KITCHEN ISLAND UPDATES - white and turquoise

Lately each morning while working at the kitchen island I have been hearing a familiar sound coming from outside. It doesn't lasting long  enough for me to get out there and before I know I am brushing it off as if I've just imagined it. But yesterday morning I heard the noise again, and I was at
the front door taking some pictures, the sound was loud and
obvious and I rushed outside to investigate.

look closely in the center you can see the dove
 Sure enough it was the same sounds I heard years ago on my
 very first vacation with George. We had flown all day and 
after landing we drove in the dark to the place we were
staying. George had done this many times before but this all
 was new to me. Once we arrived at the place we were staying,
we hustled our bags through the front door. It was a small
 place and the only light we got turned on was dim, just 
enough to make our way to the bedroom. We threw our 
luggage in the corner and fell into bed exhausted. I woke 
the next morning in a strange place with the morning light
pushing past the curtains on every window. There was the 
most amazing sounds I could have imagined.  male 
mourning dove cooing his welcome to us from a Palm tree 
outside the front door. He did this every morning of my first 
Florida holiday and now it would seem as though we 
have another dove right here at home calling for his mate. 
Later that same year is when I built our kitchen island.  I 
found an old cabinet and a pair of saddle stools on Craig's 
List perfect for the plans that were rolling around in my head. 


It is just the two of use and we had tried a normal table and
 chairs but the space didn't work right. With the island I built
 it is one of the most used areas in our home. We eat dinner 
at it, I can do larger projects on the surface, and it is the extra
 counter space needed for cooking.

I started to do some updates in the kitchen recently
and the island was the first to get a new look.

Below you can see the new look ...
The stools were painted in a distressed turquoise over 
white and the base cabinet was paint all white. I also changed
 the surface of the island to something a little lighter looking,
 a blonde butcher block.

I had originally painted the island with latex paint and to 
repaint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I made sure to cut
 any grease with warm soapy water before getting straight to 
painting, no sanding involved.

With the new look she reminds me of some of the small 
vintage cottages you can stay in when on vacation in Florida.


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