Building It Our Way

The beginnings of a new kitchen island for Sloss Castle

The beginnings of a new kitchen island for Sloss Castle

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we will be chatting about how frustrating it is to be looking for that perfect piece of furniture, but you can’t find it anywhere–no matter how many stores you visit or online hunting you do…nothing is quite right for that awkward space. ย So, go grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me as I share my own furniture struggle + give a bit of a sneaky peek of what is happening right now at Hathorn Hall.

This is the before of the kitchen at Sloss Castle. The hubby and I spent over a year renovating a 1980 hot mess. We learned a lot about full renovation and ourselves during that adventure!

This is the before of the kitchen at Sloss Castle. The hubby and I spent over a year renovating a 1980 hot mess. We learned a lot about full renovation and ourselves during that adventure!

A little back story…In December 2012, the hubby and I bought a 1980 time capsule that was in desperate need of attention and love. The bones of the house were excellent. The house was charming with lots of potential + we had big plans for her. Now, long story short…we succeeded, but it almost killed our spirit.

The kitchen was not awful, but it was not so great either…light mauve counters, floating cabinets that blocked the view, white tiles with fruit impressions, and a large, awkward space where nothing existed.

The hubby and I knew that an island was the perfect solution for the space big enough to land a helicopter. We took off to find and buy an island. How hard could it be for really picky people to locate the perfect piece of furniture on an unreasonably low budget? NOTE: This budget was set by the hubby, who thinks everything is overpriced. And I do mean everything! Any who…after countless hours of shopping, our ideal island was not found. We had no choice. We had to make it ourselves.

The hubby designed the island and built the island. I was very specific about what I wanted from an island. He accomplished all my requests and more!

I was very specific about what I wanted from an island. The hubby was very sweet to design it with all my requests and more!

I absolutely hate looking at trash cans. They gross me out. Out of sight, out of mind. My number one request for my island was for it to house the trash bin. But, it had to be easy to get out--so I could scrub it..and disinfect it...often.

I absolutely hate looking at trash cans. They gross me out. Out of sight, out of mind. My number one request for my island was for it to house the trash bin. But, it had to be easy to get out–so I could scrub it..and disinfect it…often. P.S. I am currently begging the hubby to solve my kitchen trash can problem at the new house….

I wanted a place to chop veggies + I wanted to use a piece of vintage marble that I had bought many moons ago. The hubby accomplished that + added wine bottle storage. Truth be known...I used it to store my two-liter Diet Pepsi bottles.

I wanted a place to chop veggies + I wanted to use a piece of vintage marble that I had bought many moons ago. The hubby accomplished that + added wine bottle storage. Truth be known…I used it to store my two-liter Diet Pepsi bottles. P.S. the hubby just finished a fabulous piece of furniture for our new dining room that will only hold bottles the size of a typical wine bottle…Hmmmm…is he trying to tell me something?

We decided to paint the island a pretty cinnamon and mint green top. We glazed the top with the same espresso color we used on the cabinets.. The same glaze color used on the cabinets.

We painted the island a pretty cinnamon and mint green and glazed the top with the same espresso color we used on the cabinets.

The island turned out pretty fabulous + it became the gathering spot in the kitchen.

The island turned out pretty fabulous + it became the gathering spot in the kitchen.

Looking back, the sleepless nights...loud, creative discussions...and the back pain were all totally worth it. P.S. I am so glad that I do not have to do a major kitchen renovation in my new house. P.S. the hubby painted the walls + we put a new top on the island. I cannot wait to tell y'all about it!

Looking back, the sleepless nights…loud, creative discussions…and the back pain were all totally worth it. P.S. I am so glad that I do not have to do a major kitchen renovation in my new house. P.S.S. The hubby painted the kitchen walls + we put a new top on the island. Hathorn Hall is slowly coming together, and I cannot wait to tell y’all about it!

Whew! I am getting tired just looking at the before and after of the Sloss Castle kitchen. Sometimes, it is hard to believe that the hubby and I tackled such a project. The good news is we learned many lessons that will help us with our new house. One of those valuable lessons is to not waste countless hours shopping for a piece of furniture…we just sit down, discuss, design, buy materials, and build.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I am off to help the hubby with a furniture project…I am so excited about this darling table that we are building for the dining room…Someone needs to duct tape my big, Southern mouth before I spill all the beans!

 

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7 thoughts on “Building It Our Way

  1. Donna says:

    I have questions about acacia countertops. I’m seriously considering them in my home. I know they’re quite a bit harder than walnut and cherry. But do you find them to be quite durable and easy (relatively speaking–I know we’re talking about wood counters!) to care for? I’m wondering if you find it to be susceptible to water damage, dings, dents, stains, etc. Also, how often do you refinish it and/or care for it?
    Donna

    • chasidyhathorn says:

      Hi Donna, thanks so much for your question. I am no expert on wood countertops, but I can chat about my own experience with them.

      I love acacia because it is a very hard and durable wood + really easy to maintain because it is so tough! To be perfectly honest, I am very careful about not splashing water from the sink or leaving water standing around the sink area. I am not sure if damage would occur–but I am extra careful! I also applied a little extra protection around my sink with a matte water-based polyurethane.

      I have not had any dents or dings, but I am not a rough cook *smile* I have dropped a few things here and there on it–but with no noticeable damage…but I think dents and dings add character to the wood. The hubby made cutting boards with the leftover wood pieces, and they are in great condition–even though we chop and dice on them!

      As far as care, I clean mine with Clorox wipes + antibacterial soap and water. I don’t know if this is acceptable, but I must disinfect *smile* So far, I have not refinished the countertops or the cutting boards. I am not sure how long it takes for the original finish to “wear off”–but when it does I will tackle it. Also, I would never place raw meat or yucky stuff on my counters–wood or not haha I am not that brave or adventuresome *smile*

      Wood countertops, to me, should wear their age and dings with pride–all of it adding character and warmth.

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