It’s been a bit of a process… not super long, but longer than I had hoped. Mostly because I like instant gratification. I’m in the middle of rearranging a few things in my kitchen but I couldn’t wait any longer to share this with you…
First, a quick re-cap:
Take I… I modified the kitchen island plans I found on Ana White’s website to meet my needs and wants. I made it a smaller, added a side rail above the shelf, and extended the counter to create a bar-ledge.
Take II… I cut most of the pieces, put the counter together and built the drawer housing.
Take III… I stained the counter, primed and painted the base pieces, constructed the base, and built the drawer boxes.
Take IV… I finished constructing the drawers (attached the faces and installed the drawer slides), distressed and glazed the base, and primed and painted the drawers.
After glazing the drawers, adding a protective coat over the glaze on the drawers and base, applying a few more coats of Shellac to the counter, adding the drawer handles (which happen to match the style of knobs on my kitchen cabinets), and securing the counter to the base… I am quite pleased to say that not only is my kitchen island finally finished, but it is also finally in my kitchen! (My mom was kind enough to bring it to my house for me so we could get it set up.)
All my worries about the stain being too similar to my cabinets without actually matching, or about not liking the distressed finish in the light of my kitchen, or about the stain not “fitting” with the glaze color, etc. really weren’t necessary.
I am loving the stain with the distressed finish! It blends well with the other features of my kitchen: the stain color meshes with the cabinet color quite nicely and the “antique” look of the base meshes with the antique finish of my Ikea piece… almost like it was on purpose!
Every time I go through my kitchen I run my hand along the counter top. Then I stop and just gaze at it.
I am so glad that I decided to build it instead of buying something that wouldn’t be all that I wanted!
If I could go back and do it over, the only things I would really change in the design would be to make the shelf a bit lower so I can see what I have there more easily (the drawers/drawer housing blocks my line of sight a bit more than I’d like), perhaps adding another 1×3 board on either side somehow… and I would add another 2×3 to the counter on the ledge-side to give a little more knee-clearance. I hit my knees already and my legs aren’t even that long.
Overall I LOVE it and I can’t wait to build something else! Just not sure what yet… my house isn’t big enough for all of the projects I’d love to do!!
(Taylor and Louie love it too… Louie’s already discovered the joys of hiding on the shelf to sneak-attack Tay, and the shelf is the perfect height above the floor for Taylor to cruise for crumbs underneath it.)
PS. The photos were taken in the evening so the color is slightly off than what it is in natural light. However, they are pretty true to what it looks like in my kitchen light.
PPS. There are a few more photos of the island on Flickr… you can click on any of the photos above to take you there or you can click here to see my Sweet Home set that includes all of the photos from building the island, plus my other home projects!
PPPS: Update! I submitted a brief overview of my island project to Ana White’s Brag Blog! You can see my “brag” here!