It’s been a popular trend lately to have open shelving in the kitchen, including the built-in bookcases for the kitchen island. I loved this idea for storing cookbooks or decor, and we actually had the perfect island to retrofit and have it multi-functional for storage and open shelving. It is pretty deep, but the inside shelf only went half-way, leaving a lot of wasted and unused space. Here are the steps we took to making the island double-sided and a cute makeover to brighten up the kitchen.
We started by cutting out the back panel, on the opposite side where the cabinet doors were. It took a little bit of time to cut out the wood as well as sand down the edges to a smooth(ish) finish. Next, we used a wainscot kit and started by putting the base trim on, and then cutting the beadboard pieces to size and securing those to the exterior of the cabinet. This meant cutting around the outlet, too.
After completing the sides, we moved on to the back, which had a small area that had to stay attached for the drawers on the front of the island. We decided to cover these with the beadboard as well, and I am actually happy that panel is there, otherwise it wouldn’t look as consistent. However, there was a lot more cutting involved for these front sections.
The last step is to cover the interior shelf, mainly because we accidentally cut into it when cutting out the back section. I found a roll of cork for 1/2 price at the craft store, and I thought it would be the most pliable surface to work around the unfinished edges.
It brings so much character and fun to our kitchen! I love it!