Island Revisted

In one of my earlier posts, I talked about our kitchen island. My husband and I remade it from an old buffet we bought off of craigslist.

This is the island now:

I finally found the before picture of the buffet:

You can read here about all the changes we made to it. I took some closer-up photos today, so you can see more of the detail:



The chrome hardware came from Restoration Hardware. The glass knobs were ones we took off of the kitchen cabinets that used to be above our oven.




The mirror part was flipped upside down and made the perfect brackets for an overhang:



When we got the Rachel Ashwell dining chairs, I noticed her metal label tag was attached to the outside edge of the back of the chair.


I just love metal tags, as they add a bit of an industrial flair. Well, we noticed there was a metal tag on the back of the buffet... not meant to be displayed, I'm sure. But the Rachel Ashwell chairs inspired us and now the tag sits front and center:



Of course, if the Paine Furniture people from Boston could see what we did with their fine furniture, they would probably roll over in their graves.

41 comments:

  1. What a beautiful island! I especially LOVE the little metal tag : )

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  2. I highly doubt it - I think they would ask you to come work for them!
    What vision you had - I don't know if I could have pictured in my mind how to rework that buffet. But I have to tell you-your island is one of my most favorite things I've seen in any blog. I love the color with the wood top and the tag front and center makes all the difference!
    Sarah

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  3. Hello Beautiful Rie
    I LOVE your island. What a difference! You are so sweet and I am always so inspired by you and your sweet posts!
    Take Care,
    maria

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  4. I love the character that your island brings to your kitchen. Such a great idea!

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  5. beautiful...you did such a great job with it....

    love the color...and love that the top of the island is still stained wood. great contrast!

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  6. I love it... It is fabulous. I hope your day has been great.

    Sheila

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  7. I just LOVE your buffet/island. You guys did a fantastic job!

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  8. You did such a great job on your island Rie I just love the color and the antiquing! Glad your chairs arrived and can't wait to see them all around your table.

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  9. repurposed stuff is absolutely the 'funnest!'

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  10. Rie - it is just perfect!! You did an amazing job in repurposing this wonderful buffet and I love the metal tag at the front! It truly is perfect!! Wishing you a lovely day Rie ~ Tina x

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  11. That island is incredible! You put a lot of love into that piece.. that is for sure!

    I still cannot believe you found those Rachel Ashwell chairs!!!!! I kept putting off ordering them from her website and by the time I was ready.. they were gone. I hope she offers them again one of these days!


    Enjoy your day!
    Melanie

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  12. Rie, you did a fabulous job! I wish I could see the potential in things like you do. I showed it to my hubby and told him to be on the lookout for something similar!

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  13. You're kidding? That is quite the transformation! Rachaelx

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  14. Now that is a smart, clever transformation. I never would have guessed you could do that with that buffet. It looks reaaly great!

    Chania

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  15. This is really a wonderful before and after! It will make me look at some of my pieces differently! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. It is so beautiful, and how creative of you to see such potential in that buffet! The metal tag is a thoughtful touch.

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  17. You and your husband did a great job at repurposing that buffett. It looks wonderful and the metal tag finishes it perfectly. xx

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  18. I love how you changed the buffet! I would have never thought to make it over like you did but it is wonderful.

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  19. GORGEOUS!!! I love it Rie. You guys did an amazing job. Now can I have it???lol
    hugs

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  20. So so beautiful! You've done a perfect job! Just the right amount of distressing and I love the colour. The little metal tag just adds such a nice final finishing touch :) Thanks for sharing!

    Tracey

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  21. Well, I think you know that this makeover is genius....from the flipping of the mirror and those chunky brackets to the delicious color to the glass and the hardware to the tag. I love it....it is uniquely yours and will never, ever go out of style. Perfect.
    :)

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  22. That is a terrific transformation! Really. What a showpiece for your kitchen, so pretty... Theresa

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  23. Love, love, love your island. Love the color... love how you transformed the hutch. Great Post!!!

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  24. The contrast between the before and after photos is incredible Rie. You must be so satisfied with how it turned out. The metal tag is the perfect finishing touch!
    Angex

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  25. So beautiful and creative... the tag is one of my favorite parts. The furniture makers are happy that their work is still being enjoyed, I am sure.

    Michelle

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  26. Clever! And WHAT a transformation. I just love the island!

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  27. Wow, great work! I love that you incorporated the mirror piece into an overhang! I'll keep this in mind when I have a kitchen big enough for an island.

    Thanks for posting--

    Caitlin @ That House on The Corner

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  28. It's beautiful, I already admired it in the earlier post. Yuo have done a great job.

    Love the metal tag, too.

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  29. The difference is amazing Rie! What a brilliant job you guys done. I especially love the overhang and the metal tag.
    Ness xx

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  30. Amazing!! Love, love, love it:)

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  31. Oh goodness that is beautiful! Well done you two!! -Kristen

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  32. what a great idea and transformation! beautiful!

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  33. What a beautiful piece. You have such great vision to take that before buffet and end up with your gorgeous island.

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  34. OMG are you kidding me, how amazing is that piece! I can't belive how gorgeous it is in your kitchen!!!!!
    xo
    Kristin

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  35. This is so perfect, Im having a nice time reading through your posts,I have been wanting to do this since Ive been following you. Your home is beautiful and unique...perfect! Keep on blogging, you are a natural.

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  36. Rie!
    I finally painted, sanded and glazed my t.v armoire! I used the color of your island, at first it was really baby blueish,but the glaze deepened it and it looks more greeny blue/grey! I love your paint colors, and am thinking of China moom for my living room!
    Thank you for your inspiration! I love your style and home. Hopefully I will post some pics soon.

    Cindy

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  37. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! What an awesome idea, how did you come up with it?! Beautiful!

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