I was surprised when the Island got shipped 2 weeks sooner than expected. This was good because it was a Christmas gift for my wife. I do cabinet work but am almost always too busy to build anything for my own home. I chose this one because I liked the style, the flat panel doors , the warm maple wood and the reasonable price.
The assembly went pretty well but the directions were confusing at times. All the holes lined up and all of the screws worked as planned except the screws for the drawer slides of which the heads were too small for the holes even though they were in a special bag stating that they were bigger than normally supplied. Instead, I used 4 #8 screws of the same length that should have gone for the braces for the top. The smaller #6 screws worked fine for the top braces. The doors swing on pins instead of hinges so there is no adjustment but none was needed. The bottom is designed to sit on pins like the middle shelf but I plan to get some small angle brackets for the bottom shelf so the unit doesn't wrack out of square. I also plan on replacing (eventually) the drawer slides with full extension ball bearing slides so you can see what's in the back of the drawer and because the top of the drawer front rubs on the counter top. There is no adjustment on the slides provided. I will also replace the handles with some oil rubbed bronze handles to match the hardware in the kitchen. I also drilled two more holes for the middle shelf for more adjustment. Since the wood came with an oil finish, it will probably need more finish in time but that's an easy thing to do. The instructions tell you which oil to use to re-coat the unit.
All in all, the island should serve the porpoise and provide some much-needed counter space and storage. The quality was well worth the $250 I paid (free shipping) and it was the lowest price I could find after looking at about 10 sites. I saw this island advertised for almost $400.
at one site! I think the average person will be happy with the island as supplied, I just wanted to make it a little more unique with the little changes I made.
LOVE THIS PIECE. it is so gorgeous. Unless you are very handy and have much patience, two people are needed to put this together. it took me and a helper almost 2 hours to put ti together. but it is worth it and so beautiful. I added new handles to match the hardware in my kitchen and it rocks!
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? looks better in person
Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
I bought this Catskills island for my small kitchen to have more working space. Itís came well packed and with all instructions how to assemble. It took me some time to put together, but I do not have any skills, I will rephrase I did not have any skills before. I put together and the cabinet looks so good!!! The more I use the more I love it. Overstock thank you :)
Please be careful if you purchase this product. It is UNFINISHED!!!!! My husband took it out of the box andasked if it was finished, without looking I said yes. It took him two hours to assemble it and when I saw it I was shocked. It is much smaller than I thought and it is unfinished.It looks more like a microwave cart than a center island and was overpriced. I would send it back but it would take hours to take it apart. I am stuck with it. What a waste of money!!!!
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? not at all
Please tell us about the quality of the product. poor
How accurate was the on site description of the product? not accurate
Thank you for your question! Yes, the back and sides of the cart are finished. Please let me know if you have any further questions, and thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare2 on Nov 26, 2013
Hello rubykhan, we appreciate your inquiry. This item has been stained and has a varnish over the stain, so it would not be ideal for painting. Additionally, please keep in mind that painting the item make make the item non-returnable. We hope you have found this information helpful. Thank you for shopping with us. Have great day!
overstockcustomercare1 on Oct 16, 2013
Thank you for your interest in the Catskill Craftsman Designer Island. The island does have an adjustable/removable interior shelf. Please let us know if we can be of assistance on this or any other issue. overstockcustomercare1 on Mar 13, 2013
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