As seen on America's Most Desperate Kitchens, this renovated kitchen space in Carmichael, California has been transformed into a state of the art space. The new design features an eat in kitchen with island seating for six, comfortable, leather chairs, updated, stainless steel appliances and a custom, easily accessible wine rack.
Island construction is essentially simple; it’s a project most experienced woodworkers could manage fairly easily. Designer Brooke Norsworthy took on the project herself, building an oversized island with seating for four. She explains her process: “Using Ana White’s kitchen cabinet plans, I built these cabinets by hand using PureBond plywood with poplar trim. The island consists of four cabinets: two 24" bases and two 21" bases. I made the frame for the counter using plywood and 2x4s and took it to my local metal shop to be wrapped in stainless steel. I screwed the legs directly into the countertop just before I glued down the metal, creating a very spacious 4' x 8' kitchen island.”
As seen on Love It or List It, Too. homeowners Neena and Jag entertain up to 30 guests at a time so they needed an open space that could accomadate large groups. Designer Jillian Harris created an open concept floor plan by rearranging the kitchen and dining rooms. A large driftwood table in the dining room and an oversized island in the kitchen offer ample seating.
Plentiful storage was a priority for this kitchen renovation, but it needed to be right at hand. The island provides a spot for homework, projects and dining, with storage built into the cabinet base. The shelf houses cookbooks, textbooks and homework, while drawers hold table linens.
A gray marble tile backsplash creates a full-wall backsplash over the black marble countertops. A white marble island counters the black and keeps the space light. Red-brown midcentury modern bar chairs line the island for an eat-in set up beneath a pair of lantern pendant lights.
In this contemporary kitchen, two chandeliers balance the length of the large island and raise the eye upward. The marbled backsplash complements the tan wall and brown island cabinets. Large islands are the ideal space to add much-needed storage as well as a few luxuries. Designer Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchens & Bath Ltd., included an under-counter beverage refrigerator, deep and shallow drawers, and even an extra prep sink to create a functional and stylish island.
A neutral range of floor tiles ties together the taupe bar chairs and light neutral marble countertop. The neutral tones balance the crisp white of the cabinets and backsplash. A pair of pendant lights are fixed over the large island to concentrate extra light over counter space perfect for cooking or eating. A barn door is space efficient and complimentary to the farmhouse style.
To give this kitchen a little more space, Karen and Mina, of HGTV's Good Bones, added a long island to create a galley kitchen with lots of usable, functional counter space. On the other side of the counter, barstools line the island, giving the homeowners room to enjoy a casual breakfast or entertain friends.
This kitchen redesign, as featured on America's Most Desperate Kitchen, features new, ceiling height cabinets and a large kitchen island. The island is four feet deep, leaving plenty of space for storage, and twelve feel deep, adding an informal dining space which removed the need for a formal dining room, so designers incorporated the former dining room space into the kitchen to make it larger and more functional.