Remember the island? She's all finished!
Here she is, topless and without her drawers. (You didn't know this is one of THOSE blogs, did you?!)
It wasn't long after this that she was in the garage, prepped and ready for surgery. We added a 1x6, turned on its side and cut to fit, to build up the base to counter-top height.
Plywood and a sheet of Hardie Backer Board formed the top and sides. Here's Joey, aka Mr. Wonderful, checking to make sure the top is centered over the base.
Once the top was attached, we were ready to move inside and install the tile (Step One). After letting the adhesive cure for 24 hours, we applied a pre-mixed grout from Home Depot (Step Two).
The 1x6 was painted to match (sorry, no pics!) and when the paint had cured we installed the copper railing around the top of the island. Confession: I love working with copper. I love the patina it takes on as it ages. We've used copper pipe in the kitchen to make pot racks, towel holders, a utensil/herb drying rack, and even a small quilt rack for the breakfast room.
To attach the pipe assembly to the island, Joey used end caps and drilled a hole through them. Have your assistant, in this case - me, wrap the cap in paper towel and hold it with a pair of vice grips. Put the cap on a piece of wood and slowly drill a hole in the center of the cap. Use a sheet of newspaper to catch the copper shavings.
Joey screwed the caps to the island, flat side against the wood. Then it was simply a matter of cutting the pipe to length. attaching the "T" connectors and elbows, and adding 2" pieces of pipe to fit into the caps. It sounds much more complicated than it is - really! It's kinda like Lincoln Logs/Legos/Erector Sets for grown-ups.
Here's a close-up of the pipe detail - you can see how it all connects. Easy peasy!
As if that weren't enough copper (can you ever have too much of a good thing?), Joey added seven pieces to the bottom to replace the wooden slats. We cut them to length and capped each end, and attached them to the side rails with copper strapping and stainless steel screws.
There you have it - my little red island, complete with high heels and jewelry.
Tomorrow, we’re paying a visit to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, in search of an interior French door. Keep your fingers crossed!
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