Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kitchen Island Paint Debate

Well as you may recall, the kitchen island was lovingly and quickly built by my A1 father-in-law in one day!

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I had not expected the project to move so fast from the planning stages to completion and thus am rather perplexed on my paint color choices. You all know I am in love with this island seen below; but I am unsure if I want to go that bold.

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I'm actually thinking about painting our island a couple shades lighter than our wall color and staining the top as if it is a butcher block. Do you all have any suggestions? I am all ears!

Oh, and can you see what I put up in the background? Once I'm home for good lighting I'll take a pic of the plate wall and post it for you guys!

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I also have plans for some vintage wire locker baskets to hold stuff on the bottom and I purchased a modern cabinet pull off of eBay to act as a towel bar since none of the standard sizes would work. I promise when it all comes together another blog post will follow. Have a great, great day! ♥

xoxo

26 comments:

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Questions. Is is going to be a working island? or will it be used just to place things on? You should decide exactly how its going to be used and that should determine, if you're going to paint it or not or whatever else.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i was going to shout "paint it!" from the hilltops, but then read the first comment, and think if you are going to use the butcherblock top, paint just the base. i definitely see you with it painted a funky green, turquoise or bright yellow. that would totally suit your style and look awesome!

Shannon said...

I'd probably do exactly as the picture does, paint it that awesome aqua then use a nice big cutting board on top, ya know, for those times when you care about function ;)

Suzanne said...

Why not pick a color from your plate wall and paint it the same color? Then stain or oil the top so it's a butcher block top. (I recommend oiling so you can really use the top.)

Elisa @ whatthevita said...

oh, paint it a fun color! I think it'll be worth it

Rachel @ La Bella Bungalow said...

I love the pop of color. You can always repaint it in a few years if you get bored. Everything is turning out so nicely in your kitchen. I can't wait to see the plate wall!

Rosa said...

Whoa! You're father in law rocks! I think you are feeling hesitation because he did such a spectacular job on raw wood. I am sure you are concerned about the paint results not being as lovely as you'd hoped and then possibly undoing the efforts he put in.

I would live with it as is for a few days and then paint. It is a lovely piece and your initial instincts are dead on. GO FOR IT!

Allison aka Half of VAMH said...

I love the idea of the butcher block top but a bold paint color! Mix of both worlds. A nice neutral would be good too though..you really can't go wrong!

And eeee I cannot wait to see your plate wall!

Leslie G said...

Let me just preface by saying that my comment won't be of any help. =) First, I LOVE the turquoise. It's bold, but not THAT bold, you know? Buuuut... I love that natural wood look. I don't know what it is, but I think that piece is just so beautiful and I just love the look of the unfinished, naked wood grain. So I am torn, but I do know that whichever way you end up going, it will look fantastic.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I like your plans to use both paint and stain. While having it painted all one color would look fantastic, the stained top would be more practical. I'm sure that when you entertain and in every day use the piece would get a lot of wear and tear. The stained top would be a good move.

Can't wait to see your plate wall. From what I can see, it looks amazing!

Erin from Skoots and Cuddles said...

i like the paint/stain option. i think a simple stained butcher block top with a fun pop of color beneath would be a fun idea! btw... i can't wait to see your plate wall... from the glimpse you provided... it's looks amazing!

Nikki said...

I like Cassie's idea of yellow, but that would be bold. Yellow and grey look amazing together. Or a walnut stain to match your bamboo curtains would look exceptional as well. But don't as me, I'm afraid to paint anything.

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

ooh, tough dilemma. it really depends on the look you're going for. it would be great with a pop of color, but the paint/stain thing is very classic. can't wait to see what you decide.

Mrs. Chic said...

I need a father in law like that! Your kitchen island looks so great.

What material are your kitchen counter made of, because I like your idea of painting the lower portion of the island and staining the top like butcher block (since they are so timeless)

I think you should do a bright color, maybe a pick a color from one of your plats that ties in with the curtains and rest of the kitchen.

shawnadammit said...

I definitely say go bold.

LW @ Aisle to Aloha said...

I mean, in the original kitchen, I would guess the reason the island draws your eye in is the color, right? At least, for me it is! So, I say paint it a bright color!

I agree with whomever said to pull in a color from the plate wall and go with that. But I would personally leave the top either oiled as someone else said or stained.

Have fun with it! Can't wait to see the final results!

Suzie said...

I like Shannon's idea! Paint it a really fun color and place a large cutting board on top! You're FIL is AWESOME and I am very excited about the decorative plates!

Erin and Darren said...

I'm with Cassie-- paint the bottom a bold, bright color (yellow, turquoise, kelly green) and put a butcher block on top. An island should be a eye-catching stand-out piece!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I seriously adore the aqua and think it would be perfect in your kitchen. But, everything you do is perfect, so trust your gut. LOVE the plate wall. I just want you to come to my house and HELP me.

And, I totally missed the post about this island. Can I borrow your FIL, too? Pretty please? I'll make cookies. ;)

Jesse said...

Can't wait to see what you decide to do!

Sharstin said...

whatever you decide it will be fab~ and I can't wait to see your plate wall up close~ Looks so great!

C @ Project Pretty said...

He did a beautiful job. Wish I had a fab color choice to recommend, but I believe I'd have just as hard of a time at choosing. I'm sure you'll pick something fabulous!

Christine said...

Oh I love the turquoise one! That's gorgeous! But I get what you're saying, it's definitely bold! My father in law built us a bar and we also had trouble finding a towel bar to fit the area. He ended up putting together some rustic looking plumbing pieces. It turned out perfect as I'm sure yours will!

Chateau 809 said...

I love how the bright aqua looks- can't wait to see the finished product!

kashyakoosh said...

PAINT IT! I mean it's only paint and if you tire you can always repaint. It's so nice, what a lovely father-in-law.

Freckles Chick said...

That is one island I'd love be to stranded on. Heh. It's GORGEOUS even its purest state! Your FIL is THE best ever.

Hmmm, I'm thinking a watery blue-grey w/ the top stained a rich, dark color.

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