I’m quietly chuckling as I start to write this post. When I first started putting together in my head what I wanted to actually “do” on my blog, this kitchen island I’m going to tell you about played a big part.

You see, I looked for months to finally find this fabulous piece of furniture and after I did and it turned out to be even BETTER than I anticipated, I knew I had to make it easier for the next person to find one.

This particular style isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but the functionality and simplicity can be used as a guideline while doing your search or if you are designing one to be built. It just so happens this solid maple beauty looks fabulous in our kitchen.

My hunting journey started on the internet and I also had two different kitchen cabinet companies give me estimates to either build or “retro fit” a stock cabinet to the size I wanted. The estimates were both over $1500, WITHOUT a top…meaning that price would be added on depending on what surface I chose…granite, butcher block, etc.

After the estimates came in, I decided I would just get back on the computer and start searching….again. Well somehow I must have put in the right “key word”…I have no idea…but up pops this huge site called Kitchensource. I could tell right away I could be in the right place.

After more surfing around on the site, I hit the jackpot and found my new best friend…my Ultimate Kitchen Island.

All of the technical details are on the site, so what I want to share is how incredibly well made this island is. It IS a piece of furniture. Yes, you have to assemble it, but the instructions are very clear, all the pieces are numbered, as well as all of the hardware pieces. It is best if you have a power driven screwdriver as even though the holes are pre-drilled, it is solid hard wood! I put it together by myself and did it in two steps.

First, I unpacked everything…which incidentally it came in three separate boxes, each one shrink wrapped in plastic. The UPS man said it’s the only company he has ever seen do that…so no moisture issue at all! I laid everything out in our living room organizing the numbered pieces together and read through the instructions.

The next morning, I went to work. It took time, as you will see, there are doors, a drawer, two pull out cutting boards and everything must go together in order. It took me the better part of the day to finish it, but I didn’t rush and the finished project was SO worth it! I can’t say enough great things about the Catskill Craftsman quality. And there are MANY other sizes and styles to choose from.

I went one step further with the interior and added pull out baskets…absolutely MAKES the island a dream work center. I shot a quick video showing the interior with my additions.

I highly encourage you to share this information. If it saves just one person from months of hunting to finding what they are looking for, it will be worth it.

I feel great…this post has been brewing inside for awhile!  Do you have an ULTIMATE tool or solution that you can’t live without? I’d love to hear about it!


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