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Kitchen Makeover – Building an Island

Kitchen Makeover - Building an IslandWelcome to week 3 of the the One Room Challenge! Does anyone else feel like time is flying by? This week was probably one of the most anticipated (nerve racking and exciting) for my mom, Barry, and I. Why? We tackled the island! If you missed week 1 and week 2, go back and catch up on those first.Kitchen Makeover - Building an Island

In week 1, I pointed out a major short coming of this kitchen was the mass of open space in the middle where there definitely should have been an island. The previous owner had an awkward small dining table in the middle, but this didn’t provide any additional storage or much needed counter space.Kitchen Makeover - Building an Island

With my mom on board and totally excited about getting an island, I set out to find the best way to make this happen on a budget. The easiest approach would have been to buy a pre-made island, but with the space we were working with, that would have cost thousands, trust me, I looked. And have you ever known me to take the easy road? Did you see the shiplap wall we did in our master bedroom? I rest my case. Anyway. Back to the island. My gut instinct was to build an island from stock cabinetry. The only hesitation I had was the countertop. What would I use? An island needs to have finished edges on all sides. And since the kitchen already had granite, using a less expensive option could end up looking cheap. So I did what any natural born DIYer would do in this scenario and scoured Craigslist! And wouldn’t you know, I found a brown quartz island top for $200! These nice people were selling it because they were doing a remodel of their own. And lucky for me, the color worked well with the warmer colors we have going on in my mom’s kitchen. Win win. Kitchen Makeover - Building an Island

Now that we solved the countertop dilemma, it was time to select cabinetry that would fit both the space and the island top. We decided on unfinished stock cabinetry so we could paint them ourselves. The pre-finished cabinets just didn’t fit with the existing cabinets. These came in at about $300. We used two 15 inch cabinets for the sides and one 18 inch for the middle. Kitchen Makeover - Building an Island

I would love to show you all how we installed the island in detailed steps, but that is going to be a very long post. Not sure if you heard, but I only have 3 weeks left! So be on the lookout for a full tutorial on how we built the island when the One Room Challenge is complete. For now, I will cover the overall island. Which leads me to the next item. The island color. I love doing an island in an accent color and with all of the warm beige colors in the space, I felt like a dark island would be the perfect compliment. So we painted the island Fired Earth by Valspar.Kitchen Makeover - Building an Island

Obviously there were a lot of additional steps involved, but we will cover those in the tutorial post. But for now, here is what the finished island looks like!Kitchen Makeover - Building an Island

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Kind of awesome, right? This is totally what the kitchen needed all along!

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Join me again next week to see how the rest unfolds! We still need to address that awful skylight, add some lighting, and update the dutch door. Are you sure we only have three weeks left?!

Don’t forget to stop by Calling It Home to check out all of the One Room Challenge projects!Kitchen Makeover - Building an Island

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  1. Wow Lisa!! This looks awesome!! Can you come over and do some diys on the cheap? Mine always end up costing 3x the budget😳😬!!

    1. Haha! I would love to help you Haley 🙂 It is hard to stay on budget, and I am not always successful. We still have 3 weeks to go so we will see about this time 😉

    1. Yes! The kitchen feels whole now! My mom is really enjoying it 😉 I guess people used to have less stuff, but I also think everyone used to cook more. So it would make sense to have more counter space, right?

    1. Thank you so much Eric! Yes, that is an outlet in the island. I will cover that in more detail in my tutorial post, but essentially, we ran it up from the basement through the floor.

    1. Hi Sarah! There are a few reasons the epoxy countertop did not make our short list for this project. First, since the One Room Challenge is only 6 weeks, time was definitely a concern. I have not used the epoxy system before so I didn’t want to chance it not going well with limited time. I also wasn’t comfortable experimenting on my mom’s house. We can save that for our house, haha! And lastly, the cost. It would have been more to do this. However, I am eager to try the epoxy system, maybe on our bar top outside and or our garage floor! Maybe a future ORC? 🙂

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