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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Painted Kitchen Island - Give Me Your Input

The makeover continues with the kitchen, little by little.  I decided to go ahead and paint the island even though there are a million other things that need to get done.  I just wanted to get a feel for how things would look.

 Remember, this is my inspiration picture.  My cabinets are the same and I am getting new stainless appliances, also I have a similar granite on the island.  The only difference is I will have black back counters and this picture doesn't.


Now this is how it looked when I started painting.  It kind of scared me.  Not sure I like this.

Now I know it always takes a while to get use to something new, but this is really a change.  I started to paint the wood part and then stopped, just in case I change my mind, then I can cover the black part with beadboard and stain it to match the cabinets.  I think I have to live with this for a while.


I'm using Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams.  It is a deep charcoal gray.  I couldn't believe that it was going to take two coats.

Ok, I had to go ahead and finish so I could get a better feel and see if I liked this or not.  I know, it's just paint, so I can always change it.

Second coat and all finished.  I still didn't paint the wood sides  yet, I'm still debating.  I know it will look totally different with black back counters and stainless appliances, but right not I'm not sure if this will stay or not.

 I dug out some black fabric from my stash and did a mock-up to see how it would look with the back counters in black.  Remember, there will be stainless appliances.



 Then I tried to visualize it with just black counters on the back and the island left in white.

Here is what it looked like before I started painting.  White paint like the rest of the walls.  I do like how bright the kitchen is with the white.

Again with black island and mock-up black counters in back.


How about a soft silvery gray to go with the stainless appliances, or maybe just back to the white, or how about some sort of molding on the front of the island.

Give me your opinion, stay or go?  What are your ideas?

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67 comments:

  1. I think painting the island a different color is a fabulous idea. Mine is a different color and I love it! The black is pretty, but if you think it's too dark how about a blue/gray so it compliments the stainless and isn't as matchy, matchy as the grey? Thanks for your creative blog!

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  2. I personally think the black is just too dark that I hardly see your stools Marty....If the all the walls will be black too, it might work. I would paint the island the same as the walls, or the backsplash to match, but then again, if you change out the fabric on the stools, the black could be perfect too! I'm confused as well, can't wait to see what you come up with

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  3. I love it! I did mine the same way and I've never regretted it!

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  4. Hm, I think it might be too dark. I don't hate it black but maybe a not so dark color? Gosh that's a hard one! Maybe you will figure it out when the counters, stainless appliances, etc are all in. I do think the white is too stark of a contrast. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Good luck!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  5. Marty - I love the black. I think if it was a satin finish, you would like it better. Might give it a try.

    Judy

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  6. Marty, it looks fabulous! I think once you have the stainless steel appliances in place, you will love it too!

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  7. I love the black so much! It's rich, really stands out and it will look fabulous when you get the counters.

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    1. I was gonna add that if you really want to see some contrast, you could distress the black slightly around the edges and that would really make it pop. Here is a photo that made me think of what you're doing. http://www.houzz.com/photos/82720/Rustic-Kitchen-rustic-kitchen-other-metro

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    2. I agree with this!

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  8. I'd love to see the stools covered with something bright for a contrast, but I do love the black island. On black counters your stainless are going to look fabulous...I think.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  9. I do like the black---and I too think if you put a satin wax over it you would love it. The stainless will be gorgeous with black counters. If you want a little change, put some fabric over you bar stools and look at for a while to see if you like some more color there...easy to recover if you do. I always think you need to live with completed project for a while before you make any changes because sometimes it just needs to grow on you..it will be just lovely whatever you do in the end....just lie the rest of your home...

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  10. I do like the black---and I too think if you put a satin wax over it you would love it. The stainless will be gorgeous with black counters. If you want a little change, put some fabric over you bar stools and look at for a while to see if you like some more color there...easy to recover if you do. I always think you need to live with completed project for a while before you make any changes because sometimes it just needs to grow on you..it will be just lovely whatever you do in the end....just lie the rest of your home...

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  11. Marty, I think all you might need is to accessorize with a few bright colors. Just a thought.

