Kitchen Pass Through Project – Part I

When we moved into our house over 2 years ago, we knew that at some point we wanted to remove the half wall that separated our living room from our dining room.

The problem was, we were pretty sure that its a load bearing wall and we really didn’t want to find out the hard way. So for two years it has sat there looking like it does. Being used as a bench, a road for hot wheels, and a shelf for storage. 
Now the time has come to finally do something with it. After searching through our favorite project site (Pinterest) we decided to move our Island into the space occupied by the wall, add a bench and new table, and have a new seating area!
Here is our inspiration for the space.
We started out by tearing off the drywall. This to me was the scariest part because you never really know what you are dealing with until the drywall comes off. 
Case in point, I was assuming the electrical cable was going to be running along the wall and could then easily move the outlet into the island. But nope! It was run up through the floor. 🙁
I also managed to flip the breaker when knocking the sheetrock off. Apparently the sheetrock loosened the outlet and allowed it to come undone. That caused a short in the line and the breaker to flip. Oops!

In order to the the wire over to the far side of the island, I proceeded to drill some small holes near the wall and got the electrical wire to come up through that.

We also removed the carpet and laminate flooring where the island would eventually sit.

After some dry fitting, we moved the island into its permanent home and ran the electrical line up into it.  The guy at Lowes that helped me find the fittings I needed thought I was crazy going with the setup that I wanted. But with four kids, I always prefer to overdue the safety a bit to ensure that everyone is not exposed to anything that they should not be.

I had just enough wire to get to the outlet and even had to flip it upside down in order to make it work. But work it does!

For some ideas on space, we proceeded to move our dining room table and bench into the kitchen and it has stayed there since. We already love the functionality that this has brought into our home.  For the longest time, if we wanted to eat in the kitchen, we had to do it at the island which in turn would only seat 2 people. The rest would have to stand. And even though the dining room is close enough, sometimes you just dont feel like making the move to such a formal space. 
The pics below depict the island in its new home (without the top).  Part II will showcase the building out of the side columns. Now things are going to get exciting!

Old Kitchen Island Made New

One of the kitchen projects that I am most proud of is our island. What’s funny about this thing is that we almost didn’t have it. The story goes like this….I purchased an entire kitchen’s worth of cabinets from a husband and wife off of Craigslist. They were doing an entire house remodel and the kitchen cabinets had to go. I originally wanted the cabinets for our basement bar but I knew there were other pieces that I could find a home for. When I got there to tear out the cabinets, the husband told me that the island wasn’t part of the deal (even though it was in the pictures online) and he was going to use it as a workbench in his garage. Long story short, I told him that I either I get the island too or I walk. As you can see, I got the island 🙂

The island started off with 4 doors along with two functional and two dummy drawers on each side.

Original Island Left Side

Original Island Right Side

Our intent is to slap a new countertop on this when we do the rest of the kitchen countertops and we know that we want to extend the countertop out to three feet in order to make it more of an eat at island vs a work island. With that said, I knew the doors and the drawers on the side with the eventual overhang would need to be removed. I moved the two drawers to the other side and made four functional drawers. The doors I removed all together and they currently sit in my garage waiting for another project and life.

Drawer Modification

I then proceeded to screw in some 2×4’s where the toekick currently was. I did this because I eventually wrapped three of the sides with bead board panels and baseboard trim in order to make this look like a piece of furniture rather than an awkward island. Plus I really liked the look of it this way

Next up was the wood trim. I purchased some simple 1/4″ x 4″ trim from my big box home improvement store. I glued and nailed this trim to the edges of my bead board and filled in all holes and gaps with putty. The idea was to make it look like it was framed out.

The entire island got a coat of oil based primer and 2 coats of Rust-oleum Quilters White paint to match the rest of the kitchen. Ashley glazed the crevices in the bead board along with the edges and I sealed the entire thing with the sealant that comes with the Rust-oleum kit.

Up next? Just wrapping up the painting of the kitchen cabinets. Cannot wait to show that project off!

Island Project – Preview

Just a little teaser picture to show you that work has, in fact, started on the kitchen island. I am taking my time and doing a little bit every night in an attempt to not get too overwhelmed. So far I am really happy with the progress.

Below is my list of things to do:

  • Remove Countertop
  • Move two drawers from back to front
  • Fill in the toe kick space
  • Fill in void where the back cabinet doors were.
  • Wrap three sides in beadboard
  • Install border
  • Install baseboard trim
  • Install new countertop
  • Install countertop braces
  • Prime
  • Paint
  • Antique

That should about do it. Sounds simple right?