Well, I’ve completed my first home project of 2015, and boy does it feel good to √ something off my to-do list! Repainting the kitchen island has been on that list ever since we got a new backsplash …. oh … a couple of years ago! And the kitchen table and chairs have needed a re-do since the day we moved in and they got a long, ugly scratch in transit! (Isn’t it funny how you can look at something every day, but never really see it?? That was my relationship with our kitchen set–life and other projects were more important, and it just didn’t bug me–which is so not my personality, by the way!
I thought this would be the perfect indoor, bad weather project, but the joke was on me. As soon as I got started on it, Seattle had the most amazing, glorious “Spring” weather! At least the sun provided good light for painting and picture taking, and my walking posse always seemed to be ready to go in between coats. Fortunately, I still was able to enjoy the beautiful weather…and my walking buddies! 😀
You can see the seat bottoms are
beat up well used and could use a freshen up. Here’s a “keeping it real” before shot of the island:
At least it’s clean and shiny–just a bit cluttered is all! But, hey, life gets in the way, right?!
While the island is a bright and cheery color, you can see it just doesn’t match. Also, when we originally painted the kitchen cabinets and island, we finished them off with a coat of polyurethane, which is beginning to yellow over the light cabinets. If you could see how many kitchen cupboards and drawers we have, you’d realize why I’m only repainting the island. I did, however, paint the inside of the doors! 😀
What do you think of the new color? I’m loving it.
And I tidied up! Yeah! Hey, if you would like another “Highlight Magazine” object search, this is for you. “Find the Snowflake!” — Oops–guess I missed that one when I was putting Christmas decorations away! 😀
To get the project started, the first thing I did was remove the hardware, doors and drawers. [TIP: MAKE SURE TO LABEL AND BAG ALL HARDWARE!] This will save you so much angst when it comes time to put everything back together! I used a liquid deglosser on the island, being super careful not to drip on the hardwood floors. I actually scuff sanded and deglossed the doors and drawers. Being on the cooktop, they get a lot of use and abuse. And remember, I won’t be applying polyurethane this time!
I then taped everything off with Frog Tape and paper, and primed everything with one coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 123, which is a water based product, and so easy to use. I normally use BM paints, but Sherwin Williams was having their 30% off sale, and I wanted to give their paints a try. I chose their ProClassic, which is a smooth enamel recommended for trim and doors–also water based. I had already picked out a BM color (#1028 Saber Gray), which they color matched for me in a semi-gloss finish. I’ll definitely use SW paints again, and FYI, they have some of the prettiest grays–Mindful Gray, Silver Strand, Repose Gray, Magnetic Gray–just to name a few! You can read my other tutorials on painting woodwork here, and here, but I warn you, they are some of my earliest posts!
For the table, the original plan was to paint the table top and seat bottoms, but that plan changed. My wrist was really hurting, so I asked Hubby if he could sand the table top for me–telling him I only needed a “C” job. Well, of course he did an “A” job, and it ended up being too pretty to paint! Plan B was to give it 3 coats of General Finishes Java Gel Stain. (I had already given the seat bottoms just a scuff sand and they were still ugly enough to paint!) I should have let Hubby apply the Polycrylic to the table top, as well, because my finishes never look as good as his. (Except with wax. I’ve got him beat there.) 😉 But from a distance (and if you squint your eyes a bit) it’s beautiful 😉 .
While I had the paint out, I decided to make a new table runner with leftover drop cloth material and the Saber Gray paint. It was so simple, and it turned out super cute. You can find a quick tutorial on how to achieve a grain sack stripe here. Have I mentioned how much I’m loving my new kitchen freshen up?! 😀
In closing, it is a gray, gray day here in Seattle, in more ways than one. If you watched the Super Bowl to the bitter end, you know what I’m talking about. I’m still a 12, and ♥ my Seahawks, but if I ever run into Pete Carroll, I’ll have to ask, “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??!” Well, you know what they say….”There’s always next year!”
Hope you have a wonderful week! Cynthia
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