Painted Turquoise Kitchen Island

Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood

I cannot believe how many of you have emailed or commented wanting to see the final pictures of Kierra’s painted kitchen island I gave you a sneak peak of several months ago:

Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood

I didn’t want to post the pictures because they were not amazing. But I had some fans requesting … demanding to see it. 

One reader wrote me: “I was scouring your blog for a pic of the completed turquoise island you fauxed. Not a pic to be found. Then, later, read your comment re: posting so-so pictures. I say go for it. I wonder if we are critical about pictures of our personal projects in the same manner that we are critical of pictures of ourselves. Our flaws make us beautiful. That all being said….PLEASE post the pics!”

I love, love, LOVE how the island turned out. I think it ended up being 7 layers in all. It was a blast to do!

But my pictures just don’t do it justice and I’ve been stalling hoping to go take new pics. Kierra is the very busy mommy of 5 and I’m busy juggling getting casts off and calling poison control for gummy vitamin overload at my house. So…. we are just gonna go for it! You’ll have to trust me.

We were trying to match this inspiration piece already in her house:

Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood

Isn’t it pretty?
Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood

It was purchased with this finish; I did not faux it!

Here are my after shots!

WARNING…. the island in this blog post is prettier than it appears in pictures.

The closeup is my favorite because it is truest in color:

Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood

Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood


Here is the one scary bright drawer without any glazing or highlighting yet. 

Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood

Here is the turquoise kitchen island all done!

Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood
Even the dog likes it!

Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood

Painted Kitchen islands add so much personality. I just love it. 

Check out her sweet new granite!

Turquoise Kitchen Island Jennifer Allwood

Love the pulls with the gold accents!

I’m pretty sure I heard Kierra mention I could just bring you all over to see it in person.

Kierra you ‘da bomb! When are we going ladies????

Why can’t one of you just volunteer to come take my “after pics” from now on? I’m so bad at it…..GGGGrrrrr……. I am really glad my fans insisted I post photos. It really was a stunning project

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  1. Erin
    May 25, 2010 at 4:41 am

    DROP.DEAD.GORGEOUS. There’s no way it can be prettier in real life, just no way! I can’t even believe THIS!

    I’m thrilled you shared the images (BEAUTIFUL images at that!)

  2. Linda @ Painted Whyte
    Linda @ Painted Whyte
    May 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

    OMG you were hiding those pics??? It is gorgeous – you said 7 layers – what did you do? I am so in love with that island – you did an amazing job as always but the blue is to die for!!!

    Did that turquoise stereo table go to a new home? I didnt end up getting the one i was telling you about – i am so sad – i wish i could buy yours:)

  3. Green Willow Pond
    Green Willow Pond
    May 25, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Very, very pretty! She is one lucky girl to have you for a sister!

  4. Bonnie
    May 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    It looks so awesome!! I am sure practice makes perfect but you definitely have a gift for doing this work! I just drool over every piece you post! I have started trying my hand at it a little more but it takes a lot of practice to get it right. I also hate to do a practice board and just jump right in on the piece…which is bad!! Thanks for posting and keep up the great work!

  5. McAtee Family
    McAtee Family
    May 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Trust me ladies – it is even more awesome in real life!!

  6. Sarah @ Hennessey House
    Sarah @ Hennessey House
    May 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    oh my word, my heart just swooned. this is kick ass!

  7. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    there aren’t even words to say what i want to say- AWESOME!

  8. Mommy_2_3monkeys
    May 26, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Like others have said, can’t believe you were keeping these pics under wraps. Beautiful, gorgeous, and an inspiration. Now, as soon as it rains I know what I will be working on. Otherwise, kids and I are at the pool. Nikki

  9. Becolorful
    May 26, 2010 at 12:27 am

    No. I can tell this is awesome. I love these two colors together. You are amazing.

  10. Girly Stuff
    Girly Stuff
    May 26, 2010 at 1:14 am

    It looks great!

    Love the color and finish you did!

    I can’t believe that is 7 layers.

  11. Dana
    May 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

    So Awesome!!! I want to do my island like that! How did you do it???

  12. Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage
    Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage
    May 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    OOOOoooooO.OMG. FABULOUS piece. I found you via House of Turquoise. I’m glad that I did. Following right now.

