We took a stock builder grade island and turned it into this by adding trim, paint, hardware and a homemade black walnut top.
Wrapped the island with 1/2″ x 4″ Poplar wood from Home Depot. You can use the same dimension wood in clear pine from Lowes and it will be cheaper, but we don’t have a Lowes close by.
We then wrapped the bottom with 5 1/4″ base molding. I cut a scalloped toe kick in the base molding for the front of the island with a jigsaw. If the base molding is too tall (the doors won’t close) you can rip the proper amount from the bottom of the base molding all the way around so that your doors will shut. We were lucky enough that the base molding fit without ripping it down. We used Liquid nails to attach all of the poplar 1/2″ x 4’s and then a trim nailer for the base molding.
I then added panel molding inside the 1/2″x4 poplar for a bit more detail.
Then added primer and paint. We also switched out the outlets with black ones
Put on some new hardware (Pottery Barn) and added some glazing to the entire island to give it an old world look. One door shows with glaze, and one without.
We had a friend make the black walnut top from old planks. And done! It made such a big difference and we have had a ton of compliments from friends and family.