I recently built a custom kitchen island with a butcher-block top for one of my Asheville customers, and I really like how it turned out. It's one of those pieces that would look great in any kitchen, and it can be built to any size. Take a look:
I outsourced the top to Forever Joint Tops, LLC and they did a good job. It's a mixture of several kinds of wood, and there's a lot of figure and contrast in the grain. Pictures don't really do it justice, but here's my best try at showing it off:
The island is divided along the middle to separate the open shelving from the other side, which serves as a seating area so that the island can double as a breakfast bar.
When I originally built the island, I brought the paneling all the way to the floor, which gave it an old-fashioned look like an upright piano.
Notice that beautiful wooden paneling. That's not bead-board. It's called "V-groove" paneling, and it has broader spaces between the lines for a chunkier look. It's more like ship-lap panels, only with vertical lines. It was so pretty that I was sorry to paint over it. Maybe my next project will have a natural finish.
I liked the old-fashioned look of the long panels, but I think my customer was right to ask me to bring up the bottom edge to meet the lower shelf. The extra space underneath means more legroom when you sit down to eat breakfast. That's why I love custom work: my clients often have great ideas, and collaborating to make something beautiful is part of the fun.
If you need a custom island to fit your Asheville kitchen, give me a call. As an experienced furniture maker, I can build it to your specifications, and even paint it to match your cabinets.
You can see more examples of my work on our kitchen islands page, or if you're ready to get in touch and share your own ideas, click this big orange button to...
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