Painted Detail on My Kitchen Island

Last weekend was perfect. Mother's Day was lovely - Michael and the girls surprised me with a necklace I've been eying for a while and a gorgeous bunch of peonies.


The arrangement was so pretty that I thought it was a good excuse to break out the camera and take some 'after shots' of my kitchen island that I've been meaning to share with you.

This old dresser was one of the very first things Michael and I bought as a married couple. We got it for almost nothing at a thrift store in Arizona. It's been about 20 different colors over the years and the hardware's changed a half dozen times. The top hutch piece was some I picked up a few years later at the Crate and Barrel outlet.



When we moved into our new apartment, I knew I wanted to add an island to our kitchen to provide more counter space and to separate the cooking/prep area from the dining, but I didn't think I wanted to use this dresser. I mean, look at the back of the thing. It was in bad shape. This is right after we moved in last September.



Call me sentimental (or cheap), but I thought I'd at least give the dresser a run as a possible island, so I pulled off the old back.


I got a piece of very inexpensive chipboard cut to size at Home Depot, and stapled and nailed it in place. Then I primed and painted the whole thing in BEHR's Night Shade (it looks navy in the picture, but it actually has a lot of green in it).


The new paint helped the situation a lot. I knew I wanted to add moulding or something though to make the flat back more exciting. It's one of the first things you see from our front door, so it was important for the detail to be sort of punchy and fun. I liked this paint treatment from House and Home and thought it would be a cinch to do something similar:


After doing a little sketch and planning out my measurements, I taped off all the straight lines.



Then I put down a base coat of the same Night Shade paint to seal the tape and prevent most of the paint bleeding.



Then on went the white paint for the detail.



I like to pull my tape off immediately, while the paint's still wet. You can see the lines still bled a little, but it was an easy fix with a detail brush.



To make curves in the corners, I just used a round glass as a template and then filled in the lines with the detail brush.



At first I was worried that the white and navy felt too nautical, but I love the relief the white paint provides against all the navy and black in the kitchen, and it also ties in the floors and the marble on the island.



I'm also really happy with how the navy works with the black cabinets. I love mixing black and blues.



And pink just looks good with anything.

109 comments:

pve design said...

I love it and love mixing black and blues - your runner is sweet and those peonies are too.
pve

Kristen @ Hillside Hideaway said...

This is GORGEOUS...love it! I've always shied away from painting stripes because I worry about bleeding. Your technique with laying down a base coat of the original color is genius. Off to scout out potential striping projects now... :)

Fran said...

Unbelievable Jenny!! Your detailing on the island is awesome and the mix of blue and blue with the oriental rug on the floor is beautiful!! Love it all!!

Hana said...

i've been giddy seeing the arrival of peonies here. the island (and rug) looks beautiful! thanks for sharing xo

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

well... can I just say pure perfection?!

Sadie + Stella said...

This looks amazing!! Truly!! Loved the vision and the shade of navy looks perfect with the black cabinets. Love!

Liz @ MaisonTwenty3 said...

Oh wow, that is gorgeous and really unexpected. I love the shade of blue.

Maggie@BritishBaking said...

This looks fantastic - I'm amazed at the transformations you can achieve... Even the back of a cupboard isn't safe in it's mediocrity!

Anonymous said...

are you kidding!! love it. this is why i love your blog

Terese said...

WOW!! Amazing. I have such good memories of that furniture piece. I'm amazed at the transformation. You are a master!

Andrea said...

That turned out great! You have such amazing ideas. I love them all.

Michelle said...

LOVE this! And something as small as the paint the detailing really does make it work so much better.

Whitney Interior Design said...

Fantastic work Jenny! As usual, you are inventive and brave. This island is clearly an efficient use of your space, already-owned furniture *and* your talent!

NK: Style-ING w/ Children said...

I love it, so amazing! :)

VictoriaArt said...

Well done! Love your smart ways for great design!
Glad to hear your Mother's Day was wonderful!
xoxo

Julie B. said...

Love it! Did you have a custom piece of marble cut for the top?

Corinne said...

What a clever girl!

AgathaMChristie@yahoo.com said...

