This End Up Desk Turned Kitchen Island

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If you like to frequent thrift stores and you like to re-purpose furniture then check out this transformation.
In the Richmond, VA area I can find a lot of wood furniture that was popular in the 80's called This End Up. I like it b/c the wood is super easy to paint and distress without sanding. So I keep my out for them.
Can you see how this piece was a desk in the left pic? I turned that thing upside down and added casters to the old top - which is now the bottom.
The drawers had these routed out handles so I covered them with this thin wood threshold for doorways. (cut to size with a miter saw)
Glued and nailed them to the centers of each drawer and stained them the same as the top which is Dark Walnut. Then I screwed in some simple pulls. The drawers fit in the desk either way it was standing - This End Up or that end down. :)
The top is made from pine 2x6's cut in random widths lengthwise and screwed from the top into the wood frame of the desk. Note: if you are using an island for food prep, you will want to use a butcher block or hard wood for sanitary reasons. (IKEA is a great place to purchase butcher block tops)
I installed a simple shelf where a desk chair would have been.
Here is the back side.
And there is the front all finished!
Next time you see a boxy piece of furniture at the thrift store - imagine it Upside Down!
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  • Patricia De Franco Rini Patricia De Franco Rini on Mar 12, 2018

    Might try this one !! How did you get the drawers to work as they would be upside down in the final piece ?

  • Cheri Jensen Peltola Cheri Jensen Peltola on Jul 01, 2018

    I have this exact desk gathering dust in the closet. What is the exact brand and name of the white paint?

  • Jamie Jamie on Apr 11, 2019

    Can you explain the painting/distressing process?

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