She found an antique pine chest in Romania to serve as the island and cooktop. To make room for the cooktop, Lynn had the three horizontal drawers cut into thirds. A panel on either side of the middle set of drawers made room for the cooktop to be dropped into place, leaving those on either side still operable. All manner of cooking utensils, dishes, and accessories fit neatly inside the drawers.
The pine bureau top makes a perfect chopping block, and stools pull up conveniently to the counter. For a decorative finish, Lynn used a piece of wood as the cooktop surround and faux finished it to look like marble.
Another bright idea hangs just above the island. Here, an iron pot rack was custom wired with a series of light fixtures. The rack allows for convenient storage, while providing task lighting. Complemented by the neutral decor, the island and pot rack make smart use of this small space.
"Island Style" is from the December 2001 issue of Southern Living