From the Office Space to the Kitchen Space

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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!!
Found an old solid wood desk and also butcher block table top. Purchased both for $70.
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.
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.
Added a towel rack that used to hang on the wall and new drawer pulls.
Finished project - front
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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  • Tristany Tristany on Dec 15, 2019

    I was going to build a new top but how hard was it to find a butcher block top? Do I have to remove the old top or can I build over it?

  • Heather Proctor Heather Proctor on Apr 20, 2020

    Do you have a way to cover tile counter tops that isn't permanent? I would like to do some sort of butchers block but since it is a rental I need to be able to remove it

  • Jule Jule on May 14, 2020

    Do you have a more detailed tutorial of the project?? I’d love to know how you got the desk top off!

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