First of all, it has holes in the back, from the bathroom plumbing. Second, it had some old water damage on the bottom righthand of the cabinet.
It also had become the testing ground of the many stains we considered for our kitchen cabinets, as you can see in the dark patches below.
First we had to strip the cabinet doors. It took two to three coats of paint stripper and much, much scraping. It was kind of fun, as the paint and stain come off like skin. Then we also had to strip the paint off of the cabinet itself and remove the old moldy kickboard. This was followed by some trisodium phosphate cleaning and some deglossing with liquid sander. Man, I'm so tired off those steps after doing them on so many pieces of furniture!
Mike bought and cut a piece of wood to act as the back of the island, to cover the old plumbing holes. Then he used the plywood from our kitchen cabinets to cut a base for the counter.
More to come once more steps are complete!