Island Countertop

We decided to do a wood counteract on the kitchen Island project.  So far it’s going OK.  I had a hard time trying to cut the 2×6 by myself  on the table saw and neither one of my circular saw were able to make it through. Because of that, I have had to play with the boards a bit to make sure there is very little gaps between boards.  What gaps are there will be filled in  with wood putty.

Kitchen Pass Through Project – Part II

We are making some good progress on the kitchen pass through project. Phase II is complete and we are now ready to begin the corner moldings. But first, here is a brief recap on how we got to where we are.

After removing the trim along the inside of the pass through along with the floor trim, we screwed 2×2’s onto each side of the wall. We wanted to make each column as close to a square as possible. Adding the 2×2’s got us quite a bit closer.

With the 2×2’s in place, we then moved onto the MDF. I purchased 3 sheets of 1/2″ 4’x8′ MDF from Home Depot and had the fine folks there rip them down to 2’x8’s sheets for ease of transport.

Cutting them at home was made much easier with my new Kreg Rip-Cut tool.  If you do a lot of long cuts, this tool is a must have.  What a life saver and so easy to use!

Anyway, we cut the MDF to size and hammered them to the 2×2’s using simple nails. Not perfectly square or pretty but since this is only the 1st layer, I am thinking it shouldn’t matter to much.  At least I am hoping it doesn’t matter to much. 🙂

It is looking so much better already!  The gap near the top of each column was supposed to be where a piece of trim would slide in but I screwed up the measurements and it should have been an inch lower.

I will have to cover it up and then think of something else. Oh well. It happens. 🙂

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!

Pull Out Trashcan Update

It was no secret in our household that I was unhappy with the job I did on our slide out trashcan. It was a rushed job and I felt the craftsmanship showed it. But it worked…for the most part.

Since I made the original box with the incorrect dimensions, I had to mount the rails below it. This worked for a few months but overtime, the weight of the trash began to take its toll on the bearings. The slides now move in and out very roughly and needed to be replaced.

Rather than continue to replace slides every few months, I decided to take the entire thing apart and redo it as it was originally intended. So I purchased all new wood from Home Depot and set out to make the box at the proper dimensions. In addition to that, I am also raising the entire thing up so that the trash can will “sit” inside of the box rather than on top of it. I also added a small box at the rear for trash bags.

Tonight I added the first coat of paint. Nothing fancy, just the same color that I used for the rest of the kitchen.

I will post the completed project when finished which I am hoping will be this weekend. We are now going on about a month of just having the trashcan sitting inside the cabinet and I am more than just a little tired of that. 🙁

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!

Kitchen Cabinet Sneak Preview

Ashley and I have been pretty busy on the kitchen. It’s taking a bit longer to do than I hoped it would but considering our hectic schedule and the inability to keep the doors off all day because of the kids, I think we are doing pretty well with it.  Below are two pictures to give you an idea of what we are doing. This project is turning out better than I could have imagined and I am very happy with the results.

New Can Light In Kitchen

I am not a fan of can lights in any part of the house except for the basement. They seem so plain and boring to me. Wouldn’t you know it our house has them all over the place – kitchen, hallways, etc.

The first one to be replaced was the one located in the kitchen above the sink. I didn’t exactly replace the can light with something else but rather I  replaced it with a better looking can light. One that matches the new kitchen island chandelier that I will premier in a later post.

We purchased this new cover from for $16 (on clearance) and couldn’t be happier with it.  It’s actually from the same line as our chandelier.

It was a much needed improvement don’t you think?

Spray Painting Brass

Our house has a lot of brass. Brass doorknobs  mirrors, light fixtures, and switch plates. Oh yeah, we also hate brass. Hate it.

So we did what any homeowner would do in our situation. We spray painted! We started out with a plan to do the door knobs and it quickly escalated into the bathroom mirror and light fixture. I was then walking down the hallway and noticed our brass light cover and that got added to the party as well.

We chose to use Rust-oleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint for this project. It’s a 2-in-1 primer/paint and it is an amazing product to work with. It coats well, doesn’t run, and dries to the touch in 30 minutes.  It also allows a second coat in 1 hour. It’s a little in the pricey side at almost $8 dollars a can but it sure beats having to purchase all new knobs!

Mirror and Light Completed
Door Knobs completed

I think the biggest transformation came with the light fixture. Not only did we get rid of the hideous brass color but we also replaced the the flowered shades and installed some brighter bulbs. Huge difference!

Light Fixture Completed

A quick peak at our local big box hardware store and we found that new door knobs would have cost us about $20 apiece x 4. A new light cover would have been $10. New mirror would have set up back about $50 and a new light sconce would have been $50+.  We would have spent about $200 plus on this project if we were to replace everything. We did it for $8. Not too bad. 🙂

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?