Small weekend project! We added a second counter top to match our kitchen island and put up hanging shelves with black pipes.

Kitchen Floating shelves with pipe

Cost

~$140 from Home Depot minus the wood, which was left over from our islands.

Materials

All in a "black iron" finish, also available at Home Depot / Lowe's:

Design

Kitchen Floating shelves with pipe

We tried to hit studs, but it's sturdy with drywall anchors, and we don't plan on putting anything too heavy on the shelves.

Kitchen Floating shelves with pipe

Chilis, anyone? We're on the hunt for Trinidad Scorpions, if anyone has a connection. And the BEST chilis we've found are Piquins from Penzey's in Menlo Park, CA--smokey with some kick!

Kitchen Floating shelves with pipe

Island

For more on the countertop, see my Distressed Wood Kitchen Island article. The front of the island is covered with curtain panels from Ikea (Vidga track system, F├ľNSTERVIVA panel).
Kitchen Island design DIY Ikea

At the last moment, we added a spice rack on the side!
Kitchen Island design DIY Ikea