Using Anna's plan for base cabinets, I expanded our small kitchen island from 20" deep to about 40" deep and added a pecan live edge top made of 1x4's. I made two bases 34" wide so I could exactly match the width of the original island. By doing this I could match up the ends while leaving a small gap in between the base for adjustments. Then that was covered by a 1x2 so it is not noticeable. The live edge pecan top matches our "Fancy X Farmhouse Table" built a few months ago. My wife painted the base with a mixture of flat black paint and plaster of Paris to make chalk paint. The top is just 7 coats of semi gloss polyurethane. The build was less than 2 days and I got to use my new Kreg Foreman pocket hole machine for all of it. The poly was several more days of sanding, application, and drying time.
Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
pecan top with live edges. "whitewood" sanded and primed on one side plywood for the sides, doors and bottom. Pine 1x2 trim.
Black "chalk paint" for the base. Minwax semigloss polyurethane for the top.
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