Friends! Thank you all so much for your sweet words about our kitchen reveal last week! I was so excited to share our space with you that I went ahead and did the reveal first and then wanted to come back and touch on some of the DIY projects we did along the way. One of the most noticeable changes was the upgraded trim on the kitchen island.
When we moved in, the island trim was minimal and pretty flimsy looking:
The corbels looked a little dated to me, and since the island is large and a focal point in the kitchen, I knew I wanted to beef up the trim work as well to make it more substantial. Fortunately, Donnie is awesome at installing trim, so we made a plan and he set to work!
How to Add Custom Trim to a Kitchen Island
Here are the tools and supplies we used for our island project:
- WindsorONE craftsman style baseboards
- 1/2" plywood (cut into strips)
- Bosch Miter Saw
- Ryobi AirStrike 18ga nailer
- Titebond II wood glue
- GRK cabinet screws (for attaching the corbels from behind)
- Orbital Sander
- Behr Marquee Cameo White Paint and primer
- Verona Mission Corbels
The first thing we did was remove all of the previous oh-so-flimsy trim from the island, giving us a blank slate to work with.
We then began installing the new trim. We used 7 1/4" tall craftsman style baseboards from WindsorONE at the base of the island. Because the island has a non-right-angle in the middle, Donnie had to use a carpenters protractor to find the correct angle. Then he divided that number by two when setting up the miter saw for the cut. The mitered corner came together nicely.
We had originally planned to use 1x4 flat stock for the vertical trim pieces, but realized that they would then be even withe the edge of the counter on the ends of the island, eliminating any overhang. We didn't love how that looked so instead, Donnie ended up ripping down pieces of 1/2" plywood into 3.5" wide strips, giving us the vertical pieces we needed and also adding some extra dimension.
Before we added the trim pieces right below the countertop, we had to install the corbels. We decided to go with the Verona Mission Corbels from Osborne Wood Products, which were so much more substantial than the old corbels and gave us the exact look we were going for!
We painted them white and let them dry completely, and they were ready to install. We debated about placement for a while, but because of the unique shape of our island, we decided it would be best to simply install the new corbels where the previous corbels had been.
To install the corbels, we needed to anchor them from behind (inside the cabinet) using cabinet screws with a wide, flat head. It was a little tricky getting everything lined up but using a level and ruler, we were able to mark three drill holes on the outside of the island for each corbel (1). Donnie then pre-drilled through the island from the outside (2). I held up the corbels in the exact right spot (3) while Donnie climbed into the island and first pre-drilled into the corbels (4) and then anchored them using cabinet screws. The screws pulled everything in nice and tight.
Once the corbels were in place, we could add the final trim pieces, which Donnie also cut out of plywood to match the corbel profile. He used a protractor to scribe the corbel edge profile onto his plywood strip and then used a jigsaw to make the cut.
So all of the trim was installed, but that was actually only half the battle! Then it was time for filling all of those little nail holes and seams! This was my contribution to the island project. 🙂 I spent a few hours with Downton Abbey playing in the background, filling and smoothing every little hole and space.
To make sure our trim was as smooth as possible before we painted, Donnie used his orbital sander to level everything off. It has a built in dust collection system so that we didn't make a huge mess all over our kitchen or damage our lungs in the process!
We then primed and painted everything using Behr Marquee Cameo White in a satin sheen. And I am LOVING how it turned out!
Trim work just adds so much charm and character to a space, and in a new build, we'll take as much character as we can get!
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I love it!! I will be back next week to share more of our kitchen DIYs!
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