Stikwood was my knight in shining armor for a *huge mistake* I made. I’m sharing my flops so you can avoid them. 😉
You know the paint-and-primer-in-one that’s “so awesome because you can totally skip the hassle of priming”?? It’s a lie, I tell you. A cold, hard, boldfaced LIE. You see, I tried it. I used *just that* on my kitchen island and I’m here to tell you…Epic fail. Don’t believe it. Don’t fall for it like I did. PRIME, sweet friend. It’s worth the extra step.
However, if you’ve fallen prey to the same lie that I did and now your kitchen island is peeling and looking something like this…bless…
No worries! I’ve got a solution that will bring a smile to your face and make you love your island again. I feel it only fair to warn you: brace yourself – because after you see how fast and easy it is to work with, you might find yourself wanting to Stikwood all the things. 😉
*This post contains affiliate links for your convenience and is sponsored by Stikwood. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Full disclosure here.*
What is Stikwood and why should I care?
There are so many reasons why I love Stikwood – and I think you will, too.
- All Stikwood products are made in the USA and crafted to retain their natural weathering and beauty while letting you feel comfortable knowing where your product comes from. Can I get an amen for made in the USA? I love this!
- Stikwood is made from reclaimed and sustainable wood sourced in the USA, ￼some less than 100 miles from their facility.
- As a company, Stikwood is very sensitive to healthy space design. Their products contain no VOCs and all finishes are done either by nature, or in house. As a mom who freaks out over fumes and chemicals in my home (like when we refinished the hardwood floors in my master closet), this feature means a lot to me.
- All Stikwood products are 100% real wood and are designed to take on the strength of the surface that it is applied to.
- FSC Certification ensures that Stikwood products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Responsible stewardship as a core value makes me love this company even more.
Ok – but beyond all those amazing things, what you really want to know is: “How is it to work with in real life“? Here’s our experience.
Let’s keep it real
If you’ve followed along with me here for a while, you know by now that I’m a no-holds-barred, tell-you-all-the-things-I-did-wrong kind of person. My goal is to help YOU know what works and what doesn’t – so you can be spared the hassle of things gone wrong. 😉
With that being said, I am *beyond* thrilled to tell you this project was by far one of the easiest projects we’ve tackled – and with such fabulous results!
It really is as easy as:
That’s it. We planned out how much Stikwood we needed and allowed for waste, as recommended via the Stikwood website. They will even help you figure out how much you need for your individual project – they’re very quick to respond and super helpful. I chose Hampton.
First, we thoroughly cleaned the island, being sure that any yuck was removed. Then we just cut the pieces to size using a miter saw for straight cuts and a jigsaw for the detail cuts (fine tooth blades on both, please), peeled off the backing,
and stuck it on the island.
That’s it. For real. Even our four year old got in on the installation action!
Almost done…one more row to go! ↓↓↓
The island already had trim pieces installed and we didn’t bother to remove them. Since Stikwood is thin, (just 3/16″ thick), it fit with the existing trim perfectly. Another win!
Is it time-consuming to install?
I set the stopwatch when we began to see how long it would take, from start to finish. When the last piece went on, I was shocked to see that it had only taken us and hour and twenty minutes! What?? An entirely updated kitchen island in 80 minutes!? Time for a happy dance (and a yummy snack!) 😀
This is what happens when you have sweet little helpers… ↑ 😀
I’m now imagining all the many things Stikwood could be used on!
- Badly damaged or ugly walls? Stikwood.
- Cracked ceiling? Stikwood.
- Want a farmhouse style accent wall? Stikwood.
- Need to update a kitchen island? Stikwood.
- Want that shiplap-look without all the work? Well….you know. 😉
But white isn’t really my style…
Check out all these gorgeous color and style options…
I hope our experience with Stikwood has sparked some ideas of your own and given you the confidence to tackle that project that’s been bugging you. Maybe even to “make right” that one area of your home that didn’t turn out quite the way you anticipated. 😉
You’ve got this.