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  1. Sarah from Soymilk + Honey
    February 11, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    Where is this store!!! I want to go to there now..ugh California just doesn’t have any good antique shops like this. I have memories of running through these types of places with my mom when I was young (in Kentucky), but you just can’t find this type of place out west. So sad. And I vote for the bank table (although did you say $18K???) but I do love the idea above about adding a marble hangover to the one with the ugly back so you could have a bit of a bar space.

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  2. Suzan Spurlin
    February 11, 2015 @ 1:57 pm

    Victoria, if you’re concerned about the backside of a piece have you considered the large tin ceiling tiles to cover it? You may even be able to find some copper colored ones or paint them copper. I personally love white so I wouldn’t have any problem painting the whole thing but I also understand the love for the natural wood stain.

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  3. Jayne Z
    February 11, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

    I like the very first piece in this blog. It would be easy to add a veneer to the back to finish it if need be, and if you wanted it wider or longer, you could always find some salvaged ornate legs under the marble top — that way you can have whatever size you want with good support. The reason I like the first piece is the additional storage possibilities, the color and carving. The bank table is interesting, but doesn’t offer any storage. Depending on it’s width and height, it might be fun to use with banquette (pardon the pun) seating in your kitchen. I would also like the porcelain cadaver (not) table in a laundry room! Will be fun to see what you decide.

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  4. Jeanie
    February 11, 2015 @ 3:52 pm

    I have a friend that likes old things and she had to have an old Library table as her island but it also was too short so she built a platform and had a cabnit maker echo the wood work on the table and she painted the enclosed platform it was a good thing cause gave your feet a place to rest when sittin on the bar stools. If somebody already posted this then you know it’s a good idea! Lol I like you am too busy and can’t be bothered to read more than 5 comments!! My mind wanders off to why that squirrel is digging right in my newly planted pot!!! Dag nabbit!! Off to shoo him out and sprinkle red pepper …toodles dearie

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  5. P.j.
    February 11, 2015 @ 5:20 pm

    While scanning other suggestions, I misread the word ‘backboard’ as ‘blackboard’, which I suppose could be an option for the plain side of a buffet. I can’t understand the current obsession with chalkboards though, especially since I developed bronchitis–more than once!–from breathing chalk dust or plaster dust.

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    • Linda Nelson
      February 11, 2015 @ 6:27 pm

      Thank goodness someone else in this world shares the same feeling regarding chalk dust. I just don’t get it. I’d rather paint a chalk-like looking drawing, quote or whatever on the surface, and be done with it.

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  6. P.j.
    February 11, 2015 @ 5:25 pm

    Or . . . . cover the back with beadboard or salvaged tongue & groove boards. That’s all I have—now back to work on our own plans.

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  7. Nina
    February 11, 2015 @ 6:11 pm

    The pieces you found are just gorgeous; the first one looks like you. You could go back-to-back with another piece if you chose a narrower buffet. Both backsides would be covered, they wouldn’t have to match perfectly, you’d have more storage, and if you wanted an overhang with stools or chairs you could still do that. Not to mention you’d get to buy another piece you like!
    (We re-built our island when we bought this house and added cabinets under a shallow granite overhang. It was the best idea we had as it gave us seating for four and three full storage cupboards.)
    I pine over that bank table, though…sigh…

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  8. Nina
    February 11, 2015 @ 6:21 pm

    Also, if I remember correctly, you have room at one end of your kitchen that is a sitting area; near the powder room. If your kitchen is open, do you need to worry about seating at the island? Couldn’t you install the size island you want and still have good traffic flow and no family/friends under foot while you’re trying to cook? That can be a problem, no matter how much you love them. I know!

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  9. Laura
    February 11, 2015 @ 6:31 pm

    Others have probably said this already, but I will say it again, in my own inimitable way. Be patient and wait, Grasshopper. The perfect funky-weird-but-not-cadaver-weird island WILL show up. Remember, it’s all about the thrill of the hunt…well, followed by the thrill of acquisition!

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  10. Diana C.
    February 11, 2015 @ 6:34 pm

    Your blog will live in infamy as I just posted it to Facebook page with comments of adoration for all of the fancy finds you have found through the years, and I know your final selection for the kitchen will be no different. Love the pieces above with the exception of the cadaver table; but must say, since I know we are twins separated at birth, that that is exactly the same thing I would have done… not known what it was, loved it, had my Frank laugh as he wished me up, and then run home mortified that my eyes had even beheld such a thing, much less considered it for our home!

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  11. Diana C.
    February 11, 2015 @ 6:49 pm

    *wised me up…

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  12. LA CONTESSA
    February 11, 2015 @ 7:25 pm

    I VOTE FOR THE BANK TABLE………the MOST VERSAILLE piece although you could probably use more storage!I ADORE THE BANK TABLE………………..thats my two cents!My island is an old FRENCH GARDEN TABLE………..then I have an old clothing rack that the pans hang from……I just did a POST on MY HOME YOU may be able to see……….GO PEEK!YOU and I are on the same PAGE!

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  13. Cecilia
    February 11, 2015 @ 8:20 pm

    Don’t let a boring back of something amazing with fabulous paws and carving put you off! Think like a Victorian and cover it up with a velvet curtain with a bullion fringe on a thin gold curtain rod.

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  14. pigtown*design
    February 11, 2015 @ 8:23 pm

    There is an amazing porcelain cadaver table at Housewerks Salvage in Baltimore. This place will KILL you!

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  15. Mk
    February 11, 2015 @ 10:44 pm

    Love the idea of a buffet come island but agree an unfinished back would be crazy making. What about a waterfall marble countertop – it would only work on a piece without legs but might be a solution.

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  16. Julian
    February 11, 2015 @ 10:53 pm

    My husband is loving your taste. I read him your posts to try to encourage in him Paul’s ‘get shit done’ outlook. So far…he just likes the pretty pictures.

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  17. Wendy O'Brien
    February 12, 2015 @ 4:19 am

    Digging the piece from Yardley. As for a plain reverse side dilemma, have you considered having an artist embellish it?

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  18. Jenny Lynn
    February 12, 2015 @ 7:40 am

    I am simply in love with it all. I think I could spend hours admiring each piece and have a terrible time picking. Glad I don’t need to make decided right now.

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  19. Susan
    February 12, 2015 @ 7:50 am

    Perhaps my fair city has a treasure trove of gorgeous fancy things but I’ve yet to find it. I am most impressed by the ‘finds’ you assembled here. I could ramble on about what to do with sad backs, but will instead share opinion based on experience. Do not use the island for sink and/or dishwasher. Seating at an island can be something of a fantasy–unless your island is pretty huge. Our builder basic island houses sink, dishwasher and had an overhang for counter seating. Ha. Who wants to eat a meal or have conversation within inches of a sink. Not me. Really, I hate having the sink in the middle of our kitchen. (If you can place a farmhouse-type sink under a window with the dishwasher, adjacent–please do.)
    We re-purposed a mahogany dresser to fill in the overhang of our island–faces our dining room. It’s the perfect combination of good looks & storage. We also have a large, long but shallow, ‘secretary’ combined with our wall ‘boxes’ that somewhat negates builder basic.

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  20. Barbara
    February 12, 2015 @ 2:18 pm

    I think your husband might be right. Would never ever cross my mind to look for one of these, if I hadn’t seen you blog. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Porcelain-Embalming-Table-Y01178-/261340902770

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