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How to redo a kitchen island: Part 1

Now that the hustle of the holidays are over, I'm finally able to share how we made over our island for around $50. 

Yes, 50 bucks!

Somedays I wonder why I didn't dive into this project sooner!

Here was our amazing disgusting island before. 

When we got new coutertops we realized that the island was basically 3 stock cabinets with flimsy paneling connecting each piece. We also realized the hardwoods continued under the island but it was too late! We had already ordered the countertops in the shape of the pre-existing island. If I had know that the floors continued underneath, I would have bought a few new stock cabinets and changed the shape of the island. Oh well, live and learn. 

Once we got over that disappointment, I was ready to change the look of the island. 

First step was the new countertops

Already an improvement but still not what I was hoping for!

I pinned lots and lots and LOTS of ideas on pinterest, but just couldn't settle on one. 

  So I combined my love of beadboard and turquoise to create this look.

We started by tearing off all the moulding on the existing island.
This took some added time, but I wanted to save as much as we could so we didn't have the added expense of replacing all of it. We ended up only breaking 2 small pieces, so we spent about 7 dollars in new moulding.

We bought 2 large sheets of beadboard. We ended up putting the beadboard right onto the existing paneling. We used liquid nails and then finishing nails on top of those.

Don't worry about making straight cuts. Moulding and caulk fix EVERYTHING!

Thank God for those 2 things because I cut most of the pieces myself, and they were not straight!

At this point the actual "construction" part of the island was finished. Since the beadboard we bought was preprimed, it was already white.

It sat like this for about 2 weeks because I couldn't decide if I liked with white or not. It just didn't have that "pop" I was going for.  Finally hubby reminded me that it's "just paint" and if I hated it, I could always repaint it white.

I'll show you the painting and glazing part in the next post. Until then, just tell me this....do you like it better white, or how it looks now? It really won't hurt my feelings! After all, it is "just paint"!!

33 Comments - Add a Comment:

Twice Nice said...

I personally like the pop of color, but I'm a color kind of gal! The white certainly would work though. Our kitchen is on the radar so I love seeing how yours is coming along!

Jenni said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE how it looks now! It's great!

Ange said...

I love the turquoise and the nice pop of color it gives. As you know, I love your kitchen!

Honey at 2805 said...

You made the right choice in painting it! It looks great!

LWJ said...

Definitely turquoise!! Love it!

Doubletake Decor said...

It's beautiful. Much better than the white!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

That is totally amazing...and great call on the blue, you're right, it's just the right amount of "pop" for your beautiful kitchen! Bravo on a job well done!

Anonymous said...

I love the pop of color the painted one ads to the kitchen!

CAS said...

Looks beautiful, and yes, definitely the turquoise!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I like the white, to me the turguoise looks out place.

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

I definitely like it better with the color! I am a little obsessed with the pops of color, especially when its unexpected!
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Traci said...

I really like the blue. Not the usual choice for me but it really makes the island different than the other cabinets and just a little bit more special. I want to paint my island soon and I hope it looks as good as your's does.

Kim (TheMoney-Pit) said...

I love it! And the fact you didn't have to buy new cabinets, even if you ended up with the same shape island is good for the pocketbook. Nice work. You would't guess they weren't new cabinets!

I like the color too.. and it is your house, so if you love it, then you shouldn't care if other people don't. They don't live there! Great job!

Miss Kitty said...

Congratulations on winning the Shaw Floors "30 Days/30 Bloggers" contest!!! This is an amazing transformation on such a small budget. Congrats.

Vanessa Diaz said...

Love the pop of color

Amanda Sargent said...

LOVE the turquoise!! and by the way, when you're done with your house, I'll buy it!! You have done an amazing job, and I hope someday my house looks as gorgeous as yours!! You should be so proud of yourself!!

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