Saturday, April 8, 2017

Evelyn's DIY Kitchen Islands Makeover, Part 4

Hello Darlings, 

What I Began With And Used To Transform My Kitchen Islands

First of all, let me state that this is not my first DIY project. I have been doing sanding and refinishing projects off and on for some 40 years. However, it is my most ambitious  DIY project in that it contains so many items and consumes a lot of time.  in addition, there is a lot of great DIY channels of You Tube. As promised here is the list of items I used to transform my kitchen island from their before pictures to their present beautiful state. 

  • Home Styles 4510-95 Liberty Kitchen Cart with Natural Wood Top, Black
  • Home Styles 5099-95 Napa Kitchen Center, Natural Finish
  • Home Styles 5089-95 Kitchen Center with Breakfast Bar, Natural Finish   



  • Olympic Assure Black Flat Latex Interior Paint and Primer In One Paint (Actual Net
            Contents: 128-fl oz) - had satin gloss added for slight sheen
  • Minwax 2 qt. PolyShades American Chestnut Gloss Stain and Polyurethane in 1-Step (correction: I used the Pecan Gloss, and not the Chestnut Gloss which is the dark stain.)
  • Jasco Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser
  • Jasco Paint Thinner
  • Jasco  Odorless Mineral Spirits
  • Project Source Natural Bristle Flat Sash Paint Brush 2- inch
  • Blue Hawk Natural Bristle Polyester Blend Flat Sash Paint Brush 5-inch
  • Blue Hawk 9-Piece Paint Applicator Ki


  • Liberty 2-1/2 or 3 in. (64 or 76mm) Copper Kettle Dual Mount Cup Pulls
  • Amerock Colonnade 1-1/2 in. Antique Copper Cabinet Knobs

  • Black & Decker BDEMS600 Mouse Detail Sander
  • Black & Decker BDAMX Mouse Sandpaper
·         50 Grit
·         80 Grit
·         120 Grit
·         180 Grit

  • 1medium  Philip Screw Driver
  • 1mini Phillip Screw Driver
  • Paint And Varnish Mixing Sticks
  • Cardboard Boxes - Completely Spread Out On Floor
  • Lots Of Free Time And Patience

I used the deglosser as a pre-sander to reduce the amount of finish on the islands. After following the direction on the bottle, I then waited 24-hours and then used my mouse Sander. The courser sand paper was used to remove the PolyShades on one of the islands  after I got messy on it, which means never work after you are exhausted. Quit and relax for a day or two.

Chow, Darlings.