The Kitchen Island {before and after}

I hope you all like before and afters, I know I do, and you’ll be seeing them for a few weeks! We recently went under a renovation. We opened up our kitchen, added hardwood floors through out the main level, and updated the 1/2 bathroom. Luckily, it only took 3 weeks but it was the LONGEST 3 weeks of my life! Anyway, I’ll be sharing the before and afters over the next few weeks as I get rid of the dust bunnies get the pictures ready.

I found our kitchen island in a consignment shop. We knew we wanted something unique, something that looked more like a piece of furniture rather than a typical kitchen island. We really weren’t too picky other than the piece needed to fit our space. I was open to painting the island or leaving it as is.  I decided to paint this piece for several reasons.  The finish wasn’t in that good of condition in some areas and in other areas it had some nice wear to it that i thought would show nicely once the piece was painted.

I believe this piece used to be a sideboard in another life. The size was perfect and at 50% off $300 was a steal! After inspection, I new it would need a little bit of work. One of the doors was falling off it’s hinge, and the two top drawers were sticking. I knew these could easily be fixed, my dad is a woodworker and would be able to help me. So I asked the manager if she could knock off more on the price since it needed a little work. To my surprise, she took and additional 25% off!!!!! That’s right. My new kitchen island only cost me $112.

After getting it home, my dad came to take a look at it and realized it might need a little more work then I had originally thought. He reattached everything as well as reinforced the legs, replaced the bottom, evened out the drawers for a smoother glide, and rebuilt the actually slides the drawers slide on. It didn’t cost me anything extra (yeah!) since he had all the materials on hand in his workshop, but he basically rebuilt the hole piece. He spent slot of time on it and I owe him big. So a big THANK YOU goes out to him. Oh wait. He doesn’t read my blog. I guess I’ll have to thank him some other way!

The After~

I painted the island a light shade of green but didn’t like it once it was finished, so I painted it a dark gray instead and then used several different methods of antiquing the piece to achieve the look. I decided to leave the knobs the original wood to help tie it into the island top.  All that’s left to do is add a new light fixture and have it centered over the island.

A friend made that gorgeous butcher block top! I couldn’t be happier with it.

We added the bead board panel to the back and painted it the same gray and to finish the whole thing we added the large corbels.

I stained them with a cherry stain and made sure to get more stain in the carved parts to help them stand out.

now all we need are bar stools to finish it completely.  I’m loving these but at that price i’ll have to think of something else…hmmm…do i smell a DIY coming????


have a great day!




A before and after {bread box turned cell phone charging station}

While yard sale-ing last summer this bread box jumped out at me and begged me to take it home. I loved the turquoise color, the size, and the shelf. I knew I wouldn’t use it to hold bread. Instead I use it as a catch-all to keep our kitchen counters clutter free. Oh! And I almost forgot the best part! It was only .25!

It was a little beat up on the outside but I think that adds character. The inside on the other hand needed some help. The shelf was dented and rusted. I flattened out the shelf and sprayed the inside with primer and then plain white spray paint. I used a drill bit to cut a hole in the back to slide the cord through. It isn’t perfect, in fact, it’s pretty ugly but it serves the purpose. I did file the edges down so it won’t cut anyone.

the after: