Welcome to my Kitchen Renovation Series Part II! This week I am digging into the dirty to show you how we are transforming the kitchen Island to enlarge it and make a raised breakfast bar. If you haven’t seen the first post, here are all the plans for our kitchen makeover.
So this is the structure for the breakfast bar. My husband and brother-in-law spent a weekend building it to support the granite counter tops that will be the new kitchen island. Notice that the frame is slightly smaller on either side than the original kitchen island. That is to account to the fact that we are adding drywall over the frame to flush with the existing kitchen island (shown below). We did end up later adding more braces across the top (over the outlet housings and between each post). The only purpose of that was to give the granite some additional surface area to adhere to.
Here is a side-shot of the frame. The frame is screwed into the joists in the floor as well as to the original island. It’s sturdy. Over-engineering is what we do around here. The breakfast bar itself will be a 22 inch wide slab of granite so it is supported with very heavy-duty L-brackets. One contractor was nervous about this installation but we assured him that the counter balance of the bar will be very adequate.
We added the drywall over the frame and made it flush with the existing side. Next week,
we hubby will be adding the faux stone with a newer product called Airstone. The renovation is officially underway!
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