Kitchen Island Accents

I handcrafted my kitchen island several years ago.
I gave up cabinet space for an open shelf.  To me, a home looks and feels more comfortable when it looks “lived in” so I don’t mind that some of the things I use are in plain view.
I don’t have drawers to throw junk in so here is my attempt to keep the top counter clear.
The above picture is a handle from my screen door:
Here’s how I use it…

This iron bottle opener comes in really handy for opening beer bottles..

The produce wire basket was a perfect fit – I got lucky with that find.

The shelf is just the right amount of space to fit my Kitchen Aide.  It’s easy access without being on my counter top.
The open shelf gives me more options to display fun finds like this…

I picked up these milk crates over the summer at tag sales.  They hold my pot lids and hand towels. I like that they don’t match and they add to the “old” look of my island.

Sadie’s dog food bowls are always in the way….
We use our great big breakfast table for eating and sitting with company so I removed the bar stools and let Sadie have this spot all to herself.
The painted floor under my island is distressed so that if it is dirty (always) then it isn’t so obviously grimy looking.

A few weeks ago, while shopping at IKEA, I picked up this rod and hooks.
The way I put this to good use was to hold my wine corks in a recycled bottle.

I used some extra curtain clips to hold my grocery list and my fancy oven mittens/gloves.
I can add decorative accents here along with things I use.  I have quick access to them and I can keep them off the top.

My island gets used and it’s a big focal point in our great room area.  I like that it is usable and pretty. It is definitely a statement piece and it’s a good display of my style.
I believe that a home puts people at ease if things aren’t too “placed”.  Seeing a basket of toys or blankets is comfortable and livable.
It’s OK to see how you use your own home…
after all it is yours and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

and since I love old windows…. I added one to the end of my cabinets.
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Hilary Kimbel

These look great! I totally want to find out more about kitchen islands in Vancouver… Maybe I'll get one!


This \”Island\” is amazing! I love it:)

Tracy H.

Do you happen to have specs and paint colors?


So happy to have come across your blog via pinterest! Your home is is everything I Love!! Thanks for all the wonderful deas, I feel so inspired! As soon as I shake his flu I am going to get started on a couple of projects!! I had been wanting to paint my stairs black as well as my banister but was hesitant because I only had a picture in my minds eye,…love love love your foyer can't wait to do mine now!! Thanks so much for shaing!!Lisa,


So glad I found your lovely blog. I'm following you with the new Linky tool, straight from the Linky blog hop. I look forward to getting to know you better, Lori


Stopping by from the Linky Follower Party Hop!


Thank you for sharing your island details. I will be making some changes to my island and I am collecting great ideas. Love the rod and hooks.Thanks so much for sharing.Traci

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

Your island is beautiful. I love the way you decorate with a homey but gorgeous style.I'm a new Linky follower from the hop, would love for you to come visit and follow if you like. :)

Its So Very Cheri

I love this post–gorgeous.I came over to follow your blog. I hope you will come over and follow me at http://www.itssoverycheri.comCheri from Its So Very Cheri


what an island!! gives a great kind of twist to the whole kitchen..i am your newest linky follower..pls follow back if you can.


Goodness, this is a beautiful center island! I'm following you via L.F. I found you on the blog hop.Mandy

Pieced Pastimes

Love your kitchen island and your whole kitchen! Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest Linky follower. Looking forward to reading your future posts. Hope you get a chance to visit and perhaps follow me back.


Your island is stunning!! Just stopping by from the Linky Party Hop. I hope you will visit and follow back.Thanks!!

Tera Leigh

Already follow via email, now following via Linky, and Linky Blog Hop. Hope you can come visit my blog: – Tera


New linky hop follower. I adore you island and the hook from the screen door, is ingenious!!!!!!

Allison Downes

new Linky Follower! hope you follow back and come check out my great giveaways going on!


Have to show this to my husband . He is in the middle of making me a kitchen island. I want he is use the curtion clip idea on ours.I am now following you on Linky Follower. I would love it if you followed me back.I always enjoy meeting new Bloggers.


Thanks SO much for sharing!!! My island is needing lots of sprucing. LOVE all of these:))Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}


That looks fantastic! I love all of the accessories! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!Sherry

Christina at I Gotta Create!

You are now officially featured over at I Gotta Create!Thanks for linking up <3 <3

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence

Love this so much–thanks for sharing!

heather @ new house, new home, new life

What a wonderful job you did! I love the granite top to finish it off.Question: what is the treatment on your floor? Is it an inlaid ceramic pattern or painted floor or an area rug? Whatever it is, I love it.


Your island is amazing, and I searched around your site and found other islands. That is definitely a talent of yours!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)

Great details and you island is just lovely! I especially love the milk crates, the bottle opener and the window at the end of the cabinets.

Christina at I Gotta Create!

I am in LOVE with your island! How on earth did you achieve the finish on that? It's amazing! Thanks SO much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create! I'm featuring this on my Facebook page right away!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home

I have the apron that matches your gloves! Love the island….I enjoy that rustic look…you did a great job!

Coastal Cottage Dreams

Love your kitchen island, looks like it is so functional! Thanks for sharing!

Julie @ Knot All That I Seam

Wow, looks amazing Holly. Love the bottle opener and dish cloth handle. Looks fabulous! Ohh, and those gorgeous wire baskets…. 🙂 x J


LOOKIN GOOD CHICK!!How to rock the accessories:)) Be watchin me cuz Im workin on several projects and you know me it may take me awhile but…wait for it……I will deliver:)) Deidre~

Leslie's Garden

I love it all! I remember having a bottle opener like that, screwed in to the wall in the garage. I had a wooden crate too, wonder what happened to it, wish I had it now!


You never cease to maze me! Thanx for partying with me!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate

Oh my! I Love your Island and all the personal touches you made. So Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!


I just bought a few of the same rods and S hooks from IKEA last weekend! I haven't hung them yet, but baby steps, right?! 😉 They were cheap! Love that.Love that old window and of course the island.


Hi Holly 😉 Since you are a twiggy kind of gal …. Grapevines look soooo cute wrapped all around the ladder along with rusty tin stars hanging with jute;) it's what I did when we had a ladder over our island. It looked so darn cute and homespun! Then during the holidays I would add things to it. Spring time little birds and nests, Xmas time icicles and pine cones with faux snow etc….. Just a thought, Kerry from Ohio 😉


I love it all, the paint color of the island (do you know what that is?), the wire baskets, the painted floor, the handle towel holder. Everything is just marvelous. I sure enjoyed looking, you have some great ideas:)

Ann Hayes

Oh how I love your island- the baskets, the worn look and yes you are right you live in your home and folks feel more comfortable when they know it is a home that is lived in. Great job!!!


Your island *makes* your kitchen. Love the wooden crate and wire. Fantastic idea hanging things from the towel bar…. very smitten with your intire look. Have fun creating. xoso Sandy


Love your island! I like that it doesn't match your cabinets and stands out as a unique piece in your kitchen. I love how functional it is too. The towel bar with the hooks and clip rings holding things on one end is such a creative idea! I also like how you were able to store things underneath using some great storage containers. I'm sure that island gets alot of use!