Enhancing a Kitchen Island

Recently, my neighborhood held its Annual Craft/Artisan Show…

I showcased and sold my Christmas Wreaths..


And my friend Kristen, of Sophia’s Decor showcased her gorgeous furniture transformations…

…..along with her beautiful jewelry, pillows, wreaths, table runners, and many other items.


She and her mom are the cutest…and so talented!!

They staged the front entrance with their beautiful items….

…..one of which I snagged quickly…it was marked sold before anyone else could get to it!!!



The cute table Kristen painted in ASCP Old White….

…..and used Miss Mustard Seed’s lovely wax..

I had the perfect place for that table…here’s the before…


And here is the after….


I really wanted a larger island when designing the kitchen…

…..however, the builder and the cabinet maker thought it was best that I have more room…

……….between the island and the other bank of cabinetry.

But, I still felt I could have “squeezed” another foot or so for a larger island.


So thanks Kristen…for providing me with the opportunity…

…..to enhance my kitchen island.


I love the contrast of the white and cherry finish…


It adds great surface space and storage….




I so love this beautiful table that Kristen re-furbished…

…..it is just the “extra something” that my kitchen island needed!!….


And soon there will be a “Kitchen Christmas Tree” on the table!

I will be joining:

Judy from DIY Designs for Fall Into Fall Party

Katherine from Katherine’s Corner for Thursday Blog Hop

Kim from Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Yvonne from the Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits Thursday

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  1. That table is so cute and what a deal. It looks great there. What do builders know? Not much.

  2. I love the color of your cabinets and countertops!

  3. This is EXACTLY what I need too! I have been thinking I should add something at the end of the counter in the new kitchen. Now I will be on the hunt for the perfect piece!!!! I LOVE your table, and I could use the storage too:) XO, Pinky

  4. I love that table! What a perfect piece for that spot. beautiful.

  5. PERFECT solution!!!!!! I know you were probably just beside yourself when everyone was telling you the island needed to be more compact. It’s not like THEY’RE the ones cooking in that kitchen!!! We know what we want and need!!! But you won out in the end because this is a fabulous and very stylish solution! I’m still trying to solve my dilemma of NO center island. Instead, we have a dumb breakfast bar that is in the way and too cumbersome for anything but a small buffet area. I would much rather have an island with more storage underneath. That dumb breakfast bar serves no purpose on this earth and should be taken out back and shot at dawn! 🙂

  6. Barbara Bussey says

    What an absolute deal! Looks darling there, too!

  7. I love it! Just adorable. I love your blogs. It’s so much fun to read and look at the pictures.

  8. I love it! I put a little accent table on the end of my island as well. It’s nice to have that extra surface. Can’t wait to see the tree!

  9. creativehomeexpressions says

    Love your wreath, Shirley! Kristen’s table is beautiful; I don’t blame you for snapping that up!

  10. Love the new little table, Shirley! It is perfect at the end of your island. Kristen does such lovely work. You were lucky to snap it up before anyone else did! BTW – your wreath is just gorgeous!

  11. Shirley, That little table was meant for your island! It brings interest and a whole other surface level to your kitchen… and a new place to create your pretty vignettes!

  12. The little chest is perfect for that space! Kristen did a great job on it! Looks so pretty against the contrasting island! Can’t wait to see it dressed with a Christmas Tree!

    And your wreath was gorgeous! …Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂

  13. I ADORE little tables like that! It’s perfection in your kitchen, Shirley — SCORE! Hope you have a great day… bet that little sale/market was a blast!

  14. Shirley~ That little table is the perfect fit at the end of your island and what a bargain too! Our island is small like the kitchen at the lake unfortunately so there’s no room for an additional piece. What a great place for a little Christmas tree 🙂

  15. I love Kristen – she’s such a talent! The table looks like it was made for your kitchen – can’t wait to see it all blinged out for Christmas!

  16. Oh Shirley! I love that little table and it is perfect at the end of your island. I went back and forth with our cabinet guy about an island too. He swore I needed more room and was very certain I would need more room between the cabinets. I won the argument. Have to admit I lost the range hood cover battle, though.;-)

  17. Shirley, this is a wonderful table! It looks great with your seasonal decor! What an amazing find! It really enhances your lovely island!

  18. I can definitely see why you snatched it up. So cute and versatile, it would look great anywhere in your home. What a great price. I had seen one at our local flea market and it was still all original and he wanted $45. for it. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  19. Perfect! I would have snatched up that table too. It looks great in its new home.


  20. Shirley it looks perfect there! I used to have a table at the end of my island, too, but I removed it to make the room bigger. Now I want it back!

  21. What a beautiful table, it looks wonderful in it’s new home!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Shirley!

  22. Shirley,

    Your island is so pretty….and now it looks even cuter! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful home and inspiring all of us!


  23. Hi Shirley! Just think if your island was bigger you never would have been able to use this there! I can’t believe how great the stain matches your cabinets – looks custom and meant to be.

    Great little spot for accessorizing for the change of seasons.

    Wish our neighborhood/town had events like this!

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Sincerely, Jeannette

  24. Well I tell ya that could not be a more perfect fit Shirley. What a pretty addition to your gorgeous kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  25. How perfect, Shirley! It is ideal in that space! You have accessorized it beautifully. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. Oh, how adorable! It’s amazing that it was such a perfect fit. I can’t wait to see it with the kitchen tree.
    Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

  27. Your new little table looks wonderful and I can see how it will give you more space! Love it and Happy Thanksgiving.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  28. What a great buy on that table! No wonder you snatched it up. It’s perfect for your kitchen. Those ladies had some very nice things for sale. I bet that was fun.

  29. What a gorgeous table! Love those pretty handles too. Sweet!!!

  30. What a beautiful new table … it looks great paired with your gorgeous island, too! I’d love to do something like that by our island, too! What a fun day, too!

  31. Great buy. I can see why you snagged it. It works beautifully in your kitchen.

  32. Aaawww, thanks so much Shirley! I just love where you put the table! It’s perfect and I can’t wait to see it decorated for Christmas too. You have the most gorgeous home…I just loved, loved seeing it that weekend 🙂 Again, thanks so much for including me in the craft fair! I really had a great time and I’m looking forward to next year too.

  33. Perfect purchase. It’s like it was made for that spot. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

  34. I can’t wait to see your kitchen Christmas tree! That little table is the perfect addition … and don’t you hate it when builders and contractors talk you out of things? I’m so happy that you found the perfect solution!


    Have a fabulous Thanksgiving, my friend!


  35. Great solution!! What a fun thing to do in a neighborhood!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  36. A charming addition.

  37. Katherines Corner says

    I love the table and it is perfect right there!!! A Christmas kitchen tree will look great on top of it too. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  38. Very cute table…and the perfect spot to show it off! Just saw you being featured at Savvy Southern Style…fun!

  39. What a gorgeous table and clever idea to have it at the end of your kitchen island. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

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