I'm shocked at how good that looks! Might try that paint detail for the inside shelves of a white bookcase. Very nicely done.

Jil Casey said...

Well Done!

cafenoHut said...

what a great job! may I ask you. which kind of paint did you use for this kitchen island?

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh it turned out so very pretty! I agree the detail is awesome and you are always so right on with the color selections!

ceo said...

Lovely Lovely.... You did a great job painting them all....

xxx
CEO

ashley schmutz said...

i don't know how you come up with this stuff! it looks amazing! did you have the marble top cut?

Angeline said...

Wow -you are so talented! Love the mix of black, white, blue pink and of course a bit of gold... thanks for sharing!

alison@MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I need about 1/3 of the creativity floating around in your brain on any given day ;)
Looks superb!

Stephanie said...

Fantastic! I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and read through all your archives - I love how you don't hestitate to paint anything!! And the tip about laying down a base coat of the background color to help avoid bleeding is awesome. Also, it helps to know that even the pros have to deal with bleeding, it makes me feel like less of a painter's tape failure. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration! =D

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Gorgeous, as always! I don't know how you come up with your ideas, Jenny, but I am super-envious of that brain of yours. :)

Kathysue said...

You are one clever lady. One of my favorite combinations is pink and cobalt and white, so pretty. Your dresser turned out great!! Kathysue

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

Beautiful job! Those pink peonies look gorgeous with the navy blue-great job!!

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

I LOVE this! Such a special piece that has been with y'all through it all. I love the marble top and the painted detail! Those peonies aren't bad either!

Cori said...

Incredible!!!! I love it!!!

Kiende @ kiendedesigns.com said...

That is very clever!
Now, that really cements the principal that furniture doesn't have to always line the walls.

Shaela said...

Beautiful. Did you have the marble on top added for the island or was it an earlier addition when used as a dresser? Looks great.

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

So very fabulous! Love the marble top.

misshelly said...

This is stunning--made my day complete! Great job!

Sarah Bradley said...

This is amazing! You're so, so talented!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

bananas good. I'd never think to combine navy with black, but it works so well!

alexis said...

Beautiful? What color is on the dresser/hutch from Crate and Barrel?

Jenny at LGN said...

Cafenohut - I used Behr's Premium Plus (paint+primer) in Night Shade. I almost always use Behr paints and Benjamin Moore colors, but I really liked this night shade color from Behr.

Alexis - the last version of the dresser and hutch was painted in Martha's Bedford Gray. It's a great color that she uses a lot in her own homes. Works great with browns and blacks.

Thanks for the very sweet comments! I'll post about the marble top tomorrow. It's a fun story.

xoxoxo

angela said...

You are a miracle worker!!!! I think I speak for a lot of us when I say, we would love more details! What type of paint, brush, prep work, drying time between coats, everything. I can tell you that when I paint furniture it doesn't look like that... you have some serious talent! It is a joy to watch you.

cait said...

to die for...you're amazing. xo

courtneyoutloud said...

Okay that kitchen is KILLER! I would have never used that was a dresser. The overall colors are also beautiful.....

Elizabeth said...

Jenny,

Once again you have proven that you do not have to spend a ton of money to create something beautiful. I love how you continually repurpose furniture in different rooms, and just change the color. I also love that you create things, be it furniture, art, or just techniques that are accessable to everyone. You are talented beyond belief, and your willingness to share makes you all the more special.

P.S Love the peonies!

Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration. I always knew you were super creative- but I had no idea you were famous! I want to be just like you when I grow up and I've already found ideas on this blog I plan to steal. I'm reminded of when it seemed like I came home from school to a "new house" every day because my mom was always redecorating something. I loved it, and now that I'm out of school for the summer I can see myself doing it. Jason wont know what hit him! :)
Love ya,
your favorite cousin- Linnea

Cricket said...

jenny- AWESOME! can you tell me where you got the runner in the kitchen? i am searching for something similiar for a hallway!

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Brittany said...

Love, love the island. I do have a question, though. How do you do all these projects with three little girls? I have a 2 and 3-year-old and I am trying to figure out how you get it all done. Any secrets?

Marilena said...

