Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Part 3: Ranch Home Makeover - Cottage Kitchen Island

Finally the post I've been promising for far too long and so many have been patiently waiting for -

How We Made Our Kitchen Island

First, a little background for those viewers who are new here. In a couple of previous posts I shared the Ranch Home Makeover my husband and I did on our new home in 2013, which starts here. Now lets see and talk about that Kitchen Island.

Cottage Kitchen Island - AFTER

I want to start by explaining that my husband and I are NOT carpenters, just determined. And we've a teensy bit of experience creating a kitchen island. Here is one we did back around 2004 for our home at the time.

Kitchen Island - 2004

Now to get on with explaining just how we made our kitchen island. We simply started with a leftover 18 inch kitchen cabinet to which we added a few purchased pieces, including:

(1) a Rev-A-Shelf 6 inch cabinet pull-out from Ebay

Cottage Kitchen Island - condiment pull-out

(2) a microwave cabinet in unfinished oak, purchased locally
(3) a bookcase in unfinished pine from TheWoodlandMills on Etsy (comes unassembled but inexpensive and easy peasy, only took about 30 min)
(4) island legs from Van Dykes (sometimes a bit pricey but their selection is gynormous!)

Cottage Kitchen Island - DURING

And the scalloped detail (called "aprons") I made from 1 x 6 stock pine lumber using a jig saw. Again, I am no carpenter but I'll admit that once upon a time I had an art biz making birdhouses so I do know how to use a few basic woodworking tools.

Here is the backside of the cabinet components during the assembly of our Cottage Kitchen Island.

Cottage Kitchen Island - DURING

And to this we added beadboard paneling to the back and one side, and also to the inside back of the bookcase. Next we installed the legs and scalloped aprons, which we assembled and attached to the island using small wood cleats. Lastly, we used stock primed 1 x 6 lumber to make the base. This is basic construction, really, I promise!

Cottage Kitchen Island - AFTER

The finishing touch, our awesome cutting board style walnut countertop that I had commissioned by a local cabinet maker (who also did our walnut countertops.) I simply asked him to take the various tones of wood he had from his inventory of walnut boards and create a top to resemble an artisan made cutting board. (Note: I do keep a large, actually HUGE, wood cutting board as a work surface on top of the island.) Mind you, we are empty-nesters with no grandchildren so our countertops do not get a lot of abuse.

Cottage Kitchen Island - Walnut Countertop

Here are a few photos of our new kitchen with the island in the context of the space.

Cottage Kitchen Island - AFTER

And the view from our tiny den/living room:

Cottage Ranch House Makeover - AFTER

And last, a photo of a change I made recently (2015) where I replaced the glass knobs with wood and added the green tray over the range. (Don't ask why, I just get these notions to change details from time to time. No doubt, my fellow decorating-obsessed viewers will understand.)

New Wood Cabinet Knobs added 2015

So that's it! I hope you've enjoyed my Cottage Kitchen Island post and are inspired!

Any questions, just email me - the link is on the right sidebar.

Now I must bid you adieu, because as most of you already know.....


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a beautiful island! I love your whole kitchen. You and your husband have done a fantastic job. I can see why you changed out the knobs. The wood goes so much better with other wood. :-)

Happy cottage living and happy gardening ~ FlowerLady

Sweet P said...

What a beautiful island! Your 2004 one was nice too, but I like this one even better because of the beautiful wood top!

Sweet P said...

Beautiful job! I love the wood top! Your kitchen is so welcoming looking.

Lana Manis said...

Cynthia, I love this! We (I) have decided that since we can't do a full kitchen renovation right now, we will just paint the cabinets and resurface the doors for now. Roger is a full-time carpenter, but you know what that means... there's never time for our own to-do list. I don't like open shelving in the kitchen (just my own taste... I have messy cabinets, lol!) but I like yours that are under the upper cabinets. I am pinning that idea... thank you! :)
Also, what color did you paint the island? Oh my... I am getting so many ideas now!

Wood Fairy said...

that is an amazing piece of work and totally beyond my capability!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

WOW. I love love love that countertop. I wished we had room in our kitchen for an island. Maybe next house.

Mary Ann Potter said...

My goodness, this is just beautiful! Looks like it was done by skilled craftsmen. Really.

Kimberly~Nutbrown Cottage said...

Cindy, that is one awesome creation! Kudos to you, girl!

Donna Heber said...

I love your island and kitchen Cynthia! You must be so happy to have it completed. Wonderful job by the both of you.