Bathroom, DIY, Kitchen, Kitchen renovation

How to Paint Your Island

In “Our Kitchen Reno – Part II”, I will walk you through the remainder of our drastic kitchen transformation. Part of this included painting our island. We decided we would try painting the island ourselves. We planned to make this a statement piece in our soon to be white and gray kitchen and this gave us the freedom to pick exactly the color we wanted. In this post, I am going to walk you through my process. Our island base is approximately 3’x2′ and is a movable piece of furniture left to us by the previous home owner.

1. Prep the Piece

Unless you are starting with raw wood, you will need to lightly sand off the existing finish to allow the paint to adhere properly. You just want to sand the piece enough to get the surface roughed up. After you’ve done this, take a finer grit and lightly sand to create a smooth surface for painting.

Island – Before

2. Paint

I found a particular type of paint that is formulated for high traffic areas and ideal for use on cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms, called Americana Decor Satin Enamels. We chose Dark Denim for our island.

I used a small foam rolling brush for the main surfaces and a brush for the detail areas. I did two coats to get the coverage I wanted. If you are starting with raw wood you may need to do three coats due to the fact that the raw wood will soak up the paint much quicker than a previously finished product. What I love about this paint is that there are no harsh fumes and it dries almost instantaneously!

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3. Finish Up

Another awesome part about this paint is there is no need to seal it or finish it. Once you’ve painted the island you’re done! How sweet is that?! Just re-attach your doors and, if desired, change-up your hardware. We changed ours from the existing simple wooden knobs to these adorable gray vintage style knobs to tie into the gray elements in our updated kitchen.

You can find some similar to what we got here (affiliate):  Melon Cabinet Knobs

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I would love to hear from you on your thoughts on this project. I’m currently finishing up a multi-room renovation where I used the same type of paint (in a different finish) on multiple pieces, including their island. Subscribe to my blog to be sure to stay in the loop on future projects.

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