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  12. I personally love the island black with that type of counter It's paint...if you don't like it change it out and not a lot of money lost! :) I'm considering black countertops and I've had pro's and con's!!!

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  13. I think it is going to be too dark for the small kitchen you have, Marti!

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  14. Paint the black with satin, it looks a little too flat. I would also recover the stools with a lighter color. Also, the room is only half way done. You really need to see it with all the things in place. The appliances, the counters and the wood floors. You have great style. Keep up the great work.

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  15. I think Black is chic. I think a gloss black would be good. I am considering doing this to some of my cabinets. My dishwasher and Refrigerator are black. I need a new floor,too.

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  16. Hummmm the stools just get lost with the black....I love the white, it was brighter, in my opinion I would paint the entire island in white....

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  17. Ooh...I like!

    If you think it's too much black, you could change the stools. But I like it the way it is!

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  18. Think gray is a good idea! Even bead board on the front and ends painted gray would look nice!

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  19. Marty, I think the black or dark grey that you have will be great, but it needs to be a satin or maybe even semigloss sheen. What you have reads flat and absorbs all the light, so it looks even darker. I would get the paint in a different sheen and try over just what you have painted. I really like it with the dark on the countertops and I think when you get the stainless appliances, it will all sparkle just right. I think the white would be too disjointed from your cabinets at this point. I really think you are on the right track, its just the sheen you need to change. This will also help with the contrast on the upholstery of your bar stools. It will be beautiful!! Blessings, Linda

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  20. I agree with what others have said, the black looks fabulous, but the stools may need a lighter seat. It's coming together!

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  21. I think what is throwing you off is that the bar stools are blending in. I still like the idea of the island being black and stick with the counters being black. Perhaps if you want you could stain or paint the legs of the bar stools a lighter color so you'll have contrast again. Don't give up on your vision for the more contemporary look you are going for. I did expect the whole island to be painted and myself I'd go with a satin finish.

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  22. I love the idea of going with a different color on the island. the black looks good and will complement the applicances. A darker gray would work as well. good luck with that!

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  23. I like the black on the island! Looks great..can't wait to see it with the backsplash and new appliances!

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  24. LOVE the black, love it. However, I agree with others that suggest a different sheen. It may be a bit too flat. And the stools need a pop of color. The white? Eh, looks boring to me, the black is classy and chic.

    Ramona
    Burlington ON Canada

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  25. Marty, I do like the black on the island and I think once you have your stainless steel appliances is all going to come together. I think if I were you I would wait until the counters and appliances are in before repainting the island. Can't wait to see your new beautiful kitchen!

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  26. I like the black but in the inspiration photo, it looks like a shinier sheen. Maybe that's what is making you question it. I like the barstools but maybe either the fabric or the legs need to tie into the lighter elements in the kitchen. But then again, what do I know? It has taken me almost a year to pick out barstools...and I am still shopping! I am sure it will come together...for both of us!
    Shelley

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  27. Marty I like it a lot. I admire you for even attempting to do all that you have done! I just have the hardest time making up my mind on things lately. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  28. I also really like the black. I think that once you have the steel appliances in you will be more convinced. I think that the black countertops though might be a bit much. I would go with the same granite as the island but again it's all be much different with the appliances. It'll look great though in the end. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  29. Stay!!! I think it is going to look great!

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  30. Marty, I love the black but agree with others, your new kitchen stools need a pop of color. If you are still unsure, why not try a dark gray on the island.. After all, it's just paint. Thanks for letting us follow along..

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  31. I like it a lot! The black counter tops MIGHT be a bit much, but with the stainless steel appliances there will be an extra shine to it.

    Keep us updated with what you choose! I love it so far!

