I finally visited Freedom and bought this kitchen island:
Along with a couple of these:
I had originally planned to paint the entire wall behind the sink in chalkboard paint, but instead I just made a blackboard with one of these frames:
I had also planned on painting the cupboard doors white, but I'm leaving them at the moment because I'm not sure. The next step is to paint the tiles white. I've also had one of these ugly stools re-covered and ...
Voila! I'm pretty happy with the result: