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.

38 Replies to “Kitchen Island Accents”

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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:)

  5. 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 😉

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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~

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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. :)

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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,

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