Monday, August 18, 2014

New Wheels In The Kitchen

Wheels in the kitchen? YES!

This is something I've been wanting to do
for over a year.

Local hardware stores sell several types of
wheels for around $4 for the large ones.

The travertine tile we put in the kitchen
is soft and easily dings, so when I bought
this island last year, I put it on a small rug.

My thought was the rug would keep the
island's wood from scraping the tile...

but what it really meant was
I avoided cleaning the floor because
of the rug.

Are you following me so far?

It is NOT (as Wild Bill says) that
I just love torturing the furniture.
I'm going to confess right here that there
is one more thing that needs to be done
to make this piece perfect:
See the ends?
The shelves are too narrow to hold
anything. I put a small chicken on one
shelf to show you the depth.
Not much room there... 

Do you have any ideas on how to
make the ends functional?

Please leave a comment and let
me know what you would do
with the ends.

By the way, see the flat space above
the stove? The one with that plaster scrolly
thingy that won't stay even?

Don't you think it needs some lettering instead?
Ideas? Let's talk.

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Love the wheels on your island, and it's just so pretty. Is it wide enough on the end to mount a paper towel holder? That's where I have mine, and the island top covers it, so it's not super-noticeable. Or else maybe spices, with horizontal dowel rods to hold them in place?

    I also like the idea of lettering over your stove. So many possibilities! I know you'll come up with something neat!

    1. Vicki, I like your idea of adding a paper towel holder, but the grooves go in on the boards at the sides instead of being solid. I'm going to try to find a towel holder that will work inside the grooves. Thanks for the tip.

  2. After seeing your wheels I simply must have some for several pieces of furniture I have. Great idea and thanks for sharing it..

    Before I go I want to tell you how welcome I feel here.. I'm certain thats due to your personal vibe that comes right thru the pc screen and makes people feel welcome and comfortable.. Thank you for that~!
    so many blogs I go to make me feel ODD-umm, not welcome and a few , rather stressed and I want to leave before I get a real chance to look around.

    Glad I found your blog and decided to follow.

    Happy Monday

    1. thank you, Sonny. That was the nicest comment I've ever gotten.

  3. The cabinet is just beautiful! I would almost leave that area plain since it is so pretty but... you could screw in some tea cup-like hooks on top of the nook and hang utensils in the open slots or a nice looking spice set but you would need to place a dowel across to keep them safe... Or add a dowel across and place your olive oils and vinegars in gourmet bottles... Just some thoughts, I am not really a gifted decorator like yourself so I can't wait to see what you do :) Happy Monday!

    1. Like the idea of the oils and vinegars on the sides. I tried spice bottles but seemed to cluttered and they were too short it looked silly, but oils and vinegars might look good. thanks.

    2. I didn't think of the shortness, that would make the space look "off"... good point. Look forward to seeing what you come up with...Thank you also for linking up with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

  4. The white cabinet is so pretty, it is a shame that the shelf isn't just a little wider. Is there anything that could hang off the shelf?

    And yes, lettering would be pretty1

    1. Yeah...I'm showing Wild Bill that others agree with the lettering. I think he's just hoping I won't put numbers up there too.

  5. O, I love your pretty island but have no thoughts about the narrow shelves.
    You can never go wrong with Letters and #'s

  6. LOVE your white island. Adding the wheels is perfect. Maybe the narrow shelves could hold spices and small jars. Possibly adding a wood flat bar across each shelf so spices stay in place when moved. Like a book holder. Even a few recipe books standing face front could be held there too.
    I am sure you will figure out something wonderful with your talents.

    So nice to catch up with you. I've been on vacation.

  7. Adding the wheels to your island was the perfect idea! It looks great. For those narrow shelves I would line up drinking glasses, and for the space above your stove you could put the word EAT or a small quote like the JRR Tolkien one you have in your about me section from your blog. BTW thanks for the visit to my blog!!

  8. love your rolling island. If you decide to put a paper towel or decorative towels from the sides of your shelves and there is no where to screw in a a bar, a tension bar might work. I like the idea of cookbooks facing forward, with a tension rod to hold them in. But you could also have Wild Bill put some shelf brackets and add some additional width to the shelves. The words over your stove top would have to be something special, but it would look good, like maybe Bon Apetit, Good Job.

  9. I love your island and the wheels was genius. Makes it so easy to move now. As for the end shelves I have to agree with those already stated ones - spices, forward facing cook books, I love the idea of vinegars and oils. Have fun deciding. Love your blog. Cathy

  10. Lessee, I could see baskets screwed to the sides or better yet those white space saver wire thingys to hold bottles or ? I have a butcherblock cabnet with wheels but one LOCKS so it doesn't move while using it.

  11. I love your island on wheels! I love the look of the distressed white and I think it would go great with baskets as Nancy recommended. You would need to screw them on because anything you put on that narrow shelf would simply fall off when you move the island. Love the idea of the moving island, great job!

  12. I agree that a wood strip across to hold stuff on the shelf. You could turn it into more of a plate rail to hold plates or platters. I love the wheels on the island. Great idea.

  13. Thank you for stopping by. My comments are still going to the dashboard instead of my inbox so replies are impossible. Love seeing your island again.
    Hugs and have a great weekend!

  14. Rivercrest Cottage,
    I've seen those narrow spaces holding coookbooks with a dowel rod to hold them in. . .but for me it would be p l a t e s!!! Whatever you choose will be gorgeous, dear friend!!!
    Thanks for sharing the tip of rolllers on your furniture pieces.

  15. You have a beautiful blog. Come on over and FOLLOW mine for some great ideas! ((HUGS)) Jo