Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rewind: Kitchen Island

I thought it would be fun to "rewind" every once and a while and show you some of my earlier posts and projects and then the updates I've made since.

If you've been with me for about five minutes, you've seen my kitchen island. But it's one of my favorite changes rehabs I've done in our home and is also one of the cheapest and easiest.

It started way back when, when all five of my friends read my blog. I mean, I have more than five friends, there were only about five reading this blog back then.

I swear -- I have more than five friends. For real.

My very first post was about how our kitchen was turning into a sea of cherry wood -- floors, cabinets, island, table and chairs:
I really love islands that look like furniture, so I thought I would change it up and decided to add molding:
I added faux panels to the sides and back and painted the whole thing out in black. This began my deep-seeded hatred of laminate. Laminate and I are not bffs. I actually had thought of doing beadboard, but I think it was impatience that got the best of me at the time.

After the redo, all the sudden the chairs had to go (isn't that always the way?). So I went to Garden Ridge and found new chairs for the table and island for a steal -- buy one get one get one half off:
(The flash makes the island look grey in these pics.) As you know, I love me some beadboard, and I got an itch a few months ago to redo my redo with it:
Sigh. You just can't go wrong with beadboard -- really. Reheheally. The addition of corbels finished off the furniture-look I was going for:

And then cut down the chair legs by two inches with my compound miter saw (they were too tall) and upholstered my chairs to add a pop of color and cush for the tush:I lurve my beadboard island! I know many you have already redone your island or are planning on trying it -- you will love it!

Thanks for joining me on this island trip down memory lane. :)

47 comments:

  1. I am soooo excited that I am the FIRST to post a comment. You kitchen looks SOOO much like mine. I'm also feeling like I'm drowning in the cherry color. This would be a great change, and love your chairs...they are just like mine. I found some chaircovers at Ikea but the the upholstery idea! Thanks also for my bonus room consult. Hopefully I will be done painting tomorrow and can send you some "after" photos soon. Ok, enough of the rambling!!!

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  2. this looks great!! i love black cabinets!!!!!

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  3. I love your kitchen. I need to cut down my barstools. Anything I should know about it. I am really nervous that I will ruin them>>>

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  4. Oh I love your island..I too was re-doing things in my kitchen....with my new favorite color..black..my cabinets would look great with your island.....love the bead board...adds just the right texture..

    great job...


    see my cabinet redo at: http://deedeescraftspot.blogspot.com/2009/07/i-need-your-help.html

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  5. I love what you did to the island...gives me some good ideas, as we are also in the process of working on the house. Take care ~Natalie

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  6. Dang, Girl! Is there anything you CAN'T do! When are you coming over to redo my house??

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  7. I love the island painted black and the beadboard is just perfect. It is such a beautiful addition to your kitchen. I've always loved the look of an island being different than the rest of the cabinets. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Super cool idea with the beadboard. I have a small island my mom bought for me at a consignment store and the back has some awful particle board looking stuff. I painted over it...but never thought to use beadboard. I wonder...?

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  9. Oh so fab! The black was certainly the punch that kitchen needed, and I love the beadboard.

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  10. You did such an amazing job with the island! Kudos to you.

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  11. loved it then, love it now...and plan on doing it to my kitchen island :)

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  12. Its a cool & very good idea...
    looks wonderful!
    thanks for sharing....
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  13. Amazing what a little paint can do! I liked it when you painted it black and added new stools. I love it that you added beadboard and corbels. I think they make the island. Great job!

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  14. I have an unhealthy love for kitchens...probably because mine is so so tiny!
    If I ever get lucky enough to own an island, this is something that I definately would like to do.
    It is amazing how the black just makes such a statement in your kitchen.
    Thank you for reposting this blog post!

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  15. So glad you rewinded!! I am a new follower to your blog and I loved seeing this redo. Way to go girl! and... I too have a love for beadboard:)
    ~Whitney

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  16. Looks wonderful. I will have an island someday, oh yes, I will. (Seriously, huge kitchen screams for one, but budget does not!)

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  17. I lurve (I think it's funny when you say this because I imagine Madea in my mind) black kitchen cabs, and I heart beadboard also - so your island makeover 2.0 was fantastic in my book!

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  18. Okay, so I'm LOVING your island and the whole feel of your kitchen. Hubby and I have been debating (not arguing, definitely not arguing) over wood cabinets and wood floors and it becoming a sea of too much wood. Your cabinets are absolutely beautiful too. I see you mentioned they are cherry. So, here's the deal...
    Do you love your wood floors in the kitchen? Do you love it with your wood cabinets? Would you do it differently if you had to do it over? What finish is on your cabinets and floors?
    Yup, I'm a pain. But, not too many people do wood on their cabinets anymore and I'm excited to find someone who has. So, I hope you don't mind all my questions.

