If you take a look at all other electronic devices and furniture items used in the kitchen, you will realize that there is very little scope for customization and design. You cannot paint your microwave oven in different colors, can you? You can not have any paint or other such design on the stuff, can you?
Kitchen islands offer the opportunity for kitchen cabinets that can be accessed from all sides. To best utilize the generous amount of storage space, put the cabinets for holding cooking supplies on the side facing the stove and sink. The cabinets facing the other rooms can be used to hold a dry bar or glasses and serving dishes used for more casual entertaining.
Keep the wood and finishes away from any contact with water. If it is coming in contact then try and find a water resistant finish.
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