The kitchen island is bookended with brick columns to create more storage space and dress up existing support posts that couldn’t be moved. I would have red brick wall though and maybe duck egg blue built in shelf.
Restore scratched and worn wood. Another pinner says: for watermarks - mix a thick paste of olive oil and salt and rub onto the wood - leave it for about 30 minutes. The salt draws out the moisture and the oil feeds the wood. Used this many, many times!