July 29, 2018

Life in Transition: The Kitchen Island Cart

There are some pieces of furniture that are really worth celebrating. And in my current life in transition; moving from one country to another and renting a house until we’re ready to buy one, flexible furniture has been incredibly helpful to keep me organised.  I would like to raise my glass to the humble kitchen cart. I believe you can do so much with these versatile pieces. I’ve fallen in love with these functional pieces so much that I now have two.

In my new kitchen, counter top space and storage have been at a premium, so when a friendly neighbour was giving away this black kitchen cart, I leapt at the chance. While I was waiting for my pantry cupboard to be delivered (that’s a story for another day), I used the cart to store all my dry goods in baskets and crates. But now it has evolved into the perfect place for the fruit bowls, onions, garlic, kitchen cloths, bottles, the ghastly tupperware hidden away from sight and two new junk drawers stuffed with all the usual bits and bobs that one usually hoards away! But when guests come round it can morph perfectly into a drinks cart or a place to put all the nibbles.

And now on to my second cart. This wonderful this kitchen island from Crate & Barrel has a lovely retro feel, a sustainable solid rubberwood top with a oil finish and a drop leaf, supported by a base with hidden drawers and shelving. Used in the kitchen it has capacity for stools when the drop leaf is extended.

However I have made mine into my new laundry station/utility table. Our basement is unfinished and is certainly not a thing of beauty in any shape or form. But laundry is a fact of life, and if I have to spend time in my basement with my washing machine and tumble dryer, I may as well make the experience a little more aesthetically pleasing. Here are my top tips for keeping your laundry and cleaning area organized:

  • Decant washing pods or powder, sponges and scrubbers into pretty jars
  • Hide all other ugly looking washing and cleaning products away in a cupboard (away from inquisitive little hands)
  • Add signs and pictures that make you smile, well decor doesn’t just have to be in your living spaces.
  • Put spare vacuum bags, parts, brushes and cloths in a drawer or a pretty crate or basket
  • Invest in a step or stool so you don’t have to reach so far when moving things in and out of your washing machine or tumble dryer
  • Find a colorful indoor/outdoor rug to cheer up your space, check out Sarah Gee’s post for more ideas

I’m tempted to get another one to become a sideboard/hostess trolley in the dining room so as I continue to browse I thought I’d share my favorites:


Black with storage / White with shelves / Gray indoor/outdoor bar cart / Distressed Chestnut

We’d love to see how you have styled your kitchen carts and islands, please share on our Facebook page or Instagram #ongrove #kitchencartlove

In the mood to read more? Check out these related posts: Design Essentials: Bar Cabinets; Homeward Bound; Green House Envy