Monday, May 16, 2011

Kithchen Island Make-Over

I've been wanting to do 2 things for a while now. #1 - Paint my kitchen island black, and #2 - use Chalk Paint. So...I ordered some Chalk Paint in the only "black" they offer and got busy this weekend.

On the website it clearly states that the "Graphite" color is not a true black, but if you use a dark paste wax, it turns (what looked to me) a black slate color. So I thought I'd give it a shot anyway.

While the paint is AWESOME, and the Graphite color is BEAUTIFUL, it just didn't work for what I wanted. So I basically used it as a primer (expensive primer) and covered it with a standard Black Onyx paint. I am very happy with the results. I only have one complaint....
PLEASE MAKE A TRUE BLACK CHALK PAINT!!!!!!!

BEFORE:


Lol- Ivy is peeking from the corner





It IS a beautiful gray color for sure. I was hoping it would dry darker than it did.
 DURING:
Here it is after 2 coats







In this picture you can really see the contrast of the gray and black
  AFTER:



I don't know why this picture turned out yellowish!
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31 comments:

  1. I can't believe you just posted what I've been thinking about doing. My cabinets are almost if not the same stain. I have an island I've been thinking might look great painted some shade of black. VIOLA! You just showed me how it will look with your post and I think it's GREAT. You did a great tutorial. Thanks for posting this. I'm visiting over from Debbiedoo's..........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  2. I'm so glad to see that color in action. That's one of the one's that I'm considering for a project. In my case, I was hoping that it wouldn't be too dark! Ivy is so cute!

    I'm happy to pass the Liebster Award on to you- see todays post for the details :)

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  3. The island looks awesoe!vI have been wanting t do the same thing with mine..Thanks for posting!

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  4. I've been really curious about chalk paint lately also, nice to hear your take on it. The island looks awesome-love how it breaks up the cabinet color :)

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  5. I love a black island and yours turned out pretty.

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  6. We just did the same thing to our island and I love it! Yours looks great!!I just order 2 cans of chalk paint today and I can't wait to use it. Martina @ Northern Nesting

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  7. Love, love, love the island painted black, it is fabulous. Your vignette is wonderful also, I love the tray and love the rooster, beautiful. Your kitchen is gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Looks fabulous! I also just painted my island in a grey pickling stain~Cheers Kim

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  9. Found you on DebbieDoos. Did you sand at all? I am thinking about doing this and had considered using chalk paint. How much did it take to do your island? I'll have to follow you now so that I can follow up on this.

    Eve
    bumblebliss.blogspot.com

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  10. loveeeeeee it!!! gorgeous color and paint, beautiful kitchen you got!! great job!! x Susan

    http://tea-diary.blogspot.com

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  11. It looks great! I haven't used the chalk paint, in fact I'm not even sure what it is...but, I will look into it. That was a pretty gray if someone wanted a rich gray look. Nicely done!

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  12. Nice job! Love the way it turned out!

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  13. Amazing!! Love the way it turned out! I've been wanting to try that chalk paint. It looks like you had great success with it!

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  14. Your island looks great. It turned out really well! Thank you for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and sharing this with the party.

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  15. Looks wonderful!! Our home is very similar to yours and I've been thinking of doing the same to my island! Thanks for sharing!

    ; )

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  16. The transformation is GREAT! Thanks for linking this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  17. Beautiful job, I want to do this to my island, great inspiration, thank you

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  18. Beyond smart! I am visiting from Somewhat Simple and I would LOVE if you would kindly link up this awesome idea to my very FIRST Delicately Constructed Fridays; a crafty linky party that starts tomorrow!
    Please :)
    Have a great day!!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  19. Wow- your island turned out amazing. I love the color- and that chalk paint sure does look gorgeous on everything!! I see it all over blog land and am loving it! Would love for you to share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog :)

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  20. I'm glad you gave it a go with your painting. I have an island that I also would like black. Seeing yours has really inspired me.

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  21. I had the same problem with the Graphite! I ordered it for my kitchen table but tried it out on an another piece of furniture 1st. So disappointing. I was thinking of using it as a primer now since I already have it. What did you use to seal your black paint, wax or something else?

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  22. Thank you everyone for such nice comments!

    Jill - I didn't seal it with anything. The black paint I used is Baer Premium Black Onyx (Glidden color). It doesn't really need a seal. :)

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  23. The gray is pretty but I definitely see why you wanted black. It turned out beautiful!

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  24. Hi there- just stopping back by to say thank you for sharing your lovely island at Feathered Nest Friday~ hope you will come share again soon! :)

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  25. Your island turned out great! I recently repainted mine too...

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