Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sprucing up the Kitchen Island

I was antsy for a project yesterday and chose the kitchen island as my unsuspecting target.


I had a little bit of cash, so I ran to The Home Depot and picked up some primed mdf boards.


It was serendipitous that I also found some bead board scraps for $.51 each

I wanted to get as much of the project done as I could before The Joe got home and felt obligated to help. I cut the bead board into strips using the table saw and tacked them to the top of the island.


 Then I made a paper pattern of what I wanted the supports to look like and cut 6 of them using the bandsaw.


That's when The Joe walked in the door and went to work cutting the angles of the shelves.
It's a good thing too! He's way more precise than I am. 


We put 3 shelves together before we screwed them onto the island and then cut extra little pieces to put in between so it looked like the support board was one long piece underneath the shelf.


Time to paint!


And here she is now.



Total project cost $25


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33 comments:

  1. Well if you aren't the creative one around here today!! This is definitely not something I would have thought of doing. Love how it turned out and how it adds so much to the island!

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  2. That is amazing!! What the heck, i NEED to be handy like you!! What a simple idea, and so perfectly done!

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  3. Wow -- one of my favorite remakes ever. Just beautiful!

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  4. delurking to say "BRILLIANT!"

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  5. It looks great. I really, really like it. I do have a question though... I am wondering if your bar stools still fit and if when you use the bar does it interfere with sitting comfortably without hitting the shelf?

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  6. Good question. I do have a freakishly tall Island, so the chairs still fit comfortably. My kids have to sit up on their knees on my 30'' chairs just to reach the bar. I suppose if I bought 35'' stools, it might be an issue, but I have no intention of doing that because they are so expensive and because I think my kids would fall off and hurt themselves, so it works for me:)

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  7. You're so lucky! I can't believe you walked in and the beadboard scraps were just waiting for you. :) I really love the shelf, it's looks sooo good!

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  8. Wow, you amaze me and inspire me. It looks great!

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  9. GREAT idea! It looks fabulous!

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  10. That idea would have never crossed my mind, brilliant! It looks wonderful and adds so much to the island. Great job!

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  11. You are my HERO!! That looks beautiful. My island is such an eye sore because of the wood look....this makes it BEAUTIFUL!!

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  12. Ok this is ridiculous! I don't know if I should hate you or really like you cause you are soooo good at this! How about you guys just come out for a week and helping me with projects on my house! Sounds like a good idea to me!

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  13. Love it!! What a great idea! How much was the total cost for the wood?
    Nikki@ThriftyDecorating

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  14. You're little creative urges turns whatever your victim is for that day into something that is just absolutely gorgeous and amazing!

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  15. Wow, that is just genius! That shelf...crazy creative! It really makes your island look custom! Love it!

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  16. This is the most adorable thing I've ever seen! Love, love, love it!

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  17. You are CRAZY talented. Seriously. I don't think I've ever commented before but I've been reading for awhile and am seriously amazed at the things you create that look so effortless. If I were to try these things there would likely be many broken things and lots of swearing involved. So for now, I'll just be watching you and hoping that when you run out of things to beautify you'll come on over to my house!

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  18. Love the white mugs and how they blend in. I'm also totally in love with the handle/pulls on the backs of your stools! Such a nifty idea!

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  19. That looks fabulous! I love the bead board...great idea! I just got your vinyl! And, I already have it up in my home! Love it! I hope you can check out the post. ;) THANK YOU!
    alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

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  20. i cannot even get over your creativity! it is amazing to me what you can think up in an afternoon. it looks great!

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  21. Love what you did to your kitchen island! What a great idea! :-)

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  22. OH MY STARS!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way that looks!!! You are my idol. ;)

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  23. Hey, I have no idea who you are & just found your blog looking up something else on google...& I was wondering if you knew & could tell me the paint color name (& what company) for your green paint is...I've been looking forever for the perfect shade & am always worried about it not looking exactly right after it dries & I really like the color you have. *haha* I hope that's ok to ask...if you could, I would SOOO appreciate if you could send me an e-mail at passionfortruth777@yahoo.com!...& btw, I LOVE the project you did too! I bookmarked your page now! :]

    -RaCHeL
    www.radcreations.weebly.com
    (*eek* logged into my hubby's google account, not mine...not changing it though. :-P)

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