Dylan has gotten into the habit of waking up and saying “I think I want to build something today”. I love it when he says that! I just have to be ready with a project in mind when the mood strikes. Last time that happened, I knew right away what I wanted him to build. I needed a kitchen island.
We will be doing a kitchen remodel in the next year or two. Until then, I have very limited cabinet and counter space. I knew another 60″ of prep space would come in handy. And it has!
We started with this pile of pine–
Dylan deviated from the plan in a couple of ways; he left the shelves unattached so that they are removable and he added braces underneath each shelf for added strength.
I applied two coats of Danish Oil to the insides of the drawers.
I wanted a reclaimed wood/rustic look for the rest of the island. I wiped on a very thin layer of walnut stain and then wiped it off. I had to work pretty quickly so it didn’t absorb too quickly and look too dark. Once I had the look I wanted, I finished it with two coats of Danish Oil. We will need to reapply oil every now and then. But other than that, it’s pretty maintenance free. I love the way it turned out!