Monday, December 26, 2016

Cupboard to Kitchen Island

Don't you love those friends who get what you do and are always keeping their eyes open for projects for you?
old cupboard, kitchen island, upcycled,
A few months ago while I was selling at a show, I started getting messages from a friend who was in another town about an estate sale that had incredible deals.  I was so busy that I couldn't respond right away, but was finally able to tell her to buy whatever she thought I might like. I told her she can pick for me any day! This little cupboard was one of those things.  I think it was originally part of some kitchen cupboards that someone had added some wheels and a top to.

kitchen island, upcylced, old cupboard, chalk paint, bar, coffee,
I saw the potential and knew right away that it would make a great kitchen island/bar piece.  
kitchen island, coffee bar, repurposed, upcycled, storage, rolling cart,
I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Coco paint and added a reclaimed wood top that extended enough on the ends for stools to tuck under it. The stools were given to me by another friend.  I painted them in Coco as well. 
reclaimed wood barn wood, kitchen island, rolling bar, coffee table,
The bottom drawer had a broken corner on the front that I couldn't repair.  I used thin reclaimed wood to make a new drawer face for it.
kitchen island, rolling cart, bar, barstool, chalk paint barnwood, salvaged, repurposed,
The handles were broken and there was some wood chipped off around the handles.  I made chunky handles from some wood slices that covered the chipped wood spot. 
kitchen island, rolling bar, barnwood, salvaged wood, repurposed, upcycled, kitchen storage.
I also replaced the small wheels with larger, locking casters.  It is a fun piece, perfect place for a cup of coffee (my daughter wants to know why I made her pretend to drink air coffee, haha!) or a glass of wine. It has a little shelf inside for more storage.
kitchen island, bar , coffee bar, barnwood, chalk paint, rolling cart,


  1. This turned out great. It is a fun piece. And those are the kind of friends to have. She has a good eye.

    1. Thank you! Yes, I am thankful for friends who are looking out for me. She got most things for only a couple dollars.

  2. I really like how you made that island, especially the top extending over. I can't say I have friends that find me things like that!

    1. Haha, I am thankful for my friends that see the potential in the junk.

  3. I love making islands. Made one for my son & used 1x3 pine boards. It is warping upward on the outer edges. I think you have to flip flop the grain & I might not have done that. So I have to make him a new top. Do you think there's a way to salvage the old one Becky? I love that color on yours. It's so cute. Do you ever watch Flea Market Flip on HGTV? I get some really good ideas from this show once in a while.

    1. Hmm Deb, I have never worried about flipping the grain. I sometimes spray wood with water and set weights on it to get rid of warping. I keep weights on it for at least a week, if not longer. I always try and let the wood rest inside for a bit to dry it out and acclimate it before using it. The other idea would be to attach a board perpendicularly under the top to straighten it out. I do watch Flea Market Flip, I even researched how to get on the show, but you have to live in the NY area.

    2. Their loss. You would have been a force to reckon with for the opposing team.


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