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Kitchen Island Painted ASCP-Duck Egg Blue

How to paint kitchen cabinets with chalk paint and glaze
Want to give your kitchen a quick new look? Let's paint the kitchen island a beautiful new color!

Yes, my friends, that's how I gave my kitchen a mini-makeover, and it all started when I found a set of corbels at Home Depot. 

The corbels were installed very quickly, with only four screws driven to the wooden surface of the island. 
I also added a beadboard on the inside of the shelves. The beadboard was a remnant piece I had from the hutch makeover.
how to install beadboard on kitchen island
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After living with dark chocolate brown for quite some time, I was more than ready for a bright new color. 
The gorgeous new color is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  Duck Egg Blue - I'm SO in love!

 Let me tell you how it all went.

The materials you'll need: 


Protect the surfaces you don't want paint on.


I gave the entire island two coats of ASCP - Duck Egg blue, waiting for the first coat to dry before applying the second.
two coats of chalk paint on kitchen island


The two coats of paint were followed by a good sanding using a 120-grid sanding sponge.
The texture of chalk-painted surfaces is on the rough side. I made it smooth and gave the corners or edges a little distressing.
120 grid sanding sponge to sand chalk paint


After dusting very well the entire island, use the wax brush to apply a thin coat of clear wax.
Buff it - This means you go with a soft cotton rug buffing all the waxed surfaces, giving them a nice sheen.

While working on it, you can see the difference between the waxed vs. the un-waxed parts. Waxed surfaces look darker.

You can stop here. You had just given the kitchen island a beautiful new color and had already protected it with clear wax. However, I wanted to provide the moldings and corbels more interest, so I used a glaze, which is the next step.
Painted kitchen island

5. APPLY GLAZE - Optional

Bringing out the details on the moldings was done by applying a translucent color glaze.
This entire process is simply done by applying the glaze with a cheap brush and removing most of that glaze with a damp cloth. It's up to you to decide how much glaze to leave in those parts you want to highlight.

Apply glaze to a small section - wipe it off and continue with another area. You don't want the glaze to dry off before wiping it off.
how to apply glaze over a painted surface

6. APPLY WAX - Once again

The glaze dries in about 45 min. Once dry, you can apply another coat of clear wax to protect the glazed surfaces.
How to refinish kitchen cabinets with chalk paint, glaze and wax

The two doors and drawer fronts were given the same treatment.
kitchen cabinets painted ASCP Duck Egg Blue

1. Paint
2. Sand
3. Wax and buff
4. Apply glaze
5. Remove the glaze with a wet cloth
6. Wax
7. Buff
8. All done!

I love this makeover. The wax gives it a lovely soft sheen.
kitchen island makeover - from brown to blue with added corbels

The glaze is one extra step that takes some time applying it, but it is the one that gives more character to all those nooks and crannies, even to the beadboard.
Kitchen island with shelves on side and white dinnerware

Kitchen island makeover

I looked in my old hardware stash and picked these pulls. They go much better with the new style.
Kitchen island makeover

The panels/molding that was hard to notice with the previous brown color are now more noticeable.

Kitchen Island painted and corbels added

Sometimes the Duck Egg Blue color looks blueish, and some other times is green.
microwave installed in kitchen island

In general, it gives the kitchen a much brighter look.
How to brighten your kitchen by painting the kitchen island

How to paint kitchen cabinets with chalk paint and glaze

You can check its previous makeover, where the builder's grade cabinet island was given a totally new look with an added shelf and microwave inside it, right HERE.
oak cabinet kitchen island transformed - makeover

kitchen makeover with ASCP, Glaze and wax for an old look.

spring in the kitchen

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  1. Cristina, this is gorgeous! You did such a spectacular job. The bead board is inspired and the corbels wonderful. Oh and the duck egg blue is perfect!
    Question: Why did you was and then glaze? Does the waxing first make the glaze easier to remove? Is the glaze just as stable on the piece? Thanks for the link to the other island makeover. I see she used laquer prior to glazing. Hmmm.... same reason? thanks in advance, Christina

    1. Thanks so much Queenopearls! I do believe applying the wax first makes for an easier way to spread and remove the glaze. The wood doesn't absorb it and it mostly stays in all those areas where you can't remove it, accentuating the piece.

