Country Kitchen Island

My friend, Lucy, helped us find these old wood corbels earlier this year, and we’re so excited to use them on our soon-to-be country kitchen island:


Right now, the island doesn’t reflect our personalities at all, so we’re going to have fun giving it a farmhouse/cottage-style makeover over the next couple of months.


The new bar top will stick out a little further than the existing one because the corbels are about 4 inches deeper.


I’m excited about that little addition in surface space because we plan to use the bar as extra seating when we have more people over than will fit at our dinner table.

We also plan to replace the existing countertop with something a little more laid back, and then we’ll pick out a cheerful new paint color for the base of the island. We had been thinking that we’d paint the corbels the same color as the island, but now that they’ve been stripped, we’re sort of diggin’ the idea of just sealing them with wax.

What do you think?

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  1. Kate says

    I’m not sure I would cover them just with wax, part of the wood is clearly plywood and it looks cheap. Sorry, that’s what it looks like to me. I would paint them white no matter what color you are painting the island. They would then pop and the detailing would stand out. I love the corbels.
    That’s my .02

    • Layla says

      Thanks for bringing another perspective to my attention, Kate! They don’t appear to by plywood when I look at them in person, and the house they were salvaged from was verrrrrry old, but if they are plywood, I guess I’m really digging’ the look of this plywood- LOL! 😀 The type of wood perspective was something I hadn’t even thought about though- so your .02 is definitely appreciated! :-)

  2. Carrie ~ The Corson Cottage says

    Love the corbels & definitely like the idea of keeping them the way they are after being stripped. Can’t wait to see your island transformation:)

  3. Jenn Nelson says

    I say leave them the way they are. They are a fab find :) Cant wait to see them in their new spot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. says

    I love this! We just bought a house and are doing some work before moving in. We swung by a furniture store last night since they were having a sale and we realized that it was really hard to pick anything out without really figuring out our style. I’m leaning toward rustic/farmhouse since we live in Montana so I love this idea!

  5. Jennifer says

    waxed! i think they would look awesome in their natural color up against a painted island! can’t wait to see what you do :)

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