Do-it-yourselfers with medium-level skills can turn leftover lumber into a cutting board by cutting it to size (12-inches-by-16-inches works well), sanding it, staining it and then sealing it with several coats of water-based sealant. Add shape and sheen to the sides with stainless steel washers and screws.
Honed marble is prone to stains, so HGTV's Kitchen Cousins created a custom wood chopping block out of 100-year-old flooring salvaged from homes around the area. A burned-on Kitchen Cousins logo adds a custom touch.
With a cleverly installed pull-out cutting board and an open display area above the sink, this kitchen stylishly maximizes every inch of space. The glossy sheen of the green glass tile backsplash introduces a welcome note of texture.
To update this beautiful kitchen, stainless steel appliances were added, a modern complement to the gray, Shaker-style cabinets. The trio of pendant lights are a focal point of the new, larger space and create friendly, ambient lighting.
White dishes help continue the bright, clean look of the loft onto the kitchen table, while a textured placemat and wood cutting board and bowl bright warmth and texture to the tabletop. A sprig of fresh lavender ties the design together.