April 21, 2014


I hope your Easter was as lovely as mine!  We celebrated with a mini egg hunt in the backyard, lunch with the grandparents on our deck (heaven) and thinking of Christ.  Ruby had so much fun and is coming off a jellybean high.  Here’s to a week of healthy eating!

We have been making some major progress in the kitchen.  It feels so good to get things moving in there!  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some sneak peeks.  Today I’m sharing a simple project that had a big impact–  we added moulding to our kitchen island.

First, let’s look at some before photos.  It was the definition of boring.

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It blended in with the floor color, and had no interest or detail.  We were ready to change that.  First, we picked up the moulding.  We used a combination of base boards and flat moulding.


Next, we removed the cheap filler strips.  They were thin and had a sort of rounded side.


Once everything was off, it was time to put down the new moulding.  We built a frame, with the wider pieces on the bottom.



Quick toddler hug of encouragement before bedtime, then back to work on the moulding frame.


To get around the plugs, we cut a notch out of the moulding, then cut a small piece, also with a notch, to make a little frame around it.

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Once the moulding was all in place, we used spackle to fill in the nail holes and seams.  Then we used an electric sander to sand it all down.  And in the process added a thick layer of dust everywhere.  Sigh.


We wiped it all down with a towel, then I primed it using a flat Zinnser primer – it’s important to prime the moldings before you paint, so the paint ends up with consistent sheen.  I then painted two coats using the same paint we used on our cabinets:  Benjamin Moore Advance.  I brushed the moulding, then rolled as much as I could of the inside, and brushed the corners.  If you move quickly, and avoid letting the paint dry before one complete coat is done, you’ll avoid brush strokes and the paint will smooth out and give a sprayed look.


Check out the finished product:

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What a big impact for a relatively small project!  It’s amazing how moulding can make a room look so much more finished and custom.

You may have caught a glimpse of the new backslash… it’s finished!  Feels and looks sooooo good.  Sharing all the details tomorrow!

Happy Monday,

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  1. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor

    April 21st, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Looks great Jen! It adds such a polished and custom feel to it. 🙂

  2. Kelli

    April 21st, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I love it! Your “before” is exactly what we have going on with our island, right down to the color-coordinated cabinets and floor. I had originally planned to fill in the toe kick area before trimming it out, but I love the way yours looks so much that I might change my mind!

  3. Whitney

    April 21st, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    This looks fantastic! What a difference it makes!

  4. Michelle

    August 9th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    What material is the baseboard and flat moulding, mdf, oak, pine? Love your results! Just what we are aspiring to do in our kitchen makeover.

  5. Jen

    August 9th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Hi Michelle, Thank you so much for reading! Baseboards and moulding are all pre-primed mdf. It’s so easy to work with and fairly inexpensive. Good luck!

  6. Kathy Nelson

    August 12th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Your cabinets are beautiful and exactly what my husband and I were planning to do within the next year to ours. Can you tell me what material the sides and back of your island are? Are they wood? The picture before being painted looks like they are a “faux” wood of some sort and that is what ours are too. My concern is painting that area. Thank you!!

  7. Jen

    August 13th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Kathy, the cabinets are wood, but the island is more of a thin wood, if that makes sense. We didn’t have a problem painting it, and you shouldn’t either. Just lightly sand the area and do a test spot (with really high quality paint). If it dries weird, you need a shellac based primer first, then the paint and it should work great! The shellac based primer will help paint adhere to anything that has a pre-treated surface. We didn’t need it at all on our cabinets. Hope that is helpful! Good luck!

  8. Jarrod

    January 6th, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Great looking cabinets! On the island what is the size of the MDF boards you used as far as width and thickness? I want to trim around our toe kick like you did but curious on the sizes that work out.

  9. Jen

    January 7th, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Thank you so much! We used a standard sized base board and cut it down to a size that would fit under the toe kick. Hope that helps! Thanks for reading!

  10. Anonymous

    July 7th, 2017 at 9:34 am

    what was the thickness of the trim you used

  11. Tammy

    January 12th, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Love the cabinet color! What color is that?

  12. Administrator

    January 24th, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Hi there! Benjamin Moore Super White!

  13. Amie

    March 13th, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    What part did you use the smaller baseboard?

  14. Administrator

    June 4th, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    As the moulding design around the sides and back.

  15. Amie

    March 13th, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Can you tell me where you used what board. Where did you use the big ones and where did you use smaller ones.

  16. Administrator

    June 4th, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    So sorry– not sure I understand your question. Can you clarify so I can help?

  17. Janina

    December 8th, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Hello what sheen did you use? Satin? Semi-gloss?

  18. Administrator

    December 9th, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Hi there! For moulding and woodwork, we recommend a semi-gloss finish.

  19. Katie B

    January 31st, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    This helped me so much! I used it to plan our project. We had thin wood on our island and replaced the back panel (where people sit) with a strong solid oak panel. Over a year later we finally finished our trim with this design. We used oak and stained it. The sides & cabinet door area is the original paint because it wouldn’t be pretty stained, but somehow the two-tone totally works. Now to get some unique pulls & a quartz top (that will be several years 🙂 ) Thank you for your inspiration!

  20. Administrator

    February 7th, 2020 at 10:56 am

    This makes me so happy! So glad you found inspiration!

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