I’m going to start sharing my kitchen renovation today. My plan is to bring the kitchen out of the 90’s and give it an up-to-date look. First on the project list was adding batten to the island.
Here’s what I started with: Blah builder-grade. I think it makes the kitchen look cheap.
First I pulled off the old trim. It popped off easy.
Then I measured and cut the batten with our miter saw. I love using my brad nailer. I feel like Annie Oakley with her six shooter.
Oops. I was able to pull that piece off and remove the nail. I flipped the piece around and nailed it up. A little wood filler and no one will be the wiser.
I decided that it was time for me to put the camera away and get serious. A couple of hours later…tada!
Then I measured, cut and attached quarter round trim for the bottom to give it a “finished” look.
Since I’m planning on staining the island I made sure to use “STAINABLE” wood filler for the nail holes and gaps. Otherwise your patches won’t blend in.
I was impressed with how the batten and trim changed the look from cheap looking builder-grade to a custom high-end piece. The cost of the wood was less than $30.
I did the whole project by myself while my husband was at work. But I confess. I had to call him and ask him how to load the brad nails. As long as I have power tools, and the project doesn’t require any muscle, I can handle it. If a project requires strength – forget it, I’m out.
I’ve started the staining, and in a week I’ll be able to share that finished project. Next project will be painting the cabinets white. I’m fired up.