I have needed extra work space in the kitchen for long enough and decided to finally do something about it. I've been swooning over farmhouse style kitchen consoles and islands but I couldn't find anything like I wanted or needed. Even when I found something close, it was too expensive. For me, when I get an idea of what I want stuck in my head, there is little room for compromising. I wanted chunky, tall, farmhouse, old stripped paint looking, long and narrow and storage. I got what I wanted by building it and creating the finish myself.
I apologize because I didn't get all the pictures that I needed to show the building part but it is so so simple and only took an hour to build. The finish on the other hand, took about 5 hours.
The measurements of the finished island is 72" long, 17 1/8" deep, and 40 7/8" high
~ 4- 6' long x 17 1/8" wide x 5/8" thick laminated sheets of pine (from Home Depot) Mine were marked 70% off for imperfections like splits and such. There are cheaper ways to do the surfaces but I wanted nice flat surfaces and these laminated pine sheets were great for what I wanted.
~ 6- Kitchen Island Leg/ Posts (mine are 35 1/4" tall from Home Depot) These were the most expensive part.
~ Box of 3" screws
~ Box of 1" screws
~ 6 Swivel Casters I used some from Home Depot found here.
For the stripped paint looking finish:
Annie Sloan Dark Wax
Annie Sloan Old White
Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax
Foam Sanding Block
Now, I don't like perfect because if I try to make perfect and I mess up, then the mess up is too obvious and drives me crazy. So I just go for it and if I goober something up too bad then I just roll with it. I literally threw this together and it is super sturdy. I am sure there are better ways to build this but this is how I did it ;)
To start, I measured and spaced the posts out haphazardly and screwed down one sheet to the posts for the top. First put one 3" screw in the center of each post through the laminated sheet of pine to anchor it down. Then go back, square out the posts and add another 3" screw to keep the posts from twisting.
I used the clamps to keep the posts square until I added the second screw.
I attached the posts about 1/4" in so the top and bottom surfaces of the island would have a lip.
Flip the island over so what will be the bottom is now up. Do the same to the bottom and attach a laminated sheet of pine with 3" screws.
I used two layers of laminated pine for the top and bottom surfaces for chunkier thickness. While you have the bottom up, attach the a second sheet of laminated pine with 1" screws. When you attach this second layer, you are mainly attaching it to the other sheet. Add screws down the center and the edges. When adding screws to the corners and middle, make sure they won't be in the way for attaching the casters later.
After attaching the second layer to the bottom, while the bottom is still up, tilt the island and slide the top's second sheet under the island. Even it out and start attaching it with 1" screws. I don't have a picture of this part.
You are basically attaching the top's second sheet, by screwing in the screws through the underside, of the very first laminated sheet that you attached to the posts. Its just easier to do this while the bottom of the island is up so you can kneel on the floor and have more control of the drill.
So in the end, when you flip the top back up, the screws will only be seen on the under side. It will look like this...
You can see one of the screws on the underside of the island table top.
I attached the casters while the bottom was still up, at each post point. This is the kitchen island in its fully built but unfinished state.
At this point, use a hammer and whatever else is handy and start marring and beating dents into it.
For my stripped paint looking finish I applied Annie Sloan Dark Wax all over. Yes I could have used stain but I wanted to try using dark wax instead of stain to avoid the mess since I was going to do this in the kitchen. I was thinking it would take a lot but I only used about 1/4 of the can of dark wax to cover the whole thing, except the underside where the casters are... shhh.
There's no waiting when you use the dark wax instead of stain! I didn't buff it either, just wiped away any excess. The finish with the dark wax alone looked good. I toyed with the idea of just using a white soft wax mixture instead of a white wash. For that you mix old white with clear wax. I just wasn't sure how much white would show and I wanted a specific finish. So this is what I did...
I diluted old white with water at about 2 parts paint, one part water. I mixed it up and used and old brush to wash the island in sections. I'd wash a section with the brush and then smooth it out with a damp cloth.
Then I used a foam sanding block to buff the wash out. I like it when the white paint stays in the nooks and crannies.
I went back and washed some more white on and for more variation. The longer you let the wash dry before buffing with the sanding block, the better it looks. What I'm saying is, for some finishes, I'll sand a little while its still wet but for this, wait 20-30 minutes before buffing.
I wanted to show the comparison of the white washed and just the dark wax.
When sanding the white wash down, keep in mind that the final clear wax coat will darken the finish making the white less prominent. So don't remove too much of the white.
This is both posts white washed and sanded.
At this point, both posts have a sanded white wash and this shows the left post with one coat of clear wax. See how it lessens the effect of the white? The right post is not waxed yet.
This is another clear wax and without clear wax comparison. The clear wax really weakens the white.
There you have it! I still want to add drawers just under the top but it's functional for now and I love it! My husband even loves it so that make me even more happy!
I use one basket for vases, grain sacks, table cloths, and what not. The other basket is for recycling.
In the middle of getting pics of the project I decided that it was time to bring in the corbels from the garage and hang them. I was planning on painting them but then I decided to leave them as is and I'm glad I did. I just drilled a diagonal hole in the back of each one and hung them that way.
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