My IKEA Island Hack, now it's Black!)
In comes my Dad. My Dad found a pretty brass plug (40.00) that he installed in the floor. It is flat, has a mopping cap and does not show under the Island, but I can reach it to plug the mixer in. Perfect! The plug is on it's own GFI circuit (25.00) in the panel box for safety. With careful measuring we installed it between the joists in the floor and ran the wiring (20.00) to the panel box. In an afternoon we had it in. (Be sure to run a bead of caulk under the plug assembly to protect your floor from moisture during mopping.)
After assembly the butcher block top has required my attention a couple of times a week. I have sanded it with wet/dry 320 sand paper and it gets rubbed with mineral oil (I knead bread on the butcher block, so I wanted it to be food safe) at least once a week now. I was oiling it more often in the beginning. One day a family member spilled water on the island. I was frustrated because it raised the grain. I decided to go with it. I wrung a wet rag out onto the surface let it stand a minute and then hit it with the wet dry sand paper. The oil sort of mixed with the water as I sanded, but the result was a smooth satin finish on the Island. Yipee! I wiped it down well and let it dry before applying more oil.
We are basically spoiled as a society. We expect things to be bullet proof and require no fuss. The butcher block is definitely not bullet proof.
I am very happy with my Island. I feel like I got a lot of bang for my buck with more storage space for things.