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When we remodeled our vintage kitchen, we decided to keep the old original tall cupboards and details, but we did change the flow of the floor plan which allowed for some great space in the center for a large island.
I try to work with the existing in a house and incorporate the modern touches we all love to have ,while keeping the history and charm and elegance. Thankfully, by changing the flow of the kitchen and hallway, we were able to create some space and we didn't have to touch the long bank of original 1940 cupboards!
( before)

I was so excited to find this gorgeous farmhouse style island- it's new but has a great old appeal.
Two drawers on one side and two false drawers on the other and it also has a huge section underneath with two shelves and doors that open from either side.
A wood butcher block top and chunky, turned, detailed legs.
I changed the original knobs out for glass knobs for antique appeal.
The black painted finish stands our on the island against the white cupboards.
I also love that the granite countertops are different from the wood island top.
Of course, the chandelier makes the space above the island!
For more on the kitchen remodel- see French Country Kitchen post.


  1. Your island provides the perfect contrast to your existing cabinets. They compliment each other beautifully. Love your kitchen!

    Lisa@Suburban Retreat

  2. wow! your island looks like it was made just for your kitchen! So glad to have found your blog this morning...going to go take a look around and happy to be your newest follower :)

  3. Your island compliments your cabinets wonderfully! I love your kitchen!!


  4. I love the island! It's perfect for the space.

  5. LOVE love your work and blog! What a beautiful Country kitchen!
    I am your newest follower and would love if you come see me and follow back :)
    Gros bisous

  6. Woa.. that is some island! The lines are amazing. Love how the wood top warms it all up. Lovely space!


  7. What a great French country kitchen!! I love your island... gorgeous! Fabulous inspiration... thanks for sharing!
    ~ Jo :)

  8. Looks great in the kitchen. Very pretty!

  9. I love it! This is very beautiful!

  10. Hi there! I'm back and just wanted to say thanks for your recent visit and kinds words. I sure do appreciate it. I hadn't noticed on my first visit that you are new to blogging, too. Welcome!! I love your style, and I'm your newest follower.
    Have a great day!
    ~ Jo :)

  11. I think you did a fabulous job on the kitchen. The island was a great find. I love the warmth of the wood top. How did you trim out the tops of your open cupboards?

  12. I'm loving your island, it's perfect!!!
    Thanks for your visit, I would say the zicron paint is a true grey but in the light it takes on a blue undertone. Hope that helps

  13. fabulous!! love the island. thanks for your ideas on my dining room table issue. i'm off to a barn sale tomorrow morning and I'll keep your ideas in mind! love your blog too! newest follower :) denise

  14. just gorgeous! makes me want to paint my kit. cabs. black!