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Apr 19, 2012

...mission impossible..."the island" episode

do, do, de, dooo,
do, do, de, doo,
do, do
do, dee, do
ba, da

(okay, okay, enough of that!!)
((do you know the theme song to "mission impossible??))

(((then sing it in your brain to humor me, as you read this post))


the one good thing about moving from nest to nest is,
you may be fortunate
 to have a few lovely kitchens along the way

some of them are the big, gourmet type
some of them are small
and cozy like...

like say ~
the one we have here.
it is one of the smallest i've ever been challenged with

i like to bake,
so i needed a little more counter space...

what to do?

the other feat was,
the color of the walls...

now normally,

i would have painted them
but as i knew we would only be leasing this home for a short while,
 i opted to stretch my design self
and work with it!

i spied this fabulous,
 canvas cathedral church print at Marshall's
and knew it was perfect for my space...

loved the blue-green wash the frame had,
and the cathedral stamping
was in a complimenting tone for the wall color!

a week later,
i turned up this wooden candle holder cross
in the same tone...

what are the "odds" of that??
wink, wink

i added a soy candle
and draped a delicate rosary around the wire cup...

and moved on to the island ~

i searched
and searched

and searched!
but nothing really stood out for me.

so i pondered awhile...

the movers had damaged a few of our furniture pieces
(i know, i know, DON'T even get me started my dears!!)

one of those pieces was my daughters dresser.
it was about to hit the goodwill doors
when poof!!
i had a vision!

i wish i had taken a before picture
but just imagine two more drawers in this
oh ~
and it was a sour cream color...

perhaps i could made this work

in fact,
i know i can!!

so out came the annie sloan chalk paint.
i gave it a base coat of french linen
then a top coat of  my perfect white
(which is 2 parts white to 1 part old white)

and you know the drill after that

and then oh and ah!!

you know i gotta have my details,
so this grey, freshwater pearl rosary hangs off of my dish-towel bar
(hubby cut down an actual towel bar to fit the island) 

behind this door is my kitchenaid stand mixer.
it didn't fit on the counter as the cupboards were to low.
the arched door is perfect to slide it in or out of!

on the front of the door,  
i painted on a grain sack stripe
and then hand painted this fleur de lis...

love, Love, LOVE how it turned out

the drawers!

the first drawer,
houses our silverware and knife board.
and not to worry
as we didn't waste the two other drawers we removed

no sir ree!!

we took off the front board, and cut the 2nd drawer in half
then added a pretty handle
so we could use it for baggies, foil, wraps, etc.

 only the very bottom of the 3rd drawer was used to make a sliding,
pull out shelf for dish towels and sparkling water
(gotta have my fizz!!)

my favorite part is the top

oohhhh do i swoon over this top!!!

i order a sheet of zinc counter top
and glued it around the top board piece
waxed it

a fabulous make over
in a french nordic style:)

let's see that again...

did i mention
 how much i LOVE my re purposed kitchen island
specific to my needs??!!!!

what do you think?


sharing this with:
common ground's: vintage inspiration
french country cottage's: feathered nest friday
romantic home's: show and tell friday
the charm of home's: home sweet home
ivy and elephant's: what's it wednesday
rooted in thyme's: simple sweet fridays

here's to mission impossible re purposing!!


  1. You totally rock girl! BTW, where did you get the zinc sheeting and how did you handle the pokey (as in ouch! not slow) corners when you wrapped them?


  2. Specific to your needs...that is *key* PLUS it is so STUNNING!!!! :D

    I love this project.


  3. Your repurposed kitchen island wonderful, charming, fabulous!
    I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

  4. Oh my gosh, Rosemary! You are just full of surprises, girl! You never cease to amaze and astound me! I LOVE your new island! Where in the world does one go to order a zinc countertop? And how does one attach it? :) Fabulous job, my dear friend! Beautiful!!!

    xoxo laurie

  5. I think your kitchen is awesome--love the island. Everything is beautiful.

  6. Rosemary, You are such an inspiration! That island is amazing. I love your vision to see this in a broken dresser. Dianne

  7. Love your small kitchen. My mother loved little kitchens, guess cause she was a short lady. She would tell me that she would not know what to do in a large kitchen. Your island is darling. I admired everything you did. Hugs...Lu

  8. Oh....I love your cozy little kitchen and that island turned out so wonderful!!!! You never know how you might use a piece of furniture destined to be destroyed:-)


  9. So lovely!
    Visiting from Home Sweet Home

    Greetings from Australia♥

  10. Rosemary, you have added your wonderful touch to this beautiful space...it looks amazing!!
    Love a cozy little kitchen!!!

  11. You are amazing. I love what you did. All of the colours are so fabulous. That island was major work, but so worth it. What an inspiring post! I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.


  12. Beautiful and perfect! Love all the white. Would love for you to share on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Everyone will be amazed.


  13. Wow lady you really did this one up right!! Love that island and every detail. The A.S. paint and then the stripes and fleur de lis. What an inspiration. You just constantly amaze me with your beautiful talents!

    One question....where did you get the zinc top? I have needed one for a small rolling island for several years but have had no clue where to go. Some of the people at the Home places look at me like I'm nuts. Anyway if you could let me know I'd sure appreciate it. Thanks so much!


  14. You are amazing, where there's a will - there's a way. May you have many more blessings in your new nest. xo Rhonda

  15. Ok Rosemary, I started to hum! the mission song but quickly switched to a sweeter melody one that was fitting to the charm you added to your sweet space. I love the center island its a chaming space to bake, cook, chop and make your delights.

    I know what you mean about change and tones that may not work for you, I have been in that same place wanting to paint everything over making it my own and yet only temporary there is just so much you can do, or you just go for it as I have done and painted it all white and grey! LOL!

    Have a beautiful day my friend knowing everything is perfect with your space.

  16. Love this post! You are so creative. Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. You are my inspiration.


  17. This is an amazing redo! I love what you did, especially the fleur de lis you painted. Love it all!


  18. This is perfect! I love the zinc top! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  19. WOW Rosemary! I Love it too!! You should go into business!! Just amazing you are!!

  20. I love the special touches that you are adding!
    Especially the paint treatments. You have really put your stamp on the space, it has your heavenly touch. Thanks so much for taking us on the transformational journey with you!

  21. now that is just seriously AWESOME!!!! ;}

    m ^..^

  22. Beautiful. It looks like you have a lovely cottage to nest in for awhile. the backyard with 'your fairy' is so enchanting.

  23. This dresser-turned-island is just fabulous! I see this style dresser on Craigslist all the time. It's a shame that my cottage is too tiny to accommodate an island of any size...else I might have to "borrow" your lovely idea." ;)

    I would love to have you share this creativity at my weekly linky party - Time Travel Thursday. The link goes up on Wednesday nights by 9pm EST. And be sure to bring your beautiful fairy princess along.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  24. Rosemary,
    What an amazing transformation!!Looks beautiful.I am following over from the brambleberry cottage and I am now a follower here.


  25. Beautiful...it is so amazing.....so VERY clever....you are so creative! Love It!


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