Kitchen Island Redo

Written By petite karinne on Saturday, March 14, 2015 | 7:48 AM

My mom had this old kitchen cabinet island, temporarily, while my father built her a whole new kitchen. When she was ready to toss this out, I ran for it!

I was so happy to bring it home and put it to permanent use in my own kitchen. It's very large and heavy. 

What I love about it... actually a few things... is that is accessible from both sides. 
It has tons of storage space. 
It fits the long and narrow kitchen. 
It gives me a big open work area.

Here it is, on its side for bottom repair work:

My brother made the top for mom while she used it, and I'm going to keep it as is. It suits the style and color of the kitchen.

The drawers function on one side...

and the opposite side had false drawer fronts.
My dad made cubbies with drop down fronts.
More storage... more happiness!

The cubbie side had router edges and the drawer side didn't so they had to be matched up. After that and some sanding, it was easy painting.

I knew I was going to paint it and make it look antique Country French or shabby.

When choosing the paint, I wanted a nice creamy like "buttah" color.

This chalk paint from Country Chic in Creme Brulee was the perfect choice!

So I painted this delicious color onto the entire base of the island. (I reeeally like it on the wainscoting side!) 

It covered so well with just one coat.

The paint dried quickly and I was dark waxing the very next day.

The Dark Brown Antiquing Wax from Country Chic Paint is beautiful! I love working with it.

Leaving wax on heavy in many areas and wiping and rubbing gave the cabinet a very old look. 

When my youngest son looked at the finished work, he said just what I wanted to hear... "Mom, it looks 200 years old!" 

Quite the opposite of the usual... "Looks brand new" comment. 

awww... thank you, honey! 

My kitchen has a lot of iron accents so my hardware had to be heavy and dark. 

Boy, was I super excited to find these cast iron drawer knobs and pulls in Fleur de lis at the craft store! 

AND, I shopped for wood appliques to decorate the doors. 

I super glued the wood onto the doors (after taking 2 days of deciding how I wanted them); then painted on the Creme Brulee; then waxed the crevices.

I really wanted to add cornices to the corners of the island but there was no space for them. Bummer.

That was until I found these knobs... on clearance! HA! Mini cornices, right????

I attached one and thought it appeared too small. So I added a second one and ended up with a heavier cornice! It did the magic.

Then, as thrifty as I can be, I had this votive candle holder that I don't use anymore. Drilling holes through it to mount on the island would make a great towel grabber for me while cooking.

Doing just that, the end of this island is in front of my cooking range, so this was just a big bonus!

Then, to French up the island some more, I used these dollar store napkins to decoupage the drawers.

It took me awhile to finish this island. It was a lot of decision making in the process to get it all pulled together. It felt like it was forever.

It's finally done and we have a clean kitchen again!
(The tools weren't fun to live with... phrases such as "pass me the drill and the salt please" existed for an entire two weeks. )

I think I pulled off the old Country French feel.

(Now, to work on the modern cabinets in the rest of the kitchen!)

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