Last Detail

The new kitchen has been all but finished for over a year now.

The island finished except for the toe kick.
The island finished except for the toe kick.

Almost everything in it is new except the kitchen island which we designed and made ourselves.

The back of the island is the part we made.
The back of the island is the part we made.

You can see how we did it here and here and here.

The island looked unfinished with the bare wood base.
The island looked unfinished with the bare wood base.

The vintage breakfront base was mounted on a 2 by 4 frame.  The frame needed to be faced with a piece of matching luan.

The bottom piece is stained luan, the center piece was not used, the top piece is polurethaned shoe molding.
The bottom piece is stained luan, the center piece was not used, the top piece is polurethaned shoe molding.

I had an extra piece of luan left over from the grey cabinets which I turned over and stained on the back to go with the island.  I also polyurethaned  a piece of oak shoe molding.

Pre-stain prepares the raw wood.
Pre-stain prepares the raw wood.  The stain color is English chestnut.

I gave the raw wood a coat of pre-stain wood conditioner and 2 coats of stain.

The shoes molding matches the floor.
The shoes molding matches the floor.

Our carpenter friend carefully ripped and beveled the facing and attached it to the front and two sides of the island.

The toe-kick is faced and trimmed.
The toe-kick is faced and trimmed.

He also installed the shoe molding.

We had saved the feet from the breakfront and decided to reinstall them.
We had saved the feet from the breakfront and decided to reinstall them.

It looked finished.  But I had one more idea which was to use the original feet of the breakfront on the two front corners.

We use the cabinet in the island to store our daily dishes.
We use the cabinet in the island to store our daily dishes.

The carpenter cut them down to size and we slid them under the corners.  We decided not to attach them because they were well-fit by friction and could be removed if we want to do a through cleaning.

Kitchen island project -- finished.
Kitchen island project — finished.

The final detail that finishes the kitchen.

Have you used the things you’ve been saving?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

13 thoughts on “Last Detail”

    1. Thank you. We found our breakfront too narrow back to front so we augmented its depth with a shelving unit (which is the part we made). Two dressers back to back would also be neat. Jo

  1. Congrats on finishing something!! 🙂 Nothing around here is truly finished (sigh). I’ve noticed the breakfront in other pics and admired it. It’s a beautiful touch!

    1. Thanks, Magali. I love having a vintage piece that belonged to my mother permanently installed in the house and used daily. Jo

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