Last week was our Spring Break. Mike took the week off, and we ended up spending a lot of time together while the kids were off doing their various activities. We enjoyed a few meals out and accomplishing a few projects. It was strange, really, to spend so much time together without our children, but I guess it is our new normal.
The first project was our kitchen island. The goal was to make it a little bigger so that we could pull up some barstools and serve more food off of it without spending a whole lot of money.
Here is a photo of our kitchen during our inspection before we moved in a few years ago to give you an idea what the old island looked like. It is on the left.
And here is the new butcher block top Mike installed last week:
We have enjoyed the extra space it provides. It is funny what a difference it makes. In the picture it is still a little shiny from an oil treatment it is getting every so often.
The other kitchen island project was to the silverware drawer. The plastic silverware holder I had in this drawer was inefficient and always a mess. I spied this idea on Pinterest. Once Mike saw it he whipped this up:
|New dividers lift out for easy cleaning and shelf liner placement.|
I am enjoying this so much. As you can see I have a hodge podge of silverware and this makes such efficient use of the space.
Something else I did that has totally changed the atmosphere of my kitchen (but no picture yet) is to put a lamp in the corner on a little table close to the kitchen table. I have sat at the table every morning all winter long with my Bible and various reading (I eat there sometimes, too) and the lamp light is so much more welcoming on a dim morning than the overhead light. And in the evening it really warms the space up, too. So...a lamp in the kitchen. Who would have thought it would make such a difference?