Our kitchen island is finished! Woohoo! All I need now is the hardware. I'm very happy with how it turned out. It took me longer than I had planned, but I think because I took my time on how I was going to achieve what I wanted, I got good results.
We added trim around the ends of the island and a toe kick using the same molding around the bottom. We used real wood, since it's in the kitchen I don't want any warping problems.
The color I used I altered a bit. I chose Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore, 5% enhanced. I thought it was a little too minty green, so I had about 4.5 drops of blue added into the mixture. Now I did use a little bit of the paint before adding the extra drops, so on a full can maybe 5 drops would be about right. I'm happy with how the color turned out, it's exactly what I was trying to get. It goes really well with the blue green backsplash.
I used Advance Paint by Benjamin Moore to paint the island. This is the best paint for cabinets out there. It acts like an oil-based paint, but cleans up like like latex, just soap and water. Awesome stuff! I got a nice smooth paint finish, which was important to me.
There are so many great tutorials on painting your cabinets so I won't go into detail (see Kitchen Island Project), but one tip that was helpful was when you paint in the grooves using a good paint brush, wipe off the excess paint that gets onto the flat part of the cabinet. If you don't you will have a build up on the edges, which you don't want for a nice even finish. Also, I did use a wood grain filler and I think it worked out really well and was pretty easy to use, EXCEPT next time I won't do it in the groves of the door, it was too hard to sand out. I will only use the wood grain filler on the flat part of the door. I don't see the wood grain on the flat part of the doors now.
(What the kitchen looked like when we moved in a year ago)
(after new backsplash and painted island)
I'd say we're getting there one step at a time. Next for the kitchen: paint the cabinets white! I'm not sure where that lies on my to-do list, but I can't wait for the finish product.