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DIY Kitchen Island Makeover {with Plywood and Lumber}

So glad I bit the bullet and revamped our builder grade kitchen island! It is amazing what a little plywood, 1x4 and 2x4 can do for an ordinary cabinet. Add a little paint and stain, and we have a brand new island!
I was so tired of our Oak Laminate Cabinets. The older they get the more "orange" they become!
I wrapped the laminate in birch plywood and trimmed it out with 2x4's.
The wainscoting and trim was created with 1x4's.
Two coats of taupe paint {it is amazing that it changes colors depending on the light}, dry brushed with black paint, and then rubbed with stain.
As the legs were exceeded the existing countertop, we swapped it out for a new butcher block counter top.
Still waiting on the new hardware, but I am still loving what a little plywood, lumber and paint could do for this boring builder grade cabinet!

To see more: http://temptingthyme.com/2014/06/21/kitchen-island-makeover/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Amy Ellis @ StowandTellU
    Amy Ellis @ StowandTellU Bolingbrook, IL
    on Jun 22, 2014

    This looks awesome, what a difference! I love how you extended the bottom and added the 1x4 wainscot trim all around. I'm planning to revamp one myself and I'm definitely inspired by yours!

  • Meena M
    Meena M Columbus, OH
    on Jun 23, 2014

    Very nice. Looks like a true island and not a base cabinet that clearly wasn't meant to be an island. I will have to remember this.

  • Diane Arnold
    Diane Arnold Klamath Falls, OR
    on Jun 23, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Kaye Hermann
    Kaye Hermann Ogden, UT
    on Jun 23, 2014

    That is so pretty!

  • Sonia Y
    Sonia Y Brawley, CA
    on Jun 23, 2014

    Where did you get the butcher block for it?

    • Shaunna @ Tempting Thyme
      Shaunna @ Tempting Thyme Oxford, OH
      on Jun 23, 2014

      @Sonia Y I bought it at Menards. They also carry them at IKEA, but it was a little cheaper at Menards.

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