Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kitchen Island Reveal Finally!

Hey y'all! Thanx for stopping by. I have a little snack waiting for you. Though it would have been best to have waited for day light to take pics for the kitchen island reveal  something always seems to come up during the day and so with all my men in bed fast asleep I thought I would take hold of the moment and take pics. I apologize that the pics are a little off but I am sure you will get the idea!:)
My kitchen island adventure started this past September when the Nana & The Papa so graciously brought me there old kitchen island. You can read more abt it here and see what was in this space previously. I immediately started pondering what I wanted to do with this island to The Hubsters dismay and I am sure The Nana and The Papa's as well. 
I found this picture and instantly knew it was the look I was wanting for our new island. 
Being fearful and intimidated by my first inspiration I found this inspiration pic and thought that this was indeed doable though I could not get the previous inspiration out of my head. I just loved the top of this island!
I decided to stop being chicken and just go for it. I was going to paint the island and do a design on it. My adventure which you can read more about here lead me to purchasing this book off of Amazon. 
I LOVE this book and it gave me the boost I needed to actually attempt a hand painted design. It took me a few months but finally the island has a new life.
Introducing our new kitchen island and all for just under $100 in supplies. Please ignore my cluttered counter top back there. My cleaning fairy is on vaca. 
Here let me turn her so you can get a better view. I did use the same baskets that The Nana had purchased for the island but other than that I think she is unrecognizable. 
This is her back side which is identical to her front side.
An up close of the trim work we added on this past weekend to make her feel more complete. You can read more abt that here. You can even see the true color of the island there.
We purchased a piece of pine slab that I found at Lowes back in the wood section. It was intended for things like toy boxes and what not. We paid $23 for it. The Hubster tried his hand at putting a decorative edge on the new top. I think he did a wonderful job!
I distressed it a bit and then sanded it down. This is after about 5 or 6 attempts to get it to look exactly like I wanted. I love the subtle difference in the wood. This top matches our kitchen table speaking of which I need to sand down and re stain after 10 years of use. I think it also looks almost identical to the inspiration top.
I LOVE the hardware I found at HobLob!

I think the hardware was meant just for this piece!
Though it pained me deeply to sand over my paintings I knew it would give the piece the old age feel I wanted.
The shelves are painted and antiqued as well to match the inset of the front of the doors. Though it took me 4 months from the time we were given her to this point I have to say I am in LOVE and it was well worth the wait.  I knew what I wanted and just had to figure out how to do it. Lesson learned from this redo is 1) Don't be afraid to try and do what you actually have visioned cause it is in the end just paint. 2) Don't talk on the phone when staining in the kitchen at 11 o'clock at night! Ha!
 Speaking of which I wanted to say thanx for the ideas on how to get rid of this mess! It really is not as bad as I thought it was going to be and with the island covering most of it I doubt The Hubster will ever notice but I know it is there and if you know me then you know it has to go.
 Thanx sooo much for stopping by and visiting and thanx soo very much to my new followers! And of course thanx to The Nana & The Papa for such a gracious gift that allowed me to be creative. I am so excited to share this project with y'all and can not wait to finish my next. I will be joining the following linky parties to celebrate the completion!


Between Naps On The Porch- Metamorphosis Mondays


Savvy Southern Style- Boring to Better Party


Southern In My Heart- Inspiration Friday


French Country Cottage- Feathered Nest Friday


Miss Mustard Seeds- Furniture Feature Friday


The Do It Yourself Showoff Blog- DIY Project Parade

Whisperwood Cottage- 2011 1st project of the year Party


Restore Interiors: Restored Wednesday

The Shabby Chic Cottage-Transformation Thursdays

Funky Junk Interiors: Saturday Night Special #64

54 comments:

  1. Wowwww!! This is fantastic I love what you have done with that island, really inspirational!!

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  2. Niiiice!!! I want one! You did a GREAT job!

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  3. Wow, Pamela! I am majorly impressed!!!! :D

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  4. Pamela,
    It turned out amazing! You did a lovely paint job and the hardware is super cute!
    Kim :)

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  5. Awesome! It really looks amazing! And if you find that cleaning fairy let her know she missed my house, too!
    Wendy

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  6. Looks beautiful, Pamela! Great job!

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  7. That is absolutely gorgeous! Just perfect. Great job!

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  8. Pamela, that turned out fabulous! I want one! : ) I'll bet the Nana and the Papa don't even recognize it. Love the colors, love the hardware and I love the decorative detail you added. This is so my kind of piece!

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  9. Pamela, you go girl! I am very impressed with what y'all did. You hubby did great on trimming it and your paint job looks professional to me. You need to go into the business. Of course people keep telling me that too and it hasn't happened. Maybe some day. Thanks so much for sharing this great transformation at the party!!

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  10. This is just beautiful! I totally love it! I love the colors and the pattern you chose and everything about it. You did a fantastic job! Did I tell you it is just beautiful? Wow!

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  11. Looks great Pamela; you did a wonderful job on the decorative painting!

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  12. Just wanted to let you know that I'm Following! Love your blog!

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  13. Way to go! The island just pops in the kitchen! I love the detail and the paint color! Can't wait to see what else you have planned!

