DIY Kitchen Peninsula

We finally tackled the kitchen peninsula.  While I was visiting Eric's moms house with the boys a few weeks ago, I really loved having an eat in kitchen.  Last weekend we did it!  You'll see below the before pictures, during and after shots.  We haven't had a chance to do the finishes on the cabinet yet.  We are going to paint the bottom cabinet some undetermined color and add a back and sides of some undetermined material :).  Still to be decided.  The cabinet was purchased at Home Depot from their unfinished stock cabinets and the top is made from hardwood oak flooring. 

Before pic.  The tape on the floor is the outline of the cabinet and countertop.  We lived with it on the floor for a few days to see how we liked or disliked the flow of the kitchen with the potential peninsula. 

Here I am securing the stock cabinet to the 2x4s that were sunk into the floor underneath.

Eric assembled our new table saw!

my assistant

Here it is, assembled and getting stained.  We chose a medium stain with a warm red base called Red Oak - Minwax.  I love the contrast of the warm wood against the stainless steel and slate tiles. 
 Note the angled corners which were Eric's idea. 

All finished waiting for the stain to dry so we can protect it with poly.

We are scouring Craig's List right now for countertop stools.  We are going to do 2 saddle seat stools for the front and the inside and 2 high back stools that the booster chairs can fit into for the far side where the boys can sit. 

We can't wait to use it!

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