Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Kitchen Trim and Finish

We got the last "biggie" done in the kitchen today when we put the back extension on the island.

Here's the front of the island before backing was installed.

And the back view.

I had to empty the drawers and pull-out shelves for the installation of the back piece.

The empty drawers and shelves ended up stacked on our bed (again) and the contents of the drawers were piled in boxes and stashed in the to-be living room for the day.

Fast forward a few hours, a little bit of blood, sweat and tears (no tears actually) and here's the new front view.

Island seen from the back.

I wanted a 6" shelf extension on the back of the counter so I could push counter top items out of the way to give me the full width for work space. We also installed two electrical outlets in the top unit which I hadn't had (and really missed) since I've been using the island as my main work area in the kitchen.

All in all, I'm pickled tink with the way this back addition worked out. It does make the kitchen look a little smaller, but less like an open warehouse. Wa-hoo, scratch another item off the list!

15 comments:

Dirt Lover said...

Every time I read what you are doing yourselves, I'm amazed. You are so talented! It's starting to all come together. Hey, just in time for Thanksgiving!! It's a true labor of love.
~~Lori

Stephanie said...

Love it Mama Pea!! Brilliant having the outlets put in:)

Sparkless said...

I like it. Plus you can hide a mess behind it so people sitting at the table can't see. Not like you have a mess to hide but when one is cooking a mess always produces itself until one has the time to clean up.

Sue said...

Beautiful! I can imagine the pie crusts and cookie doughs that will be created there! Mmmmmmmm. I'll be over-LOL!

Have you gotten any snow yet? We're supposed to get hit tonight...but only an inch. I figured maybe you were sending your leftovers?
:)

judy said...

I AM TOTALLY GREEN WITH ENVY AND WAS THAT A TEST PHRASE [ TO SEE IF WE ARE REALLY READING CLOSELY] OR CAN WE ALL GET PICKLED TINK.THERE IS SOMETHING VERY USEFUL IN ONEOF THE PICTURES FOR ME PERSONALLY TODAY-HOW I GO ABOUT PUTTING THE SIDE RAIL ON TRACK FOR THE DRAWER,MINE FELL OFF AND IVE BEEN PRAYING IT WON'T FALL ALL THE WAY OUT ON MY FOOT

Jane said...

Lovely! I just want to stop by and have a cup of tea and some type of dessert for breakfast in that kitchen. And empty drawers! Oh how wonderful to have organized drawers.

Mama Pea said...

Lori - It's been so much work that I was getting more than a little tired, but for some reason that installation yesterday gave me such a boost! I'm really, really in a place now where I'm enjoying and appreciating it all! Thanks for you compliments.

Stephanie - Never would have imagined I NEEDED those outlets so much!

Sparkless - You and I think just alike, Girl! "Hide the mess" was exactly one of the hoped for benefits!

Sue - You're always welcome! We were forecast a 30% chance of snow last night but not a flake. So, no, no snow at all for us yet.

judy - Ah, yes, those "little" things that occasionally fall apart. Sounds like a job for a screwdriver?

Jane - How 'bout a smorgasbord of desserts for a breakfast get together some day? Lots of tea and coffee. Sounds good to me! (Can you believe I still have ONE drawer in the new kitchen arrangement that is EMPTY?? I can't believe it myself.)

Lisa said...

LOVE your new island, especially the outlets and extra work space width....and it's so pretty and well-done! You are going to enjoy cooking in your new kitchen even more now, so that means we can look forward to even more great recipe/food posts from you in the future?!

mtnchild said...

I love kitchen islands, and especially yours! Outlets are priceless ... LOL I have a galley kitchen so no island for me. Old trailer houses are not conducive to remodeling.

On the snow front - we had 5-6 inches last weekend, and since the temp seems to have stayed below freezing since, there is still big patches of snow on the ground!
Hugs
Yvette

The Apple Pie Gal said...

Those outlets are a must! Good deal! I have been nagging (politely of course) for one for years now.

Looking real good and done. Right, done, right??? I am hoping for you!

Susan said...

Wow! That is a beautiful and functional island - your kitchen is so amazing! That is pure inspiration, having that extra six inches. Have you thought about going into kitchen design? No?

Karen L. said...

Looking good!!! That island is a real bonus for you kitchen. It has so much work space. That "ledge" you put on is perfect. Can you imagine all the stuff you would have to pick-up/clean-up from the floor otherwise? You need that "stopper" for sure. So, is it on to the living room now? Makes me tired sometimes just reading what you have done. (So my word verification is "babacha". Is that a new dance or dessert?)

Erin said...

It looks fantastic! That height is perfect for those times when you just want to leave stuff there and go enjoy dinner with family and friends, it hides everything! Love it, love it!

Patty said...

Ah, that is absolutely gorgeous!! I'm so happy for you!

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - I think my husband is looking forward to more cooking and baking in my new kitchen!!

Yvette - I put in my share of years in a mobile home so I can identify!

Sounds as if winter has arrived in your neck of the woods. So get crafting!! ;o]

APG - One more little bookcase to go at the end of the island, and the French door to be rehung (it's temporary now - gosh, I've grown to hate that word "temporary!") and the kitchen will be done!

Susan - Well, I've now done a commercial kitchen from scratch and a home kitchen . . . but I sure wouldn't want the responsibility of doing either for someone else!

Karen L. Yes, we've started on the living room as of our big planning session yesterday. Send strength, please.

(I think that's a new South American dance sweeping the nation . . . Ba-ba-babacha, kick, kick, step, step!)

Erin - Out of sight, out of mind. Until everyone leaves and you have to put on your big girl panties and start the clean up!

Patty - Thank you, m'dear!