Our kitchen came with a kitchen island pushed against the wall. After a few weeks of cooking, I realized it was an opportunity. I wanted to push it out in the center of the room as a real island to give me more food prep space and create seating for guests that linger in the kitchen.
When I pulled it out, I realized it was completely unfinished. The bottom had rubber trim, the back was open and the marble top piece was unsecured.
After finding inspiring ideas online, I pulled my resources and started working!
First step – remove doors and drawers and add casters. The marble makes this piece really heavy to move. I wanted the flexibility of moving it, if needed. I added 6 casters beneath the piece, 2 that locked for stability.
Step 2 – bead board. This was the only purchase I made for the renovation. I added some plywood to the back to level a plane for bead board. I also decided to shape the back opening a bit and utilize it for open storage. A little liquid nails, a level and a nail gun and it was a quick process.
Step 3 – add trim and frame back opening. This was the hardest part for me. The trim was salvaged from our garage attic but needed a little love. I had to scrape off old paint and sand it smooth first. I was excited to use my miter saw for the edges but it was a big learning opportunity because it’s hard to get the length just right. I also cut a built in door in the trim so I could easily access the hidden 2 casters to lock/unlock.
Step 4 – add overhang and supports. The marble piece wasn’t big enough to cover the island anyhow and I wanted to add an overhang for seating. I salvaged old wood from our attic floors, cleaned, sanded, cut and finished with amber shellac and danish oil I had on hand. I also added some 1 x 2 wood on the top to support the overhang.
Step 5 – secure top with trim. I finally found a couple of pieces to use to hold the top pieces in place and hide the crack where they meet. Cut and screwed in.
Step 6 – kitchen island legs. I loved these salvage legs I found in the attic but they were in really bad condition and not the right height. I bought a poplar post from the hardware store and cut pieces for the top and bottom for a good fit. Then putty the cracks and paint: black acrylic paint (2 coats), a little oil rubbed bronze spray paint, and 2 coats of polyurethane. Then, screw them into trim and support.
Step 7 – paint cabinet and hardware. I decided to spray paint the hardware oil rubbed bronze to match other accents in the house. First, I primed it, then added 2 coats of paint, and a protective finish. I didn’t want it to chip off easy. I painted the cabinets with leftover paint from the house trim – oil based for a nice seal and easy clean up.
Hm….am I missing anything? I’m sure I am.
The easiest part? Bead board.
The hardest part? Finding the right pieces of salvage wood and cleaning it up.
Biggest thing I learned? How to measure and miter trim. It’s a LOT harder than it looks! Just a 1/4 inch off and you’ve got a problem.
I was super excited about the finished product. Now I need a couple of awesome bar stools and maybe a little more trim work and it’s complete. Yay!
After seeing the finished product, I think Mark is ready for me to re-paint the rest of our cabinets….funny how that happens 🙂