Marble table/island: Need advice
This is a subject for the kitchen forum, but I'd like opinions from smaller homes group.
I bought this table from craigslist, and I love it! It has etches, but no stains, and it's a good size for my kitchen. The space between table edge and counters is 36"-40" on each side, and if we can take out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, one end will face the dining room, but not be in pass-through traffic. I've already banished a pie safe to the dining room, to make sure we have a good traffic flow, especially when the whole family wants to be in the kitchen.
It is currently 29" tall, but we plan to add 'feet' to make it a few inches taller. That will also mean more room to build a shelf, or shelves underneath for storage. My questions are:
How tall would you make it for a comfortable work table? I'm 5'7, and the chief cook and bottle washer. The shelf/shelves will need to house this stuff, and a few decorative pieces, maybe.
Would you have open shelves, or use a cabinet in the center to hide the hodge-podge, and open shelves on the ends for the pretty things? Would you put doors or a skirt on the cabinet? Or, use a skirt all around the table, and skip the cabinet, and displays? I'm having visions of enigmaquandry's pretty sink skirt. :-)
The table will not be anchored--no prep sink or electric, but I would like to incorporate a couple of slide-out breadboards/cutting boards, probably on a long side. I found a vintage glass towel rod that fits perfectly on a short side. (Goodwill $1.15!)
What do you think? Can I make this work in a vintage-style kitchen? I've been looking at island/work-table pictures on websites, and found one that said that harvest tables are regaining popularity. I'm thinking with this plan I can have the best of both worlds for very little investment.
Oh, yes, do you thinks it's too big for a 13x13 kitchen? Please say no...
Here is a link that might be useful: Beveled edge