Sunday, July 15, 2012

New Kitchen Island

Long story short…I have a brand new kitchen island and it was FREE!
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Here is the skinny on how I scored it….
I know you are wondering why I needed one since we just moved into a new house.  The house did not come with an island but the builder staged it with one and he let us continue to borrow.  We really didn’t want to spend a lot of money and had found an acceptable one at Target for $250 but we were not 100% sold.  We really wanted a furniture look so I started the hunt on Craigslist for a furniture piece to redo and found the perfect piece for $50….it was an old dresser/sideboard that had character and we would only need to find a top for it and paint.  I called, and the lady had just sold it with in the hour!! Disappointed but back to the hunt.  
We knew the builder was wanting his back and we need to find something and soon.  I was talking to one of my customers that does kitchen remodels and also sales cabinets, asking  if he had any less expensive options. He said sure and it won’t cost you anything.  I was like, for FREE??? He confirmed and I still could not believe.  Even free I can be picky so I wanted to know what it looked like.  He had a picture and a drawer but otherwise I really didn’t know what the exact size was or what it looked like but told him I wanted it.  We picked it up a few days later sight unseen and I was so surprised.  I begged asked him quietly to let me pay him something, but he refused. 
We totally scored!!  This is a super high end cabinet line, furniture like piece with a granite, yes I said GRANITE top!!
IMG_1674I love it in our kitchen.  It is a little smaller that what we had in here, but it fits the kitchen much better.  
This is what it looked like when we picked it up…not bad at all!
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This was actually a piece that connected to other cabinets so the end cap had to be fixed. Will helped me out with this and he said it was pretty easy to fix.  I knew I’d be painting so it didn’t matter.


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I am so happy with it.  I probably would not have chosen this color granite but it works well in our kitchen and after painting the piece in Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, color French Grey and finished with clear wax it really made it pop.   We also added a pull and I thought this one was really fitting because it had a similar pattern to the drawer.
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Now I have a nice wide drawer for my silverware and knives.  I still cannot believe this island was free!  I usually don’t have such luck.  The only thing I bought was the $3.48 pull.  I already had the paint and wax and it didn’t take much to cover this because it was in such good condition. 
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What do you think?
p.s. I also had awesome luck at Goodwill the same day I picked this up…stay tuned for those neat finds….or start following me on Instagram to see sneak peaks.  (name is aprilletchworth)


April


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17 comments:

  1. I LOVEEEEE!!! IT.. It is perfect in that space!!!

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  2. What a score! I am soooo jealous...it's so perfect.

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  3. I think I am jealous...what a great looking piece!

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  4. Great score!!! It doesn't happen often to me either, but when it does...isn't it awesome? Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!
    I'm now following you because of this beauty, lol
    Would love you to come by and follow back
    :)

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  6. How sweet of him to do that for you. It is so cool! Looks like you did a great job fitting it into your space as well!
    Liz

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  7. that looks fabulous, april! love the color and the new top!

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  8. It is beautiful! You choose the right paint, granite and pull. It looks amazing in your kitchen!

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  9. Score! Looks amazing...and free. It looks great in your kitchen!

    Kristen

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  10. I love it, too! Good for you!

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  11. This turned out gorgeous! Awesome job!

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  12. Thanks for all the sweet comments...you guys make my day leaving them. I was really happy about this find. And thankful to my generous customer for giving it to me. :)

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  13. What an awesome score you made!! Love this transformation : o )

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  14. I love that you didn't distress it and scratch it up. LOVE the purity of it. I am going to get some ASCP and do a hutch/buffet and NOT distress it either. B E A U T I F U L....

    ~ Lisa ~

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  15. Amazing! I love, love bargains like that!!

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  16. I'm more interested with the fruits, actually. Haha! With a kitchen like that in the pictures, I'd definitely cook more often. :P Your kitchen looks so comely, April.

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