In today’s post, I’m sharing about our farmhouse kitchen island and it’s transformation. If you’ve been looking for some inspiration for a farmhouse kitchen island – this post is for you!
When we first moved into our house on Summertree the counter tops were all Corian. They weren’t in bad condition, we just had a vision for the look we wanted with granite so we decided to renovate the kitchen. Correction: it was Ryne who decided to renovate the kitchen.
It wasn’t on our original list of things to renovate right away but one day he got a wild hair and started ripping out countertops and things snowballed from there!
The Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation
Painted White Cabinets
I knew I wanted to get rid of the yellow oak that seemed to swallow up the entire kitchen. Once I’d decided on white for the cabinets, I started dreaming up ways we could make the island stand out. I wanted to keep it simple enough and black seemed like a classic choice.
We actually hired out the cabinets, and I’m so glad that we did. Sometimes just because you “can” do something, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Hiring out was a smart choice for multiple reasons. One, being that there were SO MANY CABINETS in this kitchen. It was HUGE job. And two, we had multiple other projects happening simultaneously that were already overwhelming us.
Farmhouse Kitchen Island
The cost to get granite to cover our huge island was almost as much as the granite counter tops – so we searched for a more unique, cost effective, approach. A couple of things we did when we renovated the island: replace the top (duh) and we adjusted the size. I felt like the size was just too big and we didn’t really need it to be huge.
So we pared down a bit. This meant taking off the overhang where barstools would fit,
Quite the transformation, right?! The custom wood top was the perfect way to give it that farmhouse kitchen island look I had been going for.
And we really loved the wood look to break up all the white of the outer cabinets. Unfortunately, the type of wood that was used was just not durable enough to withstand all the wear and tear that our kitchen island withstood. Between dogs and kids and gatherings, our island definitely was worn.
We also realized that the island really is a central location for gathering and the decision we had made to make it smaller and not do barstools was premature. Having that space for the kids to sit and eat was something we wanted. Our vision was that we’d be able to have space for three barstools so the kids could each have a place.
Updating the Farmhouse Kitchen Island
Thankfully I know a guy. My father in law owns KC Furnishing Co, a company who takes reclaimed lumber and turns it into beautiful tables, islands, beams, mantles, and more. I reached out to him to find out if he could give us something that would be more durable and would still give us that farmhouse kitchen island look I wanted, and of course he said yes!
Choosing the Top for the Farmhouse Kitchen Island
The first thing we needed to do was to decide what wood we would want to use on our farmhouse kitchen island. KC Furnishing Co offers two main types of lumber; cargo and boxcar. Cargo comes from the floors of semi-truck trailers and Boxcar is recycled from train car floors. Cargo is the lighter lumber, but still durable. Cargo is the heavier, more expensive lumber.
Next, we had to decide what type of stain finish we’d like to have on it. So he sent us home with a sample board to test it out in the light of our kitchen.