Check it off the to-do list for 2013!
A few weeks ago I showed you my painted kitchen cabinets - I am still so thrilled with how they turned out!
But there is still work to be done.
#1 on that list was the island. It's a great size, has ample storage and we use it a ton for entertaining, crafts and food prep. But it left a little to be desired in the "good looks" department.
Here's a before, pre-paint:
You can see, like a lot of standard kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, the face of all our cabinets is nice quality wood. The sides, however, are veneer engineered to *look* like the oak... a much cheaper product that is pretty common. I always hated the look of those sides, and that was one of the best things about painting the cabinets--covering that up!
Paint was definitely an improvement, however the veneer doesn't take paint as well as real wood does, even with a good primer.
On the ends of my base and upper cabinets, I added bead board wallpaper to hide the veneer and add a little texture (just like I did in this bathroom).
But in our house, the kitchen island is a hardworking fixture, and I knew that if I used the wallpaper, it wouldn't be long before it was scuffed or dented or torn. The island needed something a little more durable that could really take a beating but still maintain its integrity.
I loved the bead board look and wanted to continue that, so I went to Home Depot for the real-deal.
I had planned on purchasing pre-primed MDF bead board panels. However when I got to Home Depot, they had these real oak panels on sale for less than the MDF so I jumped on that! Normally these are about $14 a panel, and I got them for just under $9. Hooray!
To save time (and labor, ha!), I took my measurements with me and had my handy Home Depot associate cut my panels for me there in the store. Seriously, this is the greatest service and it's free!
I brought them home and we were ready to roll.
I also picked up two of these half-newel posts. Normally they are for detailing banisters on stairways.
Not today. :)
You'd find a full newel post at the end of your stair banister. These are cross cut so that one side is completely flat and can be put flush against a wall.
I started by adding the bead board panels to the sides and securing with liquid nails (use the version meant for indoor woodworking projects. It goes on like buttah and dries super quickly) while Mr. V. lent a hand and removed the quarter-round shoe trim from the backside of the island. One thing I liked about the island's original design is the quasi-board and batten look on this side of the island. I planned to keep that, but add bead board detail to the inside of the
(you'll note I trimmed down the posts to fit under my counter. I lopped off the ball on top and also trimmed from the bottom for a little more even look.
For the trim, I wanted to continue the board and batten style that's on the back side of the island, so I used a piece of primed MDF as my baseboard. You can buy one long plank at HD for about $10. I trimmed what I needed, adhered it to the island, and then nailed it to secure.
Once everything was dry and secure, I filled my nail holes and spackled the joints to make them disappear. I really love the version from DAP that goes on purple, and then turns white when it's dry.
Once dry, I gave it a good sanding and the joints are just about invisible.
From there, everything got a couple coats of primer and paint, and the end result is a custom-finished look that I love!
I added bun feet to the drawer-side of the island to mimic the turned leg of the newel post, and then I also added them to the rest of my cabinets for an even more custom look.
It's just how I hoped it would turn out!
Next stop in the kitchen makeover saga... BACKSPLASH.
Oh yeah. :)
catch as catch can
nifty thrifty tuesday