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How I Transformed a Desk into a Kitchen Island

I acquired this desk through a friend and I just knew it was asking to be special (and for those raised eyebrows, no-I don’t hear voices- but the furniture does have a way of communicating with you if you are willing to listen).

Painted Furniture, Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, desk turned kitchen island

The desk is very heavy and extremely well-constructed.  What better transformation than to a kitchen island?  It provides plenty of storage and is just the right size.

I got to work by removing the desktop.  As I needed a sturdy base, I just reattached it to the bottom.  From there I needed to raise the height of the desk to be standard counter height.  I achieved this by building a platform under the desktop (which is now the bottom) and adding large locking wheels.

Painted Furniture, Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, desk turned kitchen island

I decided that instead of keeping all of the drawers, I would open up the space of three of the drawers to create a cabinet space for a pull-out garbage can.  An old cabinet door from a different project turned out to be the perfect size.

Now I just needed to build a new top.  I planed and attached the boards together to provide enough overhang for a seat or highchair.

Painted Furniture, Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, desk turned kitchen island

To create a little texture and interest on the sides and back, I spaced and applied 1/4″ plywood to create a paneled effect.

Painted Furniture, Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, desk turned kitchen island

The top was stained deep gray and sanded back a bit for a distressed look.  I applied several coats of polycrylic for durability.  Finally, the body of the island got a coat of creamy off-white paint, while the base and drawer fronts were painted charcoal gray.

I added useful details like a custom knife block inside one of the drawers, hooks on the side for towels and potholders, and a bottle opener.

custom kitchen island, painted furniture, amy's upcycles

 

custom kitchen island, painted furniture, amy's upcycles

 

custom kitchen island, painted furniture, amy's upcycles

 

custom kitchen island, painted furniture, amy's upcycles

All it takes is a little vision and a tuned-in ear to convert a desk into a mobile island that provides plenty of extra storage and counter space.

Hold My Wine, I’ve Got This…

Amy

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