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  32. I think the black is too dark. The kitchen in your inspiration picture is much larger than yours and the black looks OK. In your smaller kitchen it's much too dark, especially if you want black counter tops. I'd go with a white island and brighter, colorful covers on your stools. Not so sure about the black counter tops either. Sorry! but you don't want your kitchen to close in on you. I know you don't want to paint your cabinets. We had wooden stained cabinets before we remodeled our small kitchen. I had my cabinet doors refaced and all of the cabinets painted a creamy white. Wow! It opened up our kitchen and made it seem so much bigger and brighter. Love it. Good luck with your decisions.

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  33. Marty,
    I think the black has a rich look and think the black on the countertop pulls it all together. If I remember right your stools are new (?) maybe a different color on them or if you are replacing them maybe going with a stainless look on them? But really they are nice just as they are.

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  34. To me, the black doesn't stand out in a good way. I think I would consider white or a light color to blend in with your granite colors.
    Brenda

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  35. If you painted your cabinets in white it would look perfect! Then you could add pops of of red, aqua or whatever your accent color would be. Right now it's a bit dark and drab. Sorry.

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  36. I LOVE the black, it's different from what your use too....but it really works! Slip cover the stools in a lighter color, get those counter tops and new appliances and you will be "golden"......right now it's just a shock to your system....just keep looking at your "board" you're getting there....

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  37. Doing the countertop to go with the dark island is perfect. But I would brighten the upholstery on the stools with the wall/backsplash color. Once the SS appliances are in place you'll be very happy with this direction you started. It's looking lovely, Marty!

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  38. Hi Marty! Maybe wait until you have everything else finished to decide. I like the charcoal better than the white but agree that a higher gloss would enhance the island. ;)
    Rebeca

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  39. Oh! One more thing! I'm wondering if you changed out your hardware from silver to black it may tie everything together? Just a thought!

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  40. Love the black island, but not the flat paint. Perhaps a gloss or semi gloss paint would make it come alive. Enjoy the process and making your kitchen your dream kitchen!

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  41. Marty, I like the black but, I agree a satin finish would be more pleasing. I also agree that I would get everything almost completed before I made a final decision on the island! And like you said, it is only paint

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  42. I LOVE the black but it would have more depth with a sheen and not so flat. That is the only thing I would change. IMHO black is always right and adds a sophistication to the room.

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  43. Hi Marty, I have been missing from blogging for a while and I am finally back.

    I like the island black with the black counters. What if you did a wash of an ivory color paint? I did this with a small table in our kitchen.

    Now, I used graphite ASCP and watered down Old Ochre for the wash. Once I waxed it with dark wax it was gorgeous

    It will lighten the black up. Maybe lightening the stools a bit may help If you don't want to do the is

    I'm telling you, you would love the island I think.

    Cindy

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  44. I forgot to mention doing this technique will make the corbels really pop.

    Cindy

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  45. My kitchen is very much like the inspiration photo and I think the black looks good. My black island is a higher gloss, however, and I always get compliments on it. Your benches, however, do not go well with the black island. I have black stools with a rush top to add in texture and to have them show up. Actually I just looked at the inspiration photo and I have the very same ones. Your hardware should be stainless with a touch of black to tie it all together. It will look much better once you get the stainless in. One thing though is that black really shows the dust. I live in a dusty state and it is a pain to keep clean. But since you only are painting the back of the island that should not be an issue. Good luck.

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  46. Hi Marty,
    I like the black. Yep the girl that paints everything white here loves your island black. I think black is classic and gives a rich feel to your countertops. I think a really light and pretty fabric for the stools would pop then against the black. Whatever you decide it will look fabulous. White, grey or black you cannot go wrong. Good luck.
    Kris

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  47. I think the island looks great. You did a super job and how brave you are. If I can, I'd like to caution you about dark counters. I elected to go with dark brown quartz in our master bath and I'm so sorry I did. They show EVERYTHING...every spec of dust and you can't help but notice it.

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  48. Marty,
    The black looks good, but you need to change the color of the stool cushions to something lighter.

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  49. I love the black island and covering the counters with black fabric really was genius...you really get a great idea of how the end result will look.

    You sound indecisive and in the end you have to do what you can live with. For myself, I always thought back (and stainless steel) was too modern for me. Now I truly see how black here and theremakes the softer colors and decor pieces 'leap' out.