  2. Absolutely STUNNING! Beautiful work- and it's staged so perfectly!
    Found you through Between Naps on the Porch
    Shelly @

  3. It looks amazing! Such an awesome transformation Cristina! I love the color!!

  4. Fabulous color and finish Cristina!

  5. I LOVE it! Looks so fresh and gorgeous. Good job Cristina!

  6. This is so gorgeous, I just LOVE the color!!! Visiting from The Scoop link party ;)

  7. Cristina, the island came out beautifully! Lovely color.

  8. It looks great Cristina! Love the color.

  9. That island sure has come a long way! Absolutely gorgeous! XO

  10. This looks fantastic Cristina! The colour is gorgeous and I love how you incorporated both a microwave and open display shelves. I so wish I had a kitchen layout that had room for an island.

  11. It looks beautiful! Duck Egg is one of my favorite colors.

  12. Your island is just beautiful. NIght and day difference from the original builder's grade version, and the duck egg blue with wax is even better than the first re-do. Had to pin this for future reference...


  13. Beautiful, Cristina! I love the paint color..

  14. It looks wonderful! Unbelievable what you have made from a standard piece of cabinetry.

  15. It's gorgeous Cristina! Sharing on my FB page:-)


  16. Oh my! I love the color. Beautiful makeover.

  17. You are so amazing! Your projects always blow me away. Love how pretty your white dishes look together.

  18. looks amazing! hard to believe where you started with the island.

  19. Hola Cristina pero que fabulosa ese mueble isla en tu cocina !!!me encantó el colorido y esa patina que le da un aspecto emvejecido

  20. Cristina, I love the island makeover. The color and glazing are perfect and thanks so much for the shout out!

    1. BTW, you were a lot braver than me waxing it. I just could not face all that waxing. That is why I used the Annie Sloan lacquer.

    2. Thanks Kim! Lately I've been loving using wax on my painted pieces, in small areas I don't mind the buffing. However, as I said, your method is easier on that part and they way to go for heavily used kitchen cabinets! Thanks for posting about it, I always love your paint transformations, you're an inspiration!

  21. Your island is gorgeous! Pinning and sharing with my SIL who wants to paint her island Duck Egg Blue!

  22. I'm loving the robin egg blue with the dark glaze! I'm obsessed with chalk paint and distressing right now! Your inspiring kitchen is getting me started on my kitchen now! Check it out as I slowly start working!!

  23. Love it !!! Just bought some Annie Sloan Chateau Grey and told my Husband I thought our plain ugly builders island needed more than just color. And there you were to show him what I meant. GORGEOUS!!!!

    1. Thanks Rebecca! You're gonna love your kitchen island transformation. Chateau Grey is a beautiful color too, it's going to bring new life to your kitchen!

  24. Love it !!! Just bought some Annie Sloan Chateau Grey and told my Husband I thought our plain ugly builders island needed more than just color. And there you were to show him what I meant. GORGEOUS!!!!

  25. Love it !!! Just bought some Annie Sloan Chateau Grey and told my Husband I thought our plain ugly builders island needed more than just color. And there you were to show him what I meant. GORGEOUS!!!!

  26. Beautiful island... What paint color is on your cabinets? I like those too.

    1. BM Navajo White. You can read all about the painted cabinets right here:

  27. May I ask you what the side with the cabinet doors ended up looking like? I have this same stock cabinet island and would love to do the upgrade, but I'm nervous that the side with the cabinet doors will look off balance. Did you end up carrying the molding/trim all the way around so there wasn't an awkward flat space? Thank you so much for sharing, you've inspired us to upgrade our kitchen island in preparation for putting our house on the market!

    1. Hi Christine, there's a picture of that side - cabinet doors- within the post, it's showing the old hardware added to the drawers and doors. I only added the same kind of moldings to the side of the shelf. It doesn't look awkward, at least to our family.

  28. What color are your kitchen cabinets?

  29. Hi! This is my first time visiting your blog. Love your ideas! What would you say the dimensions are?

    1. Caralee, Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment! The island dimension is 55" long x 25" width, the countertop makes it 10" wider.

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