I couldn’t pass on this thrift store piece because it is loaded with detail, character and charm. It was in very good condition but the color…yuk. Painting was a must. I considered using a fun color but this piece is so large, classic white seemed to be the best choice. But “wow” what a challenging paint project…all that detail, but now it is oooh so pretty.

Tall Ornate Shelves - Before

Tall Ornate Shelves – Before

Tall Ornate Shelves - After

Tall Ornate Shelves – After


This next piece was recently returned to me by the couple I built it for years ago. They needed a roll away kitchen island but were on a very tight budget. I started with two free student desks found at a yard sale. After removing the tops I attached the bases together and put one of the tops back on and the second one was put on 2 x 2’s that were attached to the outside of the bases. This, along with casters, raised it up to counter height. I then sprayed the top with hammered metal paint for a durable work top. Although this island was still in good condition it needed updating and improvements.

Rolling Kitchen Island - Before

Rolling Kitchen Island – Before

I started by taking advantage of the space between the 2 x 2’s on the sides and added these plate rails.

Plate Rails added to side

Plate Rails added to side

I thought that the small doors looked under-scaled, so I built a frame around them to make them taller. I sprayed the added panel with the hammered metal paint to tie in with the top.

Reframed Door

Reframed Door

And to add a little more interest, X marks the spot! I carried the look around to the back side so that it could be used as a center island in a kitchen.

Rolling Kitchen Island - After (Side View)

Rolling Kitchen Island – After (Side View)

Rolling Kitchen Island - After (Back View)

Rolling Kitchen Island – After (Back View)


Rolling Kitchen Island - After (Front View)

Rolling Kitchen Island – After (Front View)