Hello all you lovely friends,
Wedding planning has been taking all my time and my project time has dwindled. But don’t fret! I have a couple in the works that I have squeezed in between planning. My project time releases any stress and anxiety and the brainstorming and planning wipe away all the worries in the world! Ok, I am getting a little carried away for my love of projecting! So up next is all about my kitchen peninsula. The look and feel is very builders grade and I wanted to spice it up. Here’s my current and what I found as inspiration:
Because my kitchen is a very modern design, I decided to forego the X- which saved me time and supplies. Don’t get me wrong, I love the X and may have to keep the idea in my back pocket for down the road at a different house. Someday. Ok, onto how I crafted this built in beauty.
Step 1: Measure, brainstorm and research
Believe it or not, it took me several months to commit to adding this seemingly simple side panel. Mostly because I wanted to get the right materials so it did not look like shoddy work. I measured, remeasured and drew several plans of what I might want. In the end, I decided on a simple design that wasn’t too challenging to create. Research what materials you might want; I went with cabinet grade plywood and trim since built in was the look I was going for.
Step 2: Purchase supplies and cut
You will probably need The Home Depot to cut your plywood in half, hamburger style. This was great and it fit in my car perfectly. After buying everything, I marked up the plywood to the proper dimensions of my island and cut with my circular saw. Since it was already pre-sanded I just wiped away the sawdust and went to town painting it. Somehow Behr paint had the exact color to match my cabinets- it was certainly a win as the paint machine could not read the laminate covering of the cabinet.
Once dry, position the ply wood where you want it against your peninsula and screw it to the cabinet from behind. This made it clean I didn’t have to worry about running the risk of mis-screwing and the screw being below the trim.
Step 3: Cut, paint and add trim
Measure all sides where the trim will be installed and cut your 1×3’s. I did do a tiny bit of extra sanding on these just for good measure. Paint and let dry. Once dry, I fastened them to the plywood siding with some wood glue and my Bostich nail gun. The section of plywood that stretches where the bar top overhangs, I tripled this up, meaning I cut and fastened two more pieces of plywood cut to size. Why you ask? Two reasons: 1, because I wasn’t paying attention and my 1 5/8″ nail gun nails went right through the 1/2″ plywood (shaking my head) and so had to fix that. Reason 2, it felt too flimsy and needed more support. By adding those two plywood boards plus the 1″ trim, it beefed it up 2.5″ thickness which has much better stability.
Once everything is nailed or screwed into place, I used wood filler to fill in the holes. Once dry, use the palm sander to remove excess and to make things smooth. Add a second coat of paint to cover the fillers.
What do you think!? Honestly it looks built in and custom- to only in photos but in person too! If you have been contemplating spicing up your peninsula or kitchen island, DO IT! I have a little surprise for the underside of the peninsula and cannot wait to get started on that project and show you all!
As always, thanks for the love and support!
Bye for now babes,