Sunday

~The Island Project~



Once again, it's time for Metamorphosis Monday, hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. For fabulous decorating makeovers, in the land of blog, stop by Susan's, Sunday evening, after 10:00 PM, Eastern time.
The finished island, as seen from the dining room.
The island, in Hickory, as it appeared before the makeover.

Primed with a tinted primer.

The first coat of black satin paint. We decided not to have the island distressed.
"Painter Guy", priming the doors of the island.
The doors, painted black and drying, on the farmhouse table, in the breakfast room.
As it usually goes, with just about any makeover, one thing leads to another. Two years ago, we had trim added to a functional beam in our breakfast room. At that time, "Trim Guy" suggested we leave the space between the trim painted gold. I've looked at this space for two years, not satisfied, with the end result. The reasoning behind leaving it gold was, the trim did not go to the wall in the kitchen, therefore, "Trim Guy" thought it would look odd to paint the gold space white. I decided not to argue the point and let it go. But it kept bothering me! So, when "Painter Guy" was here last week, I presented the dilemma to him and he saw a solution, immediately. He brought a small piece of trim, from home and added it to the kitchen side of the beam, between the opening and wall. Voila! Dilemma solved!
The photo above and following photos, show the before and after photos of the beam metamorphosis.


The corner, above the cabinets, where the small piece of trim was added, between the opening trim and wall.



In the photo, below, an empty space can be seen above the print with a green mat. I "borrowed" the print that was previously there, for the hearth room. I'm looking around the house and elsewhere, for something to replace it.
The glimmer of one other makeover began with a Metamorphosis Monday visit to KD's study makeover at Southern Whimsy. KD replaced a light fixture in her study, with a light, in the style I've been looking for, to hang over the kitchen island.
Because of a wiring miscommunication between the cabinet maker and the electrician, the box for the island light was slightly off center. I made a quick decision, purchased a small pendant light, with a stained glass shade, to use temporarily, thinking I would find the light of my dreams and wishes soon. I know we could have had the box moved to the center of the island, so a double light fixture could be used, but who knows what I was thinking as we were on a deadline to finish construction. At that time, we were paying rent on our home at the farm, which we had already paid for once! We were anxious to be finished with construction.
When I asked KD, where she found her light fixture, she graciously informed me she had found it at JC Penney. I found the light and it was on sale!
KD's beautiful fixture has a light beige shade and the iron is a sort of scroll work. While looking through the fixtures at Penney's, I found the one shown in the photos of the finished island. It has a black metal shade and isn't as ornate as KD's. I decided this would work wonderfully for our country style kitchen. A ceiling medallion, was also added. Thank you KD for the gorgeous inspiration!
The light fixture looks like it was always meant to be.
***Left clicking will enlarge most photographs, in this post.

106 comments:

bfs ~ "Mimi" said...

That really turned out beautifully!!

marty39 said...

The island is simply stunning with the beadboard and painted black, and what a difference architecturally it makes to have the beams painted white. This is just gorgeous. I love the new light fixture. Congrats on your totally new look. Hugs, Marty

Becca Watson said...

Very cool! I love your new island!

Terri and Bob said...

I really love the black. It really looks elegant yet not too much so.

The fixture is perfect. I am thinking it might be the one I want in my entryway. I am going to check out JCP!

Q said...

Dear Pat,
Redoing the island was a great idea. It turned out "beautiful"!
I am doing a few home projects this spring and summer.
Will check back for ideas!
Hugs,
Sherry

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

The island redo is fabulous!!! And what a difference painting that gold part of the beam white made. I love all of the changes.
Hugs,
Penny

Anonymous said...

Oh Pat that came out so nice and the light fixture is just perfect...I just popped over to KD's I love her blog...had not met her before , so thank you, her home is so lovely.

Have a nice Sunday,
Kathy :)

Maureen said...

I'm really partial to black kitchen islands with beadboard! I love the transformation Pat! Adding the trim and eliminating that strip? Flawless!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

It looks like it was always meant to be that color! Like what you did with the beam too! Simple things, eh?

xinex said...

