Rustic Island Redo

Want to see what I was working on last week?
I created this island for Kristin and Liam out of some old cabinets.

Painted in a slate color (a special mix of a few).
The family wanted this wine rack that was given to them incorporated into the island.
So I rebuilt the rack to fit on one end. It was 4 inches too wide so I made a frame the size I needed it to be. I attached it to the wine rack and cut the piece down to size with my table saw.
I wasn’t exactly sure how to do this at first but it worked out in the end….

On the back of the island I applied new and old wood.

(some of these pictures I took with my phone… =/ )
I used 2×6’s and 2×4’s to make the legs chunky.
1×6’s for the feet.
Add two wooden brackets to the back for the butcher block top overhang.
The butcher block top was from the house that Liam grew up in. I rubbed it with some dark walnut and a bit of ebony stain.

I hand pick the wood so that I get pieces with good rough character.
(the guys at the lumber store used to think I was crazy – I made them look up my blog)
I seal the painted island with satin laquer.  Laquer is not usually recommended because it can eat up the paint….that’s exactly why I use it.
(I don’t have a tutorial on exactly how to do this – you just have to play around with it to see what works for you)

I painted a lot of the island black first so that when the laquer eats the paint up here and there – the black will show through. This picture above is an example.
We were going for a RUSTIC, OLD and FUNKY look….
I think we “nailed” it!
BOLD statement piece for this kitchen remodel.
(I love when people are brave enough to let me do these projects in their home)
Thank you Liam and Kristin!

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Funky Junk Interiors – SNS #125

31 Replies to “Rustic Island Redo”

  1. This is beautiful! What brand of satin laquer did you use? And, when you say it eats up the paint…do you have to do anything else to it to stop it where you want it to stop? Could you do a tut on this?xo wendy

  2. I love how that turned out! That was such a good idea to put the wine rack in the end. I bet they love it!

  3. Fabulous as always! I'd love to know how you learned how to build. I attempted to build a window frame (I mean, how hard could that be!) but only have a skill saw to work with and it was impossible for me to cut them straight! I need to take a Down to Earth Building for Beginners class!

  4. So from now on, I'm gonna read labels and when it says don't use with paint, or whatever, because it will some how destroy or alter the original finish – then that is the stuff I will buy and use.~Bliss~

  5. Outstanding! This is jaw-dropping gorgeous…if only I had a kitchen that could have an island this big!

  6. O'Holly, what an AMAZING re-do! You are so talented and creative. Come live by me or can I come and live by you? Enjoy your day, Gail

  7. Aye Yay Yay, that is crazy gorgeous. The finish is so beautiful and I want a butcher block like that for my home. Very nice.

  8. Can you please skip on over to Alabama and help me with an island. I've got it in my head to start this project but am at a loss as to how I want to start. Would love to borrow your How-To and Will Power for a day!!-Natalie

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