I have had this kitchen Island for about fifteen years. I will never forget the day I brought it home from the store in the back of my then, Mini-van, at the time. It was probably the largest thing I ever bought, without talking to my husband first. It was rock solid and still is. It is, kind of a tight fit, in my not so spacious kitchen, but it serves us well, so we will keep it for now. I tested several swatches to decide on the color. In the end I decided to paint it a very pretty blue, Duck Egg, by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I wanted a little pop of color since I am trying to keep everything pretty clean in this room. Because I have so many things out, on the counters, on the hutch, and in some open shelving, I feel the less colors I have the cleaner it looks. More pulled together instead of willy-nilly. I have a few red things that will remain, so to compliment the red, I went with blue. The island top I painted black, in Old Village Paint, since my counter tops are black. I also gave the top two coats of poly for extra protection.
I will warn you the Island is made of pressed wood, not a stainable grade, but looks like it is sprayed with a paint that is very slick, it almost looks like a plastic coating. The swatches I had painted on the Island held up over months of wiping, but when I took a bucket of Top Job to it, to prepare for paint, it took the paint right off. I had read that these type pieces need to be primed, which was why I had spent months wiping over the swatches. Just a word of warning, I have painted many pieces, none of which ever needed to be primed. However, if you have a piece that has this type of finish, I would recommend, to prime it with a primer that leaves your paint with something to grab on to. The only down fall is, then no sanding. You can still use dark wax if you want, but you will need to push it into the areas where you want it a little darker, to give it a bit of an aged look. You can go very light, or darker, what ever you prefer. However first apply a coat of clear wax to protect the piece and also so that the dark wax does not grab onto the paint so tightly. The layer of clear wax first, allows you more control with the dark wax. I mix my dark wax-3 or 4 parts clear to 1-part dark. The beauty is you can do what ever you want, to achieve the look you are going for. If you apply too much dark wax, use some clear wax on a cloth to remove some of it.
Here is the island before, you can see a few of the paint swatches I was trying.
I primed the entire piece and then painted two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Duck Egg. You can see how the piece yellowed over the years, it was originally white.
This piece could not be stained because it is made of pressed wood. I like to paint right over the hardware in most cases, then sand a little away and wax.
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