Here is where we left off with the kitchen island makeover. It is looking pretty good, but we are about to add the final touch that makes it look 100% better. We had ordered the corbels, but they hadn't arrived yet when we finished the moldings. But we did all we could up to that point.
I did some research for the right corbel. The ones at the local hardware stores didn’t quite have what I was looking for. I looked online and found a great website for corbels called Prowood Market. They are located in Atlanta Georgia. It took about two weeks for us to get the corbels from the time of ordering. Just keep that in mind if you are working with custom corbels.
This is the one that we went with, Wood Corbel 22T3. It is red cedar with a smooth sanded finish at 3 1/2” wide. I got it in a smooth finish because we were going to paint it.
Once I received them in the mail at my house, I had to do a little bit of prep work to get them ready to be installed. I pre-drilled two holes on top and two on bottom to screw the corbels to the kitchen island. The holes were about 3/8” wide to hide the screw head. They also sell cedar plugs that we bought to cover the screw heads. They were 3/8” plugs.
With this island’s shape, there are two 22.5 degree corners that are going to get a corbel. in order to install the corbel I had to notch out the angles on the table saw, as you can see below.
In addition to the screws, I wanted to use glue to give an additional hold. I could have used liquid nails as well. I just happened to have the wood glue available. We did accidentally use a bit too much, cuz it dripped, and we had to watch for drips and wipe them off right away before they dried! so watch out for drips!
Here are the 3/8”cedar plugs being glued in place.
Once all the plugs were in place and dried, I cut them flush with the multi-tool flush cut saw bit. ( I love my multi-tool!) After they were all cut flush we patched them with wood filler and later they were sanded those when they dried. Now they are ready for caulk and paint.
We had a really fun time running around at Nates', and the girls loved it there. I just had to throw in these pictures of Etta playing with their pet bird “Patches”. It was fun to have Etta and Lydia there playing with his daughters while we were working on the kitchen island. Like old times…
Remember how the kitchen island looked before we did anything?
Here is the kitchen island makeover with everything finished. A little bit different right? Nate and his wife really loved how it turned out. It looks so much more grand and is a great focal point for the room! And the big bar now it makes a lot more sense that the corbels are there holding up the heavy granite.
Don't forget to check out the first half of this post!
What do you think of this amazing kitchen island makeover? Do you like how it turned out?