Center Island Reveal-One Room Challenge Week 5

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Here we are! Week 5 of the One Room Challenge. Past the half-way point, but still so much more to do! Can I just say though, this past week, I kicked butt. In less than five days, I built a 5’x4′ center island. Complete with all the trim, paint, hardware, countertop, everything! And I still had time to add trim to the kitchen window. It was a busy week, but it feels so good to have that big furniture piece finished!

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Remember what this space looked like before the center island?

Kitchen table on a boho style rug

A couple weeks ago, I solicited my youngest son and his friend’s help to tear out the banquette and open up this space….

Open space in a kitchen nook with large picture windows and wood flooring

What started out as just a cabinet…

One single pre-fab cabinet painted gray sitting in the middle of the room

Is now a substantial furniture piece, that I absolutely love!

Center island painted black with a planter sitting on itFULL TUTORIAL ON HOW TO BUILD THIS CENTER ISLAND–COMING THIS SUMMER

When we removed the peninsula/bar, to give more space in the kitchen, I didn’t want to lose this cabinet. It houses a lot of pots and pans and all of our silverware, etc. So, I knew I wanted to incorporate it into the center island. With the cabinet as the base of the island, I then built shelving to finish off the front side facing the kitchen….

Gray cabinet with shelving next to it

Adding some shelving on the side, provides a great spot for decor or coffee table books….

Back side of center island with shelving built in

This is perfect, as it faces the seating area, soon to come, in this bay window area. Here’s a rough look of how I envision that space…

Bay area sitting area in front of big picture windows

Next, it was time to start building the back side….

Center island being built with back side open

I went back and forth on whether or not to add built-in shelving on the other side of the center island. But in the end, I decided to close it off…

Center island with back side framed out

I’m really happy I did, because I love the look of this slatting carried through from the side to the back of the island….

Slatting placed on wood frame of furniture piece

After contemplating between butcher block or edge-glued boards as the countertop, I finally decided on the edge-glued board

Gray cabinet drawers with built in shelving next to it

I wanted to be able to finish it with my own stain choice. I love how the stain turned out! (I did this same stain technique on my coffee table and end table in this post)….

Gray cabinet with shelving next to it

And against that black! Ahhhhhh! It’s so good!!

Center island painted black on the bottom with slatting all the way around and a stained countertop

Switching out my old cabinet fronts with my new shaker cabinet fronts from The Cabinet Door Store finished that modern look I was going for….

Shaker cabinet drawer fronts attached to a cabinet drawer set

Add the black paint and it’s stunning…

Cabinet drawers painted black and slightly open

But, it’s still not perfect. Hardware is everything! And these Champagne Bronze pulls from Amerock Hardware are truly the icing on the cake….

Black cabinet drawers with champagne bronze hardware

Still to come, new bar stools. These just aren’t fitting the vibe of the room anymore. 🙂

Bar stools pushed up to a center island countertop

Can’t you just picture this center island with the new flooring all around it? Because I wanted to get the full-effect, I carried these beautiful, HEAVY Flooret luxury vinyl plank pieces from the dining room to the kitchen. Teddy wanted to make a debut in this post too 🙂   ….

Brown goldendoodle in the background of a kitchen countertopThis flooring is going to be gorgeous. I chose the Palka line from Flooret. It’s a warm, light tone with a knotty texture going through it–giving it a true hardwood look….

Tennis shoes standing on a luxury vinyl plank flooring

I’m hoping to start the flooring this week, if all goes as planned. So, in the meantime, this beautiful Loloi Rug from Premium Home Source in front of the island is a great replacement for those dingy white floors, I can’t wait to cover up….

Loloi rug in front of a black center island

In addition to building the center island, I was also able to upgrade some of the moulding. Over time, I’ve been changing out my builder grade trim for craftsman trim throughout my house. It’s amazing what this simple change will do to a room. It totally changes the look and gives it much more of a modern feel. The baseboards and door trim will have to wait til after the flooring goes in…

Pantry door with no trim around it

But I was able to go ahead and complete the kitchen sink window trim….

Trim around a kitchen sink window

My go-to paint for all of my trim is Behr Marquee Ultra Pure White in a Semi-Gloss finish….

Kitchen window with white craftsman trim around it

I’m actually feeling pretty good about my progress and how far I’ve come with this kitchen renovation. Just for fun, a quick look of how it looked before the makeover began….

Kitchen before the modern kitchen makeover plan

How far it has come…

Full view of kitchen in the midst of a remodel

Great view of center island with a white planter and a green plant

FULL TUTORIAL ON HOW TO BUILD THIS CENTER ISLAND–COMING THIS SUMMER

With still more to come, that about wraps up week five of the One Room Challenge.

What’s on the agenda for next week?

**New flooring (HOPEFULLY!! 🙂  )

**Newly painted sliding doors

**Walls painted

**New craftsman trim

Can’t wait to share it all with you and how far this kitchen has come! But if you want to catch it all in real time, be sure to hop over to my Instagram stories!

MISSED THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO WEEK 5 HERE THEY ARE!

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 1

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 2

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 3

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 4

Until next week,

Happy Building, Friend!!

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PALKA FLOORING

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LULANI COMMERCIAL GRADE KITCHEN FAUCET

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CABINET DOORS

CABINET PULLS

CABINET KNOBS

TOOL USED TO INSTALL CABINET HARDWARE

COUNTERTOP PAINT

 

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