We needed an island for our kitchen, and because we rent we needed to be cautious about what would be acceptable to our landlord. We decided to 'install' a removable island that we built ourselves, to go with the theme of our room.
First item that we used was brought to us by our neighbors Gary and Carol. They found it on the side of the road after garage sale days were done and thought we could come up with 'something' we could use it for!
We CERTAINLY could!
Next stop was at the Habitat Restore for additional cupboards. Found this nice little lower cabinet with drawers and a slide out. I think our cost was $25.
Not sure just exactly how we were going to lay them out, we brought them into the kitchen to have a look. After several configurations were checked out, we decided on this one. Let the fun begin!
Next thing we needed to do was cut a plywood top to the desired shape. We added brackets to screw the top into, for bracing and stability.
The plywood top was cut and then the painting began. The countertop won't go on until we have it painted and in place. We also laminated the top with a grey speckled countertop laminate. Another FIRST for us. Worked slowly and after watching many you-tube videos we tackled it. Can't believe how well it turned out! Unfortunately we were so concentrated on the procedure that we didn't take any pics- oops!
Brought the pieces into the kitchen and attached them to each other.
Once again, got wrapped up in the project and didn't get many in progress pictures. Once the top was in place and secured, we added the metal banding around the countertop and reinstalled the old banding on the original unit. Hardware was replaced with authentic period handles and pulls. We added quarter round and trim to the base to make it look like it was a permanent fixture. The great thing about this build is that with the removal of some screws and a trim piece, the unit can be disassembled fairly quickly, and reinstalled elsewhere if we move!! The landlord actually saw it the other day and was WOWED! Guess we did okay ;)
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