Though builders proposed upper cabinets by the window, Shannan opted for open shelving to save cost and showcase colorful dishes. New shelving units with brackets that look like repurposed yardsticks fit her casual style.
Shannan and Cory picked out old moldings and doors at Green Oak Antiques in Rochester, Indiana, where workers then constructed the 5-foot-long island. "It anchors the room and gives us that pop of color," she says. Plus, it hides a trash can and stores bakeware on the sink side.
Island Custom from reclaimed doors and moldings. Green Oak Antiques, 3024 S. 425 E., Rochester, Indiana. (574) 223-5702; greenoakantiques.com Color: 5007-8A Twilight Meadow. Valspar Paint at Lowe's. lowes.com
Lighting Galvanized outdoor barn light. Lowe's. lowes.com Chandelier. eBay. ebay.com