My cousin Julie was visiting the last few days. In addition to eating and drinking, antiquing and playing poker with my folks, we've been moving furniture.
We looked at some furniture at a local antique mall. That was a lot of fun. We took pictures of some furniture (a couple of benches, an antique chaise lounge that is very nice, a marble-topped wash stand) to see how it would fit with what I have.
What came of all this, though was that Julie said "What is that butcher-block table doing in the corner of the parlor? It should be in the kitchen.") Red and I had considered that. It's a big old maple butcher block that Red got somewhere and sanded (and sanded, and sanded), then finished with salad-bowl finish, so that it has a food-grade surface. But we were afraid that in the kitchen, it would interrupt the flow of traffic, so we put it in a corner. It is so heavy, we never moved it around.
Julie told me she and Bob put these casters under their heavy furniture (even a piano) and one person can move those items around. Then I had a eureka moment. I had bought some such items called Super Sliders when I had my dining room table delivered. Unfortunately, it turned out the legs of the table are hollow (big square corner legs, built in boxlike squares). Couldn't use the Super Sliders. But I still had them. I tilted the butcher block and Julie slid the casters underneath. Then we folded the carpet back and almost effortlessly slid the butcher block into the kitchen.
It sits there in the middle of the kitchen. No problem with flow. And it's convenient to place the occasional hot pan or place ingredients for easy access.