August 16, 2018

Painted Kitchen Island

I'm excited to share a little project we have been working on the past few weeks. We decided to give our kitchen island a new life with a coat of paint and some new trim.
Years ago when I first started blogging, Farrow & Ball sent me a paint deck that I have browsed through time and time again. Their paint is pricy, but there is something about their colors that keeps bringing me back to them. Since then, they also opened a retail store in our area and I have been looking for just the right project to try out their paint. I lamented about the color for weeks earlier this summer and finally narrowed it down to Card Room Green and Oval Room Blue. I knew I wanted something that was blue-green and could work in all seasons with my decor.

So after much debate (I literally asked every single person who walked into my kitchen what color they like better), I decided on Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue. But before we even got started with paint, we decided to add some molding to the island to give it more of a furniture feel. Here is the before:
Our kitchen is now over 10 years old and I remember clearly that the thing I wanted most at the time  was a cherry island. It felt timeless and was probably the easiest choice for me. So it's kind of funny that the island was the piece that seemed to be dating our kitchen the most. I remember being more concerned with granite and stainless appliances - both of which have stood the test of time. Although I would absolutely change the granite if it wasn't such a big ticket item.
So just to give you an idea of how very "fly by the seat our pants" type of DIYers that Billy and I are, I will explain the process we went through. First, we knew we had the paint, so we took off all the doors and hardware and realized we needed more primer. Oh, and wouldn't it be cool if we removed the toe kick from the bottom of the island and added trim? What about corbels? And adding some bead board would certainly give the kitchen more of a cottage-y look. So off to Lowe's we went. The trim aisles at Lowe's and Home Depot are truly 2 of our favorite places to be. Also, I should mention that this was our 22nd wedding anniversary so we did fit in a dinner out in between.
We finished up late that night. Something felt off to me but I was kind of afraid to tell Billy because it meant another trip to the store and pulling apart all the work he did that day. But 22 years later, he knows me well, so he could tell I had something on my mind. I asked him if we could possibly extend the pushed out toe kick around the island (except for the back side which is where we actually work at the island)? 
And the next morning I woke up to him having already been to Lowe's and installing the new molding. It was finally time to prime (we used Zinsser) and then 2 coats of the Farrow & Ball paint. The paint was great to work with, by the way. We finished up painting and then left for a week's vacation the next morning which ended up being great because the paint had a bunch of time to cure before we put everything back together and started using it.
I am thrilled with the change. You can see in the picture above how we wrapped the base molding around the the sides but still left the toe kick open on the side of the island where we stand when cooking. I wasn't willing to give that functionality up for aesthetics. And I should mention that every single member of our family (yes including me) has stubbed their toes on the new molding at least once. I keep telling them they will get used to it in time (I hope!).
I added a towel rod from Ikea to the end of one side of the island to tie in the metal on the stools. Now I have a new fun place to style in the kitchen. I also added a new runner from Lowe's.
Did you spy the other change to the kitchen? I added a skirt to the cabinet beneath our farm sink. Billy removed the doors and attached a cafe rod using double stick tape. Then I cut down a $7.99 window curtain from Christmas Tree Shops and our sink has a whole new look. I am already planning how I can change this for Christmas.
Here's a wider shot of the whole kitchen. I really need to freshen up those Ikea bookshelves that we use for kitchen storage. I'm thinking they need some bead board on the back of the shelves at the very least.
I'm especially loving how the new paint color goes with the copper pots hanging on our pot rack. There will be a tutorial about our pot rack soon! My apologies to those of you that have been waiting for it.
Of course changes in here led to wanting to make changes on the other side of this space in the living room and dining area. Stay tuned! I have Billy home full time for another month or so and he doesn't ever like to sit still for long.

Kitchen Towels - Amazon
Sink Skirt - Christmas Tree Shops
Fresh Flowers Sign - Target Dollar Spot
Dish Rack - HomeGoods
Stools - TJ Maxx
Enamel Bread box - Amazon
Caged Light above Sink - Target (old)
Towel Rod in Island - Ikea Fintorp


  1. I would have agreed with you at the time about the cherry cabinetry for the island! How we change! It is very hard to know any more what is timeless, so it is best to just go with what you love! One thing for sure, I love a bright and airy kitchen. Billy did a remarkable job...perfect. Love, love love all the removing the doors from under my sink.....hmm. That could be so much fun changing out the skirt. I will have to think about that.
    Chris W. Texas

  2. Absolutely beautiful! You will enjoy for a long time. My husband Bill and I used beadboard in our Georgia kitchen and half bath on the walls.

  3. Wow I thought your kitchen was perfect before but this takes it to a whole new level. Love it! Amazing what a little trim and paint can do. And I may have just found the perfect runner for my kitchen, I’ve been looking for a new one and love the one you picked. I love your style and your house, you have my dream kitchen.

  4. WOW... You turned gorgeous kitchen island .. into Extra Gorgeous kitchen island !!! Love this !!

  5. What a nice update to your beautiful kitchen! I love the beadboard, the extended molding and the corbels. Great job.

  6. I love how it turned out Courtney. It really brightens up the space.

  7. Hi, I love all the changes!! Did you remove a wall between your kitchen and living room ? We/I (lol) have been talking about doing that ... would love to see b4 and after pics if you did ... Thanks, Kathy

  8. This looks absolutely amazing, Courtney! It doesn't even look like the same island. This has really made the kitchen look so charming and inviting, and it already was loaded with charm. I love that you refresh things all the time for a new look. It's perfect, great color choice! You've made me want a pot rack now too! :)

  9. It is absolutely beautiful and I am glad you picked the color you did. It really pops in your kitchen. It is amazing how much your simple ideas made a whole new look to this island. So pretty. I had to laugh at your comment about something not being right and having to tell Billy that after all his work!!! I have done that so many times to Terry too. After 37 years of marriage he is use to this too. We have some great handymen in our lives. Love it all Courtney. Great job to you and Billy. Have a great rest of the week.

  10. I LOVE IT!!!! Oh my gosh, Courtney, what a difference those changes made to the 'feel' of the kitchen - totally cottage style now, my favorite style!!!!!!!! You are amazing, what a talent you have!

  11. Amazing transformation! You and Billy make a pretty darn good team. Congrats on your anniversary...
    I love your sink skirt too.

  12. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! The color is perfect. You two did a wonderful job on the island and the sink skirt, too!

  13. Your home is one of my very favorites! It's warm and cheerful for all who visit. Thanks for inviting us in.

  14. I LOVE what you did to your island, it is beautiful. I still love what you did with your ikea billy book cases, they have stood the test of time well. You mentioned adding bead board to the backs. I purchased some of the bead board wall paper and have used it in my laundry room on the cupboards. I put it inside the trim on the doors to give it a cottage look. It is easy to work with and it is paintable, and I think it would be awesome on the backs of your bookcases. Just thought you should know.

  15. Now it looks fantastic:-))) Love this pastel touch in your kitchen:-)))

  16. Wonderful kitchen makeover. I'm looking forward to seeing how you made the pot rack.


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