We had planned to purchase cupboards and construct an island. That task seemed overwhelming and we are now delighted with our alternate choice, the Home Styles Nantucket Distressed Black Finish Kitchen Island. It was the perfect size, gave us the additional cupboard space and counter space that we wanted. Although it was time consuming to assemble, it was not a difficult task. The hardest part was lifting the top to drop in place. That takes two people! We have had many compliments on our selection.
The island itself is beautiful. It is well made but does take a fair amount of work to put it together unless you are very adept at that kind of thing. For the most part it took two of us to maneuver the pieces to put it together. There were 3-4 parts that were either missing or didn't fit properly that my husband had to improvise with to finish the assembly. It looks great in our kitchen and the granite inlay is beautiful.
I love it! This is a beautiful, high quality piece of furniture that has all the features I was looking for: cabinet, deep drawer, drop leaf, end shelves, granite top. Size had been a challenge for me as well but this was just right. Only 3 drawbacks that I can identify: (1) It was very challenging to assemble - tons of pieces. Had to hire a handyman for the job but he got it done in about 2 hrs. (2) the factory "distressing" that is done to the finish is way too uniform to actually look distressed. But I got over that. (3) once the drop leaf was raised, I have not been able to lower it. Still working on that one. I would definitely recommend this kitchen island, just know what you are getting into.
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