Friday, January 6, 2012

Kitchen Island Before & After

So you all know by now that the kitchen was not my favorite thing when we bought this house in August.  We've slowly but surely been making improvements over the last few months.  Catch up on the kitchen plan if you've not already.  So far the appliances are done, the marble-tiled backsplash is in, there's a new chalkboard wall, the new light fixtures are hung and I've finished the new wall paint.  The last things are painting the cupboards and installing the new hardware.  We're a little bit closer now that the kitchen island is done which is what I'm showing off today.

I'm gonna give you the before, the during, the project nitty gritty stuff and the after.  Plus I have an extra little kitchen tidbit at the end.  There's a lot of pictures in this post just to let ya know.

Here's a before shot.  What I didn't like about the island besides the oak color was the lack of personality.  The sides and back of the island were just two big sheets of oak.  There was no baseboard and our new stools just kinda faded into all that oak.

We have used beadboard paneling a couple of times previously at our other homes (once for a closet and once in a bathroom) and I was really thrilled with this product that I found at our local Menards (which is a home improvement place out here in the midwest).  It was nice because it was not the usual 4 x 8 feet sized sheet (which is pita to fit in the car) and it was rough wood not preprimed.  I had the worst time getting paint to cover on some preprimed pieces we got from Lowes.  

So this beadboard paneling was sold near the baseboard sorta as a kit.  They had a dozen different styles of the paneling that was meant to fit inside of a particular type baseboard.  By that I mean that the baseboard had a little notch on the backside where the paneling would sit on top of it so that both the panel and the board would fit all nice and flush against your wall or island or whatever.  The baseboard did not have a lot of choices and was a little bit more expensive than buying it from the regular baseboard section but since I needed so little I thought it was worth it.  

The height of these panels plus the height of the baseboard fit my island from counter to floor perfectly which meant no top cuts.  Plus each piece was 48" and the long side of the island was 48" and each short side was 24" inches so we only had to make 1 cut - BONUS! 

Even better was the cost.  For 2 panels and the baseboard I only spent $40.

Here is the first side piece installed.  We did have to make a small rectangular hole for the outlet.  We attached the panel with panel adhesive and then used the baseboard with the special notch to hold it up in place.  Then my husband put a couple of nails into the baseboard.

Here's my awesome husband measuring for the baseboard.    We decided to fit the baseboard inside the corner moulding piece so that we didn't have to make any mitre cuts.  It took him about an hour to complete the installing part of this project.

This is the other side of the island with one coat of primer.  After it was primed I put caulk in all the gaps and then finished it off with 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Pure White.

Here are the after pictures.

 I love how much better the counter looks against the white than the oak.  

You can see in this one the finished wall paint and the marble subway tile.  I love how it is all coming together but I am so procrastinating on painting those cupboards.  

Now the stools really stand out against the island.  I love how the steel color of the legs ties back to the appliances and how the seat goes well with the floors.

Here's a little detail that we recently added.

It's an antique tin matchbox holder.  I saw this idea somewhere on the internet a few weeks ago and thought it was great way to hold the chalk for our chalkboard.  Originally I had one of those typical little tin pails for the chalk but I thought this was such a more interesting way to do it.  

I bought mine from ebay for $20 with shipping.  There were some really neat choices and you wouldn't believe the prices some of them were going for.  Anyways, ours now hangs on the wall next to the chalkboard for easy use.

Here's one last before and after of the island for you...

Let me know what you think.  I love to read your comments.

~Gold Shoe Girl~

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  1. This looks amazing! What a difference! The island stands out so much now and the stools are to die for! I love them. Great job. I'm your newest follower!

  2. Love the beadboard...makes such a big it

  3. Hi there! Saw this over at Kristin's party and just had to come by and check it out. :-) Your island transformation is just beautiful and you guys did a fantastic job!
    New follower now!

  4. WOW this is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the cabinets painted, it is going to be beautiful!!
    Thanks for linking!

  5. This is an amazing project! We have a totally black, white kitchen and just love the look of the island. Right choice to paint it white and use the beadboard. Can't wait to see photos of the cupboards, once they're painted. Kudos to both of you!

  6. I love what you did. With a little work and not much money we can do a lot..

  7. Love your island redo, your stools, and that little matchbox holder that you now use as a chalk holder. Your kitchen is really coming together.

  8. Love the difference that island makes to your kitchen! Great job. I heart the stools big time- mind my asking where you got those hotties? Also loving the matchstick holder- super clever!

    1. I love the stools too and they were a steal. We bought them from World Market for $99 each. Here's the link...

  9. I ADORE those stools. but even better (love your island, by the way) is the no-duh concept here. I have so wanted my hubby to let me paint the good as new cabinets in our house white. Or yellow. We also have black countertops. All I REALLY need to do is start with the island. Even just the back of the island that faces the living room. Get him used to it. Slowly start painting more and more cabinets. Thanks for the inspiration (smile).


    1. It's so hard to go ahead and paint something if it is in good shape because you get afraid of ruining it - but I have decided it is better to try than live with something you just don't like. I would say that I have had good results 95% of the time. Just take your time and do the prep.

  10. Love the beadboard...such a great idea!

  11. I love the island, have the same plan for my own. I have bought most of the supplies. My question is did you use trim at the corners of the island ? It has a smooth appearance, I cant tell if that is a trim or if the beadboard fit that well from corner to corner. Any advice you can give me would be welcomed, as I will start my kitchen redo next week. Thank you

    1. The trim was already on the island. We just cut the beadboard to fit inside the existing trim. Otherwise you would neec to buy some trim b/c you'll never get the ends to match that perfect plus they are really rough. Hope that helps. Good luck with your project.


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