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Lisa Romerein

Island Oasis

Adding a multipurpose island solves a major problem in the original layout. The island, which houses a cooktop, oven, and prep area, brings the appliances closer to the sink; its generous overhang also accommodates bar stools.

The Details

Window treatments: A tailored Roman shade replaces the orignal scalloped-wood valance for a sleek, simple window treatment.

Cabinets: Old cabinets get a face-lift with white marine (waterproof) paint. To achieve this lacquerlike finish, free of brushstrokes, the homeowner removed the doors and applied paint to them and to the cabinet interiors with a sprayer.

The island: A stainless steel top and high-gloss auto body paint make the island a handsome focal point.

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