months and months and months ago,
I dreamt of a kitchen island redo.
(hey look! Sometimes my kitchen is clean!)
Because, hey, as lovely as this faux wood laminate is, I wanted something more.
I just wasn't sure what. And so this idea sat, and sat, and sat some more.
And then one day, it happened--
I was at a neighbor's place, and I loved her kitchen island. And I said to myself,
"self, you can do this. This way is so easy! Grow a pair already and get to work."
And so I did.
Now, I am in love with v-groove paneling.
It is the fraternal twin of beadboard; so often overlooked, yet so lovely. I rarely see it, 'cept for in maybe Pottery Barn mags. Why? Why?
After running my 8 ft by 4 ft sheet through the ole table saw, here's what we got.
Pay no attention to the errant shoe. Dang kids.
Of course things just can't be cut and dry here. How many projects take less time than you think? Pfft. I needed to cut out a spot for my electrical outlet. . . so . . .
with a serious peptalk (you can do this! You can do this!) and the help of this awesome powertool
(did you need this back Brit and Rach? My bad. . .)
I started cutting the square for the outlet. And all heck's gonna break loose if I cut in the wrong spot. It can't be fixed; it will be a complete waste of a piece. . .
Please don't cut in the wrong spot, puhlease. . .
And it was in the WRONG spot.
I opted to go with an antique white paint, as seen in exhibit A*.
(*above picture is exhibit A.)
Now, love corbels. I knew they could add a touch of class to my classless
I just checked Lowe's; for a similar size and design I would pay $89. EACH.
And when I saw this at the Hob Lob, (they're not real, but they are spectacular) for . . wait for it. .
$15, I figured these were a no-brainer.
This is where I beg you to never look underneath my counter. They don't quite touch the underneath of the counter; hey, I had to hang them, and I could only do what I could do.
I still felt like it needed something though. . .
Yes, it needs baseboard.
And this might come as a bit of a shock, but I actually used a piece of baseboard,
as baseboard. Who knew I could use the correct piece of trim in the correct way?
And here we are today. Done, done, and done. ? .
And while it's definitely an improvement, I cannot say that I have sold myself on the antique white paint I chose. Perhaps I will paint it all black. Only time will tell. But for now, I'll just enjoy the non-laminate-ness.
Aw heck, while I'm at it, and we're already in the kitchen anyways,
after devoting an entire afternoon, my pantry is as organized as it can be.