Hey there! We finally have some sun today!! Last week I shared a few things that we were trying out. One of them being a kitchen “island”. Well, that turned out to be a big yes!! So, it got a makeover (of course).
If you remember it started like this.
It was in pretty good shape – a screw missing and a few others that needed to be tightened. Oh, and if I didn’t mention – hubby snagged this at a garage sale for $10!!
The only problem we had with it in the kitchen was the towel bar/handle on one end, which I failed to photograph, so you’ll just have to imagine that.
I figured – no big deal, I’ll just take that off, Ha! Famous last words right?? Removing that handle, meant taking the top off just to get to the screws.
Well, no worries – I was planning on finishing the top by re-staining so it was probably easier to take it off anyway!
The top got a good sanding and a few coats of a darker stain. Love!!
Taking the handle/towel bar off left me with a few holes. I plugged them with pieces of a dowel rod cut to fit. Put a little wood glue on the end, push it into the hole, fill the space, sand and you are ready to paint!
I have to admit, this piece actually got two paint jobs. I started with black and hated it. I was playing it safe and it wasn’t REALLY what I wanted.
So, I grabbed my go-to turquoise that is also on the kitchen door, and finished it out to be who she was intended to be.
Re-attach the top and…
I have to share that I used a tip from my friend Jennifer that is golden. Spray the finished piece with this spray poly (which I got at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon).
Everything will cure much faster – which is perfect for all of us who are impatient and want to style NOW – and thing won’t stick to the painted surface! Man, I wish I would have heard that a lot sooner. Countless painted pieces with things stuck to them. :-/
I found the baskets at Marshall’s. They have a great selection and great prices. Even better than some of the craft stores at half price! We love our new island and we use it everyday!
I will be back tomorrow to join Linda and lots of other brave bloggers in the One Room Challenge! If you are not familiar with this I would suggest you check out the kick-off today of the 20 bloggers/designers that are participating this year!
So much talent and inspiration! Tomorrow the rest of us will be linking up!
So, come back tomorrow to see what room I picked and my over-zealous plans!! 🙂
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