Stunning Before And After Kitchen Island Renovation

This rather boring island needs a kitchen island renovation before and after; Let’s see what we can do.

Before and after kitchen island renovation

This is the island from before, with only the drywall painted and only the lighting.

Before the unsupported counter

One of the biggest problems was that the granite was hanging off the edge and couldn’t hold anything back. It seemed stable and well anchored, but visually it didn’t work. It felt incomplete and in need of updating.

Draw the plan

Drawing out the plan will help you know if you like what the update will look like. In this case, the customer didn’t like adding the X to the sign as we did in this case Dutch farm door project. That’s why we left that out of the actual construction.

Install the bead board

First measure where the edges of the vertical corner planks will go and center the grooves of the bead planks in that space. These little details ensure that the project looks good when it’s finished. Then nail to the beadboard.

Install the shelves

Now install the board and let the ghee harden. Start with the corner planks for the center section.

Install the vertical slat pieces

Then nail the horizontal planks above and below, between the corners. Then the vertical spacers were evenly spaced. You may notice that the bottom of the board and the backboard are not on the ground. The plan is to enclose the entire island with a base over that opening.

Roll up the edges with molding

Wrap the entire corner with wood to create a really neat finish.

Fill in any gaps

Fill the gaps with the remaining MDF pieces. This provides a place for installation at the bottom of the base mold.

Install basic list

Here is a photo of the island with all the moldings in place.

Calm and patch

Make sure you take the time to caulk the 1×4 onto the beadboard. This gives it a professional, sleek look after painting. If you need there Great caulking tutorial here.

Pre-drill holes

The eaves require some preparation before they can be installed. Drill two holes at the top and two holes at the bottom to attach the edges to the kitchen island.

Rear notch of console

Due to the shape of this island, there are two 22.5 degree angles that give you an advantage. To install the eaves, it must be clamped to a table saw.

Attach the consoles

Install the eaves. Feel free to use a small amount of glue in addition to the screws.

Seal the screw holes

Once you’ve secured it in place, use wall plugs to fill the screw holes.

Filling, sanding and painting

Cut out the plugs with a multi-tool, stick them on and sand them smooth. Finish a painting and you’re good to go.

End view of the kitchen

Here is the kitchen island makeover with everything done. It looks more luxurious and makes a great focal point of the room! And because of the large bar, it now makes more sense for the eaves to hold the heavy granite.

Details of the countertop

For the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions, see the full tutorial The kitchen island makeover is here.

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