Hello amazing friends!! Are y’all ready for more kitchen progress? Today I am sharing how I gave our island an update with beadboard to match our “new” kitchen!
It is also Furniture Fixer Upper day where I and a few friends share furniture flips…well an island is kind of like a piece of furniture right? If you are just tuning in to the kitchen saga, we are in the process of updating our kitchen. It started like this:
Not bad at all, just too dark for my taste. You can see more of the before, as well as what plans I had envisioned for this space HERE.
I shared a couple of updates and when you last saw it on Tuesday, I had all the cabinets painted and the doors hung:
See more of those progress photos HERE.
Here was our island at the very beginning:
A humble little worker bee.
And against the pretty white cabinets after the brackets and trim had been removed:
Just sad. Plus it lacked any kind of character at all. I knew I wanted to add beadboard to it like I did to our island in our old kitchen, but this one felt small and I thought it could use a little beefing up.
Here is how it looks now:
I love how it turned out!!
What do you think of the color? It pulls in the blues from the living room…
Here is how I achieved this look in case you have an itching to beef up your own island! (For reference, our island is 2′ x 4′.) I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
- Select pine boards (premium pine with no knots) from Lowes: I used (5) 1 x 4 x 6 pieces and (2) 1x 6 x 6 pieces.
- This beadboard by Veranda from The Home Depot:
I used two packs. It’s vinyl and it is reversible, so you have two size options as you can see in the photo above.
- I used my miter saw for most cuts, but also my table saw, and my jig saw to cut around an outlet. (You can do it all with a jig saw if you only have that.)
- Window and door caulk
- This caulking tool
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- 220 grit sand paper
- Liquid nails
- Nail gun (Hammer and finishing nails will work too.)
- Base molding (I used (2) 8 foot pieces.)
- Quarter round (I still need to add that…stops bars stools from hitting island when you slide them in.)
- The original island had this funky corner on the cabinet door side at either end:
I decided I wanted to cover those corners so I started by adding a piece of 1 x 4 to that corner using wood glue and my nail gun…
WARNING: Be sure there are no electrical outlets, plumbing, etc in the way on the inside before using a nailgun.
2. I liked how it sat flush against the side of the island. I continued adding a piece to each corner:
I don’t have the right tools to miter the corners on a piece of wood that long, so I just butted the pieces against one another like so:
So the back of the island has corner pieces that are 3/4″ wider than what is seen on the sides.
3. Next I added 1 x 6 to the bottom all the way around:
I elevated it enough so that when I add the base molding, what is still seen will match the pieces I was about to add to the top.
4. I added 1 X 4 pieces all around the top.
5. I cut the beadboard panels to fit the centers of each side. I used the side with the wider sized beadboard and they fit pretty evenly on the sides. I did have to cut one panel to fit. (I used my table saw, but you could use a jig saw.)
Across the back I tried to keep the panels even by cutting two even pieces for either side. After dry-fitting each side, I attached each panel using liquid nails…
6. Finally I added the base molding using my nailgun:
I took the base molding all the way around the front of the island as well, covering up the toe kick. My hubby and I decided we didn’t need it and it looks so much more finished this way.
7. To finish it off in prep for primer, I caulked inside each panel and filled all gaps and nail holes with wood filler…
I sanded areas with wood filler lightly when it was dry.
8. These are the brackets I used…I found them for around $10 each at The Home Depot:
I painted those separately and screwed them in from inside the island, right into the backs of them. They were the perfect finishing touch.
Primer and paint and voila!
This is Behr’s Sunken Pool in a satin finish. I primed first with Kilz primer in the gold and white can. I used the very same method I used to paint the cabinets, to paint this island as well. You can find my kitchen cabinet painting tutorial HERE.
I’ve had a few inquires about our paint color on the walls since we painted the cabinets. It is Campfire Ash by Behr, and I’ve used it throughout most of our home.
I used the same pulls I used in the rest of the kitchen for the cabinet doors and these pretty glass knobs (both from The Home Depot) that I also used in our downstairs guest bath and butler’s pantry:
I love the color that this island adds to the space…
And that’s one more thing checked off the list! Next up: custom hood vent cover for above the stove!
Don’t go anywhere just yet….check out what my furniture flipping friends have for y’all today:
I’ll see y’all Tuesday with our new DIY range hood cover! I’m ready to pretty this up!
Have a great weekend! 🙂
UPDATE: No need to wait! See how I gave our range hood a custom look HERE!
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