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  19. Luuuuuuuuuv it! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. LOL! I actually thought, "She is posting about that kitchen island AGAIN!?!" when I saw the title of this post! :) I do love it, though. Every single time. ;)

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  21. Wow that is amazing. I wish you could come to my house and help me out. lol seriously!

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  22. Can I be honest here?


    I just found your blog last week (from a comment on Pioneer Woman) and since then? I have a total and complete blog crush here.

    I lurv you and your GORG blog! (and my new favorite words, "lurv" and "GORG").

    You've opened my eyes to all the wonderful (and thrifty) things I can do with my house to make it a home for my family.

    Oh yeah. You rock!

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  23. Wow! It looks fabulous! Great job! You are inspiring me to think about my snack bar, oy! Not ready but I better do something to it soon! I am also in a sea of various woodgrains in my living room, some black might be just the touch I need...

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  24. I love a trip down memory lane. :) Your kitchen is fabulous...I want to sit on one of those chairs and drink my Starbucks. :)

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  25. Good Afternoon Sarah,
    I am a new blogger and wanted to stop by and check you out... wow...that is a lot of followers ... I might as well add my face and you to my blog roll. I have been told blogging will change my life... for now it has only changed the shape of my butt. lol

    Your island makeover was really tastefully done and gave your kitchen a huge facelift... I love simple changes with huge benifits.

    I am getting a blogging book so I can get this wider screen too. Thanks for your inspirations.


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  26. The beadboard makes a HUGE difference! I love it...I mean "lurrve" it ;0)

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  27. I love that the island is different from the rest of the kitchen. Its beautiful!

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  28. I'm of the opinion that some posts are just MADE to be posted more than once :)

    Have you seen our baby nursery re-do that was inspired by YOUR beautiful baby nursery yet?!

    http://thegreenhousediaries.blogspot.com/2009/08/hooked-on-before-and-after.html

    They say "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"!

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  29. What a great and inexpensive way to spruce up basic cabinetry. I think it's pretty darn awesome!

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  30. I love it. I'm a new reader and hadn't see the transformation. I mentioned once in passing to the husband that I wanted to paint the island. He about had a kiniption fit. So, I just have to keep on with it and maybe someday it will happen.

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  31. I love it just as much now as the first time you posted it!!

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  32. Great results Sarah! I must admit I didn't realize how many changes it had gone through. ~Cool! :)

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  33. I have been wanting to do the same thing in my kitchen but in a creamy antiquey white. I have an older home with a drop ceiling and the cabinets are connected to the island, so I guess it's not really an island. Maybe a peninsula. Anyway, I love the black and since I can't get away with painting the cabinets black I have a black/cherry table and black appliances with deep red walls. I have really ugly countertops that will hopefully be replaced with decorative concrete sometime in the future.

    BTW, did you ever paint the other side of your island?

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  34. Really a great and wonderful kitchen furniture collection!! Great find...........

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  35. i am new to your blog, so glad you reposted this. I love the island, great job!!

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  36. Thanks for the rewind. I love what you have done with that island. Your work really inspires me, now I'm always on the lookout for something to spray paint!

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  37. This looks great!! i love black cabinets!!!!!What a great and inexpensive way to spruce up basic cabinetry. I think it's pretty darn awesome!Thanks for your inspirations...
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  38. This is an awesome idea! Question: What color would you paint the island if the other cabinets are oak?

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  39. LOVE the redo! I'm going to paint some cabinets black--what do you use? Satin, Semi-gloss?? Do you use a primer? Any black that you love? Thanks! :)

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  40. I love your kitchen. I need to cut down my barstools. Anything I should know about it.


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  41. I love it! And I'm so excited - we just bought a house and you've gotten me completely jazzed to decorate it (our twins are heading to K - woohoo!) Thanx for sharing all your gorgeous creative ideas!

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  42. My husband & I have been wanting to do this very thing to our island. Between all the other "honey do" things I have had him doing this hasn't made it's way to the top yet. BUT, now is has. Look like I have next weekends project. Thank you for your great blog!! I just found it and am so thrilled that you share all your fabulous creations & talents. Thank you, thank you!!

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  43. I love the change in your island. It really adds a lot to your kitchen and the cushion color really gives that pop of color. Very nice. I'm curious what you did on the front side of the island if it has cabinet doors. Can you clarify? Thanks, Elisabeth

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  44. I started my kitchen remodel the same way a few years back and loved it! I went from traditional cherry to beadboard painted cream. Then a few years later it morphed into a whole kitchen re-paint. I love it!

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