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Colorful Kitchen Island

Sarah Davis took inspiration from 2024 Design Trend "Island Escape" to elevate her kitchen island. By adding a bold color to her island, Sara, from Sincerely Sara D., makes an impactful statement to her kitchen that adds a playful touch to the destination spot in the heart of her home.

Upclose photo of purple kitchen island

Supplies Needed

  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface Painting Tape
  • Paint Brush
  • Small Paint Roller
  • Primer
  • Cabinet, Door, and Trim Paint
  • Screwdriver
  • Painter’s Paper Roll
  • Heavy Duty Cabinet Cleaner
  • Paint Deglosser
  • Extra Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Finished space with purple kitchen island

    Select a Fun, Bold Color for Your Kitchen Island.

    The kitchen island is a place you can have fun with a brighter color. I would suggest painting a smaller board (or boards) with the paint color and test the color near the island throughout the day as the light changes.

    When selecting a color, consider all the colors surrounding the island.

    *If you’re planning to add decorative molding, use FrogTape® to create a design on the island.

  • Primed kitchen island without doors

    Remove Cabinet Doors and Hardware.

    Using a screwdriver, remove the cabinet and drawer hardware and doors.

  • Taping the kitchen island with Multi-Surface Painter's Tape

    Tape Off the Kitchen Island Using Frogtape.

    If you have wood floors, be sure to use the yellow FrogTape for delicate surfaces.

  • Overhead of cabinet doors primed

    Clean the Cabinets Doors and Island.

    I used a heavy duty TSP Subsitute cleaner. Be sure to wear gloves.

  • Sanding wood

    Prep the Cabinets and Island for Painting.

    I used a paint deglosser to remove some of the finish before sanding with light-grit sandpaper.

  • Woman painting the kitchen island

    Use a Primer on the Island and Cabinet Doors.

    Be sure to use a high quality primer, and you can have it tinted.

  • Painting primer to the island in prep of project

    Paint With a High Quality Cabinet, Door, and Trim Paint in a Semi-Gloss or Gloss Finish.

    As with high quality primer, high quality paint is important and worth spending the extra money.

  • Overhead shot of project with delicate tape placed over wood

    (Optional): Add Decorative Molding to the Sides and Back of the Island and Paint the Molding.

    This will require additional time. You will have to plan the design and cut the molding with a miter saw. Use a nail gun to install the molding on the kitchen island and caulk around the molding for additional adhesion and to hide any gaps. Paint the molding.

  • Unscrewing kitchen island doors from island

    Add Hardware Back and Install Doors and Drawers.

    Using a screwdriver, put the hardware back on the doors and drawers and install the doors back on the island.

  • Finished kitchen island painted purple


    Enjoy your kitchen island as the best destination spot in your home!

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