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  1. So I’m going to play devil’s advocate here, but what about turning your table into the island since they’re the same size? You can easily add the lower slatted shelves, or make stainless metal ones with flashing. And you can sand down the top an stain/seal it. Just a thought, since you plan to get a new table anyway

    1. That’s a great idea – if only the table fit what we have in mind for the island! We’re hoping to get something a bit taller with different lines – and we have already tossed around a few ideas of what we may do with this table once we replace it, so it’ll be getting a new life no matter what!

  2. I love that you used your kitchen table to check it out before making a big purchase. That is such a great idea!

  3. My husband and I bought the Stenstorp island earlier this year & we absolutely love it! Our kitchen looks about the same size as yours, maybe smaller, but it totally works perfectly in there. Now I can’t imagine my kitchen without it! Word of advice: check the As-Is department first before getting one off the shelf. We got our Stenstorp for half off and there’s literally nothing wrong with it! The only thing we noticed were some small scratches on the underside of the butcher block but who’s going to see those anyway?!

  4. Ours is open and I love it, but my parents house had an island in it and I’ve always wanted one!

  5. I am so excited about you guys’ kitchen remodel! Watching them happen is my absolute favorite home improvement topic. I like our kitchen in that its very functional and it came pretty (new house)… but at the same time its so booooring. Its builder standard. So I get just a teensy bit jealous when people have an excuse to totally overhaul their kitchen and make it totally fabulous (which I am sure I couldn’t justify to the husband just because I feel our kitchen is “good not great” lol).

  6. What a great idea! And it seems like you have plenty of room for it, like your kitchen was always meant to have an island. I love islands. I cant wait to see what yall end up with!

  7. This is almost exactly what we did when we were trying to decide whether to get an island too! Except in our case, we decided that an island would not work with the layout of our home (open kitchen in a 2-bdrm condo) so we decided to get a side console table instead. Can’t wait to see the final product of this project!

  8. That’s very smart to test it out before buying it! I’m such a big fan of islands ever since we moved to Texas and had one in my parents home.

  9. Now you have ME dreaming of an island! I would love one in my kitchen.

  10. Good thinking!! It sounds like it’ll be a great solution for you guys!! I went from having an island to not having one anymore and I miss mine!! You’ll LOVE it once you get it in there!

  11. This is my favorite post of yours yet. Love all the thought that is going into your decision. The tape to get scale, the photos of your experiments . . . wonderful. BTY. I do the same thing with the tape. Great trick.

    Love the island idea there. I think you will be happy with the furniture look. Everything you have planned sounds great.