I opened up the kitchen by taking out that wall as you may recall.
I really didn’t want such a closed in kitchen and I though a sit at island would look awesome. I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to take that wall down and how I was going to create the island until my brother had brought me some free cabinets.
He set them once we had them exactly where I wanted them. They are on the tile, so if the next owner doesn’t like them, they can remove them (after cutting away at the glue). We got a piece of butcher block from Lumber Liquidators and we cut it to size. After I smoothed it up (a lot), I then treated it with Waterlox because I wanted to be able to use it with food if I needed to. The boys set it on top of the cabinets with some glue that is made for countertops.
Then we covered the back up with that locking shiplap wood (for the life of me I can’t remember what it is called). (Tongue and groove, it came to me.)
I then stained the wood panels, and grey washed them (I have yet to seal it and keep thinking I might paint it the same navy blue as the pantry). My dad then added the metal corners and brackets he spray painted with flat black. This was to give it a more finished/industrial look. I added the black drawer pulls and door knobs after. I LOVE my kitchen island. And it is the only cabinets in the kitchen that open and slide correctly. Some day all those other cabinets will be gone. But for now they will do.