Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kitchen Island Renew

Kitchen Island Renew


I bought this little guy at Goodwill for $29.  It is solidly built, all real wood, working casters and a super shiny finish.  Perfect, now it is time to rip it apart.  

Bella and Lola Approving the Upcoming Project
I was envisioning a matte butcher block top with a worn painted bottom, floral oilcloth lined shelves and handles with a spritz of character.    

Protect Your Peepers
The shiny finish had to go. After removing the hardware I hand sanded the top and wiped the rest of it down with a de-glosser and let it completely dry between coats.  I did three coats of deglosser on the bottom portion of the island on the areas that I planned on painting.  Honestly, I'm not that impressed with the product.  I think a sanding block is way more effective but I was feeling lazy.

In between the drying coats I spray painted the handles for an updated finish with my absolute favorite textured spray paint, Rust-Oleum-Hammered Metal!!  

I absolutely adore the rustic finish.  I have too many projects to name that adorn hammered metal in the different shades.   If I could spray my computer with hammered metal, I would!

Pocked and Rustic Finished

After I realized the deglosser was a dud I spray painted a primer on the lower half.  

For goodness sakes, I love spray paint! 

Primered Bottom with Valspar 

Next I painted on 3 coats of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the truly fantastic color of Iron Stone.  When primer is used the milk paint doesn't crackle and peel as much so you get a more bonded finish.  I was hoping for a really lived in country-kitchen feeling but didn't get it on this project.  Oh well, I love surprises anyways.  

I let that puppy dry for a day and then finished her off with the usual soft wax finish.  If you are needing a tutorial in doing a wax furniture finish check out these prior projects.  Reattached the handles and let the wax cure for about 28 days.  

Initiate Oilcloth phase.  After many measurements, three cut attempts, 1 ruined rotary blade and lots of tape the oilcloth lined shelves came to life.  
Oilcloth and Cutting Supplies
Upper Shelf to Store Mixing Bowls

Enclosed Cupboard to Hold Colanders and Big Cooking Pots

The best part is that the sides flip up to extend the workspace and are able to be dropped when not in use which is perfect in my tiny little kitchen.   

Now go out there and thrift your heart out!! 


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