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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sph3 Perfect for my small kitchen
I have a very small kitchen with minimal counter space, so I needed a small, portable kitchen island for food preparation. After doing a lot of research, I settled on this Catskill Craftsmen kitchen island because of the many positive reviews and because of the drop leaf, which would provide additional work space without taking up room when it wasn't needed.
The Baby Grand arrived a couple of days after I ordered it, in two boxes that weighed about 50 lbs. each. I unpacked everything and stained the legs and shelves with Danish oil to better match my kitchen cabinets. The next day, it took me maybe four hours to assemble it, but that's because I like putting things together, and I did it in a very leisurely manner.
The instructions were complete and easy to follow. Furthermore, the pieces were perfectly drilled and fitted, and all hardware was in the boxes, so there was no frustration during the assembly process. I am a small woman and easily accomplished the task alone. The island, when assembled, is rock solid, as a quality piece of furniture should be. I am totally satisfied that it will last for decades with only the minimal maintenance that butcher blocks require.
I've had the island for about a month, and I absolutely love it. It looks great and it is a pleasure to use. I have all the room I need for food preparation and can still maneuver easily in a kitchen with only about 7' x 7' of floor space in the central area. The casters make it easy to move, when I need to clean. The butcher block top is substantial and yet easy to raise and secure in place, when needed, and the drawer is huge.
The Home Depot price for this and other Catskill Craftsmen islands was the cheapest I could find anywhere on the internet, by far. When it went on sale on Black Friday for 20% off the HD regular price, I pounced on it. It was delivered to my doorstep only a couple of days later (for free) and well before the scheduled delivery date. I highly recommend not only the Baby Grand but also the Home Depot pricing and free shipping.
December 27, 2013