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Kitchen Island | Restyled

Let’s take a look at this restyled kitchen island we finished for a client! It has some surprising details that you will love!

one thing leads to another

One of our customers stopped by to pick up a hand-built cabinet that she had ordered a few weeks ago and had a little peak into my workshop. Her eyes went directly to a small kitchen island that was turned upside down and sitting on top of the huge pile of projects I have stored in the workshop.

She has an eye just like me! I can walk into a thrift store, an auction or a yard sale and spot certain pieces that I know have potential.

This custom client is no different.

She immediately asked what my plans for the kitchen island were and when I said I thought of painting the base of it in black, she said, ‘sold!!’

kitchen island makeover with rolling pin as towel holder painted in miss mustard seed milk paint typewriter
blurry screenshot on my phone!

first things first

Hubby removed the butcher block top and ran it through the planer. This machine completely removes dirt, grease, and marks that were on the top of the kitchen island. It would take me forever to sand it down to bare wood. The planer does this job in just minutes! It also corrects any warping that can occur with wood.

He also removed the casters. They had a rubber section around the wheel and most of it has dry-rotted and fallen off. New locking casters were ordered right away!

‘fast’ painting!

Here is a quick video showing and explaining the process I took to restyle the base of this kitchen island.

And here is the completed project! Isn’t she adorable?? Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter sealed with General Finishes High Performance in Flat gives the finish a charcoal-ish gray color that will be durable because of the polyurethane topcoat. I love the visual texture it created!

a new set of wheels

See the new casters? They both have locks on them making this kitchen island so versatile! Lock it to stay put and unlock the casters to move the island to a new area.

kitchen island makeover with rolling pin as towel holder painted in miss mustard seed milk paint typewriter

clever details

Let’s chat about some of the cute details we added to this kitchen island. See that rolling pin? The vintage 1950-1960’s rolling pin was cleaned up and sealed with General Finishes High Performance in Flat and attached to the apron of the kitchen island.

kitchen island makeover with rolling pin as towel holder painted in miss mustard seed milk paint typewriter

Could there be a cuter way to hang a dish towel?? How adorable is that!! Hubby made it stationary so the towel won’t spin off!

kitchen island makeover with rolling pin as towel holder painted in miss mustard seed milk paint typewriter
kitchen island makeover with rolling pin as towel holder painted in miss mustard seed milk paint typewriter
kitchen island makeover with garden tool handle for mobility painted in miss mustard seed milk paint typewriter and rolling pin as towel bar

garden tools on a kitchen island??

The next clever addition to the kitchen island was this garden tool handle! The original tool would have had a long pole with some sort of garden implement at the other end – maybe a spade or a three-pronged digger thingy?

Who knows!! All we had in the workshop was the handle. Hubby is brilliant at adding these sorts of details to our reinvented pieces!

The handle serves as an actual handle for the kitchen island when moving it around the kitchen or maybe out to the patio near the grill.

kitchen island makeover with garden tool handle for mobility and top view of butcher block top painted in miss mustard seed milk paint typewriter

The wood tones of the handle are perfect next to the painted surface of the island.

kitchen island makeover with garden tool handle for mobility

fresh surfaces

Have I mentioned the top of the kitchen island?? Like I said earlier, hubby removed it and ran it through the planer.

kitchen island makeover with garden tool handle for mobility

He sealed the fresh butcher block surface with Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner. Now it is clean, fresh and ready for food prep!

yay for storage!

The shelving below offers great storage. Of course, ironstone looks perfect on it!!

And there you have it! An adorable restyled and rustic kitchen island! Our client has picked it up and is enjoying it in her home! She loved the finish and said that it had a charcoal look to it and that it would match her kitchen perfectly!

kitchen island makeover

before and after

Thanks for stopping by for this restyle! I hope you are encouraged to think outside of the box when you come across thrift store finds like this!

kitchen island before and after Pinterest graphic

got questions?

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4 Comments

    1. Thanks Karen!! Check out your local thrift stores and maybe you will find one similar! Let me know if you do find one – I would love to see it!

  1. Absolutely love how this turned out! The black base, the rolling pin, the storage and a butcher block…what more could one ask for something useful in a kitchen!! And it rolls…perfect!! By the way, I think the handle to move it might have been off an old push mower from back in the day? Maybe? Anyway, whatever it was, it’s a perfect addition to move it around. Great project!!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! That kitchen island has been one of my fave upcycled projects to date! As for the handle, you just might be in to something!! I remember those old lawn mowers and I remember handles just like the one on the island on those mowers! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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