Well, we did it. The island has been ravamped. I bought the beadboard and paint earlier in the month and wanted a butcher block counter top as well but didn’t think that would happen anytime soon because it costs money…which I don’t have right now. Mike had decided he would try to build one for me and was figuring out the plans for it when I came across one on the Ikea website that was the exact size we wanted-for $89! This was far less than what we had seen in other places (anywhere from $300-up) so we got giddy, planned a roadtrip, and headed to Ikea on Saturday. I know I just posted last Friday about sticking to my budget and this is clearly outside of my $60/month. Luckily, we have been super cheap this month in other areas and have enough extra money in other funds to pool together and to cover the counter. Yay!
So on to the exciting part. Before (sorry, Mike started on it while I was at work so the hardware is off and the front had been sanded but you get the picture):
I love it. We painted the front cabinet doors, drawers, and surround and then nailed the beadboard to the sides and back with a nail gun. We also added some moulding to the top and bottom to give it that finishing touch. Side note-just because I think it’s funny-this is what Pudge did while Mike nailed with that loud nail gun (he isn’t the toughest dog in the world):
And here are a couple more views:
The sealing process starts now on the counter top. It will take a few weeks to get it all done and will change the color slightly. I will post the updated picture when it’s finished. Total cost for the island: $117. The beadboard and trim cost $27 and the counter top was $90. Definitely a splurge for us but so worth it.
Of course now I’m ready to paint all of our cabinets white. Luckily, Mike is on board-it’s just finding the time to sand and paint all those cabinets. Sounds like a spring break project to me. We’ll be vacationing in our kitchen.