Gorgeous island! In addition to that, I really like your cabinet in the dining room....Christine

Happy To Be said...

Oh Pat this turned out just BEAUTIFUL !!! WOW!! love the black with those brick floors it just POPS..love your your Trim man did with the beam..its all great..Thanks for sharing Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

♥ Kathy said...

The island really looks nice in black! And I like the new beam look too. Your home is absolutely beautiful Pat!

The Willow Rose said...

I love how your island turned out. I am doing my office/studio in french black decor. Come on over and visit sometime.

Lynne said...

That was a wonderful remedy and looks great (trim issue). My lands, your house is so pristine, are you sure you actually live in it, lol. I look around my train wreck of a home and all the clutter and want to cry. Your pictures are inspirational to me. We are planning on a big move sale this Spring. Whatever we do not sell, we will donate in order to "declutter". I am taking a minimum of furniture pieces with us to the new place and we plan to go out and buy new furniture to make it ours instead of what he brought and what I had. I can't wait! Love the colors in your home too, beautiful.

Adrienne said...

Hi, Pat -
The island transformation is absolutely perfect! It was just the right thing to do. The new light is great there, but the beam project is fantastic. There's no comparison! You were right - what did the original trim guy know anyway? Thanks for sharing your project and your beautiful home once again.
~Adrienne~

julie & joe said...

I love the black bead board on your island.

jeanne said...

Hello Pat, the island turned out gorgeous just as I knew it would. I'm glad you didn't distress the black. The painter did a wonderful job. Your light, the beam and the island stand out perfectly together.

Now, have fun dusting. I have black pieces and dusting is constant. I am very happy for you.

Hugs...Jeanne

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Stunning! Very elegant, thanks for sharing.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That island looks fantastic and your new light fixture is the finishing touch. I let my builder talk me out of a few things I wanted to do when we remodeled, and I still regret doing that (I just thought he knew more about it than I did). You certainly were right about that beam. So much prettier like this. laurie

Lisa said...

First, I love the island. He did a great job!! Perfect. Second, who would've thought changing that beam one little bit would make a huge difference. I didn't think it looked bad before, but once it was all white, holy cow!!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Wow Pat...I love your kitchen island redo....that runner looks great in front of it too..I caught myself wondering if I should get one....hmmmm

Hugs,
Robin

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Great job, Pat! Love what you did!
And you're right about the trim piece, too... it made all the difference!

XO,

Sheila

Deb said...

Beautiful Pat! I love the black - wonderful transformation!

BECKY said...

Hi Pat!! Wow!! The island looks gorg!!! And the light you chose fits right in!! (as usual)

I haven't gotten to any of my decorating projects, yet! :( Still working on organizing my room, and purging and organizing a few other spaces!! It's not fun, but certainly has it's own rewards!!

Sweet blessings,
Becky

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Your island and beam look great! I have a beam like that...maybe I should do the same to my beam. Oh hubby would be just thrilled to have another thing added to the honey do list...NOT! LOL

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Your island looks wonderful!!
I agree that the beam looks much better now.

Amanda said...

the beam looks much better white. you know what you're doing.

Momovthree said...

The island and the beam look amazing! I agree with you, the all white on it looks the best. Beautiful!
~Michelle

imjacobsmom said...

Great island re-do! Black really brings out it's detail! It also makes the light fixture pop. ~ Robyn

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Pat!!! I love it! We recently wrapped our island in beadboard and I glazed it to match cabs. I love the black! Your whole kitchen is magazine worthy. Love it!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pat, what a beautiful transformation. I love the black on the island. The piece of trim above the doorway is genius. Congrats on your new look.
hugs ~lynne~

janet said...

oh your island is absolutely stunning and love the trim work...wow!!1
thanks for sharing
janet

santamaker said...

Black is the magic that transforms all things in to chic. You did a superb job!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Pat...I love your island! It's wearing its little black dress...classic! Your new light fixture is perfect! Have a gret week...Debbie

Cass said...

