You know how when the Superbowl is on and there are millions of television sets tuned in to see the game and the commercials and the half-time show. And at the same time, Masterpiece plays a Downton Abbey marathon for the five people who aren’t watching the game?
It’s called alternative programming.
I know it’s Black Friday. And today online and blogs are all about gift guides and bargains and deals and coupons and specials.
My bobby pin and I shopped until we dropped.
But I just got the pictures from the kitchen of the amazing show house (you can read all about the journey here) that we worked on down in Alabama and the before and after photos of a kitchen cabinet turned kitchen island that we built in 24 hours and I couldn’t wait one more day to share.
Here’s where we started.
This is what the cabinet looked like when we arrived at the house.
It’s one of the original cabinets from the house and Esther saved it and asked me what I thought about transforming it into a kitchen island. I took one look at it told her she was brilliant and I wish I would have thought about it and all we needed was a little plywood, some power tools and a pair of twinkling brown eyes.
Here’s the back to you can see where we started.
The back was plywood that didn’t really look finished and the front had molding that didn’t match on both sides and it needed a top.
We started by adding the top.
The top of the island is a piece of 1/2″ plywood topped with 1 x 5 planks of pine.
When picking out pine, you want to make sure the wood isn’t warped and each of the pieces has a nice grain that shows up when you stain it.
Here’s a close-up view of the top of the island.
We glued and nailed the plywood top onto the island and then glued and nailed the boards length-wise onto the plywood top.
It was a little heavy on one side (you can kind of see it leaning).
We fixed that a little later in the process.
Next we added thin luan board to the sides and back of the cabinets to provide a smooth surface for painting.
And added molding to the corners and the sides to hide the seams.
This was almost like a puzzle.
We added the base molding first and then added the piece at the corners.
You can see all the molding in place here.
The last step before painting was adding wood filler.
We let it dry and sanded it smooth.
And the leaning kitchen top?
The original plan was to add corbels.
But corbels are heavy and usually feature heavy carving and are expensive and hard to find in a 24 hour period.
So we added these instead.
Guess what they are?
The legs from the bottom of a table.
I know, right?
I wish I would have thought that idea up before Esther did. It would have made such a better story.
We braced the top with table legs and then the piece was ready to prime and paint.
Here it is one more time in all its glory.
A little trash to treasure project that looks like it came with the house.
Can’t wait to show you the rest of the house soon.
But in the meantime….
…..we return you to your regularly scheduled Black Friday bargains.
Happy shopping. 🙂
PS You can follow along with Esther and her house adventures….here.
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