$25 Kitchen Island Update

by Meg
3 Materials
2 Hours

Yep- I know this is a peninsula and not an island. But I feel like most people have an island and not peninsula... I don't know. Anyway- Let's update it!

This peninsula has been through a couple of transformations at this point. When we bought the house, it was just your standard, builder grade, orangey wood. Blah, right?

This was phase one of my kitchen update!

So for its first transformation, I used faux brick hardy board and painted each brick in different shades of grey paint. It was super cute. BUT. As my style evolved, I was venturing away from my days of all grey everything. Breaking out of my comfort zone and losing that little grey safety net. I fell in love with COLOR! And I fell in love with finding new, modern ways to use it.

Enter the slatted wood trend. Holy smokes am I in love with it. I've done a slatted wood wall in my entry (more on that in another post) and knew I wanted to incorporate it into another area and add a fun pop to it. And my safe grey peninsula fit the bill.

So I pried off the hardyboard and went to work.

I bought 20 lattice strips for 99 cents each and a sample jar of paint in Behr Shebang.

Then I planned out a pattern- once I got started though, I forgot about my pattern and its on the opposite side that I wanted it to be, oh well.

I cut the strips to fit and used my brad nailer and a piece of 1” scrap wood to keep the spaces even.

Pattern should have been flipped but it’s oka

Then I painted! Behr Shebang is the perfect earthy sage green. A sample size jar was more than enough.

Thats it! Brand new updated peninsula for less than $25!

Join me on Instagram for more DIYs and for the full video of this update!

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  • Debi Debi on Feb 24, 2022

    How did you transition from the lattice to the front of cabinet?

  • Shelby 🐈 Shelby 🐈 on Dec 28, 2022

    Yes it's almost 2023 - I just saw this project. Love BOTH island upgrades. You are very creative.

    I'm just curious as to the last photo posted it looks like the wood floor next to your island stops at a rug without a transition (?) - is that part also being upgraded?


    Keep up the good work!

  • KT KT on Jan 01, 2024

    Why did you change to horizontal ?

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  • Patty Patty on Dec 28, 2022

    Looks great. I liked it before too. Love the color.

  • Violet Violet on Jan 01, 2024

    I love the wooden strips.. love the paint color also. I may have to do that to my kitchen bar, but I would probably do the wood planks all up and down instead of across ,... love love love it!