DIY Kitchen Island Part 1

Hello all! I hope you had the merriest of Christmas’ with those you hold dear. Ours was cozy and sweet with one another, our furballs, and our family that we’re blessed to live near here in the PNW. We’ve also had some quality time to work on our house projects that have been creeping along.

Awesome DIY Kitchen Island Remodel!

Today I’ll share with you one of such projects, our DIY Kitchen Island. Part 1, to be more specific.

When we moved in our kitchen “island” looked like this.Island remodel

We decided to open up the kitchen into the other room and create a real island. Here’s the other side of the wall.

Island remodel

So then we grabbed our crowbar and did this…

We wanted to make good use of the cabinets (that were brand new, which is odd for a shortsale) so we kept the bottom of the pantry cabinet and switched the end cabinets to have maximum storage under the island. It ended up looking like this. I love love the drawer space. They’re easy to organize and provide¬†access to my most used items like pots, storage containers, and platters.


You’ll notice the cute wood decoration under the cabinets. Kidding, not cute, BUT useful! In order to keep the pantry bottom cabinet we had to raise and and level all the cabinets. We did that by fitting wood mounts on the underside of the cabinets and leveling them with shims. We might use leftover pieces from the cabinets to cover this part.

There! Now we’re up to speed on how our island came into existence. Check back on Wednesday to see how we’re putting the counter together!

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Petite Modern Life

Petite Modern Life

I'm Karisa. I live just outside of Seattle with my husband Michael {Mr. G}, our two cats, Rue and Archimedes, and our new Australian Shepherd pup in crime, Moose. We are do-it-yourself enthusiasts. I'm the dreamer, he's the strategist, and teamed up we get it done. In January 2014 we purchased our first house! The many adventures of remodeling, decorating, and inevitable redecorating will be documented here. I was born and raised in the PNW & I love the PNW life. Mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean, trees, rain, and sun: every sight & season has its own flavor & tune. It inspires in me activity, coziness, and sprees of creativity. I'm rather obsessed with white paint, natural light, homemade pizza, and a glass of red wine.

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