Kitchen Island Makeover

Well, we did it.  The island has been ravamped.  I bought the beadboard and paint earlier in the month and wanted a butcher block counter top as well but didn’t think that would happen anytime soon because it costs money…which I don’t have right now.  Mike had decided he would try to build one for me and was figuring out the plans for it when I came across one on the Ikea website that was the exact size we wanted-for $89!  This was far less than what we had seen in other places (anywhere from $300-up) so we got giddy, planned a roadtrip, and headed to Ikea on Saturday.  I know I just posted last Friday about sticking to my budget and this is clearly outside of my $60/month.  Luckily, we have been super cheap this month in other areas and have enough extra money in other funds to pool together and to cover the counter.  Yay!

So on to the exciting part.  Before (sorry, Mike started on it while I was at work so the hardware is off and the front had been sanded but you get the picture):


I love it.  We painted the front cabinet doors, drawers, and surround and then nailed the beadboard to the sides and back with a nail gun.  We also added some moulding to the top and bottom to give it that finishing touch.  Side note-just because I think it’s funny-this is what Pudge did while Mike nailed with that loud nail gun (he isn’t the toughest dog in the world):

And here are a couple more views:

The sealing process starts now on the counter top.  It will take a few weeks to get it all done and will change the color slightly.  I will post the updated picture when it’s finished.  Total cost for the island:  $117.  The beadboard and trim cost $27 and the counter top was $90.  Definitely a splurge for us but so worth it.

Of course now I’m ready to paint all of our cabinets white.  Luckily, Mike is on board-it’s just finding the time to sand and paint all those cabinets.  Sounds like a spring break project to me.  We’ll be vacationing in our kitchen.


  1. Angela Jones says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!! And love the pic of pudge; how cute!

  2. So nice Mike’s on bored with it all!! Looks beautiful!

  3. Your blog is very inspiring!!!

  4. Hi Jessie,

    I have been wanting to add bead board to my bar for a while. I know it has been awhile but I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of bead board you added and where did you buy it? I plan to paint with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Thanks so much.


    • Hi Debbie,
      We bought ours at Home Depot. They sell it in sheets and also in small sections of planks but we used the sheet for our island. They will probably even cut it for you if you ask:) Good luck!

      • Hi Jessie,

        Thank you for the reply. I need to know if it was the wood or the vinyl type bead board that you used.

        Thank you again,

        • Ours was an MDF sheet.

          • Thank you again for your help, Jessie.

            Debbie <

          • Hi Jessie,

            Another question….did you choose the MDF sheet over the stainable wood because it was cheaper to use? What type of paint did you use? Would you use the pine if you were going to use chalk paint? Just trying to figure out how to not get myself into trouble here. Thanks so much!


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