Royal Wedding = Royal Courting Present

Do you think William would have built Kate a courting present or maybe the fact that he is a prince with a vast vault of jewels is enough?

Either way my prince built me a courting present after telling him it would be still my heart . . . ok, it was because I said, “I’m reupholstering a chair for you and stripping a dresser.  Make me an island.”  See, I got the princess demanding thing down pat.

Plus our kitchen really needed an island.

Look at all that empty space; it was practically screaming put an island here.

To be sure an island wouldn’t interfere with traffic patterns we taped cardboard together and placed it on chairs to make sure we were comfortable with the size.  At first we had the cardboard on the floor but you couldn’t get a true feel of the island.  It was like playing forts as kids.  Sadly I don’t have pictures of that, it was preblog.

We kept this up for a few weeks to truly get a feel (ahem, we were lazy).  The cardboard was trimmed as we walked around to decide what worked best.  We knew we needed the island when we started putting things on the cardboard as if it really was an island.

Now onto how Greg built his princess (me) an island.  Since this was a fairly long process, it will be a three or four part post.  I hope you stick around to read because my site stats have been woefully sad.

We didn’t intentionally set out to build an island but after seeing prices for one, it was looking to cost us around $1200 to get the size we wanted.  $1200 seemed to be a bit more than we wanted to spend on a room we plan on redoing a year or two after Greg makes an honest woman of me.  So we turned to our good friend, Google and YouTube.  Instructions ran wild on the internet as to how to build an island and there were many different variations.

Our variation was determined when Greg’s brother and fiancée told us about the old cabinets in their basement they were going to toss.  Perfect!  It would serve as our base for the island.  A big thank you goes out to Steve and Colleen for donating them.  Bonus points for giving us the kegorator kit found in one of the drawers. We brought them home and set them up in the kitchen to get a better feel.  We even put the cardboard back on.

It might seem silly with all the testing we did, but it not an easy or cheap project to do.  We wanted to be sure.  Ok, we really needed to wedge some free time into our schedule to get it done. You should see the list of projects we have 50-80% done (do I sense another blog post?).

Now on to what you will need and related price.  We lucked out with knocking the price down by cashing in credit card points for a $100 gift card to Home Depot and using our Ford Test drive cash on the project (approximately $170).

Here is our beginning sketch with measurements.

What you will need

  • Our base was two cabinets (free but check out a habitat restore/craigslist before going to the big box store) but you can make yours using however many you desire.
  • Paint (one quart)- $12
  • Countertop- $370
  • Trim- $15
  • Wainscoting- $55
  • Screws/nail- $12
  • Liquid nails- $5
  • Coffee (multiple needed)- $10
  • Brace thing (technical term)- $15

For the wainscoting, we bought a large sheet which Home Depot cut down for us.  We ended up being short about a foot, so we bought a smaller piece of wainscoting to pair with it.  The design matched and it only took us and the Home Depot guy about 20 minutes to figure out the math involved with the cuts.  To be fair, we had been in the store for about 2 hours at this point and my brain was fried. Much like men can only handle so much mall time, I can only handle so much hardware store time.

For the countertop, we learned you had to make an appointment with them to order it (after standing in the department for about 30 minutes).  Home Depot required a set price and we weren’t willing to spend that price.  Since we wanted an overhang on our island, we needed a non-standard size.  After multiple attempts to reach a live person at Lowe’s (and one call to the manager to complain about said attempts), we had an appointment scheduled.  The sales person was helpful and informative. Even better, no price minimum!  He recommended curving two corners ($30 each corner) and filling the countertop since the middle is hollow ($60).  Since the prices were cheaper for the laminate than Home Depot, we upgrade and went with the slightly more expensive version ($14.50 a square foot).

Up next- starting to build and the dreaded curse Greg put on the project.

Stay tuned!


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