wood ceiling found behind a layer of sheet rock for three sides of the island. There is no way we just came up with that idea ourselves, so thank you Jesus. All good and perfect gifts (aka house ideas) are from above, right? I literally don't have time to think ahead to the next meal much less think of creative, Pinterest-y ideas. So no credit taken here.
We weren't sure about the cabinet fronts or the counter top. Since I mentioned we have all that spare time to brainstorm, we finally decided on wood fronts. Thankfully our designer helped and told us, "you need to do wood fronts." Perfect. Decision made. Can I please take you with me everywhere? She explained that it needed to look like a big piece of furniture. Painted fronts would not have given us that look, so we decided to use the old pine taken out of the house to look something like this:
|Actually this is cedar. But imagine it is walnut. We can't find the actual photo! Or just thought we took a picture.|
|This is my bed frame, I mean, one of the top drawers. We had to buy 500 pound heavy duty 36 inch drawer slides. I'm pretty sure that is the largest and heaviest slide ever known to man. Or at least to Mr. Ray. And the UPS guy.|
|Cabinet fronts waiting to be attached.|
|Blue boards attached!|
|Lots of sanding....Almost done!|
I love everything the modern kitchen island represents. Togetherness, good food, practicality, memory-making-messes. In a quick history lesson on the kitchen island - I was reminded how the modern kitchen island represents authenticity and realness. In the 1890's when our farmhouse was originally built, the kitchen was not glamorous and put at the back of the houses - separated from the rest of the house. In houses much nicer than ours, people didn't want you to see all of the fuss and mess that happened in the kitchen. They only wanted you to see the final product - a perfectly roasted chicken or a decadent apple pie served in a fancy dining room. Remind you of the modern day Instagram anyone?
I'm so thankful that things have changed over the last century - islands, and the more open feel of houses, the un-ashamed openness of the kitchen and all that goes on. As the kids have come along, I've had to quickly get over the need (want) to have a straight house in order to have people over or to have a good time (not stressing about the mess). I've also had to work on being intentional about connecting with others. To think outside our core family unit and all the day to day needs and reach out to others. No mama is an island either! So I encourage you to work hard at connecting too. It's so easy to feel connected on social media, but is that what hospitality is really about? Liking and commenting? Invite someone over to your home. Go to that dinner party, breakfast club, shower, Bible study. Romans 15:7 says, "Therefore, receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God." Connect in person. It's so worth it. I'm going to do that as soon as I get my island cleaned off. Just kidding.
|Go to sleep with it clean and this is usually what it looks like by about 8:30 am.|
Here's to a lifetime of conversations, coffee drinking, craft projects, baking messes, note-taking, and family meals around this beauty.
|The only time the island is this clean is first thing in the morning or when we are about to leave town and I've buckled the kids in the car so I could run around and take pictures.|
|Note, the dishwasher. So again, when do I have time to research dishwashers? I googled enough to learn about the decibel stuff and the guys at Lowes hooked me up with this one while all the kids played hide and seek in their model kitchens. (And aisle 7 - thanks, random stranger). Anyway, I LOVE IT. I know something about these things as I do about 100 loads of dishes a day OK. It's so quiet, has adjustable shelves, a large utensil basket and the stainless wipes clean. Anyway, it's a Maytag.|