6.05.2012

Movable Kitchen Islands

Martha's kitchens are usually pretty darn amazing

So I loosely and I mean really loosely tried a few things "Martha" 
in my new kitchen
One must have item for me, was/is a movable kitchen island

I love how these work as both a gathering place, a spot to work on your laptop or an extra area for food prep

Having this island on wheels was a big factor for me because my kitchen is pretty small and I need to be able to push it out of the way when not in use or when I need extra space for more cooks in the kitchen

I looked at a bunch of premade kitchen carts and islands 
but kept coming back to the islands by the John Boos Company

John Boos is a company that specializes superior quality butcher block and hard rock maple products
Most of the islands retail for around $1000 to $1500 depending on size and options....and almost all include the option for casters or wheels

I just kept going back to Martha's grey kitchen and looking at all of the details she Incorporated and figured I might be better off having my cabinet maker make it for me to my specifications....and I wanted it to be grey


the big island to the left in the photo above 
is the movable island she calls her servery


She used lots of drawers in hers and I was able to get 4 in mine

I wanted one for knives

one for spices

one for parchment paper 
and 
one for pot holders and towels


This is another cart in Martha's kitchen which is really great...a big metal utility cart for her cooking utensils 
that she can roll around the room to her various cooking stations  

and of course a few nice
shelves

I love how she painted the wood storage trays 
the same color as the servery

She has some really nice vintage items as well...including this tea station

a vintage porcelain scrubby holder....gotta look for one of those!

and a big huge stash of bar mops...love those too!

So here is my version...quite a bit smaller but I got most of what I wanted 
out of a cart that measures 30 by 60 inches

knife storage
spice storage

pot holders

and parchment paper

we put the island on nice grey rubber wheels

I topped it with Carrera marble
and added a slatted shelf on the bottom


I think I may add another shelf because I can use the extra storage...but I wanted to keep it really simple to begin with and it's much easier to add to a item 
than to start dismantling 

These are some fun vintage silverware drawer pulls I found on Etsy...and some fork hooks for towels


so there you have it...my Martha knock off

do you think she will mind?

; 0 )




25 comments:

  1. I just adore your island....I still have my John Boos island and still love it.

    Your drawer pulls are so cute....

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  2. Love your movable cart. I have one two and don't know how I would live without it. That vintage scrubby holder is too cute!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  3. Oh I am in love! What a wonderful island. I don't think Martha will mind at all. Imitation is the highest form of flattery!
    You (and your cabinet maker) did a fine job with it!

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  4. Love your Martha-esque island! The gray is beautiful with the marble top.

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  5. Kelley I think you did Martha PROUD!!! Love it and I think the fact it can be moved around is the best. Love the quirky handles from etsy!! Kathysue

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  6. It's beautiful! Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Don't think she'll mind.
    Brenda

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  7. I love it !!! Especially the hardware ....

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  8. Your personalized "copy" is great -- but what I really want to know is the cost. Custom workmanship like that is generally cost prohibitive. Can the rest of us afford that?

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  9. I love your island! I really like the fork hooks on the side! so clever! I'm sure you will have tons of fun personalizing it more and more as the years go by!

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  10. Fabulous! Can't wait to see the rest of the kitchen!

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  11. You are the best project-er! Your eye and aesthetic are to be admired! Everything about your moveable-Martha island is perfect!
    xoxo, Chris
    ps the Remnants show was great, very crowded but gooood!

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  12. The island is perfect: the color, the marble, the storage and those adorable hooks and pulls. A job done to perfection. No surprise.
    Best...Victoria

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  13. I doubt Martha will mind......great job....lot's of thought for something so functional!

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  14. looks great....love it...
    did the knife storage come with it? or is this an insert you can order? would love to know!

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  15. LOVE IT! you did good.

    cindy sue

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  16. Love your cart! It looks like the perfect size, and your hardware is so whimsical and fun! Love the fork hooks! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Love those fork hooks! So clever and adds a bit of fun!

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  18. I'm having a serious case of island envy, Kelley! lol! That is so gorgeous! All the elements a gal could ever want! Kudos to your cabinetry guy! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  19. ummm--fabulous!
    www.downtoearthdigs.wordpress.com
    Stacey

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  20. Thank you all! BTW the knife storage idea can be done in any drawer and the blocks are available from the container store. The little jars for the spices are actually jars for my yogurt maker. They were the perfect size, kind of low profile and fit great. I just bought extra jars from the Chefs catalog.

    As for cost...the island ended up being almost the same price as if I had gone with John Boos but I think I got more unique details and it totally matches everthing in the new kitchen. It is more work to source stone etc but I think it's something I will enjoy for many years to come!

    xx kelley

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  21. I think your island is amazing! The fork drawer pulls are an incredible addition.
    I love visiting here to see what you've been up to. Your other house looked gorgeous in the Cottage magazine...
    I just posted our kitchen re-do, if you have a minute to check it out
    Have a great weekend!

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  22. Beautiful job! Love the color, marble and the fork hooks! It's great that you can add a shelf, too, if you want it.

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  23. Fantastic! I LOVE the custom hooks and pulls!
    versatility in a kitchen or anywhere is o important!

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