Sunday, April 29, 2012

island time

Well now that the mammoth range is in place I felt it was safe to move the island back into the kitchen , time to extend the island and to make it pretty . What we started out with was a standard depth base cabinet , three doors wide . A good starting point , but we found it a bit wee for this kitchen. We had a huge and very useful island in the old house and we need a good sized island for our busy lives. 
 I started by building a simple cabinet to hold our microwave , we will have an outlet added to this cabinet for the microwave tomorrow. As well we would like to have a second outlet added for my mixers.

 We decided this area was a little too tight for stools , and since we have a table and chairs in this kitchen already we didn't feel the need to crowd up the room with stools. However the island needed to be made wider as well as longer. The over all size will be 35"x65" and standard counter height. I decided to add legs to the back side of the island to create a small 5-6" over hang , not quite enough space for a tucked in stool but enough extra space for a good deep prep space. The legs will be right up against the island no space in between. A little bit of added detail.
I was some how able to squeeze in cladding the island with beadboard and priming and painting the island.

We've come a long way. But still to come are counters , new sink and faucet and gorgeous pendant lights and finished tile and island. There is so much work that goes into a kitchen.

Late night painting session. 

 I will be installing these legs similarly to the photo above.
I decided to do a deeper grey then the main cabinets , I chose a soft gloss finish and the colour is Powder Horn by Para.

We bravely went out to Ikea today and picked up the butcher block counter in beech for the island, I think we are two days to a finished island....


Anna Williams said...

I love your idea of extending the island, and the colour you've chosen is stunning! I'm slowly starting to think about my own kitchen reno and all the ideas out there are overwhelming! x

Anna (My Design Ethos)

frances said...

Wow so much progress so fast. Good for you.
The island looks great so far and I love the idea of the legs to make it that much wider. It is on the long side of the island for the legs, or is it at the end? Either way I know your ideas will be great.
Cheers Frances

Pine Tree Home said...

Gonna be great. Nothing beats an island in the kitchen. Can you share if you kept a toe kick on the front side of the island? I had such an issue when building mine and am thinking of boxing mine in more.

Melissa at HOUSEography said...

I have to say that I am REALLY enjoying your daily posts about your new house renovation. Amazing how you can upgrade a brand new house into something truly amazing and personal. Great work!!

Jen Green said...

Chris, I came across your blog while searching for images of tongue and groove ceilings. My husband and I are doing our research for doing a tongue and groove ceiling or beadboard ceiling in our new home. I love your style and love the room with the tongue and groove ceiling and the blue chalk board frame (I think you said it was a mirror). Can you give me a bit of advice about which type of tongue and groove you went with? I don't want to get started and then wish I had more info or choose something different. We're considering all things...cost, amount of work, finshed product. I added your blog to my reader so I can keep coming back and being refreshed by your clean and beautiful designs. I'm already trying to figure out how to install and eat in island in my small kitchen.
Thanks so much.

Just Beachy said...

Jen Green ,
we used v-groove pine paneling for the ceiling and beadboard paneling for the island, there are differnt grades , the cheaper the rougher the wood and the more work ans waste so I go mid range with my paneling. I buy at Home Depot and Lowes, I haven't found a particular brand per say I find just looking at what is available and I choose from there. I nail gun is very handy so if you don't have one now then I would suggest getting one , a pin nailer or a brad nailer.
Have fun building.