What’s not to love about a distressed, CREAM island??

We fauxed an island in a new home recently. Ignore the ugly paper on the hardwood floor, etc….. this is how new construction looks while we are there.

So I decided….if I had an island…..I would paint it just like this one.

A soft cream color (in this case Sherwin Williams “Softer Tan”)….

With some gentle sanding/distressing on the edges…

And a chocolate glaze.

With “Venetian Gold” granite on top….just like this.


  1. Dawn
    September 30, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Yummy is right! That is just beautiful!

  2. Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com
    Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com
    September 30, 2010 at 6:16 am

    WOW – that is gorgeous!! I am trying to work up the nerve to do mine. It is just about that same size and shape. I love the way it turned out.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!


  3. Mandi
    September 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I heard angels sing when I saw this post LOOOOOVE IT!!!

  4. Pamela
    September 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Simply gorgeous! I wish we have lighter counter tops. It would make a world of difference.

  5. The Soladay Family
    The Soladay Family
    September 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I love this! Cannot wait to paint our cabinets. THanks for including the paint color.

  6. mekhart
    September 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Oh, I love it!! You’re right…absolutely nothing NOT to love about that piece!! It looks fantastic!

    Great job!

  7. Proper Prim
    Proper Prim
    September 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Look fabulous… you can deliver it to my house anytime…lol.

    Another great job.

    Hugs, Deb

  8. Christa @ Stories of a House
    Christa @ Stories of a House
    September 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I am loving the look of that! Wanting to paint my cabinets white, but wondering how I can pull it off in an Old World style home, I was torn. I think this may be my answer! What brand/color of glaze did you use? You do beautiful work!

  9. Wanda
    September 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful. (So, have we swayed you over to the “white” side?)

  10. Tamra
    September 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Yep, you can never go wrong with neutrals.

    Really beautiful!

  11. Okie Chic
    Okie Chic
    September 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    This is sooo pretty. I love the cream with the chocolate glaze. Beautiful!!!

  12. Nancy
    September 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Yummy indeed! What’s not to love about this spectacular piece! Is this a model or private home? If it’s a model, where is it? I’ll go stalk it out…I mean check it out!

  13. Linda @ Painted Whyte
    Linda @ Painted Whyte
    October 1, 2010 at 1:05 am

    OMG i loooovveee it! That island would be in my dream kitchen FORSURE!! Great job!

  14. Our Southern Nest
    Our Southern Nest
    October 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Beautiful! I love it too!

  15. Red Lipstick
    Red Lipstick
    October 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    so beautiful and Tuscany-looking!

  16. Lisa Oceandreamer Swifka
    Lisa Oceandreamer Swifka
    October 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    just like another commenter said we are about to paint our kitchen cabinets. The island you did is are just the colors I’m going for so I, too, would LOVE to know what the glaze was that you used. Is it already mixed? Did you mix a glazing liquid with paint? Please do tell. I will watch here in case you answer in comments. Thanks!

  17. Angela (Cottage Magpie)
    Angela (Cottage Magpie)
    October 6, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Love, love, love this color! I have been looking for this exact type of finish. Since you shared the paint base color I whipped out my Sherwin-Williams fandeck and took a look — I was really surprised! “Softer Tan” is a lot darker than I thought it would be — almost tan! So that was a good tip. I would have picked the lighter color (like the one above, Moderate White) without knowig better!
    ~Angela 🙂

  18. McAtee Family
    McAtee Family
    October 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Come on Jen – you know I already have a list a mile long of things I want you to do to my house and now I just added another item. Although, this may go right up there to the top of the list. I am in love…you think Mike would replace my current granite with the venetian gold?

  19. Mel Tales
    Mel Tales
    February 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    HEY! I just found your blog! We just bought a new house. We have the New Venetian Gold counter tops and white cabinets. I have been searching all over for the “look” I want in my kitchen. THIS Is beautiful. Do you mind telling me what glaze you used and if you mixed it or bought it that way?

    Great work!

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