Add the drawers and paint the island

Once the island was trimmed with the custom look we wanted and we put together the drawers from Ikea and inserted them.


Additionally we filled in most of the non-island drawers since its easier to assemble everything once you are on a roll.


The Ikea hardware works beautifully and is truly a bargain given the high quality and soft close feature.  Also, the paint finish is amazingly durable.  At this point we had to get out of the way of the painters who were taking care of our trim and painting our island and built ins.  The painters were easily able to match the grey Ikea drawers with a Sherwin Williams Enamel.  The painters started by masking off literally every square inch of the place.  It was impressive and I’m definitely glad I didn’t try to do that myself:


They sprayed the island first then worked around the rest of the white trim.  Unfortunately, i didn’t have crown on our white cabinets yet so they couldn’t spray those pieces as well.


And the front side:


It looks messy but they did an incredible job of protecting the floors.  A couple of days later they balled up the paper into massive 4 ft diameter spheres and we had the counters installed before moving on to finishing the upper cabinets:


The counter above is a quartz LG product made to look like marble. The counter below was a different brand of quartz made to look like concrete.  They were both selected because although we love our black granite at home you basically have to wipe up your finger prints every couple of hours 🙁 Never again Holly says.  Anyway, this appear to be much more friendly to smudging.  A couple things worth noting:  (1) you can save alot of money with the Ikea Apron sink if you like it.  Its only $300 and requires no undermount cutting by your fabricator (savings of at least $300).  (2) Don’t trim a window within 1″ of your sink.  I had to rip out the apron trim piece below for the tile to have enough room to be placed.  Next time we will look at finishing the uppers and tiling the backsplash before putting the crown molding on the upper cabinets.


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