Convert Pieces of Furniture Into Beautiful Kitchen Islands

A kitchen island is a great way to add both counter space and extra storage to your kitchen. They’re very convenient and while many styles are available commercially, you can save a lot of money by making your own kitchen island. If you want to add a kitchen island to the design of your kitchen, consider converting pieces of furniture!

If you don’t have a lot of carpentry skills, you can easily create a unique kitchen island out of existing pieces of furniture! Some items that look really good when converted to island’s are dressers, pie safes, hutches and even desks.

Even with very little experience doing carpentry, you can easily make some small adjustments to furniture pieces to make beautiful islands. If the piece you’re using is too tall and has legs, just measure and cut the legs off to make it the right height.

The best pieces of furniture to use are ones that already have built in storage such as drawers or shelves. But, even if you choose to use a desk that is open at the bottom, shelving kits can be used to create storage underneath the island.

Buffet’s are also great to convert to an island. However, since a buffet is made to sit against the wall, they don’t have very finished backings. Bead boarding is good to use to create a finished back, it’s also fairly inexpensive.

Many lumber supply companies will even custom cut pieces for you. If you’re not confident in cutting a piece for the back of your item, you can ask if your local lumber store offers the option. But, if you’re using an old piece of furniture for your island, it’s probably not perfect anyway. Small imperfections can just add to an antique style and if you don’t cut it exactly square it will just make it look better!

As far as the work top goes, you can either choose to leave it as is or cover it with another material as well. If the wood looks really good and you want to use the existing surface, apply several coats of polyurethane sealant to the top to help protect it from water, stains and scratches.

If you want your entire kitchen to match, you can even attach a piece of counter top that matches the counters already in your kitchen. If you want to add a new top, cut a piece of plywood that is about 3″ larger than the surface on all sides. Attach it to the piece then apply the material on top of the plywood.

It will look more professional is you first remove the existing top. But, some pieces of furniture are made so well that trying to take the top of might damage the sides. If you try to remove the top and it doesn’t come loose easily, you might want to just leave it alone. You can compensate for too much height on the top by adding a decorative flat wood molding to the edges.

The tops of furniture can be finished in the exact same way that you would finish any regular countertop. If you’d like to cover the surface in tile, spread an even layer of adhesive over the surface and just place the tiles where you want them. Tap them down into the adhesive and seal all of the seams with a clear silicone to prevent water leaking onto the wood surface.

Once you’ve gotten your kitchen island finished you can add accessories to make it even more convenient. For quick access to a kitchen towel, hang a nice towel rack on one end of the island. Small hooks can even be attached to hold utensils or pot holders.

One great way to blend the piece in with the rest of your kitchen is to change the knobs. Either use identical knobs, or purchase some that resemble or fit your kitchens style. There are many types of knobs available from rustic and country to modern and contemporary.

There’s a wide variety of items that can easily be converted into beautiful kitchen islands. You can even use matching book shelves side by side with a decorative top for a fast and simple island. And, many pieces of furniture make great islands without any changes at all!