Kitchen Transformation Complete with Rich Black Walnut Breakfast Bar Table and Shelving Unit

Whilst having a quaint cottage kitchen is a dream for many people, this style can have its challenges. This kitchen in Leeds looks beautiful with the large Aga, fitted cupboards and island unit, but the lack of workspace was a real problem.

The challenge came when Gina, the owner came to entertain. Her perfect evening was chatting to her guests while preparing food in the kitchen over a glass of wine and a few nibbles. Today everyone wants the kitchen to be the hub of activity!  Gina gave us the challenge of solving the issue - allowing her the extra space required to prepare food but also a space for guests to sit. Giving the family the ability to do this and also have a full sized table when required would be a big plus.


The design we came up with was a large breakfast bar table on wheels which could fit partly below the island unit. This could then be used as a slim breakfast bar for the family meals or for guests to sit and chat over a drink. When required the table can be pulled fully out and used as a full sized table. The added benefit of the table having sturdy, lockable wheels was that Gina could move the table easily into the living room or conservatory as her entertaining needs required. 

When Gina and I began looking at design ideas and finishes, we wanted something that was striking against the existing red Aga, the old timber beams and the beautiful Tiffany lights that were key features of the room. Black Walnut wood was the perfect fit - its rich colour and grain balanced beautifully with the old beams while contrasting brilliantly with the white washed wood floor. The metal frame was finished in a sparkly granite-like powder coating which matched the island unit quartz top. 

The wood was finished in a clear wax oil which allowed the natural beauty of the Walnut to shine through while also giving a very tough, water resistant finish. Ideal for both heavy use and frequent spills!



On completion of the table, Gina required a matching shelf unit. This had to be custom fabricated to fit into an arkward 'dead' space and be flexible enough to accomodate a kettle, toaster and other appliances, as well as a few hanging hooks for tea towels etc. Again the design was kept simple with two open shelves to allow maximum space and show off the wood to its best. The top shelf was made with a metal lip around three sides, high enough to prevent the kettle potentially being knocked over by either the kids or the dog.



As you can see the pieces match beautifully with the rest of the kitchen and have made the space some how look bigger while supplying the additional usable space that Gina requires.           

We are now designing wood and metal bar stools and a bench to match. I can't wait to see the finished look. 

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