    Good luck!

    Jane

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  50. I like the black! And I like that you are doing your counters in black. It is going to look great! The only thing I would change are the stools. Maybe they could be closer to the color of your cabinets. Or even a cream and camel. I know that whatever you chose will be just right for you!

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  51. I love the black and agree with those who suggested either recovering the stool seats or painting/replacing them so they stand out. I don't think I'd go black on the countertops because it might cause your eye to bounce around a lot. I would probably just add some black accessories to tie in the island and, from there, decide how much more black you want to incorporate.

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  52. Whatever you do will be gorgeous, but only because you asked ... I love the island painted black, but your pretty stools might get a bit lost if you cover the cushions with black, too. I "know" you have oodles of fabulous fabric in your stash that you might enjoy better on them. Love seeing the transformation!

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  53. Contrasting islands are very popular and when we had our home built I chose white cabinets and a dark stained island and love it. I agree with everyone that a sheen will change the appearance of the black, right now it is just too flat. Good luck, I will enjoy seeing your finished kitchen.

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  54. Marty, your home is beautiful. In the end you'll do exactly what looks great like you always do. I'm wondering about the paint color choice for the island. First, I agree with the others, the paint definitely needs to be satin or semigloss. It needs to be true black like the counters, which I think you'll end up liking very much. The charcoal gray island that's almost black but not quite throws it all off for me. Also, the black will be more of a contrast with the stool legs. They won't blend in like they do now. Either a pop of color or a black/off white, black/white print on the seats will also make the stools more visible. Leaving the current granite on the island will be a nice contrast and break up all the black. Beadboard on the back of the island is a wonderful idea, but it also looks good as is. I also agree that a black backsplash will be too much black. You'll end up with a dark kitchen again. A white or off white backsplash with a few little black square or diamond shaped tiles here and there will keep it bright, is a classic look that goes with any style and will tie in with the black counter and island. I can't wait to see it finished.

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    1. I wasn't planning on a black backsplash, just black counters. The backsplash will be a light tile, I am looking at a marble that has some gray and tan veins in it. I so agree, the gray island is not working, I need black and in satin. Thanks for you help.

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  55. The black island calls for lighter fabric on the stools. One of your readers mentioned a sating paint or some distressing, which would add interest. I just know that you will choose the right thing. You're clever like that, ya know...love everything you've done in your home. xoxo

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  56. The island looks great with the black counters but you need a back splash that ties in the black and warm wood colors.You will not like all black counter and back splash. Trust me . Look at different stones . I have a neutral stone in a running bond pattern that we love.It ties the counter and fireplace in our house. Look again at the inspiration pics and notice the details.

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    1. I am not planning on having a black backsplash, just black soapstone counters for the back counters. I have a really pretty marble with gray and tan veins that I like for the backsplash. Thanks for your input.

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  57. I love the black in your kitchen. It really gives it a rich look, like a great place for a cup of coffee! The bar stools will work themselves out.

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  58. The black looks SO much better than the white, Marty.

    I adore black bits in every room, though - but it grounds the space so nicely.

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  59. Well I love it! Your barstools sort of blend in now but that is easily fixed.

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  60. Marty, it's been a few days....I wonder where you are on this now. I do think the dark color looks very good and much more expensive than the white. Does that make sense?

    Can't wait to see what comes next. Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. :)

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  61. I like the black, Marti! It adds interest, I can't wait to see what you do with the whole thing. I have a different color island so I guess I am biased :) Thanks for sharing :)
    XO,
    Amy

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  62. i like the island black but true black and in a more reflective finish just on the side facing your family room. the flat finish is too dull and does not have the look of furniture. use a colorful pattered material to tie the rooms together on the stools. it will pop off a true sophisticated, shinier black. i personally think your counters should be a bright neutral that will please you over time. your space is smaller than the inspiration picture so just a bit of black to define and punctuate the transition between den and kitchen might work well.
    the floors look great as does your brighter, lightly accessorized new kitchen!

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