Sunday, March 27, 2011

Kitchen Makeover for Sis part Two- The Ginormous Island

Hope you all are having a good weekend.  Me, I'm relaxing today because I spent the last 3 days working on my Sister's kitchen remodel.  My Mom is here visiting and so I spent a few days with both of them working.  Sorry Mom not much of a vacation. 

I thought I was kidding on the last post when I said steps 2-5000 coming next.  Seriously, remodeling a kitchen takes FOR-EVA. I cannot believe we are still not done. 

But check out this before and almost after.

The Ginormous Island.  This thing is big.  63"wide x 40" deep.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  Here are some different views of it.

front- oopsy need to install more hardware

side view- note: sanding dust
shows up when flash is used

rear view

My initial plan for the island was to build the cabinets myself.  Thank God I happened to be driving by the Habitat Restore one day and they had cabinets outside with a sign that said FREE.  As you can imagine I squealed into a parking space and ran to them.  There were 2 cabinets that would work.  

This one which is 15"w x 24"deep x 30" tall.

& this one that is 33"w x 24"d x 30" tall.  I wanted a 30" cabinet but IT WAS FREE so I figured I could work with it. They both are made from 3/4" particle board with white melamine inside. 

The large one was a sink front cabinet so I had to cut a hole to install a drawer and modify it to make it fit the doors.

OMG I forgot to tell you about the doors.  I knew I couldn't make nice enough doors for the cabinet so I went looking at the Habitat Restore in Olympia.  I found 3 sets of doors, in the box, brand new, for $12 each set. I am telling the truth I swear.  Each set included two paneled doors with a one drawer front and all the hinges.  They fit 30" cabinets.  Did I mention they are Oak.  Are you kidding me you cant even buy the fancy hinges for $12 at the hardware store. I can hardly stand it.

So with my free cabinets and awesome deal on doors I only had to make one cabinet.  I used 3/4" plywood to make the box.

I built a regular drawer and a drawer for the bottom so she can get to stuff in the back.  I got the sturdy drawer glides at the Restore too.  

Here you can see in this next pic how I placed the cabinets together.  I had to make a base for the free cabinets since they were only 30" tall.   After we replaced the floor, thanks to the help from my big brother, we figured out the exact placement and I screwed everything together.

free cabinets are on left, mines on right

We wrapped the island with bead board which I had cut at Home Depot. I had to push for them to cut it because he told me their saw would not make a clean cut.  I said "just try it I promise I will buy it no matter what".  He did and it cut clean so I won ;) I mention that because I have noticed that most of the time they do say that and I have to push, but it always cuts just fine.  (By the way I hate conflict so that exchange made me break out in hives) 

I used 1x4 MDF for the base trim.  In the front where I had to modify the free cabinet I used a piece of fluted trim to hide all that and it ties in with the trim on the pantry.

 Last thing is the counter top for the island.  We ended up using laminated pine boards.  The packaging says they are for building furniture.  They are strips of pine laminated together to make wider straight boards.  It reminds me of butcher block.  I had wanted to find one of those inexpensive farmhouse tables with the pine tops but then the island turned out Ginormous and so we had to re-assess. I am not sure how this will hold up but we shall see.  We stained the top and my sister is going to put the clear finish on it.  My Hubby and Brother came over and helped install the counter and the Hubby routered the edge to make it look more custom.  I haven't tackle the router yet.  I want to get a small one, the big one scares me.  I plan to cut strips of pine and glue them to the underside to make the counter look more beefy.

OK here's a recap of what we have done so far:
-removed the curve from counter and added a pantry cabinet
-replaced peninsula with island
-replaced flooring
-made a display shelf above sink
-added a cabinet next to dishwasher
-installed light over island and sink

What we still have to do:
-install transition piece between carpet and floor
-paint cabinets lighter cream color
-paint wall accent color
-trim under island to "beef up counter"
-new laminate counter top for sink counter
-finish trimming out shelf over sink

Eventually she plans to purchase a new oven and put it where the corner cabinets and cook top are.  Then where the wall oven is now we will build a cabinet for the microwave and maybe a drawer.

Still 2000 more steps to go..... But it is looking good and my sister is happy, which makes it all worth it!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Mimi! I see that people are having problems with Blogger, today. Your pictures aren't showing up. I'd love to see all the work you've done on your sisters kitchen. Hope they get the problem fixed.
Take care,

Janeen said...

Mimi! Great job!!! The pictures work if you click on the little boxes where they should be. You are amazing! :-) Your sister is sure lucky to have you. :-)

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Wow! Great job! (I had to click on each little box to see the photos, though).

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm stunned by how gorgeous this island turned out! The beadboard really gives it character. I'm really impressed that you cut out and made your own drawer. I need another sister :)
Looks really really great! You should link this with DIY and My Repurposed Life.
The kitchen is really transforming! Great job!
Michelle :)

Shelia said...

Wow! What a lot of luck and what a great looking island! I love the beadboard! Wish I had a sister. :)
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ches said...

What an amazing transformation. I love the black on the island and the beadboard really makes it stand out. Thanks for sharing.

anangloinquebec said...

Beautiful! I know the work involved in this one, I just went through this last fall. keep the courage girl....

Shirlee said...

I am seriously impressed by your building skills. I love that big honkin' island and all the storage you've added to your sis's space. One can never have enough storage!

Great job!

House Revivals said...

You did a beautiful job on this island! And how great that were able to find some free cabinets to work with!

Rhonda said...

I love what you did with the island! I have two islands in my kitchen that are very similar! (the link will be below) I am now following you! I hope you will drop by my blog sometime! I am participating in my first "Before & After" with Thrifty Decor Chick!
Looking forward to getting to know you!
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Follow me on Twitter: Twittle__Dee said...

This is so incredibly awesome! I will have to catch you again!

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

I'm loving the way you came about making this big Island on a small budget...and I think its marvelous....can't see my sisters doing this for me and I have five. Trish

Green Willow Pond said...

Holy Cow girl...that looks amazing! You are very talented to take what you started with and create such a gorgeous island, and for so little money! I'm following to see what else you have up your sleeve :)

Green Willow Pond said...

I forgot to say: What a labor of love. Your sister is one lucky gal!

Linda Lee Steaples said...

Hi Mimi, I am a new follower and I just LOVE what you have done at your sisters it is GRAND to say the least, great job !!!!!!!!!

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