Organic breakfast bar, 2018
02 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
1. Install your kitchen cabinets and screw your first back panel for the kitchen bar
03 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
2. create a frame with leftover panels all along ( 30 mm thick at least), so that you can stick your LED strips ( 5m was needed in that case). Don't forget some extra timber to support the metal bracket that will come later to hold the worktop.
04 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
3. Create a template with some cardboard ( I have used the packaging that came with the panel). Leave a margin of 50 mm along every edge and draw some bubbles. Cut every shape once happy with the design.
05 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
4. tape the template into position to see if it fits and looks right
06 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
5. Cut the main panel to the exact dimension needed. On the FRONT of the panel, tape under every shape ( frog tape is the best). That will protect it for later and avoid it been damaged.
07 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
6. Flip the panel on its BACK and use the template again to draw the shape with a pencil. Cut with a precision blade ( test beforehand to make sure you have the right blade, with a nice clean cut on reverse)
08 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
7. Use some wood filler to fill every holes you have just cut. I have found it easier to do it directly with my hands to follow the curves.
09 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
8. Sand wood filler once dry. Prime every edge and paint it two coat ( same colour as your wood panel).
10 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
9. Flip the panel back to its front. Remove the green tape that was protecting every edge. Trim the excess filler and touch up with paint.
11 breakfast bar, Lili Giacobino
10. Once the LED strip is set inside the frame and connected, close your box with the new panel and screw the metal bracket in place.