Wow, your island is gorgeous, as is your whole house. Beautiful decor. I'm working up nerve to have our oak kitchen cabinets painted; your success is inspiring!
Cass

LaurenFaythe said...

What a huge difference paint makes! Love the island and the newly painted beam!

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Pat! Oh, your island turned out beautifully! I love the black paint! I'm so glad you can look up now at your beam and be happy! That looks fantastic too! Now about the color of your walls in the dining room, I wish now I hadn't painted mine green! The wall color is just gorgeous.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Stacey said...

Pat, the island is amazing! I just love painted cabinets mixed with wood. Your beam is great too. It's a completely different look and you have to go with what you wanted.

Rose Mary said...

I love the way the island turned out~black was the perfect choice! Your paint guy did a great job on the trim, too. I don't like things to 'bug' me about projects either--I'm glad you got it fixed!

Lisa (aka) French said...

This looks great what a transformation!!! French;)

Diane said...

Absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing Pat! There are so many ideas that I can use! ☺♥☺

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Pat, I've probably said it before, but your blog never ceases to amaze me! Those photos from Herman are so awesome, so magazine worthy. I know the town is beautiful, but you sure know how to capture it!
By the way, I do NOT like the new bridge, lol... much to modern for the town imo. LOL~ of course I was very attached to the old one from childhood memories!

I adore the new island make-over!! And I can't thank you enough for the pics of the beam. We have a hiddeous on in our kitchen, and I always thought that adding trim to it would only emphasize it. You've certainly prooved me wrong and I'm glad!

Gorgeous table scapes too, the blue colbalt, and then these awesome platter/chargers!

Enjoyed your quotes and snow angels too!

abeachcottage said...

hi

I am new here, I loved it, I found myself wondering what I could make over in the style of your island, then I remembered my bathroom cabinet doors, which are revolting, even after I tried to make them over aged-style. I think I might have a go, even though most, errm actually all, of my cottage is painted white

fab inspiration, thanks, just what I love about blogging..

Sarah
ABeachCottage

Linda said...

That is a charming light fixture over the island...love it! Also, we had our stained island painted black in a redo, and it makes a huge difference. The "Paint Man" got it right with the beam - it's beautiful! Love your kitchen. Linda

Bo said...

Hi Pat...Where to start???...first off, the island is a showstopper & the light fixture was the perfect choice for sure...but what a change to the beam! It really added some "pow" to the space... Your home looks so beautiful & I can't think it could get any better...and then you do another amazing change...you're a genius!
;-) BO

Lacy said...

beautiful Pat!!!...you're so inspiring!!..thanks for sharing!!..lacy

Barb said...

Pat, it is just gorgeous. The black is so elegant. The whole room is so inviting. Wonderful job.!

Dana and Daisy said...

I LOVE the transformed beam! I totally agree with you about the gold strip between the moldings.

I need a Painter Guy! I'd like to read posts about how to find these amazing talented people for hire. The ones I come up with are the "might show up this week" type, and forget them "bringing a small piece of trim from home" or "having a solution".

Kim said...

I am now calculating in my head if I have enough space in my kitchen to put in an island just like that. It is gorgeous. And how good is painter guy? That is the smoothest paint job I've ever seen

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, I just love the newly painted island! Looks great, as well as the light fixture. You've been busy too! And that little change with the beam is amazing. Glad you went for it.

ellen b. said...

Pat, I'm in love with your house! The Island looks great and I like the beam in it's new transformed all one color look! I really like your style...

DesignTies said...

Wow!! Your "new" island is fanastic!! And the light fixture looks just right hanging above it :-)

The beam looks so muxh better now that it's all painted out white. Such a simple and easy solution can make such a big difference :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Stars Fault said...

Love the satin black island! It turned out really beautiful! Thanks for sharing your before/after pics.

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Kathysue said...

Pat I love what you did with the Island. you kitchen looks amazing. I also loved the dining room.You have a lovely home.Kathysue

Miss Janice said...

