If you have been following along in my Instagram stories, You know I have been talking about a kitchen island cabinet update for months now. Well, I finally pulled the trigger and I am so glad I did! I have wanted to tackle this project for SO long, but wasn’t sure what direction to take it. I am happy to report my idea was a success and it might have to make some additional appearances in the future around the house. Are you ready to check out my kitchen island update?
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First, let me give you a little back story. When we bought our house it came with a 1990s era kitchen renovation complete with pink granite. It was something, let me tell you!
While the layout was actually not too bad, the colors had to go and we hired a local company to paint our cabinets. At that time we also replaced all the countertops and backsplash. But one thing has always remained from that 90s renovation. The glass cabinet on the front of the kitchen island.
I know there are plenty of folks who love these glass front cabinets, but I am just not a fan, especially since ours is at prime kicking height. I am honestly amazed the glass has survived as long as it has. Either way, it was time to swap it out for closed storage. I spent a ton of time considering my options but ultimately landed on something a bit unconventional. Peg board. I know you just rolled your eyes, but have a little faith 😉
Kitchen Island Cabinet Update
Measure out your cabinet and purchase your peg board. I was able to find 2×4 ft sheets of peg board that fit easily in my hatchback and were just under $12. Unfortunately, the size of our cabinets put me just over the half mark and I had to buy two sheets. But for $24, I wasn’t complaining.
Cut the peg board to size. Since I was going from glass cabinets to closed storage, I simply pulled out the glass panels and traced their size directly onto the peg board. I positioned the glass so none of the holes would be awkwardly cut off.
I used the table saw for most of the cuts. If you do not have one, your local hardware store can probably make the cuts for you.
I did have to make one of the cuts on the miter saw since the width of the cut exceeded the expansion width of the fence on the table saw. This cut just barely needed two passes as well, even with a 12 inch sliding saw.
After all the cuts were made, I checked to make sure the peg board panels fit.
Paint the peg board. I used Benjamin Moore Espresso Bean because that is the color our island was painted years ago. I did paint the white side of the peg board since it was smoother and I used a foam roller to avoid any brush strokes.
Secure the peg board panels to the kitchen cabinet. I used these screw in clips. The old glass panels were held in place the same way, but more than half of ours had broken over the years and it was time for a replacement.
Add a shelf and contents. I used an old shelf we pulled out of the linen closet, cut it down to size and painted it the same color as the kitchen island. While this cabinet previously had a glass shelf, this just never felt super sturdy.
Enjoy the extra storage! Because let’s be honest, you can never have too much kitchen cabinet storage, am I right?
I know going from a glass kitchen cabinet to closed storage might not be for everyone, but for us, it made a lot of sense! And I love the extra texture the holes in the peg board provide.
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