Antiqued / Distressed Kitchen Island ::: From the Archives

I just returned from NYC at 2:00am!  Whew! It was a fabulous trip, but I am beat! I’ll share some of our fun with you guys soon!

I was greeted when I returned home with LOTS of etsy orders. {Yay!  That’s always fun!} But I have to share with you that two of the orders were extra exciting…..Williams-Sonoma {you guys KNOW the love I have for Williams-Sonoma!} and West Elm {another love!} had ordered chalkboards!  Woohoo! How cool is that!? Two of my favorite stores ordered from our store. {I’m a bit giddy….can you tell?}

SO, I’m off to make chalkboards and package things up…..I hope you guys won’t mind if I share a post from a little over a year ago.  We are still enjoying our antiqued/distressed ‘crate’ kitchen island….I thought I would share that project again, for those of you that may not have been with us over a year ago. 🙂


The kitchen redo seems to be taking much longer than we planned.  We’ve been waiting to find the perfect farmhouse sink—so we can then do the concrete countertops—so then we can……..

You know.

BUT, a couple of weekends ago I had fun redoing the kitchen island.  It has a butcher block top and I wanted to distress it and make it appear to be like an old European shipping crate that had been repurposed into an island. And then, of course, restored.  We do the craziest things.

Here’s what you need:

~ sander/sanding paper

~ stencils

~ stencil paint

~ stain {we used Minwax Special Walnut}

~ clear, matte sealer

~ brushes

Here’s how we did it:

1. Clean and sand the top of the island

2.  Lay out your stencils—and stencil! Since we wanted it to look like a shipping crate, we laid them out a bit haphazard and in different directions.  We used black acrylic paint for this part.

3.  Once dry—sand your stenciled areas so they will appear worn

4.  Stain—with the grain—your island.  Go right over your stencils.  Do not allow the stain to puddle if at all possible.  DO NOT WIPE OFF THE EXCESS!!!  Usually when you stain furniture you would want to do this—but to make a piece looked distressed and old, skip this step. It will create worn markings and spots—looks so great!

5.  Repeat #4 if it is not as dark as you would like it to be—-or if you are happy with it, move on to the next step.

6.  Follow the directions of the clear sealer—and seal with 3 coats.  Make sure you use a matte sealer for the antique/distressed look.  Shiny/Gloss doesn’t cut it for this. 🙂 We use Polycrylic.

7.  Wait at least 24 hours before using or putting anything on it.

I love it!  What do you think?

Now………I heard Ikea has great farmhouse sinks that don’t cost an arm and a leg……….hhhhhmmmmmmmmm………

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sharing with:  Tip JunkieBetween Naps on the PorchThrifty Decor ChickFunky Junk InteriorsDIY ShowoffHome Stories A to Z a.k.a. DesignSerenity NowSavvy Southern StyleMy Romantic HomeJennifer Rizzo, Miss Mustard Seed


16 thoughts on “Antiqued / Distressed Kitchen Island ::: From the Archives

  1. Congrats on your orders! That is so awesome. Love this island post and cannot wait to hear about NYC. Enjoyed the pics on Instragram. Come visit if you can this week. We are giving away a great book! We would love for you to win!

  2. Wow, it came out gorgeous!! It looks like a whole new island and like ones I’ve seen in stores for big bucks! Found you from HSA2Z! I’m going to go and get lost in your blog now lol

  3. Beautiful. crazy how one thing does lead to another. I am looking into replacing our formica with Granite. Now to find a sink and faucet and a new paint color and and and … Well you know.

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