Loving my affordable island countertop!

aktillery9October 12, 2012

We are currently renting and its a wide open space. We had next to no storage or counterspace.

My handy boyfriend built this island and countertop in a few days. The counter is plywood which is stained and I added some dents and marks for character. He used the iron on wood strip around the edges. I am quite impressed. When he told me he was using plywood I nearly died...but he was right. It really looks great.

I just wanted to share. :)

Amy

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aktillery9

View from edge

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 12:09PM
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beekeeperswife

whoa. Add that to your tricks for staging! Can you imagine the possibilities?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 12:40PM
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angel411

Ok, you know the rules. Details! Paint color on island, stain on the plywood. You know somebody is gonna want to know!

Looks great! Better than any temporary island I've ever seen.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:01PM
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aktillery9

So the details:

1. Stock oak cabs from Home Depot
2. Oak plywood with oak trim that you iron on.
3. beadboard wrap and boards for the details.
4. Stain color walnut
5. Paint color: Behr Graywood
6. Four counter height stools from overstock. Only cost 270.00 for all four!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:21PM
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suzanne_sl

Very clever! This is an excellent example of utility plywood from Big Box vs. nice plywood from actual lumber store. Looks great!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:31PM
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a2gemini

Impressive. I say a keeper! Now is that the island or the boyfriend! I say both!
Nice job!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:40PM
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aktillery9

Just needs another coat and some hardware.

Thanks for the kind words!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 2:05PM
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CEFreeman

Nicest use of plywood I've ever seen.
Far prettier than some of the islands, too.
He deserves a big fat ... kiss! ;)

Lovely.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 2:17PM
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deedles

Really nice! Makes me wonder if you sealed the snot out of it on both side, if it would be able to have an undermount sink in it or if it would fall to pieces?

Anyway, good job boyfriend! Love a handy man!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 2:29PM
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aktillery9

I did seal it super well. I do not think I would ever do an undermount sink as it probably would fall to pieces. Works well as an island top though!

I have been singing his praises and of course gave him a huge hug and kiss!

Thanks for the sweet compliments! I will be sure and read these to him.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 2:41PM
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momo7

Wow! That looks fantastic.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 3:18PM
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function_first

Holy cow! That looks amaaaaaaazing! Pardon me for asking, but I would be interested in knowing the total dollar amount it took to put this together, if you don't mind sharing. I'm impressed!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 3:26PM
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lascatx

I was expecting IKEA or a salvaged something, but never would have guessed plywood! That looks great and you got so much function and enjoyment of your room added with one small thing. It makes sense -- they do sell furniture grade plywood that looks really clear and nice, but how many people would think to add the side wrap and make a countertop out of it? I like the paint and beadboard detail on the island too. Nice job. He deserves another hug.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 3:47PM
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aktillery9

I would say the total cost of the island was around 500ish. I did not buy everything but the biggest expense was the three cabinets we bought at home depot. The rest of was very innexpensive.

Thanks so much for all of your compliments!!!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 5:00PM
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aktillery9

Here is a better close up of the dents and scratches I made. I could not handle it looking so smooth. I used a darker stain marker to fill in the dents I made.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 5:14PM
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a2gemini

Too funny! Love it with dents and all!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 6:02PM
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breezygirl

Your BF is a talented guy. You're a talented finisher! Well, makes sense with your staging eye that you could give it the fit finishing touches. Look at all that storage.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 7:30PM
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oldbat2be

That really looks great... ditto the comments about keeping the boyfriend!

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 7:51AM
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