Makeovers

Repurposing Furniture: Turning A Desk into a Kitchen Island

Did you ever have a quality piece of furniture that was nice, but just not something you needed?  Consider transforming it into something you will love–and that will fit your lifestyle!

This desk is high-quality and extremely well-constructed.  I wanted to take the opportunity to transform it into something completely different.  Considering the size, quality, and amount of storage that it offered, I decided it would be the perfect kitchen island.

 

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

 

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

Think about some of the pieces in your home that are not serving your family or lifestyle.  Maybe they too can be repurposed into something you will love.

 

Hold My Wine, I’ve Got This…

Amy

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