Let me introduce to you…
MY NEW KITCHEN ISLAND!!!!
WE Have had this old school desk for 8 years.
I got it for $40 at the Greenwood Country Store and it still has the
metal ID tag on it that said…” UVA – Department of Neurology”
TATE’S DESK 2005
With our oldest, we began a tradition of the kids getting their own desks…when they started second grade. Eventually Tate out grew it, and it was handed down to his younger brother…and then, when the boys became roomates again, they got a larger desk..
So, the Old School Desk was put in our back room…to await it’s fate.
But I always kind of wondered if it might not make a good kitchen island for a few reasons…
1. It is a nice size for our big/small kitchen.
2. It had drawers and nice solid legs where I could add rollers…
3. As it was a school desk…the back was not up against a wall…and it was finished..HUGE BONUS
both front and back…making it perfect for an out in the open piece.
…….and finally..4. I looked and looked at PRE Made Islands and I found nothing
that was as good as what I thought this could be…for us.
I thought long and hard about just leaving the wood, but I did not like it in our kitchen. Too much is old in our house…I need fresh and new, especially in the room that tries to bring me down…daily.
HANDLES TO MATCH THE RESTORATION HARDWARE HANDLES ON THE CABINETS
The “Aubrey Pull” hardware is from Restoration Hardware and is on sale!
The existing hardware was spaced at 3 1/2″ which is tough to find,
though I could have just puttied the holes and started fresh…
But of ALL the hardware at Restoration Hardware, ..the only one that comes in that 3 1/2″ size…
is the ONE I WANTED!
and it matches our other hardware all in the Polished Nickel from Restoration Hardware!!!
THE PHOTOS ON THIS BLOG POST HAVE BEEN UPDATED AS TIME HAS PASSED AND CHANGES TO THE KITCHEN HAVE TAKEN PLACE…IN FACT…HERE IS A “CAN YOU SPOT THE DIFFERENCES…” GAME… HOW MANY DIFFERENT EDGE PROFILES CAN YOU SPOT ON THE KITCHEN ISLAND TOPS….
The painting was pretty straighT forward, I used my power sander and took it down to raw wood,
then applied Benjamin Moore Advance Paint in Semi Gloss( primer built-in) .
I sanded with extra fine between coats I ADORE the color…
DIY Kitchen Island with wheels and Formica CALACATTA MARBLE top to match the counters. I got the AEGEAN on two sides and just the “old fashioned” straight edge on the remaining two edges. I could have done “IDEAL EDGE” but their profiles are limited and they would have been different than the rest….
the top was made when we had our kitchen counter-tops done, from the same Formica Calacatta Marble.
It has held up beautifully!
I also fashioned a cutting board out of the sliding little shelf that many old desks have! Love these old touches!
The drawers are handy for things that never could find a home, like all the TEAS for my family of tea drinkers!
ON THE MOVE
I knew I needed to be able to move the island around…
THIS ISLAND NEEDED TO BE MOVED AROUND AND THESE WHELLS MADE IT HAPPEN!
I had always intended to attach wheels. I had some black one picked to and then spied these big gray ones with locks even…!!
I had to drill BIG holes in the LEG bottoms and then insert these…
they are called “Brass Inserts” or T- Nuts”
You will need to MAke sure to get a drill bit LARGER to accommodate the size you need.
And be Careful, these babies are SHARP!
THE ROLLER WHEELS JUST SCREWED RIGHT IN….IT WAS A TWO MAN JOB.
WE STORE THE STOOLS UNDERNEATH THE ISLAND…SUPER HANDY
KITCHEN…BEFORE THE FLOOR WAS PAINTED
THE KITCHEN ISLAND OFF TO THE SIDE AND TUCKED INTO ITS OWN LITTLE CUBBY!
KITCHEN ISLAND AND PAINTED VINYL FLOOR
THE WHEELS ALSO ENABLE US TO MOVE THE ISLAND OFF TO THE SIDE IF NEED BE….
I am getting so excited to get the kitchen finished. This has been the longest renovation in history…going on two years..but BOY will it make me happy when it is done!
Bit by bit…putting it together!
Have a Great Day!
Do you have a Kitchen Island?
Tell me more!!!