Hello, friends! I know its been awhile since I’ve updated you via the blog. Thank you for sticking around during this crazy year as I try to get my blog footing back. (If you are new here, read this to get a little update on how our world was rocked this past January!) Things are feeling more settled in our house, and I’m excited to share a DIY kitchen update with y’all today as a part of a Fall DIY blog hop hosted by Jen of Noting Grace. You can find a full list of the participating bloggers at the end of this post – be sure to check them out for a mix of Fall and everyday DIYs.
If you are coming here from Uniquely Taylor Made, welcome! I just love Taylor’s sweet home, gorgeous style, and penchant for amazing DIYs.
Now lets jump right into our DIY kitchen island makeover, shall we?! When I first saw our new kitchen, I felt like it was begging for a small island. Micah and I even priced out the cost to make one ourselves out of pre-made cabinets and butcher block. One day, we were perusing a local antique store when we saw this beauty and knew that it was the perfect piece for our home. We fell in love with the arch detailing in the wood and its overall charm. Even though I wasn’t sold on the color, it had to come home with us.
Also, forgive the terrible before pictures. I know I snapped some but couldn’t find them anywhere, so I grabbed a few screen shots from my Instagram stories. (Insert facepalm.)
Even though the red was pretty, it wasn’t what I wanted for our kitchen. Enter Amy Howard Home One Step Paint. I’ve used my fair share of chalk paint, but the one thing I’m not a fan of is having to seal it. With the One Step Paint, it acts just like a chalk paint (ie. no need to sand or prime your piece), but it doesn’t require a topcoat.
I chose the color Linen, which is a creamy off white to compliment our warm cream backsplash.
The coverage was so impressive, especially since I was going from such a vivid color to almost white.
The above picture is after only one coat and three thin coats completely covered the red.
So. Much. Better!
The finish is smooth without any sanding or sealing and has held up amazingly against our daily use and abuse.
We also sanded down the butcher block cutting board that came with the island and stained it a darker color – Espresso from Minwax. Since we don’t actually use the butcher block as a cutting board, more just like another counter, we finished it in matte polycrylic for maximum durability.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with how this DIY kitchen island makeover turned out. It’s the perfect example of how a simple change can sometimes make a huge difference!
Have you tried chalk paint or Amy Howard’s One Step Paint before? What did you think? I love hearing other people’s thoughts and experiences on DIYs so let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to check out the amazing bloggers linked below. Amy of Cuter Tudor is next on the hop and you do not want to miss her concrete planter DIY!
I DIYed That Fall Blog Hop
Jordan from A Blue Nest
Amy from Cuter Tudor
Kendra from Joy in Our
Areeba from Mint
Jennifer from Noting Grace
Bree from The Homemaking
Kelly from The Tattered
Taylor from Uniquely Taylor Made