From Buffet to Rustic Kitchen Island

We were asked by some very special people to make them a kitchen island. They just finished renovating their entire kitchen and needed a table and island in one. Since we knew them I knew exactly what her style was...rustic! I knew she would love a barnwood top and I was going to find some! Look what happened next...
From this boring buffet...
We were asked to make a kitchen island with a long list of needs that went along with it. We knew it wouldn't be an easy task but we were sure up for the challenge.
Here's the list:
1- It needs to be table height not counter height
2- Wheels so it can be moved when they need it to be.
3- They want it to be 48" square so 4 people can sit at it like a table.
4- They want the middle to be open with shelves.
5- Chicken wire doors
6- Wainscoting on the back and sides (which is normally what we add to the back of islands anyway)
7- A real rustic top....barn wood!!! :)
8- Different handles
9- It will also need a pedestal behind to support the top.
My husband and I took it all apart. The top is off because we will be adding a new one. The back is off too because that will have wainscoting. The middle door wasn't functional...the 2 side doors opened and there was 1 shelf going across the entire piece that needed to be taken out. Next the dividing "walls" will go up to separate into 3 individual spaces since the middle will be opened up all the way through.
Now the dividing walls are in place.
The panels to the doors were removed for the chicken wire! You can see one of the previous owners just spray painted it white...notice where the handles
The wainscoting was added to the back and sides and it's now painted too!
I always like to paint the bottoms of pieces too,just so it's clean! ;)
We added wheels on the bottom and you'd never know's barely off of the ground! :)
Working on the barnwood top....LOVE the edge on this one...purposely picked this board because of it! :)
I'm totally in love with this top!!! Now the boards are all put together and cut to the right size, next it needs to be polyurethaned...with the good triple thick stuff! lol
Well the top is finished...chicken wire doors husband put dividers and a liner in the drawer. I painted it, sanded it to give it a distressed look and then glazed over it. We added new knobs too. The frame around the table is also barnwood and we added hooks on the sides to hang towels or potholders. Did you notice the shelf....yes barnwood too! :D
to this gorgeous rustic kitchen island!!!
Well, we nailed it! To see more of this fabulous makeover head over to Roni's Rescued Relics on Facebook.
We made a pedestal to support the back part of the table.
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  • Jean
    on Jan 24, 2019

    Could you use corbels as supports on each end instead of the column?

  • Christy Roppel
    on Feb 1, 2019

    Are the wheels locking? Wouldn't it be a pain to lift to unlock the wheels when wanting to move the piece?

  • Ericka b salinas
    on Oct 8, 2019

    Where did you purchase the wood for the top.

    • Roni
      on Oct 8, 2019

      I know a man that sells it near me. They take down old barns in Pennsylvania and sell the wood.

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