industrial gray kitchen island makeover and the joy of finding fruit

Thank you so much to everyone who read, commented, and reached out to me after my last post. It really was hard putting it out there, and I am grateful for all the encouragement that I received from writing so honestly. 
My goal is to be more of myself on my blog, and I hope it didn't sound like I was asking for sympathy!

I've been working on a piece that has been really fun.
We all have those favorite spots that seem to regularly turn up gems.
I found this gray shop cabinet at one of my favorite places about a month ago, and they were so tired of moving it around to get it to sell, that I got it for next to nothing.

A lot of clean up, a little paint refresh, a new wood top, and some industrial casters- I am so happy with the end result!

This looked pretty cruddy when I brought it home, but I saw lots of potential in it.

Dirt, a badly chipped veneer top, and some refinishing were all in order.

It has tons of room inside for storage, and I love the original bead board front to the island and interior base.  I also really liked the chipping paint, but I sanded it back a bit and added a fresh coat of gray milk paint in Miss Mustard Seed's Schloss.  Just a slightly warmer gray.
A coat of poly on the exterior to seal everything.

Originally, I started to take off the veneer top, and realized that was pointless and very time consuming (and underneath wasn't that great of wood anyway....) so I replaced the top with planked fir.  I just love the wood grain.

I've done this before on a few other makeovers, and I feel like my construction skills are getting better!
A little bit of stain, and it now has a more finished farmhouse look instead of dirty, shop cabinet top.

I am planning on bringing this island to Molly Mo's Antique Faire this weekend, and I really wanted to stage this with some bar stools.  

I was so lucky to find a matching pair at an estate sale over the weekend!  
What are the chances??
I haven't had been able to clean them up since I brought them home, but I'll do a bit of sanding to freshen them up before the market.

This worktable is so heavy, and I've been working on it in the garage, so the photo shoot happened in the driveway.  Not my favorite spot to shoot, but I'm just happy to get some shots of it before the sale.
It was fun to work on the styling and put into play what I've learned since France with Heather Bullard.

I'll be bringing a few bread boards and cutting blocks like this one to Molly Mo's.  
This is a vintage Munising butcher block.  I'm kind of becoming obsessed with Munising.  They have gorgeous wood bowls also, and I have two which will also be a part of the inventory for the show.  
Really great quality vintage!

I was able to go around the yard and pick some fruit from our little orchard.
Our grapes are just starting to ripen, and I thought the colors were so pretty.

I also discovered that we have a pear tree!! I had no idea until yesterday.  
There are only three fruit on it (actually only two now that I picked one for the photo shoot....)
but when it was flowering this spring, I assumed it was another cherry or apple tree.
So fun!!

Over the weekend, I also picked up a few copper kitchen accessories.  
I might be one of the few people that doesn't love copper.
I can definitely appreciate the quality, but it's not my thing.

I usually only buy vintage pieces that I am in love with and would use myself, but I know that copper is becoming a trend again in kitchens, so I added this to the mix of inventory.

One thing I learned from our photo shoots in France and again here, is that copper is hard to shoot well! 

I'm also bringing several French linen pieces to the market.  
This cute towel is not vintage, but I bought one for me and one to sell, and it is great quality, thick linen.  
And of course, I'm always a sucker for lettering / numbers / graphic images on items so this was a must have.

Lots of stuff to wrap up this week, but I'm hoping to get one more post in before we load up Wednesday night!

If you are interested in coming to Molly Mo's Antique Faire,  you can click here for more details.
It starts Friday evening and goes all day Saturday.  
Food trucks will be on site so you can feel free to shop and spend the day.
See you soon!

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