I love all your changes...the black looks stunning!

Susan said...

Everything looks wonderful!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Pat, I thought I liked your island before until I saw it painted...WOW, the black paint really enhanced it...beautiful! I do like the beam all white...your instincts were so right! And your light fixture is just perfect over the island! Great Met Monday post...loved it! Susan

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the kitchen... the island is FAB!!! I have an island in my kitchen too and it is one of my favorite features of my whole kitchen!

Lallee said...

Your island turned out beautifully. I really like the contrast. The beam solution was perfect. I kick myself when I let someone influence me,doubting myself. I'm rarely happy when I give in that way.

Beverly said...

What can I say other than it looks fabulous. I knew it would. You have a magic eye and hand.

salmagundi said...

I keep wondering what you can possibly do to make your home more lovely; but you keep embellishing it to perfection! Great solution on the beam. Sally

Kim Chalfant said...

Love it!!! Everything looks great!!!

Soov said...

Sheer genius adding the trim. It really solved that choppiness you were seeing. Love it! The island looks wonderful and not distressing it really gives that crisp,clean look so well suited to your home.

Fabulous!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

I love, love, love the island, and you're right the beam looks fab now! It looks like we've used the same wall color in our kitchens! :)

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Oh Pat,
I am so, so glad you shared this today. I have had a similar desire to transform my island as well but haven't had much luck convincing hubby to do it. Now I can bring him here to your post and show him your lovely makeover!! Thanks so much.
Happy Smiles,
Alisa

Susie from Bienvenue said...

This leaves me wanting an island just so I could paint it black. What a change that made painting your beam white. I love it.... no you can sit back and enjoy. I need a paint guy in my life,hehe.

kahlanne said...

You are always such inspiration! I love everything you do!

Linda said...

Lovely lovely, like the island, what brand of flat black paint did you use?
And I think you are right, beam looks like one beam now with the center not mustard.
Way to go!
Linda Q

kiakai / Kelly said...

Love the black on the island! I wish I had a beam like that in my house. It turned out so nice.
Kelly

Rose Haven said...

I love the island.

I've been telling Tom that I want to paint our island cabinets black, too...leaving the doors and drawer fronts the wood color!!!

;-)

Cynthia said...

Your home is done to perfection! I love it all. Cindy

Chrissy said...

HI!! Just found your lovely blog while at Pickets, so glad I did!!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Pat,
Your project turned out wonderfully!
You sure made the right choice. Love your sense of style!

Cottage Rose said...

Hello; I found your wonderful blog while at between naps on the porch, I am so glad it did, I just love your island make over it is so beautiful..

Hugs;
Alaura

Pamela said...

looks lovely. I was intrigued by the arch

Nancy said...

Pat, this looks so much better!~ It is beautiful! Nancy

Brenda said...

Love the look and I see a pretty bunny =)

Melissa Miller said...

It's really gorgeous Pat! :)

Leigh said...

Pat, I just love your home! I wish you could stop by my house and give it your touch. You are so gifted.
I love the new black ialnd. It looks very sheek. Great choice!

bj said...

I like the satin black much more than the distressed idea, Pat. I knew it would be perfect since you always come up with the most beautiful ideas. The light fixture is so nice. I need to replace the lights over our eating bar in our kitchen...just dread it as it will mean redoing the entire ceiling....maybe this summer !
xo bj

Twice as Nice said...

The color of the island makes such a difference! It draws your eye right into the kitchen. I love it!

Inspired Kara said...

This is just beautiful!

Linda said...

Oh, Pat this is wonderful!

I love the Americian Gothic print I see, it's is one of my most favorities. I always thought it would be fun to go as this couple at Halloween. Hugs, Linda

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

pat, if you have time, please come by today and answer my question..thanks

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I shop a lot for things for the home (including my last purchases of Chris Madden furniture) from JC Penneys. I found the bedroom set of great construction. I am very pleased with it. Isn't it amazing what a little piece of added wood can add to the overall look? I always am.
Brenda

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I shop a lot for things for the home (including my last purchases of Chris Madden furniture) from JC Penneys. I found the bedroom set of great construction. I am very pleased with it. Isn't it amazing what a little piece of added wood can add to the overall look? I always am.
Brenda

jeanne said...

