Sunday, November 20, 2011

Salvaged Sunday: A Kitchen Island

This piece had seen much better days when I found it...

Unfortunately, this is the best " before" picture I took...please disregard the disarray in the background (aka...the garage)

My wonderful husband is removing the old side and back panels as they were brittle and unsalvageable.  One of the casters had broken off, so the top made about a 45 degree angle with the floor. Luckily, the enamel top was in nearly-perfect condition.
Here it is with the new side panels and after a couple coats of primer. I wanted to use bead board, but this was the only thing similar that would fit into the existing corner braces. We also re-used the silver hooks off of the pink & green bookshelf (that was originally a wall shelf when it was purchased).

I painted the exterior and gray-blue color (I think it was called "Rainy Day" by Martha Stewart) came out looking more gray than the sample looked at the store. (It's also the color I used on the Silhouette Shelf)

Of course, I didn't get a good finished picture before it went to the shop.  I must get better at this!

As you can see here, I added some pale yellow details to the drawer and door fronts, as well as painted stripes on the interior cabinet for a little bit of whimsy.

The knobs were a challenge for me...I bought some silver handles, but everyone voted that choice down.  I then tried painting some old wooden knobs the same pale yellow color, but I still wasn't thrilled.

Yesterday, I changed the knobs to these ceramic white ones from Hobby Lobby. 
Ceramic Round Knob with Beaded Edge 
When selecting them, I had 2 unhappy toddlers with me who were trying to use knobs as projectile weapons, so I didn't have much time to make a decision.

From now on, I will attempt to use a little forethought and order the knobs seems like they have a lot more selection than in the store....and they totally beat any of the home improvement stores on style and price. (And I bought mine when they were 50% off...gotta love Hobby Lobby!)

So, this kitchen island (that fit perfectly in my kitchen) has officially been salvaged!

I will be sharing at many of these lovely link parties:

Domestically Speaking (Paint Projects)
Faded Charm (White Projects)


Miss Mustard Seed

I Can't Stop Crafting
Lolly Jane Boutique
Funky Junk
Be Different, Act Normal
Perfectly Imperfect

I Heart Naptime
Petite Hermine

(If you are the gracious hostesses to one of these parties, and I didn't leave a comment thanking you, I either forgot, or more likely, Blogger wouldn't let me. -  Thank you!)
take care -

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Peggy said...

Love the island it turned out so pretty. I especially love the color choices. Thanks for sharing.

Myfriendscallmesuzy said...

It looks great. You really have a good idea for this kind of work.

Jenn said...

Wow - great job!

Laura @ Our Prairie Home said...

Very nice! Love it! And the white knobs look much better! :)

Sass - aka - Kathy said...

That’s so great! I’d love it for you to add this to my linky party at {}.

Shiloh said...

I love the gray and yellow together. It's very restful.:)

Jamie said...

That looks great. Love the knobs your decided on. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

P.S. I have another giveaway going on right now. Would love you to stop by and check it out.
P.P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Fantastic upcycling job.

Ellie said...

Love the striping detail you put on the cabinet. Really makes a statement. Thanks for sharing.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Erin. I have Sue at Sullivan and Murphy to thank for introducing me to your blog! I'm a central Ohio blogger, so she let me know about you. I hope we can meet soon. For now I'm following you. Your work is amazing! I admire your painting skills! Happy Thanksgiving!

fromgentogen said...

This turned out absolutely beautifully --- thank you so much for sharing!
Blessings, Becky

Jenfier Harrod said...

Love your furniture!
Please come to my party

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Lovely, I really like the colors too! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

This looks wonderful! I'm getting more and more inspired to paint my very first piece of furniture!


Scribbler said...

This looks like the bottom of old Hoosier cabinet I have. My husband laughed out loud when I read him the part about your toddlers using the knobs as projectile weapons!

very merry vintage style said...

Very pretty makeover. Love the knobs too. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

Sherry said...

Great makeover! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

WhyCuzICan said...

Nice job taking this much messed up island and making it a real show piece. I hope it brings/brought top price at your booth!

Thanks for sharing :D

Visiting from MMS linky party,
~Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

You really brought that piece back to life. I like the ceramic knobs.

Anonymous said...

Great job! I love your blog, full of really cute ideas. Thank you for posting your blog in our directory, this project has been featured on our blog, facebook page, and twitter account. Brag it up and tell your friends! :) Heather at

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