Today, I wanted to talk a little about the kitchen island, as I continue to share our kitchen update experiences.

Island - Before

As you can see in the before, the island initially was the same light oak finish as the rest of the kitchen. I may have mentioned in my last post, while we were doing our kitchen project, we decided to make some changes to the kitchen island, without replacing it.  We updated the ovens (they were black glass); we added legs to the front, base moldings and decided to prime and paint it.  We wanted, as you’ll see in upcoming posts, to have a mixture of painted and stained cabinetry in the “new” kitchen. 

We started the paint treatment with the island, and finished with some stenciling to add some character to the front and fauxed the entire island with my favorite raw umber glaze. 

Island - After

Island - After

While John and I were building our house I read in a magazine that people had been putting their ovens in the island and I liked that idea.  It allowed me to have 2 full size ovens that couldn’t be seen upon entering the room.  I figured  it was better than having a large double oven out in the open and they are convenient for me to just take things out and place them right on the island top.  So I told the builder to put them in the island (he hadn’t heard of it before but using wall ovens, it didn’t matter) and he did and I have loved it ever since.  Our friends even borrowed the idea for their own home.

Island - Ovens

We then decided to upgrade our Corian top with a new top made of Ceaserstone.  We’ve always had a different color on the island top as it adds a nice element of contrast with the rest of the counters.

Finally, we updated the light fixture, added a ceiling medallion which I fauxed in a light bronze effect. We love how it turned out.

Island Light and Medallion

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http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-us-your-kitchens.html