Down to Earth Holly
Down to Earth Holly
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  • Bountiful, UT

This End Up Desk Turned Kitchen Island


If you like to frequent thrift stores and you like to re-purpose furniture then check out this transformation.
this end up desk turn kitchen island, kitchen design, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
In the Richmond, VA area I can find a lot of wood furniture that was popular in the 80's called This End Up. I like it b/c the wood is super easy to paint and distress without sanding. So I keep my out for them.
this end up desk turn kitchen island, kitchen design, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Can you see how this piece was a desk in the left pic? I turned that thing upside down and added casters to the old top - which is now the bottom.
this end up desk turn kitchen island, kitchen design, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
The drawers had these routed out handles so I covered them with this thin wood threshold for doorways. (cut to size with a miter saw)
this end up desk turn kitchen island, kitchen design, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Glued and nailed them to the centers of each drawer and stained them the same as the top which is Dark Walnut. Then I screwed in some simple pulls. The drawers fit in the desk either way it was standing - This End Up or that end down. :)
this end up desk turn kitchen island, kitchen design, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
The top is made from pine 2x6's cut in random widths lengthwise and screwed from the top into the wood frame of the desk. Note: if you are using an island for food prep, you will want to use a butcher block or hard wood for sanitary reasons. (IKEA is a great place to purchase butcher block tops)
this end up desk turn kitchen island, kitchen design, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I installed a simple shelf where a desk chair would have been.
this end up desk turn kitchen island, kitchen design, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Here is the back side.
this end up desk turn kitchen island, kitchen design, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
And there is the front all finished!
this end up desk turn kitchen island, kitchen design, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Next time you see a boxy piece of furniture at the thrift store - imagine it Upside Down!
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2 questions
  • Might try this one !! How did you get the drawers to work as they would be upside down in the final piece ?


    • 153091
      on Mar 13, 2018

      Pat On The Back for this one! Love the look...GREAT JOB!

  • Cheri Jensen Peltola
    on Jul 1, 2018

    I have this exact desk gathering dust in the closet. What is the exact brand and name of the white paint?

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