1. This is a gorgeous build Nina – without the added cost for having the edges finished, what do you think the overall cost was for this project? We are pricing out having one built or doing it ourselves.

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      Hi Ashley, without the marble the biggest cost was the legs (which we really couldn’t DIY, of course). We’re estimating $500 in wood and other materials.

  2. Ode' Lawlor says:

    This is beautiful! I made one very similar but with a maple top! I also added a drop leaf to one side! I am shocked at how similar they are! I made mine about 8 years ago and when I saw yours it made my day! I am now considering a slab of soapstone for the top to replace the maple! I even have very similar baskets on the bottom shelf! I also have a shelf above the bottom shelf about 9 inches from the top! Yours is stunning.

    1. That sounds beautiful! Thank you so much for the kind words.

  3. Rona Szabo says:

    I love it, you guys did such a great job. I love Non traditional stuff. I will share it with my readers.

  4. So sorry to have to ask, but I have looked and looked for the link to the finish tutorial and cannot find it! Can you help?
    I followed your advice here and my Dad made me a scaled down version for my kitchen! The marble is being edged and I can’t wait to get to work on the finish. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      I apologize, I have not added a finish tutorial- I used a gray water based stain (the brand/color I used is no longer available, but there should be similar options). Then I alternated dry brushing gray and white chalky paint and sanding until I got the finish I was going for. It was not a linear process, unfortunately- which was what made a tutorial so difficult. It was the classic “eyeballing it” scenario.

  5. thank you for the tutorial. love the island.

    1. Just found this on Pinterest – looking for ways too turn my antique marble table into an island. PERFECT! Would you mind telling me the dimension of your slab?

      1. Hi Eva,
        The dimensions of the slab are approximately 28″x72″

  6. Love it !!! We are trying to restore a 1908 house in Chelmsford. I now have some hope for my brown 70’s kitchen!! Thank you!!

    1. How exciting, I love antique homes! I’m sure it will be beautiful :)

  7. I’m inspired by your kitchen island. The link that you provided for the legs is for knotty pine…was that the wood species you used and if so we’re there a lot of knots in the wood that you had to address so they didn’t bleed through your stain? Also, if you had to do the island again, would you have used a slightly taller leg that Osborn offers?

    1. Hi Sandra, We did use the knotty pine. There were a couple of knots, but we were going for a weathered/rustic look. We have also used their soft maple legs with great results! The island is counter height, which is perfect, so we weren’t looking to go any taller!

  8. Hello! Love your island. Funny, because I, too, saw that same island on Houzz and have always gone back to it. We will be doing a kitchen remodel and I had the same dreams of an island, but know we don’t have the room either. I decided we will just build one like this because we have used Ana White’s plans for other things and are familiar with Osbourne Wood thanks to various blogs. I was so happy to come across your project to see it can be done beautifully. Great job!

    1. Thank you so much Lisa! Best of luck with your island, I’m sure it will be beautiful! :)

  9. Ma quanto sei brava! Meraviglioso.saluti dall’ italia!

    1. Molte grazie Lucia! :)

  10. It’s beautiful! I love it and I’m thinking about building one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. I love the island and want one just like this. Sadly my husband is not handy in that way. Would love to find someone who could take your plans and build for me. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  12. What are the dimensions of your kitchen? I’m trying to see if I can fit an island like this in my kitchen thanks!!

  13. Do the legs are expensive , I don’t want to spend to much money , I can’t I love the table looks Great

  14. Hi, Beautiful island. What are the dimensions?

  15. I am in love with this island (and your kitchen)! What are the final measurements of your island and marble top? This might be just what we need for our kitchen!

  16. How much was it to get the edges finished on your marble top? We are thinking of buying a remnant in similar size and I am trying to set a budget before we buy the materials.


    1. Hi Lauren! It was an extra $250 to have the edges finished. We were told that it would have been less if we had bought the remnant from the stone fabricator. I hope that helps!

  17. I love this kitchen island the stain looks great. I want to make one!!! Thank you for sharing!

  18. I absolutely love this! I wouldn’t have thought to look for marble on craigslist–what a score! I’m curious about the total cost of the lumber? Was it pretty reasonable?

