Monday, July 19, 2010

Finally.....The Island

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.)
Landfill contribution...Zero.

41 comments:

  1. What an amazing difference that has made! I like everything about it. The timber counter is gorgeous too. Wonderful job!!

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  2. Well done YOU...absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. Your new island is amazing. I love the barn board top, it turned out beautifully and I love your idea to use an old door as trim. xx

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  4. love your island! so creative
    and i like the doors on the sides
    and the barn boards on the top are so lovely!
    oh and love that fabric on your chairs!!

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  5. You made it look just amazing...I love the barn wood, too. Just awesome!! Lezlee

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  6. Chania this RE-DO makeover is STUNNING....I'm GOBSMACKED & can't say for sure which I LOVE more....The barnboard OR the painted island....Just S-E-N-S-A-T-I-O-N-A-L....!!

    Good on you for sticking to your guns....!!

    Cheers,
    Tamarah :o)

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  7. I am loving this rustic look! How amazing is this?! I would die for this kitchen.

    Great job!

    xo Marcie

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  8. I love, love, love it! It turned out fantastic! Great job!

    ~mary~

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  9. That barn board top is awesome!!!

    And that fabric on the stools is too cool.

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  10. Love, love it. It turned out beautifully. The finish is fantastic, and the barn board countertop (swoon). Hugs - Carrie

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  11. I knew it! I said you would make it fabulous and you did!

    All the "char" just made it that much better...and those chairs! Perfection. "Pop" is right.

    so where's my latte?

    xxx

    z

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  12. Love it - really do. Better than the last although that was not the end of the world! Farrow and Ball always have the paint to get the job done don't they? Lou x

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  13. Wow, it looks fabulous. I love the textures and colours. I like that the chairs aren't a perfect match. Great effort!!

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  14. Wow, are you kidding me?! that is amazing chania - love it. Spectacular change! jxx

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  15. Looks just wonderful! The combinations of timbers, paints is just perfect....love love love it, cheers katherine

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  16. Wow I love it I would never have thought to use a door its a great Island & I love the fabric on the chairs so fresh I would love to sit there having my breakfast!!! :)))

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  17. I love your style - I love everything that you put your hand to. I love the artefacts sitting on your bench - the jam and tidbits- rustic, functional, aesthetic.
    Tracey

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  18. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! It came out amazing! Lori

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  19. Chania it is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. I LOVE IT. I can't say that enough....I am so jealous and so gonna copy that idea somewhere. I have about 27 doors in storage, just waiting for the next project...thanks for the idea dear. Oh, I love it love it love it...alright, I'll stop now!

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  20. I think all your effort showed in the end Chania....you have all of us to prove you did the right thing, scoffers and mockers aside!

    I would be interested to know what kind of wax he used on the top barn wood....I have tried wax and made a mess of it....

    It is down right the best look, and with your beautiful chairs....it is all fabulous!

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  21. Brilliant, gorgeous make-over, Chania!!!

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  22. Using the old door as panelling was an inspired idea - the island is absolutely transformed, and I love your choice of upholstery. You're a fabulous challenge to commercialism.

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  23. I love it Chania! It turned out beautifully. The finish is fantastic, and the barn board countertop is to die for. ~ Tracy

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  24. Wow Chania! You did it! It's fantastic now!!! I think it has taken hours of work, but it worth them!!

    Hugs!
    Mara

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  25. Way to go! I love how you funktified that island. sooo much better.

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  26. I'm speechless...this is so totally different from what it was. I LOVE it!!!!
    Great idea!!!
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  27. The island is perfect! Impressive, Chania!!
    xo,
    Anne

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  28. What a beautiful and unique island! I love it all, but the part that makes me week-in-the-knees is the barnboard top. IN LOVE. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. You are so talented and creative! Love this.

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  30. Chania, it is brilliant!!!! Just perfectly wonderful and beautiful!!!! You are completely vindicated. I'm impressed, also, by your skill and patience. Congratulations!

    Love, Katy Noelle

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  31. Brilliant! I love everything about your island. The color is amazing as is that barn board top! You should be so proud!

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  32. That is a great makeover , I LOVE the island , it turned out so well ....enjoy!

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  33. Wonderful! It looks amazing. Did you paint the cabinets all white? It's hard to tell in your picture.

    I love the countertop!

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  34. Wow! I love how the paint on the island turned out! The barn board is beautiful! Good job!

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  35. this is beautiful chania. and i love the chairs with it. in fact i think they totally go! i have 8 old doors under my house and i'm dying to use them somewhere. very awesome.

    xo
    janet

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  36. Popping in from FPFG. I just had to see it, and it's beautiful and brilliant. I don't have the energy for such creativity and ingenuity, so know that I'm jealous of you for those things in addition to the island.

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I love to read each and every comment and are thrilled that you take the time to send one. Thank you so much. Chania