We have had this kitchen island for several years. It was a hand-me-down from my sister. This makeover is a project done by my sweet husband.

I’m a huge fan of Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without, the World War II saying meant to encourage frugality. This project fits within that mantra. :)

When we first got the island, it was wobbly, so he added some additional wood pieces under the bottom shelf to stabilize it. You can see in the photo that they are not finished and are a different color than the island. It was too short for us, too, so he added some fence post toppers as feet. (A third color of wood.) You can’t see them in this photo because he had already taken them off by the time I got outside with the camera. The drawer eventually stopped working for us, so he installed the metal sliding drawer things and we were back in business. We have lived with the island in this condition for several years and it has worked well for us. We stopped noticing the three different colors of wood a long time ago.

island before photo

New Year’s weekend was unusually warm in Missouri, so it was the perfect time to update the island, since warmer temperatures are better for painting. Wahooo!!!!

First step: Sand, sand, sand.

everything sanded

There is a rack in the island designed for holding wine bottles. We have never used it for this purpose because my sister told me that she tried it and had wine bottles fall onto the floor and break. I didn’t feel like cleaning that kind of mess, so I haven’t risked it. The reason I mention it, though, is that to sand the rounded areas of the rack, the genius came up with this tool to get at the areas he wanted to be sanded. He is a clever fellow.

makeshift sanding tool

The next step was to paint and stain. He used two coats of paint. He chose walnut for the stain, white for the base of the island, and green for the feet. The green is the same color we used on the kitchen walls, but I think it looks lighter on the feet than it does on the walls. He finished it with two coats of polyurethane over the walnut stain. It took a long time to dry because by the end of the weekend temps had dropped. Here is the finished island. I love it. There is something cool about not having to spend a lot of money to have a really nice piece of furniture.

finished island

top of island

green foot of island

corner of island

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21 Responses to Kitchen Island Makeover

  1. Rachael says:

    What a great transformation. Lots of hard work but it payed off. It really turned out beautiful.

  2. Love the pics! It’s linky party time again! This post would be great at it if you wanna share it! Here is the link! http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party

  3. I’m also following your blog via bloglovin!

  4. Deidre~ says:

    Love your “makeover” it turned out so well and I LOVE the feet! I’m a follower:) Stop over and follow me too,Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

  5. Jamie says:

    That came out great! I love the colors :)

  6. This turned out great! It looks beautiful!

  7. This is awesome! Oh my goodness! Great job! PLEASE come show this off with my group today as well! I’m having a party also!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com
    PS You could win a $5 Starbucks card!
    http://chattychics.com/2012/01/03/wild-wednesdays-win-a-5-starbucks-card/

  8. Thank you so much for joining my linky party! This post rocks!

  9. Emily says:

    LOVE!! That turned out so great :). I’m here from the chic and crafty party!

  10. Jen says:

    Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up! ~Jen

  11. FABULOUS! I’m so impressed! The colors and the extra height is so creative and totally practical!!! I’m happy you’re my bloggy friend! Glad you linked up at Overflowing with Creativity!!!

    XO, Aimee

  12. Deidre~ says:

    You really did a sweet make-over on this island! Love the feet.Deidre~

  13. Alida says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this last week on Thingamajig Thursday! Hope to see you again this week!

    Alida
    radcrafter.com

  14. You wouldn’t believe it was the same piece. Great way to raise it and so very creative, love that look. Also really l love the color combination. It really turned out great, and your should be very proud. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

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