Asked on Jul 7, 2019

How can I turn my kitchen table into a kitchen island ?

BaxterRobyn GarnerLindy


I’ve had this table for 20 years. We no longer eat in the kitchen. So I converted it into a makeshift Island. I am really not handy but would like ideas where to start. A regular circular table with an extra leaflet to turn it oval in shape. All I came up with is to place the leaflet on top to make it counter hight. Help no idea how to proceed from here.

q how to turn my table into an kitchen island
6 answers
  • Mary Sieben
    on Jul 7, 2019

    I would think you could put the top on some cabinets. Add some wheels if you wanted to. Cabinets would give you some storage space 🤔

  • Sl64
    on Jul 7, 2019

    6 inch caster wheels

  • Rymea
    on Jul 7, 2019

    I don't see a good way to use what you have that would be attractive.

    Figure out how big you would like for your island to be then get a counter top that size. Support the overhang with brackets, cabinets, open shelving or legs. You could have the top made or probably the least expensive way would be to make it yourself out of 3/4" oak plywood. Any home improvement store will cut it to the size you need. If 4' x 4' top would work you could buy a half sheet. Then finish the edges with 1" x 2" s. so it will look thicker.

  • Lindy
    on Jul 7, 2019

    Easier to give an answer with a cleaned off top.

  • Robyn Garner
    on Jul 7, 2019

    If you merely want to keep it round and with the original finish, take off the existing legs and purchase ones that are countertop height. Otherwise, you could possibly use just the leaf (trim off the "pegs" and fill holes). Paint or restain as desired and again, attach countertop height legs.

    You can locate legs in the style you like online.

  • Baxter
    on Jul 10, 2019

    Some things are just not meant to be repurposed. Your round table is not something that can be cut or easily rigged to magically become an island. If you need work space or storage space, a clean-up of your existing cabinets and counters might yield more space. Reorganizing and tossing out unused items would perhaps give you a good start on what you need. In your picture, I think I see another table in the back---perhaps that one would be more conducive as a work island. If you just want to use your round table somewhere, you could always cut the legs shorter and use it for a cocktail table in the den or living room. Or leave it as is and use it as a craft or game table in another room.

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