This is an old table that my parents got God-knows-where. It was in our garage for ages, and then did duty as a desk for my son. It's old and beat up and scratched, which is why I love it. This weekend, my husband and I decided to put it in the kitchen, and give it a sort of test run as a kitchen island.
Before we had our kitchen renovated, we used a cabinet from Ikea as an island. It offered us a great amount of working and storage space. During the renovation, we moved it to the wall to get it out of the way. When the renovation was complete, we moved it back to the center of the kitchen, but found that it interfered with the flow we had gotten used to, and made the kitchen feel smaller. So it stayed against the wall.
However, we did miss the work surface it afforded, so close to the rest of the kitchen. Hence, this table. At dining height (30 inches) it's a little too short for working, and the top is in poor shape, so we are thinking about getting a 4- inch- thick butcher block top for it. That would bring it to 34 inches, which seems manageable. If I knew how to take the top off and add some height, I would do that also. I'll have to ask around.
I briefly considered painting it black, but to be perfectly honest, I'm much too lazy and I really like it the way it is -- scuff marks and all.
So tell me what you think. Am I crazy, or will this make a cool kitchen island?