Painting your island can really add a fun design element to any kitchen. I’m sharing this kitchen island makeover that did just that!
Awhile back I posted about painting my kitchen island ….again.
I was a little unsure since I had only recently painted it black.
But as you can see…I went for it…and painted it with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint! ;)
Surely you are not surprised, right? (and if you follow me on Instagram you know I did this awhile ago now…most things get there long before they get written about here)
And so…. I couldn’t be more thrilled with it.
….even I, who loves color and is not afraid of color, was a little afraid of this color, on this island.
I almost painted over it immediately which would not be unusual for me.
But I let it grow on me (thanks to some well timed intervention — from my hubby and awesome sister in law)…and it did, quickly.
I love, love, love it.
I have to say I truly did like the black but I wanted a splash of color in this room…and a big one.
So, just a recap, it was built by my husband and myself when we reno’d our kitchen some years ago. (walls out and all that)
This was originally an eat in kitchen and we had a small table in that back corner.
We removed a full wall on that side and a half wall on the opposite side (see the full kitchen reveal >>>here) and put the island in.
EDITED TO ADD (2018): We are giving the kitchen, this island and the whole downstairs, a brand new makeover.
Stay tuned for another kitchen island makeover and the full kitchen/home reveal coming soon.
The island was made from 3 pre-made cabinets at Lowe’s.
I will have a post on how we did it and how we re-worked the middle cabinet to accommodate the microwave at a later date.
Kitchen Island Makeover
Here it is in its original finish –
And I have to show you the kitchen before the island and before the wall removal….
Basically same view (back corner) in all photos in the collage below…what a difference, right??
And how about that BEFORE, before?……..(as in days after moving in and already tearing the kitchen apart )
Yea, plaid, lots of plaid…and it was SO DARK.
Plus dark wood cabinets, dark wood trim, dark wood doors, dark wood paneling.
Makes for a very dark house!
This house has gone through MAJOR changes and I can’t wait to share all the before/afters. (want to see a few more photos of this wall removal/kitchen demo?
Look at this post —> here.)
But first…back to the kitchen island makeover.
Since we made the island out of ‘ready to go’ cabinets from Lowe’s they were unfinished on the back.
So we decided to put paint grade bead board up and I would stain it to match.
And nope, I could not get a good match…so I came up with the idea to just paint it black like the granite we used on top.
I think it worked out pretty well.
Not ideal, of course, but putting the island together this way saved us a bunch.
See the smaller picture below of “before” when the sides & front were Cherry stained and the back was black.
Then below that -after I painted it all black. (Sherwin Williams 6258 -Tricorn Black)
When I decided to paint the island in the Duck Egg, I thought it would be best to put bead board on the smooth sides to have continuity with the back.
Plus I like detail and thought the flat panels on the sides would look boring/plain.
We did a quick spray with black spray paint (they were white primered) so once painted with Duck Egg they would distress the same with the black showing through.
But here’s the dilemma.
The back bead board was some sort of paint grade and the wood was not nice and smooth like the new we had just bought.
It was rough-ish in the groves and looked terrible once painted a lighter color.
Soooo….we covered it up with the same new panels we used on the sides.
(they come white but we did another quick spray of black on these two before installing)
I know it looks exactly the same in the picture…but TRUST me when I say, in no way were the these finishes the same.
So much better.
Nailed & glued in place, painted and distressed.
Here’s a fun little surprise….when I used the wet sponge to distress on this Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint I got a “washed” effect.
I LOVE it.
And I love fun surprises like that.
Is that not totally cool?
Oh, and those are the rest of my kitchen cabinets in the photo above. I painted them in a blend of Pure White/Old White Chalk Paint.
And yes, I painted them twice in one week…because my mix had too much Old White (too yellow) first go round.
Yep, painted, sealed, repainted, resealed.
But I knew it would drive me crazy so the only thing to do was jump right back on it and get it done. So I did.
And now they are…perfect. :)
Want to know about 26 other chalk style paints?
I’ve got the low down for you right here! >>> 26 Types of Chalk Style Paint For Furniture
I decided to use a poly to seal this island (and my other kitchen cabinets) since they are in the kitchen and will get a lot of use.
We refinished our wood floors last year and the poly I used to seal the floors is fantastic.
I have used it several more times since on various projects. It is HARD and hard wearing.
Varathane Floor Finish….Water Based. It’s really good stuff.
So there ya have it! I did it. I painted my island and I know that not everyone will love it this color…but I do.
It feels so happy, bright and cheerful in this kitchen.
Especially so, compared to when we moved in. (huge understatement)
….and the Chalk Paint really did make it a breeze to do!
What a difference a little paint & color can make…oh and new hardware too.
(this hardware is similar)
Isn’t that Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint beautiful? One of my favorite colors!
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What do you all think? Do you like the black better?
Or maybe the Cherry colored wood?
..nah……this is definitely a keeper…for now. ;)
Want to know how this island (and my kitchen cabinets) held up with Chalk Paint….4 years later??
Check out this post here >>> My Chalk Painted Cabinets – 4 Years Later!
Be sure to check back in to see how I gave this old chest a much needed update!
UPDATE!! See it now, here!!