Island Eyesores

Island Eyesores

Islands in the stream, that is what we are…

Well, now you’re going to have that song in your head all day.  If you are a Dolly Parton fan and you actually know that song.  I’m a Dolly Parton fan.  She seems really cool. I wonder if she has a biography out?  I just checked my library’s website, and guess what? She does.  Only, it came out in 1994.  That was 20 years ago!  I’m going to need more than that, Dolly, c’mon.

Anyway, believe it or not, this post is actually about islands.  I don’t know how we got off on a Dolly Parton tangent, but there are worse things that could happen.  Here are a couple of island updates that are sure to please your eyeballs, and your island, if you have an ugly one that wants a makeover.

First, Shelly spruced up this sad island eyesore with paint and a granite top.  Fooled ya!  It’s actually fake granite.  And by fake granite, I mean: paint! Plus a tiny sprinkling of glitter and a coat of epoxy.  Check it out up close on her blog 100 Things 2 Do.

How to create a faux granite countertop!

How to create a faux granite countertop!

And I don’t know if this is officially the “World’s Ugliest Island,” but Stacy seemed to think so.  It was certainly awkward and unattractive. But if the movies have taught us anything, it’s that the award and unattractive girl is secretly a total hottie underneath it all, cue makeover sequence.

See the whole process of this one, (because I honestly didn’t believe it was even the same island) (spoiler alert: it is!) on Stacy’s blog The Serene Swede.

Kitchen island makeover on

Kitchen island makeover on



  1. February 5, 2014 / 8:39 AM

    Incredible! Both. The fake granite top is fabulous.


  2. February 5, 2014 / 8:41 AM

    LOVE both of these – great makeovers !!!
    ( love Dolly too lol )

  3. Bee
    February 5, 2014 / 9:02 AM

    I am using an old kitchen island as a standing desk where I check your blog, FB, personal email and, in general, waste time. I use a regular desk for my real work. This division of labor means that I have to get off my fat butt every once in a while since I work a lot from home.

    Anyway, these kitchen island makeovers are inspiring me to make over my own kitchen island/standing desk…it’s on my to-do list.

  4. Jenn
    February 5, 2014 / 11:41 AM

    One, that fake granite is crazy town – I wouldn’t even know where to begin.
    Two, I’ve ready Dolly’s biography, when I was like 10 (probably when it came out). My school district does a BIG pageant (for lack of a better word) for 5th graders, where we pick a “hero” and write a paper on them, dress up like them, and do a presentation. Dolly was my hero (she really is everyone’s hero, I know).

  5. February 5, 2014 / 6:12 PM

    Oh man, that’s awesome! I think I need to see pictures of this!

  6. February 5, 2014 / 6:13 PM

    Ha, that’s a good idea actually. I could probably benefit from a standing desk! Would love to see your results if you decide to makeover yours! 🙂

  7. Carol-Anne
    February 5, 2014 / 7:27 PM

    Love how both of these look so much sleeker & more functional…..AFTER!

  8. February 5, 2014 / 8:00 PM

    Oh wow!!! That’s my island! 🙂 Thanks so much for featuring me and all of the wonderful comments, too! I just love the “granite” top on the other one too, so gorgeous!

  9. LeeAnn
    February 5, 2014 / 8:01 PM

    I love both makeovers!! Either one in my kitchen would be awesome.

  10. LeeAnn
    February 5, 2014 / 8:06 PM

    Hey!! The second island has an outlet set in between the drawers. That’s just the bee’s knees!

  11. Larissa
    February 6, 2014 / 6:56 AM

    Fun Fact: Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees wrote Islands in the Stream. Great song! And great makeovers!

  12. Kiran
    February 6, 2014 / 9:29 AM

    Both islands are amazing! My Dolly Parton story: My dad had a friend who owned a house in Hawaii that he bought from Dolly. His wedding present to me and my husband was use of the house for our honeymoon. The hot tub installed by Dolly was shaped like boobs!

  13. Hanna
    February 6, 2014 / 2:16 PM

    LOVE the second one, gorgeous!

  14. Sarah
    February 11, 2014 / 9:40 PM

    haha, I actually read that autobiography a few months ago and although it was not current, it was still really interesting! Also, the islands look fab.

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