Jenny,
WHY has no one snatched you up for a show yet?? Every time I log on your ideas are always so fresh and your color is stunning!!! You're a great talent.

Denese said...

Wow! I love this piece and am so inspired by your re-purposing of an old dresser. Simply perfect. And what better topper than a bushel of peonies, my absolute favorite. I keep staring at my peony bush wishing the bounty to bloom. Soon!

You might try this on your next striping project: http://frogtape.com/

It works awesome for clean, crisp lines every time.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful project.
best -
d @ plum
http://www.plumlife.typepad.com/

lizziefitz said...

Brilliant ! Do you dream about project ideas all night long? So clever and so original!

Barbie said...

Love how it turned out. And love seeing a little more unveil of your kitchen!

Ashley said...

WOW! What you manage to come up with...it's just amazing, really. Did you mention the marble top? Did you replace the original top with a marble slab?

Lisa said...

You've got a great eye! I love your ideas, fo real!

Annie said...

I love your kitchen! Especially the combination of the island and the rug. Where is your rug from? I'm looking for something similar.
APJ

Mrs. DeVore said...

I LOVE this! What a beautiful color combo and those peonies are just gorgeous!

amber said...

I love it! Someday I want an island and now I think I want this one! You always have the best before and afters.

Kristy @ I Design Love said...

I love what you did with your island. It looks great, the navy color looks fabulous, very different.

Jackie said...

That is gorgeous, Jenny! I am always amazed at how creative and talented you are. You are such an inspiration.

Heidi said...

Jenny this is stunning! Can I move in? No, but really.....? :) The peonies just about set me over the edge.

Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis said...

Really, that is just so genius. I love that you used a used piece and were so resourceful and creative without! Truly, great idea. Thank for sharing with us:) It looks fabulous in the kitchen!

Danielle said...

Wow! I never cease to be amazed at the transformative powers of paint! It looks amazing!

Rose said...

You did a bang up job! I love the idea of navy in the kitchen - so classic!

Anne said...

I love this, Jenny! Did I miss the part about how you ended up with a marble top to your dresser though?

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

That idea of the painting detail on the back is genius! I knew there was a reason I can't stay away from your blog (c: And I'm so glad you had a lovely mother's day, fresh flowers will do it for me every time!

Jesse said...

first off, i love peonies. my mother has a huge bush of them, and i won't be home this year to see (and smell!) them. i can practically smell these off the page.
second, that hutch turned out beautiful. it's amazing what you remake -- you always can see the beauty in something so far ahead. v. cool.

Rachael said...

You are amazing! There are so many things I admire about you and about this project - I really love your ability to see the potential in things. For me, this is far more gratifying then having endless cash.

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

Wow! I absolutely love this. Navy and black feels so modern and the white accent is just the icing on the cake! Great job.

cafenoHut said...

Thank you for your information. I'll try to find it.

court. said...

GOREGEOUS!!!!! I love it!

April said...

Really inspirationally beautiful!

Jack and Annie said...

LOVE IT!! We need a home tour of your new place soon!

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

girrrrllll I've been lookin' at this all day. You impress me! Love that greeny tealy navy paint color with the marble. Tasty dlite.

Sally said...

Beautiful! Job well done. I appreciate all the detail pictures rather than just a "before" and "after."

Ginger said...

You are amazing! Love it!!

Melissa said...

I, too, love the mix of navy with black. It would have been so easy to just do another shade of black...the navy is just right! Congratulations on such a great job! Did you add the marble top recently? It didn't look like it was in the picture with the hutch.

Anna said...

Love the idea of using a dresser as a kitchen island. I'm thinking of using this idea as well - just having trouble finding the perfect one! But yours looks great :)

Stephanie Sabbe said...

Jenny! you = amazing!

Soul Pretty said...

this is the most clever idea I've seen on a blog in a while...and when I have a kitchen big enough for an island I will try it.

Jaclyn said...

This is so incredible! I can't believe what the dresser looked like before, and of course those peonies are a beautiful touch. So glad I came across your blog :)

Kristin said...

YOU are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your creative work on the blog.