  13. Renee
    May 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    LOVE IT LOVE IT! Thank you for posting!!
    I have to admit, I chickened out but I think my island turned out pretty well. I’ll be posting photos later this week.
    Thanks again!

  14. Kelle Dame
    Kelle Dame
    May 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    You are incredibly talented! This island is gorgeous! I so wish I had room for an island in my kitchen! Maybe the next house 🙂

  15. Donald's Garden
    Donald's Garden
    May 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Beautiful! I think you should carry on with the rest of the kitchen! If I give you my address will you do mine next?! 😉

  16. Shauna
    May 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I have been waiting FOREVER to see it! it looks beautiful Jen…it is awesome!!!

  17. Melissa
    May 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you! It looks faboulous – I can’t imagine it looking better in real life. And this (and you) is (are) such a decorating inspiration. When we redid our kitchen, I stuggled with what color to do the center island and went with a pretty standard cream with the brownish stain in the grooves – it looks good, but seeing this makes me want to be bold. And while I believe what you do here is so much more than ‘just paint,’ what you are teaching me is that at the end of the day, it IS paint, AND as you prove time and time again through your finds-turned-fabulous, ‘just paint’ can be completely amazing AND can be redone with (somewhat) relative ease. Thanks, again!

  18. Katie
    May 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Oh my, that is absolutely stunning!!

  19. fabulousfinishes
    May 27, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I LOVE accent colors on kitchen islands – way more interesting and eye catching ~ yummy inspiration piece as well

  20. fabulousfinishes
    May 27, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I LOVE accent colors on kitchen islands – way more interesting and eye catching ~ yummy inspiration piece as well

  21. fabulousfinishes
    May 27, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I LOVE accent colors on kitchen islands – way more interesting and eye catching ~ yummy inspiration piece as well

  22. Kenzie
    May 27, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Gorgeous as always! I love the color! I am swooning over this!

    May 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm


  24. Janell @ Isabella and Max
    Janell @ Isabella and Max
    May 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Love this, just found your blog via Erin at House of Turquoise!
    Am now following…Janell

  25. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage
    Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage
    May 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I don’t know what you are talking about — that looks FAB! I may pass out in person if it is any better! 😉

  26. The Working Home Keeper
    The Working Home Keeper
    May 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

    Mary Ellen

  27. April Francom
    April Francom
    May 28, 2010 at 12:52 pm


  28. Robyn
    May 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    It would be impossible for it to actually be prettier in person! HOW incredibly gorgeous it is! I ADORE IT AND the piece that she previously had that you perfectly matched it to! SO GLAD SOOOOO GLAD I saw this on remodelaholics!

  29. MessyMissy
    May 29, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Holy Guacamole that is one incredible color. I love the turquoise and the gold highlights.

  30. Alaina
    May 29, 2010 at 11:44 am

    That is a great color, and what an amazing difference between the before bright color and the after. You did a great job.

  31. @MaisonDecor
    May 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I have to ask, can you tell us what paint color you started with and what steps you used to give it that fabulous finish? I’d like to do that to my bathroom vanity!
    Very frenchy!

  32. CoopDeVilla
    May 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    The faux finish is amazing. I am not a big fan of blues, but this I could live with and love, love, love. Such skill and talent. Wow!

  33. Miss Mustard Seed
    Miss Mustard Seed
    May 30, 2010 at 2:00 am

    It is gorgeous! So, are you going to spill the beans on the seven step process?

  34. Anita
    June 1, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Wow the island is fabulous! So much depth to it. How long did it take doing all those steps and what were they?

  35. Heather
    June 1, 2010 at 3:38 am

    IN LOVE. This is my fav. color, I’m such a sucker for it. Half of my house, jewelry & clothes are in different hues of this. Thanks so much for linking up, hope to see you back next week for Fabulous Friday!
    Heather @

  36. Denise
    June 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I’m so glad you posted the pictures! It’s incredible.

  37. Terri wilson
    Terri wilson
    August 22, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I will take your “after” pics??? FOR SURE 🙂 that being said – i think the island looks amazing!

  38. Teri Boosalis
    Teri Boosalis
    July 1, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Next tutorial? Please. 🙂

  39. stacy
    July 14, 2014 at 3:15 am

    oh how I wish you had your own paint line with written instructions and photos. please do a tutorial video on this finish

  40. Dana
    June 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I would love the recipe for this finish! I know this was a long time ago but could you share a quick explanation of the 7 steps?

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