I needed a place to hide our garbage and recycleable trash so I made this island from an upper kitchen cabinet.
To get it to counter height I added a toe kick to the bottom and extra storage area to the top. To change the doors into drop front bins I hinged the doors on the bottom and put stops on the insides.
The top was made with a piece of counterboard that I rounded on the corners. The small squares on top are cut pieces of scrap veneer that I purchased on ebay for $20.00. To make a strong adhesion I applied 2 coats of wood glue to the top of the counterboard and backs of the veneer, letting it dry completely between coats. I put the squares down after the third coat of glue then topped it off with several coats of varathane.
To cover the unfinished back and sides of the island I used bead board wallpaper.
After we moved the refridgerator to the other side of the kitchen we were left with room for more cabinets. I used an upper cabinet, with the doors removed, to hold the TV. It’s at the perfect height and location for viewing from the island. The decorative brackets were added to match the shelf above the kitchen sink.
On the base cabinet below it I removed the doors and put the shelves on drawer glides. Shelving boards were used for the drawer fronts and decorative trim was added to match the rest of the kitchen cabinets.
The metal shelf brackets on each side hold the drawer fronts to the shelf. The pot lid dividers screwed to the bottom keeps all my baking dishes organized and easy to get to. The bottom drawer is used for storing small kitchen appliances that would be cluttering my counters.