I finally came around to just finding some parts and having my brother assemble them to make an island. I decided I would go for the industrial look so I searched the salvage yards and even some businesses I thought might have something I could use.
Something like this would be cool somewhere bigger than my space.
I also considered making the island with pipes and fittings.
I checked that idea out by searching google images and Pinterest.
This was one of the cuter ones, but I continued to explore my options.
I checked out Shapiro for inspiration.
Filed these for future reference.
One day I came across these radiator panels at Quintessential Antiques. They were connected and are fairly heavy. I was pretty sure Dan would figure a way to pull them apart so I bought them. This was part #1 of the island.
While they were still in my van, Ron pried them apart.
You can get a better look at the design here. These will be the end panels for the island.
Because I wanted these pieces up off the floor, I needed some feet on the corners. Dan, Ron and I brainstormed and come up with some very interesting ideas but in the end this is what won out.
Iron castors from Junque down at the Lemp Brewery. They really are perfect. I'm delighted with parts 1 & 2.
All along I had planned for a solid surface counter top for the island that looked a bit like concrete. Actually that is the name given to it by Caesarstone. The one on the right is named Sleek Concrete.
But after pricing the other counter tops, I decided maybe a laminate top might be fine for the island.
The next part had to be something I could use for a shelf near the floor. I was thinking metal but then as I started to gather the parts, I decided maybe wood would be nice. I drove up and down the alleys looking for scrap piles in the people's backyards. I thought if I saw something I would just knock on the door and see if they wanted to part with it. (I have done this before so I have experience. They look at you like you are a little crazy but they give their permission.) I also went through my older brother's stash and bugged my neighbors and friends.
I am planning to have three drawers directly under the counter top and Dan is going to construct those. Obviously we have to consider how this is all going to be held together but that's enough for this post. Can you picture it yet? Getting from point A to point B is never a straight line in this kind of work.