I had an idea a while back. I was going to panel the ugly island at the cottage to make it look old...like an old fixture re-used here in the kitchen.
Melissa from Cranberry Cottage Blog had a little meltdown yesterday, (read it here) wondering if other bloggers had things go wrong, if their houses were ever a mess, or if they were in a perpetual state of staged perfection. So, I thought it timely to show my kitchen with stuff laying about and unflattering pictures of my project.
This is the before picture. A standard Home Depot veneered ugly-pugly island. (that is not my furniture here or my decor)
And here is phase 1. You may ask yourself "is that a door" nailed to the island and you would be correct in your assesment. In my quest to use only re-used materials in the cottage, I came up with the idea to use old doors for my panelling. Lorraine and her husband found me the perfect old door at a thrift shop for the back, we cut the window piece out and nailed it to the island. I found 2 smaller panels at the Re-Use it Centre and used them for the ends.
Handy Ken, then filled the gaps with old barn board.
Last weekend, I attempted to paint it, adding layers of white, blue, brown. The paint took to the barnboard areas much differently than the painted panels, however, and I couldn't get the look I wanted....so I kept going and going, obsessively added colors to "age" it.
After a dozen coats, it ended up with a Very Faux, Faux finish. Over the top and completely overdone. Not at all what I had in mind.
I think it looks like,
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