October 9, 2013

Painted Kitchen Island

I've been wanting to do something with our kitchen island for a while now but I haven't figured out what that "something" is yet. I painted our island Benjamin Moore's "Chelsea Gray" paint (color matched to Behr's interior satin paint) in the mean time to (hopefully) get the idea ball rolling.



I like it but I'm still on the fence about it.





Something you should know about me: I have no problem adjusting to furniture, art, rug, or decorative accessory changes but it takes me a while to adjust to other changes like lighting, and paint colors.



I tested a few different gray paint samples I had on hand before choosing Chelsea Gray:



In case you're curious, they are L to R: Benjamin Moore's "Revere Pewter" (our office's paint color), Valspar's "Black Earth",  Valspar's "Almost Charcoal", Benjamin Moore's "Rockport Gray" (top right), Valspar's "Man Cave", and Benjamin Moore's "Chelsea Gray".

I was torn between Man Cave and Chelsea Gray (the bottom two) but ended up choosing Chelsea Gray (bottom right) because I liked how it looked the most at different times throughout the day and thought it looked better with our barstools. Very scientific picking process I know haha



I loved how it looked when I was cutting in but after I stood back to look at my first rolled section, the second thought train started rolling in:



I thought "Maybe the blue painter's tape is making it look funny?" and "Maybe there's too many shadows being cast on the bar?" along with my personal favorite "Oh God, what have I done?!"

I told myself to finish painting and wait and see how it looked in the morning.



It definitely looks better in the daylight!



Sometimes I think it looks stunning, like when I see it from the side next to our cabinetry:



It also looks nice with our granite (Bianco Antico if you're wondering):





The color even meshes well with our dining room too but I don't know. I think the plain front is what's bothering me the most. I think it needs something. Molding maybe? A baseboard painted the same color? Maybe the whole thing should be a darker or lighter different paint color? Something.



Here's a couple of before and after's so you can get a better sense of the change:





What do you think? Do you like the color? Should I add anything to the front of the island?

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30 comments

  1. I think it looks really really good!

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  2. I really like the color but I agree with your molding thought. We added beadboard to ours and it totally changed the whole room! I think adding molding makes it appear more like furniture than just a cabinet. Or something like that.

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  3. you chose the perfect color- i LOVE it!!! i love it as is honestly!

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  4. I love the color but I'd love to see some beadboard on it, too!

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  5. I vote beadboard too! :) Although I do like the color you chose. :)

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  6. I love that color. I think it would add something to it if you added some trim here and there. Something that goes with your cabinet fronts. Not too frilly :) The color is so great with your new stools. Love it!

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  7. I like the color- but definitely agree it needs some molding. It's just a bit... flat?... looking right now. But the color is great.

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  8. The color is beautiful. I love the simplicity of it, but I see what you mean.

    Maybe a pattern would help? Chevron paint stripes (really light grey and white) or a pale grey wallpaper with an edgy pattern?

    Annie XO

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  9. I support the beadboard suggestion, but i think part of its problem is that the existing baseboard is PUNY! Can you rip that off and add something chunkier to see if it balances better?

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  10. i think you would like it better if it had molding, or even a taller more classy baseboard just to give it some character. I do like the color though!

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  11. I agree with the idea of adding chunkier baseboard instead of beadboard. Chalk it up to the joys of decorating in the Southwest, but things like beadboard, no matter how pretty, always kind of feel out of place.

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  12. I definitely love the color...you can tell how much more it pops when you do the before and after side-by-side. But I dooo think some molding would look awesome too!

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  13. Looks great! Maybe a simple but elegant molding to match the cabinet doors? I saw this site on Pinterest and thought it could work -- http://bluestockingstudio.blogspot.com/2012/01/custom-door-molding-kits.html#!/2012/01/custom-door-molding-kits.html
    I am moving from St. Louis to Phoenix this month and I love seeing your take on desert design. Cheers - CT

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  14. It looks great and is definitely a big transformation that makes it look like a more finished space...I like the molding idea! May try to mimic the molding on your cabinet doors. You could also try an overlay - they are my favorite!

    http://www.myoverlays.com/

    Jenn @ HomeStyleReport

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  15. I like the color! I agree, the baseboard needs to be more substantial. And then maybe a matching molding. New follower to your blog, by the way! I fell in love, read it for hours, and I'm here for good! : )

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  16. ooh, the before and after is really striking--so much better now! I like the idea of molding, too :)

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  17. I like this color a lot! It adds a little more interest behind those fabulous stools!

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  18. I like it! Think it adds juuuuuust the right touch of warmth.

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  19. I think it's definitely an improvement from the white, but there's something missing. I can't put my finger on it. Is it the color or does it just need molding? I'm awful with picking colors, so I wouldn't trust my opinion too much there!

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  20. Hm! I like it more when I can see the colors in the granite for sure. But I do agree that it needs something. Maybe corbels? That might not fit in well with the stools though. Maybe a runner? It's disturbing how long this will occupy my mind. Still, it's lovely and Ilove this little corner of your house!

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  21. I like the color a lot! Have you thought about adding some molding to it? Or maybe bead board? OR you could do those awesome wood buttons to tie in with your big bang door.

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  22. I really love the color - I think it's perfect with your granite and the stools and cabinets! I think beadboard would be totally out of style, but I understand why people are suggesting it - some texture would be the perfect finishing touch, I think. This just popped in my head... What about fairly thick horizontal planking, painted in the same gray? You can keep the perfect color, but add just the right amount of texture, and the planks would have a little more clean and modern edge than beadboard. Here's a pin for a visual!

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  23. The color is great! I love your idea of adding some molding though!

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  24. I love the colour, I want to go for something similar in our bedroom under the picture rail. I think bead board might be a bit country kitchen style, and your aesthetic is more modern, so I would go with Brynne if you were to noodle some more, planks a la Bower Power's palette nursery wall.

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  25. I love the look and everything,but whoever installed your granite should have polished all of the area under the over bar so rough stone isn't seen...I used to work at a granite/stone shop

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  26. Beautiful color. Your kitchen looks awesome. Love those stools too!

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  27. The proportions are off on the cabinet. If it were my kitchen, here's what I'd do (obvs. money is no object... ha ha). On the island I'd add a heftier baseboard - maybe 6 inches - and two corbels below the counter. I'd put in some gray/green backsplash tiles - think Heath Ceramics - and paint the trim around the door a darker shade to add architectural interest.

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  28. Just stumbled on your blog and really like it! I love the color you picked for your island - it compliments everything in the nearby spaces. I think bead-board may look too traditional/country for your current space, but I think everyone is spot on in suggesting some kind of trim/molding update. I love Tara's suggestion of adding decorative brackets/corbels. Maybe something simple and clean lined, to make it look like the overhanging ledge of the granite is being additionally supported. Love your new barstools, by the way!

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