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  14. Hi,

    You did a great job...the hand painting is great and the finish, new hardward and trim...well it is all just super! Thank you also for the book reference. Oh! I almost forgot ~ thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my blog. (-:

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  15. Pamela that is beyond incredible! Beautiful! Gorgeous! Looks like a million bucks! Can you tell how much I love it? :-) I think you did an absolutely amazing job and you guys should be super proud of yourselves. I'm thinking you are going to want to start doing some decorative painting on everything in your house since you are so good at it now! :-)
    Vanessa

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  16. Beautiful! Are you hooked on decorative painting now?

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  17. Pam that is GORGEOUS!!! Oh my word, like something out of Ballard!!! You guys did an amazing job on everything from your painting to putting the whole thing together with all the details!!! You should be very proud!!

    Nice job on the clean up too!! No one will ever know, hopefully hubby doesn't read this!! lol :)

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  18. That is the most awesome transformation I have seen! I looks like a professional job. Love it!

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  19. Great Job Pamela! It is beautiful!

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  20. WOW WOW WOW! I LOVE IT! You did a beautiful job! I want you to come to my house and do mine! It is GORGEOUS! WOW!

    LOVE IT!!! Woops I said that already;)!

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  21. Looking good...you did an awesome job here!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. Wow that is absolutely gorgeous. Your family may have been shocked but they should be so proud. :)

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  23. Wow Pamela, that is really beautiful!

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  24. This is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY beautiful! I absolutely LOVE it! I want to purchase that book, now. I love painted furniture, but it seems everyone is into shabby white look. I LOVE old and color!! I've been trying to decide about my kitchen countertops, trying to decide if I should get wooden ones. I love the way this looks!

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  25. What an incredibly steady hand you must have. YOu've done this so beautifully. I'd be smiling from ear to ear every time I saw it!

    Sarahx

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  26. Now this is a WOW piece! You have done a fabulous job with the colors, distressing, art work, new trim. All of it!! Hubby did a great job with his part too (they need their backs patted too, so tell him for me, K?). Also, I have an award for you at my place if you could stop by. Again, GREAT work.

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  27. Pamela this is just so beautiful. You did an amazing job. I love every inch of it....darn fairies always taking vacations. Following you!

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  28. You have given a plain island a designer look. I'm surprised you can even get it to sit still...it's got to be doing a happy dance! Really great job.

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  29. WOW!! what an awesome job you did girl..it's so old world looking now..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  30. I love it! You did an awesome job on it.
    Rhonda

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  31. I can't believe it's the same island!!!
    You did a fantastic job and should be very, very proud of yourself.
    xo
    lynn

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  32. I'm thinking there is going to be a lot of being "Featured" in your future with your mad painting skills my friend! Thanks so much for linking this up to the party this week!
    Vanessa

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  33. Hi Pamela; Wow do I ever love what you did to this island. I even love it more than your inspiration pictures! Can you tell me what you used to antique the paint? Was it a water based glaze? If so, what kind, what color... I just LOVE it and am considering painting and antiquing the back wall of my hutch. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting... I've followed your blog and hopefully you'll stop back and consider following mine too!

    Michelle
    New England Style

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  34. Wow, I'm totally impressed!! I love what you've done, and it really dresses up your kitchen nicely. Beautiful.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  35. Oh my, your island is totally unreal. I love it. Your finish and the painting is just stunning. Wow is all I can say.

    You asked where to get the free art on the internet. It is www.freespiritart.com. On the sidebar they have all kinds of categories. I found mine under farm animals. Hope you find something you like. Some really great prints. Just right click and copy and then paste to your picture folder and then you can print it whatever size you want. Easy.

    Hugs, Marty

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  36. I love it! You did a fantastic job!

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  37. I have to add my accolades! (did I spell that right?) BEAUTIFUL! Pamela, you are one talented lady! I love what you did to that island! And I agree, the hardware it perfect! It's just stunning all the way around!

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  38. Boy, your island is gorgeous! It's a very classy piece and very practical as well!

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  39. Hi Pamela~ This is just GORGEOUS!!! Wow you did a fantastic job on it! I love the painted details and the colors you chose- great job!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  40. Your island is unrecognizable from the "before" pic. You did a fantastic job! The finish and details are beautiful.

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  41. Truly a beautiful work of art. You were so brave to tackle the painting! I can image the heartbreak over sanding your hard work. Blessings, Kim

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  42. Pamela, First thank you for stopping by my blog, I love this island it's just so sweet... I want one, Or can I just have your... You did a beautiful job on it.

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  43. Your island is truly divine. If this is your first attempt at decorative painting you may have missed your calling. Wonderful job!
    Traci

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  44. Saw you at Kim's feature. Wowser, amazing transformation. You are going to be using that thing like crazy.

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  45. This is a work of art-love the colors and the hand painting-you are so creative and it is truly an inspiring piece-I bet you have inspired alot of people to try their hand at painting-I laughed about the 11pm phone and staining "oops"-I can so relate!!

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  46. This is very beautiful. Lovely detail and touches. Just love it!

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  47. Wow! This transformation is truly amazing! I love every aspect and detail of it. You must be so pleased!

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  48. I love what you did with the island! I am inspired but I don't know if I will be so adventurous with our island that needs some help. You did a wonderful job and will inspire many of us in blog land to step out and try something new.

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  49. Bravo, you did such a wonderful job. The painting is just beautiful.
    CAS

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  50. Gorgeous!! I get intimidated, but you inspire me to go for the detail that you REALLY want! Looks great! Thank you for sharing! Hugs & Smiles

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  51. OMG. It's beautiful! Going to look for that book.

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