updated painted kitchen island cabinets

Kitchen Island Update Complete!

So I am TOTALLY ridiculous! It’s taken me forever to get this together, not because it took forever to do but because we were working on 4 projects in the kitchen at once and it’s been a little messy for a while. I finally got it all together to share with you, so glad you weren’t holding your breath waiting for it… jesh…

I shared with you a while ago (in this post seen here) my progress on updating the kitchen island (you may want to check it out to see more detailed steps of the process). Again, it wasn’t very difficult, I just had a lot of downtime in between coats of paint waiting for it to dry… I wanted a nice smooth non-distressed finish on this island which is why I chose to use Benjamin Moore Advance paint instead of a clay or clay and chalk based paint. I am super happy with the end result!

To refresh your memory this is what we started with, well sort of, I had already removed some moldings before I remembered to take a photo but you should get the general idea…

kitchen island before update

Here again, missing some pieces but you get the point right?

kitchen island before update

Here is where we are now! Which also includes new pendant lights, sink, faucet, backsplash, under cabinet lighting & wall paint.

Painted kitchen island with added molding

Gray black painted kitchen island with added molding

Gray black painted kitchen island with added molding

We also changed out the electrical outlet from white to black so it would be less of a contrast.

Gray black painted kitchen island with added molding

After painting the cabinets my SAH and I cut thin wood strips to fit inside the boxes. We cut a point at the tip of each one in order to fit into the corners, they are not perfect but I did the best I could…

painted kitchen cabinet closeup

One of the wood strips was cut to fit around the other so that there was no overlap where they meet in the middle. We labeled each one on the back (very important since they were all a little different) and then I spray painted them and the center wood appliques satin black.

I attached the wood strips to the cabinets with Loctite and held them in place with blue tape for 24 hours to ensure that they adhered properly. I then nailed the medallions onto the center of the strips.

embellishing adding moldings to kitchen island cabinets

The picture below the closest representation of the cabinet color. I needed enough light in the kitchen to take the pictures but when I looked at them afterwards the cabinet color looks navy blue in the pictures … it’s not… it’s a super dark gray or soft black.

embellishing adding moldings to kitchen island cabinets

I bought new pulls for the large, heavy center drawers.

painted gray black kitchen island

We used knobs we already had on hand for the other drawers and doors. I seriously have used and removed these knobs from our last two homes I love them so much… and no I didn’t take them after I sold the house, I replaced them before I even listed the house… what kind of person do you think I am? Sarcastic smile

new silver kitchen island knobs

So even though we finished the island I still have to tackle the rest of the cabinets. That project is going on the way back burner, but I think I want to spray the doors so I may need to get it done by the Fall.

I hope you dig my newly updated island as much as I do, because I’m telling you it looks WAY better than it did! I’m working on editing the rest of the kitchen photos to show you more of the projects we completed in there.

HEY! Don’t be a stranger and come back soon! I’d love to hear what you think about the update!


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The Dedicated House, Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, A Stroll Thru Life, Elizabeth & Co., Savvy Southern Style, Domestically Speaking, From My Front Porch to Yours, Funky Junk Interiors, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, Redoux Interiors

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! I know what you mean and I was going to leave them like that because I like the look too, but the cabinets are showing their age (they’re 12) and I’m also considering (if allowed) reconfiguring some of the areas… so I think painting may be my only option.


  1. Your island is absolutely beautiful Susan! I love the color and the design! … And don’t you just love the word “complete”!


  2. What an amazing makeover, I love it and your island is fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me


  3. I am facing the decision on what to do with our kitchen Island, we have Cherry cabinets but I was thinking I wanted to change the kitchen island out and paint it. By seeing yours being painted a different color gave me a pleasing visual! The finish on this island is beautiful!


  4. This is just so spectacular Susan – really – what a gorgeous custom island – those x strips with the medallions – absolute perfection!


  5. Hi Susan, Just started following you and am blown away with your work! One question about your island makeover, the medallion in the middle of the “X” does it sit on top of the “X” or is it flat on the cabinet? If it’s flat, how did you get the wood (of the X) to meet up to the “X” (does that make sense).

    Thanks again for sharing all your beautiful work.


    1. Hey Debbie, thanks so much!! The medallion does sit on top of the “X” (which is very thin wood) so it looks pretty good. My original idea was to inset it by tracing the pattern of the medallion over the wood and then cutting it out with a dremmel tool, but I wasn’t 100% sure about the medallions so this allowed me to easily change my mind later… so far I have not though. Hope this helps!


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