Happy Labor Day everyone!!!   I’m spending the weekend finally pulling a ton of photos off of cameras, so I can finally share some of the projects that I’ve been working on, and totally slacking on posting.   Am I the only one who leaves like 500 photos on my memory cards before I get around to downloading them?? In any case, about a month ago, I showed you all my recent Annie Sloan chalk paint complete kitchen makeover.   In case you didn’t catch it, here is the before and after: kitchen-makeover

As part of the kitchen makeover, I gave my totally boring, plain oak island, a super hot makeover with some paint, trim and new island legs!!   Seriously, it is amazing how just a couple of special touches, can make such a HUGE difference. So I wanted to put together a more detailed tutorial for how I updated the island – this would be such an easy project for someone looking to make some inexpensive changes.   The whole thing was done in 2 separate days, but if you did it all at once, would probably take 5-6 hours tops! Before I start, I must confess – I was so excited when I finally decided to jump into this project, that I failed to take some really good “before” shots of just the island.   But here are a few that I found, so you can get an idea of what the island looked like before. It was basically a big oak block, nothing fancy, no detail work, just a big rectangle, with a countertop.






Kitchen Island Makeover Part 1 – PAINT!

Using a can of uber awesome Annie Sloan chalk paint, I went to work updating the oak cabinets with a beautiful shade of “french linen” paint, which is sort of a khaki type color.   Since you don’t have to sand or prime with chalk paint, I basically gave the entire surface a quick rub down with deglosser (to clean and remove 20 years of grime), and then got to work painting.




I removed all of the doors and painted the hinges with some Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze as I was going to be reusing the hinges (getting new pulls).   And no, as you can see, I didn’t empty out the drawers/cabinets when painting.   The entire paint job took me about 2 hours, so I didn’t even bother removing everything – no need! – it just wasn’t necessary!




I waited 24 hours after the paint dried.   Then I sanded and distressed the edges of the doors with 200 grit sandblock, and applied the first coat of clear Annie Sloan wax (after all, with 3 kids in the house, I needed this thing to be sealed and stain coated, ASAP).    The clear wax (or some kind of sealing/wax coating over chalk paint) is definitely not optional – the paint has a very chalk like finish to it when its not sealed – and there would be next to no stain protection without the wax – so don’t even think about skipping that step!   🙂




I didn’t take the makeover to the next level until after my kitchen paint job was completely done.   I finished everything up, and realized I was still lacking in the island area.   It was plain, and boring, and needing some oomph!!   So onto part 2 of the makeover…

Kitchen Island Makeover Part 2:   Add some Bling!

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, until I was browsing Lowes and found their island legs, and for less than $25 per leg!!    038453197374lgThe legs were just the right height to wedge under the granite, and were actually held in place pretty firmly just by the weight of the table top.    I then used the trim pieces around the top to stabilize and brace them.   There was not really an exact science, or pre-measuring to this part.   I basically wedged the leg in to the spot I wanted it to be, and then worked my way around the island measuring the distances with the trim.


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It took me about an hour to attach all the legs, cut and attach the trim piece – piece of cake!!!   I finished it all up with 2 coats of the French Linen, and clear wax.   I added the new pulls and knobs to the drawers which made a big difference.



And…   drumroll please…   here she is in all her HOTNESS!!!











  • 1 quart of Annie Sloan (or your favorite brand) chalk paint – $35
  • Annie Sloan Clear Wax
  • New Door Hardware:  $16
  • 1 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′  pine board – $4.49
  • 1 – 1″ x 4″ x 10′ pine board – $6.99
  • 4 x Turned Pine 36″ island legs from Lowes – $22.98 each
  • Brackets and corner supports – $11.98

Total price for the island makeover:  $166.38


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