Easy Kitchen Island Makeover

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Take standard kitchen cabinets and make them custom with this easy kitchen island makeover idea.

I absolutely LOVE scrolling through pics on the internet of beautiful custom kitchens. I mean some of the design work makes the heart go pitter patter and that’s why I had to try this easy kitchen island makeover idea.

A year ago we began working on our kitchen. While we couldn’t justify a tear out- we could work a face lift into the budget.

The general layout of the room is good. The cabinetry is solid and if I could let go of a cake pan or two – the storage is great.

After finding this photo….

Mathew Quinn Kitchen
Mathew Quinn Kitchen

I was smitten with the island, I adore the character. Now, to create the a similar feel with my own kitchen island.   My kitchen island happens to be like many kitchen islands.

Our builder decided it would be a great idea to take several cabinets and stick them together in the middle of the room. Although quite utilitarian – the island looks like several cabinets put together.

 To tear out the cabinets was a no-go. So… add a little lumber and paint and voila! Custom island love.

When we decided to give our kitchen facelift we chose to hire a great local painter who is known for painting cabinetry beautifully.  

The island went from a maple stain color to a deeper espresso finish using paint and gel stain.

Let’s look at the before pictures, shall we…

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Do you see the espresso color stain on the stairs? The island will be the unifying element.

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The first step our painter took- paint the island with a Carmel paint color in an oil base paint. Once the paint was dry, we framed out the sides of the island with lattice wood strips using a handy dandy nail gun. Fill in the nail marks with wood filler and sand smooth.

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After the entire island was painted with the base color – a layer of gel stain was applied with a stiff bristled brush to create a strie effect. The effect replicated a fine wood grain.

 “Underseas” by Sherwin Williams was used as an accent color.

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easy kitchen island makeover after photo 

I am so in love with this color. It reminds me of sea glass.  I am also in love with my newly updated island! Bye -bye cabinets shoved together and hello custom island!

Here is the Pinterest version in case you have a ho hum island to update and want to save this post!

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Keep creating home friends,

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