This is the story of a kitchen island that was once a plain old rectangular-shaped box. You know the kind. Functional but boring and in need of a little help. Don’t we all need that at one time or another? Don’t we all need someone to recognize the promise within us and then walk with us through the process of bringing us to our full potential? Well, THAT was my little kitchen island!
This is a before picture, after we’d removed the old counter and had a new piece of granite installed. With this remodel we added a good amount of additional counter space by adding 12″ of length to one end and taking down the raised bar and making the entire counter 14″ deeper. In this picture the bracing is in the process of being installed by the ever handy Mr. OTN.
Some kitchen islands have legs that sit toward the outside of the granite top and that was the original plan. However, every time I placed the legs there to see how it would look, something about it really bothered me. With the bar stools in place it looked liked there were LEGS everywhere! WAY to leggy! So for a long time I stashed them in the back of a closet to
“think about it”.
Then one day I came across a blog post that had the solution to my problem! Now I can’t remember which lovely blog I first saw this idea on (let me know if it was you and I’ll be happy to link back to you) but this is a “pizza” cut. I’m not sure if this is a real woodworking term but it worked for me.
No, those aren’t my hands, but the hands of a surgeon . . . a wood surgeon that is, whose name was NOT Rick (Haha! Inside joke). After making these simple cuts he drilled a hole to attach the leg to the island.
The corbels are attached to hide the metal bracing. Mr. OTN used a router to create a “slot” (another made up woodworking term) so they would sit over the bracing and flush with the cabinet. After adding additional support boards inside the kitchen island he pre-drilled holes and attached the corbels with screws.
Looks like one of the dogs enjoyed a little nibble on this one!
You can find wooden island legs and corbels in many places, including local hardware stores. I chose to search online for the best selection and ended up choosing Osborne Wood out of Toccoa, Georgia. Not only do they have a huge selection of wood products but I liked the STORY behind the company. For anyone who knows me you know that I love a good “overcoming adversity” story! By the way, I’m not being paid to promote Osborne Wood. I truly love their products.
Corbels and legs range in price from about $50 to hundreds of dollars, depending on the style and the type of wood. I chose the least expensive ones since I was going to cover them with paint anyway.
Watch for PART 4 where I’ll share my shopping secrets for a Budget Friendly Kitchen Makeover. I hope you’ll sign up to follow along by one of the many ways you’ll find on my sidebar or at the very bottom of this post. I don’t want you to miss a thing!
Do you have eyes to see the potential in your surroundings? Sometimes, for me, it takes seeing what others have done to get the inspiration needed to do-it-myself. I enjoy spending time on Pinterest getting ideas and pinning to my own boards for future reference. Do you have a project in mind that you’re toying with? Be brave. You can do it!!!