Ok, I'm done. After about a dozen colors added and an end-product that looked like it had been on fire, it's finished.
This is the before. Kitchen not yet painted. Plain big box store island. Green formica counter. The bar stools were donated. The formica went out on rubbish day and someone took it for salvage.
This was my crazy idea....laughed and and scorned by some. Take old doors and use them as panelling. Trim them up with old wood and change the counter to barnboard.
And here it is finished.
Close up of the finish. Farrow and Ball Brown with Green Blue followed by a very diluted All White. Rubbed on. Rubbed off. Sanded edges.
Look at the gorgeous barn board. My cottage neighbor is really handy and offered to do it for me. He got the boards off a barn slated for demo, and then he sanded and waxed them until they were absolutely perfect.
I had these bar stools made. I fell in love with this Robert Allen fabric and I don't care that they don't match the Green-Blue. I wanted a mix and think the colors pop against the pale subdued colors of the kitchen.
I actually like the holes where the knob and lock was.
Total cost. Old door $10.00. Gift from Lorraine and Steve who immediately saw it's potential. 2 small wooden panels from old cupboards- Re-use Centre $10.00 each. Barnboard and labour $350.00. Paint. $30.00. (small sample pots, plus 1 litre, existing leftovers.)