I started by putting a cloth under the island to protect the floor and taping the bottom of the chopping block to keep paint off of it. I painted the whole island with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint, which I love because you don't have to strip or prime your surface. If your piece of furniture is really shiny you can sand it down some, but you really don't need to. Then I dry brushed some Annie Sloan Coco Chalk Paint in different spots all over to give it a rustic look. Then using a medium sand paper I sanded to blend the coco into the old white a little bit. Once the paint completely dried I put a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. Then I used some Annie Sloan Dark Wax in the creases and random places to give it a rustic look. Then I sanded some more, distressing the island to my liking. Finally I finished by adding one more coat of clear wax to protect the piece. I'm thrilled with how it turned out and so is my dad! The kitchen looks so much brighter. See before and after pictures below.
We finally finished the project by cleaning the chopping block using some household ingredients, and it looked brand new!