Recycling an Old Out Dated Coffee Table Into a Useful Kitchen Island

Joy Hoover
by Joy Hoover
I just wanted to show you all what we did with an over size outdated coffee table and we love it!
See our coffee table we converted into a kitchen island...
We needed more counter space in this small rental home, the old style coffee table we had was huge,old and solid, but we didn't have room for it in our LR... So it occurred to me, why not make an island out of it and that's exactly what we did. He put the 4x4 posts on it for legs and wheels that lock and I did all the refinishing, the faux marble painting and 4 coats of clear polyurethane over the entire thing.
We love it and still use it as a counter in our tiny kitchen.
Here's our finished recycled Kitchen Island, last coat of polyurethane drying.
This is the top, faux painted by your's truly,lol and the carvings were already in it. I didn't want them covered so I worked around them. This entire project was sanded by before I started the faux paint finish on the top.
As you can see I trimmed in a flat black paint and did faux painting on the side shelves.
I ended up with an 'appliance garage' too! :-)
Here it sits in our little kitchen and gets used daily. It still looks as good as the day I finished it.. that was 2 years ago. :-)
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
Join the conversation
3 of 16 comments
  • Susan burns Susan burns on Jul 03, 2015
    Lov I'll trade u for mine let me know when. Hahaha. Lov it
    • Joy Hoover Joy Hoover on Oct 27, 2017
      Since this was posted, (which was 4 years ago), I have since relocated back to my hometown on the east coast, he now has my pride n joy Island with him on the west coast and I sure wish I had it here with me in my tiny apartment kitchen. I miss it!
  • Diana Wolf Diana Wolf on Aug 22, 2022

    Very cool!

    just read that you no longer have it. Booo.

    you will have to make another one for yourself!

    when I first looked at the picture I thought it was stacked coffee tables- which had my head buzzing.

    maybe you could thrift a couple of solid coffee tables, screw and/or glue them together with construction adhesive and put wheels on the bottom one.

    im thinking it would be a great crafting table as well!

    hope you do it- I want to see!