My old kitchen- the island

After the bookshelf I tackled the island (and peninsula too). I saw this cool product at Lowe’s and wanted to give it a shot- Airstone. The marketing said if you can ice a cupcake, you can use Airstone… well here’s the thing… I can’t ice a cupcake. Do you think I let that stop me?! Nah!

The island was a labor of love. When we moved in, I tried to crackle it and it was a disaster! Let me just tell you, over the years I have learned FAR more by failure than by success. I know quite a bit about paint…. and yea… because I screw up a LOT!

sxs island redo crackle

sxs island redo icky sxs island redo edges

Don’t you want to buy that? ICK…. Here’s a tip: if you try crackle and it doesn’t work, stop. Just strip it all off and start over. You can NOT add paint to cover it up. It keeps crackling. You can’t sand it to get it off…. the sanding heats it all back up and still crackles… just sayin’ I may know someone who tried this method and I’ll try to save you some heartache….

so I pulled the island apart:

sxs island redo before front sxs island redo box strip sxs island redo prep

and started stripping the parts I needed to:

sxs island redo stripping

I used this great product I found online called HomeStrip:

sxs Home Strip

It hardly had a smell at all and worked wonderfully. It was a slightly more labor intensive than the chemical strippers that you find a big box stores, but I felt worth the extra effort to not have a headache when I was done.

When that was done, I had this:

sxs island redo box strip sxs island redo stripped sxs island redo drawers ready

Stripping is messy business y’all…. it why I avoid it like the plague. Y.U.C.K.

ok, on to fun stuff… then I pulled out the Airstone. This was the DIYers dream! Went on so easy. Spread the adhesive on the back with a putty knife (sorry, I was an idiot and have no pictures of this) and stick it to the cabinet wall. The product cuts with a hack saw (or in my case, my Ryobi Job Plus tool- WAY easier) and boom!

sxs island build start sxs island build rear

Yes, there are even corner pieces for the sides that wrap around- it’s SO easy. I did the whole island and the back of the peninsula. Then I painted the bottom cabinets in the kitchen in Shabby Paint Garfield Gray (a nice medium charcoal tone) and the tops in White Ice (a gray-toned white).  It made the entire space seem larger and not to mention cleaner.

sxs kitchen island after full sxs kitchen island after sxs kitchen penninsula after sxs kitchen after sxs full kitchen after head on bright sxs full kitchen after corner sxs full kitchen after

Oh! the best part? My real estate agent was horrified I painted the cabinets two different colors. He was pretty mean about it actually… but the house sold to the first people who saw it- know why? Yep, of course. It was the kitchen… go figure.

The lighting was terrible and all work was done until the wee hours of the morning so I am so very sorry.

What do you think? Better than how it started?


(Ryobi Power Tools and HomeStrip sent me products to use and tell you about. All opinions are always my own)

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  • Reply
    May 25 at 5:54 PM

    Wow, that looks gorgeous! You got mad skillz, girl!

    • Reply
      May 25 at 6:36 PM

      Thank you sir! ((hugs))

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