  19. Great job. The island fit in great with the rest of the kitchen. I really like the finish that you decided on. Provides a rustic look.

  20. Beautiful build. Love the stain/paint process you used and the marble top just finishes it off.

  21. just beautiful! I have yet to build anything off of ana whites plans but everything everyone does has turned out so amazing! featuring this in my weekly wow’s on friday.

    1. Thank you so much Laura! I appreciate the feature!! I highly recommend Ana, her plans are so spot on- especially since she maximizes the yields so less goes to waste!

  22. What an over the top – spectacular island – I can’t believe it’s a diy – or how luck you got with that gorgeous slab!!!
    Have pin this for sure
    Thanks so much for sharing –

    1. Thank you so much Suzan!

  23. Beth Long says:

    I saw that same island on a Houzz site and had a similar one built for my kitchen – but I took in a totally different direction. My countertops are quartz (but look like marble), so I had butcher block put on the island and the island itself is dark walnut, but the shape, size and style are from that same inspiration photo. You have excellent taste!

    1. That sounds lovely Beth :) We toyed with the idea of a dark walnut finish, but since our eventual flooring will probably be walnut, we wanted something that would pop against it. I LOVE walnut though!

  24. That is so fabulous. You lucky girl! I am thrilled you joined my Wow party, but the button you added is not linked to my blog. I had gotten a moderation notice from inlinkz. I hope you can fix it or just add a highlighted link.
    You will truly enjoy this wonderful island. I would have fun just adding stuff to the bottom shelf.

    1. Thank you so much Kim!:) I added a text link- I apologize that it wasn’t working!!

  25. Debbie Westbrooks says:

    Love it, pinned it :)

    1. Thanks so much Debbie :)

  26. Who would think you ruined this with that gorgeous finish!! I can’t believe you made this island. That is gorgeous. Pinning right now. If you have time, come share at my link party that opens tomorrow at 1:00 PST. Love it!

    1. I would love to! Thank you so much :)

  27. settingforfour says:

    I love this aged driftwood finish! Great job! Pinned and scheduled on fb! ~ Heather

    1. Thank you so much Heather! I appreciate it!!

  28. WOW! What a beautiful island…so professional!! :)

    1. Thank you Michele :)

  29. I love it! Gotta share!

    1. Thank you so much Angela!

    1. Thank you so much, Nicole!

  30. I love this! I wonder how hard it would be to adjust it into a kitchen table instead of an island and still keep the look! or if it would work as a table with the bottom on it…it probably would not be stable if just the top was just extended out further! don’t want a table falling over on me! Did not see the measurements…will have to look on the Ana’s web sit for her plans that you mentioned!

    1. Hi Melissa, I would be a little nervous about it being tippy, like you said! We had to adjust the stance of the island a bit to support the marble. The plans for the book are in Ana’s book The Handbuilt Home, and they are a lot easier to work with than our crazy measurements that came from building to fit the marble :)

    1. Thank you so much Taryn!

  31. WOW! I love it and the fact that you lucked out on that marble top is awesome!! You did a great job and the color and everything is perfect for your kitchen. i am a huge white kitchen gal myself!! Stopping in from Inspire me Please blog hop.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Dawna and for your kind words! The marble was the score of a lifetime :)

  32. Beautiful!
    The marble top was the perfect touch!

    1. Thank you so much, Jen!

      1. There are ALWAYS people that will say… you shouldn’t have stained it THAT color. It’s GREAT to get opinions…. that’s what I love about these websites!!! BUT…. in the END…. it what YOU like, and what makes YOU HAPPY!!! Beautiful job!!!! :)

        1. Thank you so much, Suzette! You are completely right :) And I love your barstool suggestion! Haha

      2. P.S. Nina…. You can always get a few barstools, to HANG OUT and gaze at your beautiful Marble!!!

      3. Domonique says:

        I absolutely LOVE this island and it is JUST the right look an size (by eye) for my kitchen. I woud love to build this to your spec, any chance your building instructions are documeted for sharing with Fans???

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