Friday, October 21, 2011

31 days {21}: island redo

Welcome to Day 21 of "31 days to a Remodeled Room."  Yesterday I featured the new kitchen pendant lighting from IKEA.  Today, we'll look at the island redo.

The island in Becky's kitchen is a good size, but it is basically a freestanding standard cabinet with a back slapped on it.  Very builder-basic, nothing notable.  I wanted to make the island more of a feature in the kitchen - it is in the center of the room, so it should serve as a centerpiece!  The first step was (everybody say it with me now...) "to paint it!"

Of course, it's nothing original to paint an island a different color than the cabinets.  We had plenty of inspiration from blogland...
Photos from Traditional Home, Jen Johner, Ingrid Leess Design, & (source?)
I wanted to pull in the blue that we were using throughout the rest of the space, so we used the same "Interesting Aqua" that was used on the living room sideboard (yes, we originally called it a buffet, but I stand corrected).  I also wanted to add a couple of things to the island:  wood corbels (those bracket things that look like they are holding up the counter top) to give it more furniture detail, and a towel bar to corral all of Becky's dish towels that she had hanging on various cabinet knobs all around the kitchen.

There other decorating tricks you can do to dress up a basic island too.  You can change the counter top to a contrasting material - butcher block or wood planks are an affordable choice.  And if you are putting on a new top, you can add an open bookcase at one end or extend the top out for bar seating if you didn't have it already.  Thrifty Decor Chick (I heart Thrifty Decor Chick!) upgraded her basic island with moulding, then decided to redo her do-over with beadboard.
Photos from Thrifty Decor Chick
What?  Your kitchen doesn't have an island?  Well, if you have room, consider this: a painted dresser-turned-island.  I love the chalkboard on the back!
Photos from Apartment Therapy
So, here's how Becky's island turned out:

I'll show you the other side with the added corbels tomorrow when I feature the bar stools.
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