Making the Peninsula Trim – Part 2 (All Finished!)

Check out Making the Peninsula Trim – Part 1 for the beginning of this here story.

custom trim for ikea cabinets

Here’s where we left off. We had finished the rails and stiles.

custom trim for ikea lidingo cabinets

Next up was laying out where they would go. This was actually kind of hard because our floors are not anywhere close to level. Since the counters are level and the floors are not level, it took a little bit of trial and error to figure out how to hide this. Are we the only ones who spend half of our renovating energy just trying to hide imperfections? Yes? No?

Anyway, we decided that we’d make the trim square to the counter, then the shoe molding around the floor could cover up the gap. It was about an inch difference in height between the wall and the end of the peninsula.

making custom trim for ikea lidingo cabinets

We used one of the large panels from Ikea for the back of the panel then screwed the rails and stiles in from behind.

making custom peninsula trim for ikea cabinets

We attached the baseboard to this too, but forgot to take a pic pre-spray paint. I’m blaming our wonderfully unlevel existing floors from the previous owners for making me forget.

So once we had the rails, stiles, and baseboards screwed onto the panel, we spray painted with Rustoleum Primer then Rustoleum Blossom White (see my previous post about white paints to match Ikea cabinets).

We spray painted and attached the corbels after painting the panel, then attached the whole panel to the cabinets by screwing through the cabinets into the panel from behind.

rustoleum blossom white with ikea lidingo

I would have preferred to use white shoe molding, but previous owners had used pre-finished oak all around the rest of the baseboards, so we stuck with that to be consistent.

custom wainscoting for ikea lidingo cabinets

We tried to make the molding look consistent style wise with the Ikea Lidingo doors. The router bit we used was not an exact match, but giving it some detail rather than leaving the edges square made it coordinate a lot better.

custom molding with ikea lidingo doors

I think it really dresses up the kitchen and gives a much more custom look. It’s the first thing you see when you come through our front door.

custom kitchen peninsula wainscoting

I’m not sure I’ve ever shown our layout like this, but when you walk in the front door you can see part of our kitchen, and I really like that this part is what you see.

And by the way, see that blue clock? It’s hiding a huge ugly silver phone jack. And it was not in fact 8:35 when I took these pictures, but really I’m just too, er, lazy to change the battery. We have the stove, microwave, and hood with digital clocks. This one is purely there to hide the phone jack :). One day maybe we’ll get some art for that wall.

custom kitchen wainscoting for island

I found the corbels from Architectural Depot. They were a little more than I wanted to spend at about $23 a pop, but the detail was exactly what I was looking for. They are actually made from Urethane, which according to them is about the density of pine. I had to shave off about 1/8 inch from the back of the corbels to keep them from sticking out past the counters. I did this using our compound miter saw and it cut very cleanly. No picture (bad blogger). Part 1 my dad did most of the work, so I was picture snappy. This part, part 2, I did most of it myself, and I still blame my floors for making me forget pictures :)

corbels for kitchen island

I think the trim really makes the kitchen.

custom peninsula kitchen molding


  • Molding – made from scratch (see Part 1 for the details)
  • Molding Paint Color – Rustoleum Blossom White
  • Cabinets – Ikea Lidingo
  • Corbels – Architectural Depot

Still left to do:

  • Recessed lighting
  • Crown molding

Almost there! You can see all of my kitchen posts here and here.

Linking up to: Funky Junk Interiors, Savvy Southern Style, Remodelaholic, The DIY Show Off, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Home Stories A2Z



  1. says

    Wow, you have really got something to be proud of here. Isn’t it amazing what some moulding and corbels can do. That paint has such a great gloss on it. Was it a gloss or a semi-gloss. I love the effect. You must just be in heaven in this kitchen. It’s so bright too. I found you at Savvy Southern Style’s Wow Us Wednesdays. Hope you’ll stop by and visit me at Quirky Vistas!


  2. says

    I love it! It makes such a difference.

  3. Chris says

    looks fantastic! what exactly does the front toe-kick area look like where you turned the corner with the base trim? I want to do something similar but not sure how to handle this area!

    • Jena says

      Where the baseboard meets the cabinet door, I just cut it at a 90 degree angle. Since the baseboard sits on top of the panel, I used a couple coats of joint compound and patched up the seam on the side where connects with the panel, primed, and painted it. You can’t really see it with the door in the way, and I can only see the seam if I get on my hands and knees and look for it. If the baseboard would have fit under the door, I would have wrapped it under into the toe kick, but since it was too tall, I had to improvise. I wrapped the quarter round all the way under the cabinet into the toe kick area.

  4. says

    I really like the way this turned out, and yes, we spend waaay too much time covering up defects, which is actually what brought me to your blog. Can you tell me how you did the corner between the peninsula and wall? In your 3rd photo, there is a gap between the existing wall baseboard and the peninsula baseboard. Did you bring the corner molding down to the floor there, or using coping saw to make the baseboard fit?

    • Jena M says

      Hi Marti,
      In the third photo, the baseboard was just propped up there :). I mitered it to a 45 degree angle and did the same with the baseboard on the wall so that they met up (almost) seamlessly, then caulked and painted.

  5. April says

    Hi Jena,
    Your kitchen is gorgeous! I too am DIYing my kitchen and going for the same look. I am desperately trying to find white granite to pull it all together. I am actually wondering about the corbels. Can you tell me the name of yours? Also, yours are not load bearing, correct? I can’t seem to find them on AD’s web site.

  6. Mackenzie Harding says

    hi, We’re renovating our kitchen and have a nearly identical layout as yours. I’m wondering how far your countertop hangs over on the peninsula. Looking at the corbels makes me think it’s somewhere around 6″ Is this correct? Do you use barstools with the peninsula at all? Thanks so much!


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  14. E says

    I’m not sure if this is still an active blog but just a quick question as I’m in the process of somewhat achieving a similar look. I’m confused when it comes to painting to match the cabinets/side panels. On the peninsula, you are saying that you spray painted the trim using Rustoleum Blossom White but used Benjamin Moore Simply White for the soffit and molding. Why? Would I be able to just use the Benjamin Moore instead as spray painting can be messy inside since the kitchen and panels are already installed? Thanks for your help!

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