the sink. My favorite element about the island (besides the fact that it looks great) is that the middle section of the back (which you can see in the photo above) pulls out to reveal a hamper! Since this piece is about 44" wide, and 24" deep, I knew the drawers would be crazy deep, which did not seem necessary for the items we would be storing. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, etc. do not really require nearly two feet of drawer depth. Therefore, the idea for the hamper was born. The three drawers on either side of the unit will provide plenty of storage, and I am so thrilled with how the design turned out overall. The carpenter on this job has been fabulous, and I have really been impressed with his design knowledge and ideas. After I told him I wanted to incorporate the shower tile pattern somewhere else in the bathroom, he came up with the idea to turn the pattern on the horizontal and add it to the cabinet. When the carpenter first brought in the unfinished piece, my mouth hit the floor. I knew it was really special, and I told him again and again how spectacular I thought his work was. Of course, then I had to find a countertop, and I visited nearly every remnant shop in my area. Since I didn't need a very large piece, I was hoping to find something exotic and interesting at a great price. I also knew I wanted a white background, and I wanted the marble to be honed. (not shiny or polished) I was sure I wanted something fairly thick too, at least 3 cm, which is a little over an inch. There were a few stones that caught my eye...like this one.