After I painted our kitchen cabinets I felt like our island was looking a bit boring. I had all the quarter round trim for the floor cut, painted, ready to install but I couldn't do it. I knew I wouldn't be happy with it just as it was. It needed more character.
That my friends is a bundle of 1 1/2" x 3/4" x 48" wood boards for only $11.97! It was perfect. I really didn't want thick boards since it is such a small area, and it was a much better price than the bead board. So I decided to take a bundle home with me.
There were a few boards in the bundle that I wouldn't use because of imperfections but the bulk of them were in great shape. Just keep in mind that you will need to sand them down nice and smooth. I sanded each board after I cut them, but also prior to attaching them so I wouldn't bring as much saw dust into the house.
Here's how I installed the trim.
- Measuring Tape
- Wood Putty
1) Measure and cut. I first measured for the two boards that go across the bottom and top. You'll want to measure both top and bottom and not just assume that they are the same length. We have a miter saw that I used to cut them.
2) Level and attach the horizontal boards. I used my level with all of the boards. I would typically nail one end down, grab my level, make adjustments then nail the other end down.
3) Figure out spacing. This is where the work gets a little more tedious. I like to try to work around vents, light switches and outlets as much as possible to avoid having crazy notched-out boards. So try to plan accourdingly. I taped a few boards up prior to cutting them to size in order to visualize the spacing a little better. I had to do a lot of rearranging.
Here is what I came up with:
There is about a 5" gap between each board on one side of the island and about a 4 3/4" gap on the other side because of the vent and outlet shown in the picture below. However, because the difference is so small I don't think it's noticeable.
4) Measure and cut each vertical board. Yes, this is time consuming, but you want the best fit possible.
5) Again level and attach. The same way you attached your horizantal boards.
6) Make it look seamless. Once all the boards are attached it's time to fill in all the holes and cracks. I puttied the nail holes and caulked the seams. Once the putty is dry, sand until smooth and seamless.
7) Prime and Paint.
I was initially going to leave it with just the vertical boards, but once I got it primed I decided to add horizantal boards to make a row of squares on top. I just repeated the steps listed above.
Here it is all finished with paint. Warning: prepare for picture overload.
Here it is before:
We've been on the hunt for bar stools for some time now, but we've had a hard time finding a stool that is perfect in function, looks, and price. I think we are getting closer to a solution. I'll keep you posted.