Give Your Kitchen Island A Facelift And Some Sexy Legs!

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6 Hours
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.
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.
Kitchen Island Makeover Part 1 – PAINT!

Using a quart of uber awesome Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen, I went to work updating the oak cabinets. 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.
Big difference, right??

Make sure you don't forget to follow up the paint job, with 2 coats of Annie Sloan (or other brand) clear wax, to seal it. Since the kitchen tends to get a lot of wear, you want to make sure your surfaces are protected and sealed, so this step is a definite MUST.

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.
Island legs from Lowes - only $22.98 a piece!
There was not really an exact science, or pre-measuring to this part. I basically sized the legs so that they could wedge in between the granite and the flooring, and then worked my way around the island measuring the distances with the trim to add for support. I used double L brackets on either side of each leg, to secure them to the trim pieces and make sure the tops were totally supported and would not budge.
And now, check her out, in all her HOTNESS!!
Check out the link below for step by step instructions, material list and cost breakdown.

Oh, and one other thing (since this seems to comes up a bit with projects like this)...

If you are one of those who hates people who paint over wood, and who is currently shaking your head thinking that I totally ruined this island by painting all the oak away, I would ask you to refrain from telling me so. There are many out there who hate painted wood, but I hated my orange, old, oak island. We are each entitled to our personal opinions and preferences. If you hate painted wood, just smile and be thankful that you're not the one who has to live with my kitchen. Thank you for your kindness! :)

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Ashley Rader  {Giddy Upcycled}
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Chere Chere on Aug 13, 2018

    How’s your Annie Sloan paint wearing ? I’ve really heard divided opinions on using chalk paint for kitchens . I know sealant is important .

    One blogger said she did her first kitchen that way and would not do that again .

  • Kim K. Kim K. on Aug 13, 2018

    Beautiful! Did you use a roller or a brush? If you used a brush, what type? Thanks.

  • Eileen Eileen on Jan 11, 2020

    Did you fill the oak grain before painting? I want to do this also but filling will take a lot longer. If you didn't, does the grain show thru a lot? Thank you in advance

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