If you have ever gone through a kitchen remodel, you know how expensive and stressful it can be. When we bought our home in 2015, we knew the first thing that had to go was the kitchen.
Of course, I had a long list of wants for my kitchen, but unfortunately our kitchen… and our budget were both small. The one thing I would NOT live without was a kitchen island, but If we would have had an island installed, it would have cost us around $3,000!
We decided to make a movable island to do what we do best and save some money. My husband suggested we use the bottom piece of his old hutch. The hutch was not being used and it was just sitting on our back patio collecting dust. I LOVED his idea!
I didn’t take any before pictures of the hutch put together, but I did take some of each piece.
I re-purposed the top piece as well. I’ll post how I did that later.
Like most of my other pieces, I started with sanding, then I painted it using my homemade chalk paint. I have no idea what color I used. The paint spilled on the label where the name was printed! Ugh!!
After a little distressing, I applied Minwax Finishing Wax in the natural color to seal it. I didn’t do anything to the top of the island at this point because we were going to make a new top out of wooden planks.
We chose to purchase three 1-in x 6-in x 12-ft planks of oak wood because this wood is considered a hardwood. Since the top of an island gets a lot of use, we needed it to be durable. After careful consideration, the decision was to make the top of the island 56 x 27.5 inches.
The plan was to cut the planks in half, then glue 5 of them together. We decided to cut the planks to the size we needed after we glued them together to ensure all the planks were cut at the same length.
After the planks were glued, we cut the island top to the 27.5 inch length, then we used a wood planer to smooth out the planks at the seams. This was the tricky part. You have to make sure not to take too much wood off when doing this step, so start with small shavings and then keep going over the same area until a smooth seam is created.
Now that the planks were smooth, we filled the seams with wood filler to get a seamless finish.
Our island top was ready for stain. I used Minwax Dark Walnut (my favorite!)
I wanted this to be very durable, so I decided to apply 4 coats of Minwax polyurethane in a semi-gloss. After the top was ready, we used Gorilla wood glue and some clamps to secure the top to the island.
For less than $50, we created a cute and functional kitchen Island.
This is what our island looks like two years later…
Do you have a piece that you want to repurpose and need advice? Feel free to reach out to me! Comment below, or send me a private message at RoadsideRevive@gmail.com. I’m happy to help!
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