Sep 262012
 

I needed a place to hide our garbage and recycleable trash so I made this island from an upper kitchen cabinet.

Kitchen Island Trash Bins

Kitchen Island Trash Bins

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.

Side View of Open Trash Bin

Side View of Open Trash Bin

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.

Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

To cover the unfinished back and sides of the island I used bead board wallpaper.

Backside of Kitchen Island

Backside of Kitchen Island

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.

Shelf for TV

Shelf for TV

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.

Base Cabinet - closed

Base Cabinet – closed

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.

Top Drawer - open

Top Drawer – open

Bottom Drawer - open

Bottom Drawer – open

  One Response to “Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets”

  1. Miss Dora, you are amazing!!! I absolutely LOVE this island and it could be something I could actually make. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

 Leave a Reply

(required)

(required)

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>