Good evening Pat. You are ever so faithful to my blog and I appreciate it so much. I was glad to take another look at your island makeover.
Is your banner new? Maybe I just didn't notice. I really like it.

Have a great evening.

Hugs...Jeanne

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
It turned out amazing. I love it!
You must be so excited. Black is stunning!!
Chat soon,
Rosemary

Daisy Cottage said...

Hi Pat!
Your island is perfect - it could not have turned out any better - the black is so rich and I love how it impacts your beautiful space. Awesome redo girlfriend!

xo,
Kim

tardevil said...

Beautiful, and your dining room is gorgeous too! I think your island looks much better black! :O)

tardevil said...

BTW, I could not hardly even look at your kitchen for staring at that gorgeous piece in your dining room! What an awesome furniture find!

Sherri S said...

BEAUTIFUL kitchen! I love it all. Now when can I get mine done? LOL Send the Painter Guy OVAH!

dana said...

Hi Pat!

Your island is WONDERFUL!! It couldn't have turned out any better--and that beam solution is great, too! I LOVE your print in the kitchen of the St. James Winery--such a whimsical touch. Your light fixture redo is great as well! Thanks for your shares.

Dana

Catherine Holman said...

It's amazing how a little paint can make such a big difference. Beautiful!
Hugs,
Cathie

Jules from "The Roost" said...

LOVE IT!

jeanne said...

Hello Pat, I was just at BJ's and read your moving story of your infant grandson that didn't make it shortly after his birth. I was very touched by your story. How sad for your family. The question of abortion is huge at a time like this. It was very brave to make the decision to carry the baby. Your children have my admiration for sure. Your stand against the likes of Ashley Judd and too many others like her, is my stand too.

The blankets for the children is a beautiful effort to undertake. I am glad it is so successful. Why not?? This effort is from the heart.

Thank you for sharing such a meaningful part of your life.

Love...Jeanne

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I really like how the beam turned out. I think you made the right call on that one!

And the island is gorgeous in black. Makes me wonder if I should paint mine, too. I'd love a light over it, too, while we're at it. And new countertops. As well as a whole long list of other things I'd love my kitchen to have someday!

P.S. Thanks for telling me about Romney's houses on the market. I bet they're beautiful. Maybe I'll buy one of them! ;-)

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

what a gorgeous Transformation Pat!! it looks stunning!!! the beam looks fabulous all white too! Your home is just so beautiful!

Hugs, Cynthia

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Absolutely perfect, Pat! The black paint really does make the island stand out and become a focal piece. The light above is perfect too. I thought the beam looked great, but the white paint and trim makes it blend and more pleasing to the eye.
Great little make over!

Suzanne said...

Pat~ The island looks gorgeous! And what a difference it makes in the look of the room just by painting one strip of beam! Great changes!

Tammy said...

I love this!

justabeachkat said...

I love love love the "new" island. What a difference Pat!

Hugs!
Kat

Cottage Contessa said...

I love your "new" island bench Pat, it's fabulous! Wishing you and J a truly wonderful weekend sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Kim said...

Oh, I love the island! Ever since I received the December issue of BH&G's magazine I have wanted to paint my island red. They featured a red kitchen with a red island. I love that look. So, my husband and I have had some serious "talks" about this.

My questions for you - did you use oil paint? Spray or brush the doors, etc? We have a friend who is a painter, and he will likely do it. Any advice would be a big help! Thanks!!

Magic Brush said...

Great job on your island! I have "island envy" so horray for you! The Magic Brush

Lynda ~ Among the Hedgerows said...

Just came over from Melissa's blog to see more of your island project. Your kitchen is gorgeous! Just beautiful ... I'm very glad I found your blog and will definitely be back!

~ Lynda