What to put n the back side of the peninsula, facing the FR?

karenschaeweDecember 18, 2012

We will have built in table height seating so I need something that will stand up to lots of little feet kicking it. I used cover panels (ikea) in our last kitchen and they didn't hold up too well. Drywall would be worse I think. Here's the space it would be facing:

I might whitewash the bricks, haven't decided yet.

And the peninsula:

I see a lot of islands and peninsulas with beadboard but I feel like the space is too modern plus I'm not sure abt introducing another pattern/texture into the space.

Thoughts?

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cookncarpenter

How about brick to match the fireplace wall? I put used brick on the back side of our peninsula, and also a sit at bar. It has held up great for over 25 years, and two boys! This is the backside of the cooktop, which faces the dining area (In our upcoming reno, will be replacing the 1986 white ceramic tile bar top with 2-1/4" thick Mesquite:)

This post was edited by ctycdm on Tue, Dec 18, 12 at 20:57

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 8:29PM
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cookncarpenter

Here's the sit at bar facing the family room, which has the same used brick fireplace and hearth.

This post was edited by ctycdm on Tue, Dec 18, 12 at 21:02

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 8:55PM
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palimpsest

I used flooring run up the back vertically on one project.

You can't really see it in this picture but that was kind of the point. The continuous use of one material, to blend the surfaces together. Plus it's flooring so it is meant to be walked on: a few kicks will do nothing. The contractor came up with every alternative in the book, he didn't want to do this. But everybody kinda likes it now that its done.

This post was edited by palimpsest on Tue, Dec 18, 12 at 21:17

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 8:57PM
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debrak_2008

We are using painted beadboard. It cheap enough to repaint when needed or even to replace the beadboard if damaged.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 9:01PM
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snowbean

love the white washed brick look !

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 9:46PM
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deedles

I'm using a laser cut decorative wood panel on the back of my peninsula. Like this:

They have a great selection of patterns.

Here is a link that might be useful: laser panels

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 10:17PM
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palimpsest

I just put that site on favorites, but how do you think you will clean it mounted against another surface? Vacuum?

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 10:33PM
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williamsem

My first thought was matching brick too! I bet some sheet laminate used for counters would work well too, it comes in lots of colors and styles now. You could also find some vinyl or ceramic floor tiles to blend with the floor or walls. Or what about cork tiles or sheets? Cork would be very quiet too, plus it comes in lots of colors and patterns. A simple dark brown bulletin type tile can be ordered on amazon.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 10:39PM
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fivefootzero

I don't have a great pic right now but we put false cabinet doors, that face our dining room, that match our kitchen cabients. This pic shows the dining room side, before we put the knobs on. It is on the back of a drawer stack that faces in to the kitchen. When you open the doors, I hung a cork board there and that's where we put all of our school fliers, calendar, etc. Next to that cabinet we have an actual functioning cabinet that opens in to the dining room and we put all our serving dishes in there. So we needed to match those doors.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 7:54AM
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kailuamom

How about plexiglass over something decorative and fabulous? I totally know what you mean about the kids feet. My island is covered in Sheetrock and it has held up ok but is hard to get clean and gets really dirty. I can't keep the kids feet off it.

I would not use anything difficult to clean, even if its really sturdy.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 10:39AM
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pricklypearcactus

Maybe stainless steel? I prefer the look of end panels or cabinet doors attached as panels, but I could understand how they might not hold up to little feet. (I don't have any little feet in my household, but I can imagine.)

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 1:43PM
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jakabedy

The back of my island is brick that matches the outside of the house. It's original, ca. 1978, and isn't a seating area. But it will give you an idea how a light-colored brick could look.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 2:57PM
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