Would You Use an Altar as Kitchen Furniture?

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Almost everything in this Vermont farmhouse kitchen is salvaged, including (and perhaps most especially) the Tibetan altar which sits in the center of the room and serves as the kitchen island. Very unusual, and visually striking, but begs the question: would you feel comfortable using an antique religious piece as furniture in your kitchen?

With its weathered, worn look and intricate detailing, this Tibetan altar is the focal point of the kitchen, and certainly the first kitchen island of its kind we've ever seen. It just goes to show you can make almost anything work with a little imagination, but the question is: should you?

What do you think? Great way to use a beautiful piece with a rich (and yes, religious) history, or in bad taste?

See more photos of this kitchen → Gentleness and Comfort for a Rustic Vermont Barn House at Houzz

(Images: via Houzz)