We found this ramshackle kitchen island for 20 bucks at a thrift shop. It was dirty, ugly and not at all what I had been dreaming about for my former eat-in kitchen. My husband had just finished building our gigantic farmhouse table that had no hope of fitting in our kitchen, so all meals were officially moved to the nearby dining room. We were in the market for a kitchen island that would fill the space where our old kitchen table once resided.
As we were deliberating the purchase, my husband and I inspected it to try to figure out how we were going to remove the dingy blue top without damaging its structural integrity. Then one of us had the obvious idea that we didn't need to remove the top but could, instead, just secure a new one right on top.
My husband started the project by cutting the top from some weathered boards he had been storing in the garage. I liked it for its color and all its knots and imperfections.
He cut five 1.5" by 5.5" boards so that they were 37" in length. This made them extend over the side edges 1" and 3" over the front and back.
He meticulously sanded the top, so it would be smooth enough to clean easily. He stained it with a Minwax stain and finished it off with Minwax Polycrylic. We wanted to be certain it would be properly sealed against the spills and messes. that come along with hanging out in a heavily trafficked kitchen.
He use a counter sink drill bit to get the screws buried deeply, so they wouldn't be visible, and filled in the holes with wood filler.
I painted all the wood the same color as my kitchen cabinets and the edges of the old top the same color, so it would blend right in with the wood.
I spray painted the plate rack black.
In the end I was very pleased with the results.
We have had it for a few years now and I still think it functions perfectly in our little kitchen.
I store the toaster oven and all of our water bottle in the cabinet and some kitchen utensils in the drawer. The plate rack makes a great place for my pots and pans lids, for easy accessibility and to keep them from cluttering up my cabinets. The kids' wooden stool fits in nicely underneath and a few of my cast iron pans have found a home on the hooks on the sides.
One day I may replace the hardware and give it a new coat of paint, but for now, I will continue to use it as it is for a little extra counter space, storage and a pretty way to fill up space in our happy little kitchen.
UPDATE: New hardware!