Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kitchen Island

I'm giving you a bit of a break from my outdoor projects and thought I'd show you what I was up to on the weekend.  My husband was away on an overnight trip, so I had a couple of projects in mind that I wanted to complete.  The first project I completed was on Saturday and, well, it was an outdoor project which I will share with you tomorrow.  My Sunday project was this:




A new island for my kitchen.  I had a small butcher block, but found that there just wasn't enough space to work on.  As well, it only had one shelf for storage, so I decided to build myself a new, larger island!  I found a plan over at "ana-white.com", however, I had to modify it because it was too large for my space.  I had to cut mine down to size, which measures 44".  I basically "winged it" from looking at a picture just because all my measurements didn't jive with hers.  The total cost for the island came to $47.39.  I could have saved a bit more money because I didn't use all the wood that I bought - again, I bought what Ana's plan suggested for the size of island she built - I wasn't thinking that mine was going to be smaller.  Oh well, I will find some use for the leftover wood. 

I stained the entire island with Watco's Danish Oil in dark walnut, but felt it blended too much with my floor.



Sorry, lights were on in both the pics...so was flash. 
Also, top of island is missing as I was waiting for the varnish to dry.

So, I painted the legs and sides with a cream-colored "Sandbar" paint and left the shelves and top stained.  I applied two coats of a satin varnish to only the top, just to help protect it from any spills, etc. 







I love my new island and it has lots of storage for my pottery!

Thank you for stopping by and having a visit.  Have a great day!
Lesa

25 comments:

  1. Wow!!! your island is beautiful and so practical, i would love a space like to work at, well done
    hugs
    janet

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  2. Impressive! That island is awesome, did you make all those wood slats for the shelves too? You did a great job :)

    Hope you'll stop by and enter my Home Goods GC giveaway.

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  3. Hi I love this, you have done a great job. I am already, Karima x (google follower)
    www.karimascrafts.com

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  4. wow, you have done a fantastic job, it looks so great in your kitchen, wish my kitchen was wide enough to accommodate an island!

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  5. that looks fabulous, and can't believe you did that yourself. i have major island envy!

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  6. I saw this on Ana White and it's so beautiful! Great build

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  7. Stunning! I'm getting ready to paint mine. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  8. This is just beautiful! I have this affinity for dark woods and I love the contrast between the dark stain and paint. Just love it!

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  9. It looks wonderful! I love the wood slats and top- it turned out beautiful! I host a decorating party at my blog on the weekends if you would like to come share sometime! :)

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  10. INSPIRED!! LOVE IT!! great job.

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  11. Love it!!! So wanting to do something similar in my kitchen, thanks for the inspiration!

    Mary
    Redo 101

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  12. Wow! I love it! The combination the stained wood and white is stunning.

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  13. Lesa - you are amazing...the island is wonderful and what a testament to your woodworking skills!!

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  14. It looks fabulous! You did a wonderful job. I love the 2 toned look. And, now you can take your island with you wherever you go! Great job.

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  15. Beautiful! I made one similar with an IKEA cart... you can see it at homeroad.net if you'd like. I love your table! Great job!
    Susan

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  16. Love it! It's so pretty! Thanks for linking last week! :)

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  17. Love what you did with that island. I can't believe you made it! It just goes perfectly with your kitchen. Great job

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  18. love it!! I really wanna try to make one..

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  19. I've been looking for a smaller kitchen island/table. This is great. I love the look.

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  20. It looks just like that IKEA one that costs $375 (without stools) awesome work!

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  21. That looks amazing! I found it over at Ana-White! I have a few questions... have you thought about putting wheels on it? My kitchen is similar in size to yours but I think I'd have to put wheels on mine in order to be able to open my dishwasher and oven! Secondly, did you use a kreg jig for this project as suggested? I don't have one and I'm trying to figure out if it is do-able without it!! Thanks so much!!

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  22. Hi, this is my first time building anything. I really like the modification made to the original plans. I like the legs facing the other way. I can't figure out how to modify the cuts on the sides and front and back supports for the top to adjust for turning the legs the other way. Are there modified plans. LOL I need instructions, I’m not quite there yet on doing it myself. Thank you

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  23. Someone (fatherofwood) is using your photos to sell this island for $995!
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/246668246/breakfast-bar-farmhouse-kitchen-island?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=kitchen%20island&ref=sr_gallery_40

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