Kitchen Island

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Project by Thepps posted 11-08-2011 09:24 PM 4966 views 31 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this kitchen island in order to add some more counter space to our kitchen. The butcher block top measures 30” x 90” x 2.25”. Made out of solid natural hard maple, it is HEAVY! The cabinet is made out of birch and has a painted black distressed finish with a water based poly on top.

The cabinet is 50” long and 34” tall.

I bought the legs (no lathe in the shop) from Osborne Wood Products. Very impressed with their quality. Made out of hard maple.

Added trash can and recycling drawer. This turned out to be very useful. The trash cans fit snugly in the drawer and do not move at all. All of the drawer slides are blumotion. All of the drawers are dovetailed.

Silverware drawer is two tiered. The top drawer slides back in order to reach the bottom.

Pot and pan drawer. The top drawer is for lids.

Placed bar stool on each end to add some seating.

Took about 3 weeks to complete.
Thanks for looking!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 11-08-2011 09:34 PM

Beautiful! I can’t believe you built that in 2 weeks….You’ve gotta be a pro!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 09:44 PM

Incredible Job! The top is beautiful and storage is very creative.

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#3 posted 11-08-2011 10:07 PM

Bravo!!! This is something that should belong in a Kraftmaid Cabinetry catalog. You did an awesome job on this. Was that two weeks solid?? How many hours per day and was it every day? Your storage solutions are really useful and maximize a lot of space. There is no dead space in it. Great Great Great work!!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#4 posted 11-08-2011 10:25 PM

Very nice job!
I like the rub through black paint and the farmhouse style legs.
All the pullouts and the little extras in the drawers and such are a very nice touch.
The natural maple top is a perfect compliment on this island.
Excellent work!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#5 posted 11-08-2011 10:33 PM

Thepps: Great job! Turned out beautifully.


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#6 posted 11-08-2011 10:40 PM

That is awesome!!!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#7 posted 11-08-2011 10:43 PM

Thanks everybody! I should clarify more about the time it took to build. It was just over 2 weeks for the build and then another 4 days or so for the finish. So, all together, about 3 weeks. I’m a stay at home dad, so, I get some good time to work in the mornings, nap time, and late at night. My wife was also off quite a few days in that span, so that added some extra time.

There really isn’t as much to it as it looks. Plus, I purchased the legs, that saved a lot of time.

I did spend about an entire day sanding the top with my cantilever drum sander, only to not be happy with it. I ended up taking it to a cabinet shop where they had a $250K sander that sanded it perfect in about 10 minutes. Much easier.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#8 posted 11-08-2011 11:47 PM

Wow. This highlights how poorly designed most other kitchen everything really is.

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#9 posted 11-09-2011 12:48 AM

Quite simpley beautiful. I love the silverware drawer, thats awesome.

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#10 posted 11-09-2011 01:26 AM

Awesome island. I like how it has a look of a table with the legs but more functional with all the storage. The top looks great.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#11 posted 11-09-2011 03:51 AM

Excellent! I bet you enjoy that for years!

We have a similar sized island and a friend once said “That’s not an island – it’s a continent”

A fantastic project – thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 11-09-2011 04:49 AM

EXTREMELY cool silverware drawer – never seen anything like it! An amazing idea.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#13 posted 11-09-2011 05:25 PM

Thepps ,
A fantastic island. Well done, an well thought indeed.

Lots of features. The lid drawer is neat

I have just finished the revamping of silverware drawer, and added the sliding decker feature.

thanks for sharing

-- Back home. Fernando

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#14 posted 11-09-2011 05:44 PM

Can you elaborate on the finish? What paint did you use, how did you distress, and are there any tips/tricks?

I see this in my future…

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#15 posted 11-11-2011 01:03 AM

Thanks everybody. As far as the finish goes.
Short version:
1. stain
2. paint
3. distress
4. poly

Long version:
Wet sanded project to 180. Stain (light color for a dark paint; dark color for a light paint). Doesn’t matter how good of a job you do staining, since you paint over it. Paint two coats with a light sanding (220) after each to remove nibs and any imperfections. I used flat Valspar. Any paint should work. I brushed it on and was very happy with the results. A good brush does make a big difference. I used a Badger. (Also, I did not use any primer.)

For distressing, I took the superficial approach. Sanded through the paint on edges. So, it’s a new piece that looks new but has a distressed paint finish. You could beat on it with hammers, chisels, sock full of screws, etc., and create a true distressed finish.

Then, I sprayed on three coats of water based poly (to prevent yellowing like an oil based would cause) with an hvlp sprayer on the entire project (tops and bottoms). Sanded with 220 between coats.

You do a lot of extra steps in distressing than a normal paint finish, but in a way it’s easier since you can sand after you paint to remove imperfections. And if you drop or damage a piece of the project, hey it’s a distressed finish. I always have better luck spraying lacquer or poly than brushing it on.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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