Take me to an Island…A kitchen Island

Well…we made it.  Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year are over.  Goodbye 2013.  Hello 2014.

It’s cold here.  It shouldn’t be this cold in the south. I hate the cold. I’d rather be basking in the sun on an island far far away with a fruity drink in my hand with a cute little umbrella in it. And let us not forget the cabana boy. God bless the cabana boy…right?

Oh well…since it’s back to reality, I’ll show you the real island that kept me busy during the holidays. Remember this little beauty my MIL bought a while back at an estate sale.  She only paid $60 bucks for it and it was a mess.




The butcher block top was stained, nicked and just down right gross.  But gorgeous.  The inside was gross too and the drawer…well that was disgusting.  It was felt lined, sticky and stinky. That mess had to go.

First thing I did was remove all the ugly hardware and rip that felt out. It was a hot mess.  I know I took pictures of this process but I can’t seem to find them.  I guess you can just use your imagination.

I decided to use a chalk paint recipe. You can find those all over the interwebs.  I used the 2 tbsp POP, 2 tbsp Wa, 2 c FP recipe. The 2’s are just easy for me to remember.  I know with chalk paint you don’t have to sand and prime but I did both on this piece.  I’m telling you, this island was gross.  There was a buildup of food, drink and all sorts of grime all over it.

So I sanded.



And sanded some more.  I could have kept going and going with my orbital sander but she was pretty smooth by this point so I decided to go ahead and give her a coat of primer.  I just used Kiltz and gave her a quick over.


I decided to give the back a pop of blue. The drawer was blue as well but don’t have a picture of that. My bad.




My snazzy cover up on the island. Shut up.


Door. Duh.

While waiting for this to dry I did a lot of this.


Candy Corn. My weakness.

Now it was time to paint.  I mixed up my chalk paint using two different color yellows.  One was a bright sunny yellow and the other was a blah boring yellow.  By mixing the two I came up with a pretty buttery yellow.  There may be an actual buttery yellow paint already out there but the temp was dropping outside and as we discussed…I hate the cold.  I don’t venture out in it so I made do with what I had.  And I’m glad I did.



Once this paint was dry…and I ate more candy corn…whatever…it was time to start on the butcher block. I sanded and sanded and sanded and then sanded some more.  The buildup on this thing was ridiculous!

I went over the butcher block with a tac cloth to get all the dust off and boy was she pretty now.  Then I applied a wood conditioner. This is so important and I stress…do not skip this step.  It will help the stain have an even appearance with all of the different cuts of the butcher block. After the wood conditioner dried, I sanded again with 220 grit sandpaper to get all of the raised grain sanded off, and then used a clean tac cloth. Then it was time to stain. I used Minwax Special Walnut #224. I put on 2 coats of stain.


First coat of stain.


First coat of stain


Another shot of the first coat.
She was pretty then but after the second coat…oh man.


2nd coat of stain.
Still a little wet.
Letting it soak in real good.


2nd coat.
Gorgeous lines and wood.

After wiping her down to the color I wanted, I let her completely dry for about 48 hours. I know I didn’t have to wait that long but I did. Whatever.  I finished her up with butcher block oil and she is just perfect.  Smooth and gorgeous.




I loved working on this island almost as much as I love basking in the sun on an island far far away with a fruity drink in my hand with a cute little umbrella in it. And let us not forget the cabana boy. God bless the cabana boy…right?


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