I created an "L" shaped island out of our two pieces of (mismatched) furniture. ( Jordan is on the "don't paint wood" bandwagon. I think the dark cabinet would look great the same blue as the cabinets) I moved the Ikea island away from the wall to create more wall space, and work space. It's been pretty difficult for two people to use the island at the same time. Especially when one is left handed.... With it off the wall it creates two separate stations. It also gave me enough room to add the coffee bar. Another bonus is that I didn't have to hang any more shelves. I just reworked the shelves.
I really enjoyed putting this area together. I wanted it to be fun and quirky. The hanging cows are probably my favorite. I do plan on adding a few more frames.
By moving the coffee bar I opened up the wall next to the fridge.
I decided to move the pantry cabinet from next to the washer and put it next to the fridge. This placement makes sooooo much more sense. -We had to put the pantry next to the washer when we first moved in because we also had a dryer. When we decided to get a front load washer we knew we wanted to get a matching set. With the outlets and pipe placements we couldn't move them around, in turn, blocking the entrance to the hallway. We opted to hold off on buying the dryer.- Which brings me back to having extra room next to the fridge. Where I put the pantry, leaving space next to the washer. And here is where I will put the family command center I've been wanting to have, and an official place for the vacuum, mop and broom.
I think the room is coming together nicely. very excited about the new layout. It has taken some time to get used to the island sticking out. We have to make bigger turns now :) The cabinets should be finished this week. Hopefully tomorrow! I can't wait to show you all how great that side of the kitchen looks!
Everyone enjoys a good before and after ::