• Hometalker
  • Saint Augustine, FL

From the Office Space to the Kitchen Space

after spending countless hours surfing the web for the perfect kitchen island with a very small budget, left me with very little to choose from. So I decided to make my own and off I went to hit all the second hand stores. SCORE!!
from the office space to the kitchen space, kitchen design
Found an old solid wood desk and also butcher block table top. Purchased both for $70.
from the office space to the kitchen space, kitchen design
Removed the top of the desk and moved it to the bottom for a platform for the island, attached the butcher block top and added bun feet to bring the island to counter height. I also removed drawers from one side of the desk.
from the office space to the kitchen space, kitchen design
I cut wood for shelves on the one side and center To cover opening where the drawers were, I added an old cabinet door to the front. I then covered the back and sides with tongue and groove Bead board and then painted with a navy blue and gray.
from the office space to the kitchen space, kitchen design
Added a towel rack that used to hang on the wall and new drawer pulls.
Finished project - front
Finished project - front
Finished project -back
Finished project -back

Suggested materials:

  • Old wood desk and butcher block table top  (2nd hand store)
  • Bun feet paint and drawer pulls  (Home Depot)
  • Lumber  (Spare lumber lying around from past projects.)

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions
  • Jbr13840298
    on Feb 26, 2017

    does the middle shelf go all the way through to the other side ?

  • Barbara
    on Mar 17, 2017

    Not a question . . . Just a "You Go Girl" for a great job done! Good for you.

  • Stephanie
    on May 23, 2017

    How did you remove the top of the desk, especially without damage? I have a desk just like that. Thanks
    • Kristin
      on Apr 29, 2018

      pull all the drawers out and turn desk upside down. the top of the desk i used was simply attached with brackets and wood screws.

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  • Sho33402376
    on Aug 10, 2018

    This is one of the BEST upcycled projects I’ve seen! It’s so useful and classy! Great job! Very inspiring!

  • Patricia
    on Apr 16, 2019

    This is awesome 👏 thank you for sharing.

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