I think I found my Island!!

…or at least a great idea for one.

Eric Perry © 2014 Kitchen Island in HGTV Smart Home
Photo by Eric Perry

I have been on the look out for a unique kitchen island since we moved into our home 8 years ago.  Built in 1743, I really want to add something unique to our home’s kitchen.  I want to add functionality but not weigh down the space visually.  While glancing through HGTV‘s website on the hunt for fun storage ideas I came across this kitchen island.  Yay!!!

I love that they were able to run electricity to it and still maintain the look of a table.  I love the drawers which would be great for silverware, spices, napkins, cooking utensils, etc.  And, I love that you get seating too (which would be so great in front of the huge beehive oven fireplace we have in our kitchen).

This piece would be too big for the working portion of our kitchen but my creative juices are flowing again…  maybe I could find an old table or a table top on clearance at a furniture store.  It could be so fun to find a unique base and a functional top then run electricity (disguised somehow) up one of the legs to an outlet on the island.  Thankfully I know a great guy who loves metal work and does amazing woodwork and finish carpentry.  My ideas and his skills … the possibilities are unlimited.    (I am also thinking now this could be a great table idea for our eating area which also doubles as homework space.  Those drawers could be used for pencils, rulers, markers, etc.  Or, I could use a couple for bills and mail…  We could plug in lap tops without tripping over cords… I am getting excited!).

When you get a chance, you have to check out some of the other unique storage solutions featured in the HGTV Smart Home.  Perfect storage for mugs and coffee maker, a pet bowl drawer, and even cabinetry specifically designed to house your paper towels – who would have thought??

Jen McMorran, Realtor     508-930-5259     jen.mcmorran@verizon.net Jen McMorran, Kensington Real Estate Brokerage




Unique Sideboard from Stock Cabinets

Have you ever searched and searched … and searched and searched…. for that perfect piece of furniture for storage?  I know I have spent (wasted???) many a morning and afternoon perusing furniture showrooms, thrift shops, yard sales, and antique stores on a mission for the right  piece of furniture in the right size.  Though nice to take an occasional break from Real Estate and work around the house, sometimes I just want “it” now so I can check it off of my perpetual “to-do” list  (and get our clutter behind closed doors).


a finished sideboard or credenzaI thought this was a great idea from This Old House Magazine (Photo: Wendell T. Webber)  In fact, I am thinking beyond just a side board… kitchen island (make sure to finish the back side as well), baby changing table, TV console.  There are so many different cabinet options in so many sizes.  Combine that with cool hardware, premade legs/feet, and unlimited options in paints and stains.   Keep it simple or get creative… there are no limits.  In the end though you know  your masterpiece will fit both your space and decor – plus you can say, “I did that” – how cool!

(Don’t forget to check out your local home improvement centers for custom order returns and clearanced cabinets… can’t wait to start scoping out our area North Attleboro stores!)


How to Build a Sideboard from Stock Cabinets

This elegant storage piece comes together with off-the-shelf base kitchen cabinets and simple molding

turning kitchen cabinets into a sideboard overview illustration

Illustration Jennifer Stimpson

Dishware, serving pieces, table linens—a sideboard packs a whole lot of storage space into a relatively small footprint, making it a handy addition to any household. A sturdy, high-quality one can leave a thousand-dollar dent in your finances, but as This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates, you can enhance a few stock kitchen base cabinets with molding, furniture feet, and knobs to produce a handcrafted piece for a fraction of the cost of buying one ready-made. Opt for unfinished 15- or 18-inch cabinets fitted with doors and operable drawers (not the fake drawer fronts used for sink cabinets) and take a day to put all the pieces together. Your handsome creation will turn heads at dinner parties for years to come.

The design for this sideboard is based on one found in the book The Find, by Stan Williams.

Paint: Fabulous Red in semigloss; Valspar. Rub n ‘Buff Metallic Finishes in Antique Gold; Amaco.