Back in the apartment, we had bought exactly three pieces of furniture ourselves: a futon sofa-bed (that broke down recently and gave me the chance to buy a new sofa), a small bookcase and a kitchen island. The rest of the furniture were all loving hand me downs from family and friends (you can imagine the amount of mismatched furniture we have acquired).
We bought the kitchen island from Christmas Tree Stores – a place misnamed in my opinion as I can find adorable frugally priced items all year long. Our island cost brand new $99.99. It has a sturdy butcher block countertop, two cabinets and a wide shelf to place my small appliances. It has held up beautifully through the years but it was time for a little update.