Yeah, I barely do either. Our parents are coming up this weekend and the Mister’s dad recently asked how progress was on the kitchen island project. Suddenly I remembered that it was still in the basement. Still just a frame. And still looked exactly as it did the last time they visited. Oops.
You know how some people go into super-cleaning mode when company’s coming? Well not only do I go into that mode, but apparently I also go into “omg I have so many projects to finish” mode. Holed up in the basement for two nights with a bottle of wine and a staple gun goes a long way.
So here’s where we’re at…
The middle shelf is almost done – both shelves would be completely done if I hadn’t run out of wood since I’ve been using it for other soon-to-be-posted projects recently. We decided to do slat shelves rather than solid wood. It looks a little lighter for the incredibly small narrow space we’re using it in. It’s also a million times easier to build believe it or not. I needed to create a little ledge on the front and back face pieces for the slats to sit on. I cut a 1×2 to a length only slightly smaller than the length of the face piece. Did a squiggly line of wood glue down the strip and stuck it in place held up with a couple of clamps. I’ll go back in and throw a few nails in there for added support considering the weight of some of our kitchen items, but you’d be surprised at how strong wood glue is.
OK, so that done, I cut a bunch of slats from 1x2s. I just measured the distance between the two face pieces and cut each slat to that length. This is when I ran out of 1x2s and hung my head in disappointment. This was by far the easiest, fastest, and most visible progression on the project so far. I just wanted it to be done, but such is life. Home Depot will just have to be graced with my presence for the 10th time this month.
Notice the sides of the future trash cabinet? AWESOME, right? In my last post, I mentioned our plan to use pine paneling for the sides of the cabinet and that’s just what we did. It’s really easy to install. I just cut the panel pieces to the correct length, glued them together using wood glue (4 panel pieces wide is about 1′), and let dry overnight. Then, I measured the width of the side and would shave off any excess using my jig saw. I positioned the panels on the inside of the cabinet and held them in place with clamps making sure all the lines were straight.
Then I just went at them with a staple gun. The staples didn’t go all the way through (it’s a cheap staple gun), so I had to go back and hammer them in the rest of the way.
So what’s left? We need to finish the slats for the shelves. The bottom shelf will be done the exact same way as the middle shelf. I need to build a door and base for the trash cabinet. And then we need to build the actual butcher block top. So… not much. haha I’ll keep you updated!