This project gave me inspiration to update I piece I have. It's a solid wood cabinet, the top folds open to make a large buffet. It was my grandmother's. Can't wait to get started....

Ingrid said...

Wow, Jenny it is gorgeous! The detailing on the island is beautiful and it looks perfect with the runner! Peonies are my favorite and need to get some in my home!

Kristin said...

This is amazing! Wow!

Anonymous said...

i'd go for just a little grey veining in the white paint -

john in nc

alexis said...

Thanks for the info! Its the perfect shade of gray. Of course, I meant beautiful! (not beautiful?)

The Vintique Object said...

Well, I am FLOORED. Not just by the ingenuity of this project, but by your amazing kitchen with all its detailed and eclectic glory!

Andrea @ strawberry-chic said...

I love how all-wood furniture can be re-done so many times, yet still remains functional (you could never do that with the cheap laminate stuff made today!) Awesome project, it looks fantastic!

generic latisse said...

great work has been done!

Sarah said...

I have a question about the dresser/Hutch combo. what color gray paint did you use for that, it looks great!

Nidhi said...

Simply wonderful....Thank you for sharing! Helps me think about what I have that could use an uplift.

Maggie @ Black and White {Side by Side} said...

It's just beautiful! From the pictures, I thought you had added some molding or wood trim. The painted detail is perfect - and very diy-able for the rest of us :)

fric and frac said...

Gorgeous! I love the blue and white and don't think you can ever be too nautical! Looks great!

Anonymous said...

Love it but my one question is when you attached the chip board with staples then painted it, did you just paint over the staples or hide them some how..

Jenn said...

Just to let you know that I featured you on my blog. I was totally inspired by you {as always} because you can see something and make it happen!
Have a delightful day!
Jenn
Redberrybarn.blogspot.com

kaylee jo said...

How did you get the lovely counter top on top of the dresser? How did you secure it?

CC said...

This is amazing. I love it!

Anonymous said...

oh sweet sweet sweet sweet!!

Newburgh Restoration said...

Awesome Job! I was wondering how you did the curves. Great idea with the wine glass!

Design Junkie said...

I love black and blue also. You make a fantastic choice and did a great job!

Kris @ Attainable Sustainable said...

I have been looking for a used dresser to do something similar in my kitchen. So far no luck, but I'm bookmarking this for inspiration when I find one! Thanks.

Marcus Design said...

Jenny, this is just an amazing transformation of a regular old dresser!! I love it so much, especially the painted detail. I hope you don't mind, I am featuring this project along with a couple of other DIYs on my blog today. Keep up the fabulous work!!
Nancy xo

ChaChaKate said...

Awesome! Did you replace the wooden top of the dresser with a granite one too (or something with the illusion of granite)? Where do you go for something like that?

Rachel said...

OH I absolutely love it! The white paint detail was brilliant (instead of actually buying trim pieces). The result is stunning!

Jamie said...

OH MY!!!!!!!! Wow! You just got it totally right- the shade of navy, the design for the island, the color of the peonies, the vase that the peonies is in and the gorgeous rug (where did you find it?). I'm sooo impressed. You are def one of my 4 favorite design blogs out there. You have a great eye!

Arlee said...

This looks gorgeous! I have been trying to figure out how to get an island in my kitchen. This gave me lots of ideas! Thanks!

Object of Maya*ffection said...

What a FAB job you did! Sentimental turned out wonderful! (and great find on the marble top!)

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Your island looks so nice! I recently took out some cabinets from the middle of our kitchen and replaced it with a dresser too! It's funny how different both of our are - but both so neat! Here's the link to mine - http://happenstanceathome.blogspot.com/2011/03/breathing-new-life-into-our-20-year-old.html

You have so many great projects!

Type A Ramblings said...

Insanely gorgeous!

Malia said...

Love this idea. I have a kitchen that seems like it would be too small for an island but a longer skinny dresser may do the trick. Also thanks for the tip about sealing the tape with the base color, genius!

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

I love this dresser makeover! I've included it in my roundup of 12 ways to repurpose a dresser.

http://www.addicted2decorating.com/twelve-ways-to-repurpose-a-dresser-dresser-transformations.html

Thanks for the inspiration!!

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