The Ikea Bekvam Kitchen Island – functional, affordable and buuuutt-ugly. Brand new it will run you $69.99 and I picked this one up used for $45 (which really was too much, but whatever). I was pretty excited to bust out my painting gear for this piece and in no time at all, it was transformed from tragic – to magic!
Thanks to the course I took through Cameo Boutique with my kindred spirit Paint Chica, I learned how to beat the crap out of a piece of wood – or as the teacher said (who was from England) ‘Really cock it up ladies, let’s go outside and whack our wood!’ I swear to God, this is what she said – I would not make this up – England sure has some unique sayings!
I used a hammer (both ends), a screwdriver (a variety of heads) and an assortment of metal odds and ends to really roughen up this piece of wood and it was very satisfying – I should whack some wood more often! I’d show you pics but you don’t really see the dents and holes until the stain/paint is applied.
After I did that, I used high grit (like 400 grit) sandpaper to smooth off any edges that I roughed up a little too much.
I used MinWax Gel Stain (Dark Walnut) to stain the top of the butcher block. I did 3 coats to get just the depth I wanted. This gel stain is oil-based, so it’s messy – oh wait, maybe it’s just me that’s messy… (but be sure to wear gloves anyway)
I painted the base with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Emperor’s Silk
I coated the top and the base with Annie Sloan Dark Wax to make it look aged. Because I had knocked so many holes and divots in the wood, the dark wax really sat in these spots even after I’d wiped it off (Karate Kid style…wax on – wax off)
And Voila – zee masterpiece!
Check out the
bad-ass sweet hardware I screwed to the sides – a perfect spot to hang tea towels!
Now keep in mind that this butcher block top is NOT food safe – it is very food unsafe. There are legal issues surrounding food-safe products so I’m not even going to recommend anything (not that I have any money if you wanted to sue me). Plus, making the top food-safe would insinuate that I might actually use it for cooking – and I don’t cook – so that makes things really easy!