Kitchen Island Part 2

I was very reluctant about adding a breakfast bar. To my surprise it was nice!

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I apologize for sending this blog twice. I was trying to edit and somehow lost (Kitchen Island Part 2) I don’t always no what I am doing. Ha-ha! Part 3 will post this Sunday.

The Plan

  1. Install dishwasher.
  2. Install garbage disposal.
  3. Replace and extend counter for a bar area for extra seating.
  4. Install sink and faucet.
  5. Add wainscoting and trim to the outside of island.
  6. Paint.

Kitchen island was next!

Couple of things we wanted to do. First, take down the old bar near the sink. We’d seen a DIY project on HGTV making the counters one level and thought that would be a good idea for ours! Second, add a breakfast bar. I was very reluctant about adding a breakfast bar. I was concerned that it would take walking space between the pantry and the island. Even though we live in a small home, I do not want it to feel cramped. What’s of great importance to me is storage and space.  To my surprise adding the breakfast bar did not take a lot of room and we’ve been enjoying eating our meals there.

Kitchen counter with the bar.

Old bar has been removed.

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Taking down the original counters.

Dale used 3 sheets of 3/4 BC plywood.

At this point Dale used the old counter tops for the template for the new counters.

Figuring it all out.

The dark wood is the temporary template for the breakfast bar.

I like that Dale rounded most of the edges of the island.

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Electrical work and the brackets for the breakfast bar. We had to complete this part before installing the Formica.

Ready for the Formica.

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Formica strips.

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After Dale was done rolling, he then used the trim router bit to cut the access Formica.


Our goal was to apply the Formica in one piece, no seems.  Once the contact cement was applied to both the counter and Formica, we used the dowel rods to set the Formica in place. This is the one time we needed help! Thank goodness our neighbor was home to help us lift the Formica in place.

What a relief! Formica installed!

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Thank you for visiting, Phillips Place Renovation!

“The kitchen is the heart of the home.” 

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