Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A MAKEOVER FOR ELSA'S KITCHEN ISLAND~DESIGNING & PAINTING A SPECIAL FINISH

A MAKEOVER FOR ELSA'S KITCHEN ISLAND~DESIGNING & PAINTING A SPECIAL FINISH

My client asked me to help her with her kitchen island.
It was plain and she wanted it to be fancy and look like a piece of furniture.
She asked me to pick out the trim and paint colors to go with her granite
 and the rest of her very large kitchen.
It was fun deciding how to dress up her island.  She showed me a picture of an island that I had painted and told me she really likes rope trim.  So, I showed her a sample of a cabinet door that I had painted and brought over the wood trim that I had picked out.
She approved!
So, I asked a carpenter to attach the trim pieces and he did a great job.
This is how her island looked BEFORE.
Notice the white switch plate and cover.
Me getting the special paint finish started.
This is sweet little Ellie.  She's smiling. 
She was so cute and playful and she  minded her mommy when she told her to get away from the paint.
I picked out the knobs and my client approved.  
They look really, really good on the doors and drawers.
She loves her new island!!
It happened to be my birthday and she surprised me with a birthday cake.
I LOVE chocolate!!
Thank you so much, Elsa!!
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HERE IS A LINK TO MY EBOOK WITH COLORS & TECHNIQUE FOR THIS FINISH

39 comments:

  1. That's gorgeous, Lynda! She must have been over the moon with this transformation.

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    1. Thank you!! She sent me an email this afternoon saying how happy she is. It really changed the look of her kitchen.

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  2. Looks great (the island AND the cake!) Happy Birthday!!!

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    1. Thank you!! I had a very nice birthday and that cake was sooo delicious!

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  3. Looks just beautiful! Love everything, the color, the rope, the hardware:) And happy birthday. found at inspire me monday linky. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you!! I had fun deciding which trim to use and how to place it. These birthdays are coming faster and faster! :)

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  4. love it!
    I bought an ugly old check out counter I am doing something similar with. =)

    blessings
    barb

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    1. Sounds interesting! I love old check out counters. You can do so much with them. Have fun!

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  5. Very nice redo of your kitchen counter, it came out so nice.


    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thank you! It looks so nice now and much better than before.

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  6. I really do like the trim you picked out and I am picky. Nice to find you on Kathewithane

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    1. Thank you!! It was fun picking out what I thought Elsa would like and, thank goodness, she did. It looks really good in her kitchen.

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  7. It turned out gorgeous! Thanx for partying at THT.

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    1. Thank you!! The colors look really good in her kitchen.

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  8. Looks really nice, like something that would have been super expensive to buy. Also your doggie is adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much!! That is what I was trying to do with her island. She wanted it to look like a piece of furniture. That's Ellie. She's Elsa's little dog.

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  9. I love how this turned out, and it's so different from before! I'll have to remember this when I get around to updating my kitchen! :)

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    1. Yes, it is such a transformation. And, thank you so much!

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  10. Happy Belated birthday Lynda! Wow, what a great look that trim gave. Love it and the color! Super job! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you! I had a very nice birthday. The trim really, really did make a difference and I had fun designing everything. She was nice to let me do that.

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  11. This turned out gorgeous Lynda! I didn't know you could get trim like that. Happy birthday too! Mine is tomorrow :) Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Deborah

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    1. Oh, Happy Birthday!! Yes, you can find trim at several different home and hardware stores. I love the way the island turned out.

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  12. Gorgeous trim detail Lynda - it changed the entire look of that island along with your beautiful vintage paint technique. Both took this island up several notches. Your work never ceases to amaze me!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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    1. You're so nice and thank you so much!! It was nice of her to let me decide everything and I do think it looks really good in her kitchen.

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  13. Wow, that is beautiful! Your transformation just took that kitchen island to a whole new level!

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    1. Thank you! It really did change the look of her, already, nice kitchen.

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  14. Amazing transformation Lynda. Well done and thanks for sharing the process.

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    1. Thank you, Kerryanne!! Her kitchen really does look different, now.

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  15. Hi Lynda,
    Visiting from Life On Lakeshore Drive. Beautiful refinish. What color paints did you use?

    ~Jenise from www.DIYFunIdeas.com

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    1. Thank you! They were colors that I mixed to try to match the colors in her kitchen. I guess, off white and a stain that I mixed, too.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Your blog is beautiful with all of the flower photos.

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  17. Hello..can you please tell me what colors you used to get this beautiful look?
    thank you!

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    1. Hi, I used a light beigy paint for the base coat and a darker gel stain over that. I just finished my first e-book about using gel stains to look like brush strokes. My next e-book will be step by step using gel stains in a different way to look like this island. Anyway, hope that helps. And, always make samples to see how it will turn out.

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  18. Thank you so much. We were trying to guess that it was a grey green...interesting that it was a beigy...

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    1. Lisa, the base coat probably was a gray beigy color. Then, the stain being oil based will amber it. That might be why you think it has a green cast. I haven't seen this island in a few months, but it probably still looks gray browny, not green. When you choose your base coat, make sure it's in the gray browny tones, not the gray greeny tones. If you look at the wall of paint samples in the store, you'll see what I mean.

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