Sunday, August 26, 2012

Adding Character

When we added the butcher block top to our island almost two years ago, the installer recommended that we add corbels for support.  I thought it would be fun to add farmhouse legs instead ... two years later, we FINALLY did it!

I found a great website, Osborne Wood Products ... they have several kinds of fabulous products at very reasonable prices!  I found just the style/size we wanted, and a few days later they arrived!

All I had to do was paint a coat of AS Old White, followed by two coats of AS Chateaux Grey onto each leg ... added a bit of distressing and a layer of clear wax.  I then wedged them up under the butcher block ... added a bit of hot glue in between the legs and the butcher block top to secure them ... and, voila!


We love the character they add and how they contribute to the farmhouse feel!

It's hard to believe that our island once looked like *this*:

Speaking of changes ... we're just about done with the kitchen refreshing!  AND, I've got a few little things planned for our breakfast area.  For a long time, I've wanted French Country chairs, but the prices have been a bit more than we wanted to spend.  This past weekend, we visited a fabulous store nearby called Primarily Pine ... they had EXACT chairs I've been looking for!  They're unfinished (which saved on the cost) ... all I have to do is stain the seats (Walnut) and paint the chairs either AS Old White or Pure White. Aren't they pretty?

I'm envisioning a farmhouse table, these chairs and parsons chairs at the head of the table.  We'll see how it all turns out!

One more project ... what do you think of this French fabric?!  I'm eventually going to add them to our dining room chairs. 

Just another day in my crazy life!  Happy Sunday, friends!

Thanks for stopping by,

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  1. WOW! WOW! WOW! Way to add character! Your island looks *so* good! What a difference from the before and after!

    I absolutely adore your new kitchen chairs and I can't wait to see you work your magic. I just know it is going to be
    A M A Z I N G, just like everything else you do! =) The French fabric is divine!

    XOXO ~Liz

  2. Adding those legs really changed the look of the island. It looks great and I love the color. Great new chairs, too. I like the way the legs tie into the seat-very different. And..I LOVE that fabric! xo Diana

  3. Love the fabric, love the chairs, Becca! What a great way to get chairs ~ this way you can stain or paint them any way you want! They are going to look really good and I can't wait to see them done.

  4. love the corbels and love,love,love those chairs! can't wait to see you work your magic on them.

  5. Adding the legs made such a difference.
    The fabric is awesome!! Saw something similar last week, but I can't remember where and it's killing me. Was in store.. dallied too long, had appt. and the lines were long, so I had to leave.
    Next week I retrace my steps.
    Looking forward to seeing your finished chairs Becca.
    Cheers, Gee

  6. Becca, these are great!! Love the legs! I had never seen a before of your kitchen. Doesn't even look the same!! I really LOVE that's very similar to my kitchen window treatments. Now, stop teasing and show us the!!!

  7. I love love love the island, All your projects look fabulous. I can't wait to see the reveal.

  8. Your island looks great, Becca! Amazing what legs can do to add character & charm. Love those chairs, too!


  9. Becca, so beautiful, as always! I love, love your island! The color is amazing! And your new chairs are gorgeous! The fabric is so pretty! Can't wait to see how they are going to look all finished!

  10. It really looks good! I redid my kitchen a few months ago & added corbels to the island instead of the plain brackets that were there before & it makes such a difference.

  11. Oh, my goodness! Your island looks wonderful! Those legs and the top looks amazing! I love the color too, green is one of my favorite. Every time I see you face I think, Becca looks like a movie star! :) You're just beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Sheila ;)

  12. What a huge difference the legs and paint made to the island. It added so much character to the piece. You really transformed it for the better. You definitely have a knack, girl!
    I always look forward to seeing what you've been up to.

  13. Love the legs, they look fabulous. Your island is wonderful and has so much character. Unreal changes from what it use to look like. Love those chairs, what a great find. Can't wait to see it all put together. Hugs, Marty

  14. Love the legs on the island, it REALLY looks so different! LOVE that fabric too. The chairs are great, can't wait to see them finished. XO, Pinky

  15. Awesome! What an amazing job Becca!
    I love the fabric, your chairs are going to look beautiful... can't wait to see them!

  16. I think I might have that fabric pinned to my sewing board. I love it! The chairs are awesome, the island is fantastic. Can't believe you installed the legs with a glue gun. You are the bomb. :o)

  17. This just blows me away girl! Fabulous job!

  18. You turned your island into a custom piece of furniture!! LOVE how you added the legs!
    Your new chairs are so pretty, can't wait to see them transformed. I know they're going to look fabulous!!


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