A Radio Stand Converted Into a Red Kitchen Island

3 Materials
2 Hours

An old radio stand gets a makeover and became my kitchen island! I knew what I wanted in my kitchen - a red kitchen island with a butcher block top on wheels but I'm not always the sharpest tool in the shed, sometimes it takes awhile for me to see what is staring me directly in the face. I pulled this radio stand out of an old shed and I really didn't know what to do with it. I set it aside and got to work on the many other pieces I already had until I literally dwindled down to it.

I even thought about giving it away as I just couldn't figure out how to make it functional. It was very cool and rather pretty though it did have some veneer cracking and missing on the front of it (as you can see in the before) so I had planned to probably paint it regardless. But if you stand it against a wall it is either useless as a shelf or you have to face the prettiest part of the whole piece to the wall. I just couldn't figure out how to use it in a functional way so I put it out of my mind.

The water damage covered up easily with paint

Meanwhile, I knew all along I wanted a butcher block island in my kitchen and I have also always wanted a book shelf in my kitchen for all of my recipe books and things so I got to work designing an island. It wasn't very big and it was basically a small bookshelf on wheels that was a basic rectangle. I didn't want to build it (I'm not a builder, I'm a recycler) so I was planning on probably finding something at the salvage yard. It took me so long to finally put two and two together *facepalm*. Not only was this radio stand almost exactly the same as I was designing, it's better because it looks amazing from every angle. The very reason I was having so much trouble figuring out a function for it is what literally makes it perfect as a island because now you can see it from every angle and use it too. Funny how things work out.

Love all of that storage for my cook books!

When I painted it I taped up the "fabric" to keep it its original gold color. I put two coats of primer on it, three coats of paint and then two coats of poly acrylic, which I also put on the fabric (front and back) to help protect it. My biggest worry about it is that it was never very sturdy. I had a butcher block island once that consisted of two cabinets screwed together that we put feet on and once when I tried to move it myself one of the feet caved right over - I didn't want that to happen again. So, I cut two 2x4s to set it on and screwed up through them into each leg as carefully as I could. This was a bit tense as I had to be perfectly straight or the screw would have burst out the side of one of the legs. Then I added big castors so it has no reason to lean when it is pushed, it will just roll. I love it!

Suggested materials:

  • Radio Stand
  • Casters  (Local Fleet Store)
  • Sunrise Red Rustoleum Spray Paint  (Amazon)

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  • Denise Cabral
    on Sep 16, 2015

    Love love it!!

  • Tonya Zepeda
    on Sep 16, 2015

    I love the way the poinf out any damage to a piece as not to get any flack for painting it. " There was a bad spot the size of a dime. Un repairable " STOP painting these pieces of art!!!!

    • GrandmasHouseDIY
      on Sep 17, 2015

      @Tonya Zepeda It would certainly have been fixable, this is actually a rare case where I did paint lol, Mostly my rule of thumb is that as long as it is veneer and not solid wood I don't feel bad for painting

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