Not sure if I’ve ever shared this story on the blog before, however, the cupboard part of my kitchen island was a ‘mistake’.
When the kitchen was renovated, I ordered up a ‘distressed black cabinet’ that looked nothing like the rest of the wood cabinets.
My goal had been for it to resemble an actual antique piece.
When the cupboard guys plopped it in place, I was a little taken aback. The island was the same cabinetry as the rest of the kitchen, just painted! So I called the cabinet place wondering what in the world happened.
They didn’t have anything documented to prove my initial selection. And I had no proof either. It appears I pointed to one cabinet but another was written down.
I ended up being disappointed, however as time rolled on, it was what it was and I moved on.
Until I brought up some chippy wood and shutters for another upstairs project not long ago. I was sitting on the sofa looking at all my props all over the room and the shutters were leaning against the island at the time. Hmm…
I liked it! But never did implement it. The props sat for awhile, then of course fell over and that ended that.
Until I got a reminder this week while I was scrolling on Instagram, of a wonderful home tour by Olde Tyme Marketplace that was ALL about the chippy, white, wood and antiques.
And boy did I fall hard.
I’ve been feeling discontent with the house the past while. It just feels too dark and I’m no longer a fan of the orange-toned wood all over the place. So I hope to downplay at least the kitchen cabs at some point. But we’ll save that discussion for another day…
Because today is all about lightening and brightening up that black island! And make it look older.
Inspired by the home tour, I jumped outa my insta chair, dashed downstairs for the same components I had awhile back, and made it happen!
And I’m really diggin’ it!
In 30 minutes. My kinda reno.
I’m debating on painting the chairs all black now too… I think it would update them to a classic look while removing more ‘orange’. What do you think?
How I did it:
The chippy fence wood was lightly sanded but not painted. I plan to use Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tough Coat (Amazon affiliate link) on it to keep the boards from continuing to flake.
You can read how I top coated my chippy barn wood headboard HERE
And did the same thing with the barn wood Antiques mirror HERE
I started with a large shutter positioned in the middle. Two other shutters with chippy wood planks in between turned out to be the perfect fit for across the front of the island. How did I get so lucky?
After positioning everything in place, I ran two boards along the top of the shutters and wood, pushed in super tight against the island side corbels. I did a little wood screwing here and there but I think only one screw reached the actual island, so there is little repair should the shutters be removed.
While I’m not finished decorating the kitchen for Christmas, adding the wood candles to the island and a big evergreen branch along the windows worked for another quick fix for now.
Maybe it IS done! Hmm…
Why did I not take a close up of the candles? I don’t remember.
No, that makes this not done. More on this soon…
Now to paint those chairs, plank that ceiling, maybe paint the cabs white and maybe even replace the uppers with rustic shelves… that are NOT orange…
I may not live in my dream cabin / cottage on a lake (yet), however my darker kitchen is shining a little chippy brighter these days!
What do you think of the island? Are you feelin’ it? What else would you suggest I do to ditch the orange? p.s. Those floors cover the entire upstairs… in every closet too!
You can read the rest of the kitchen renovation series HERE way back from day 1!
Guaranteed to entertain you. Big.