This piece was obviously a repurposing project. I’m not sure what it started out as or even what it is, but my vision was to repurpose it into a kitchen island.

Side Table - Before

Side Table – Before

I had this great old enamel kitchen countertop that I wanted to use, but it wasn’t the right size.

Old Enamel Top

Old Enamel Top

To make it fit, I took the two pieces apart and added a shelf between them. This made it wide enough for the top while leaving enough overhang for a couple of small bar stools. To make it tall enough for an island, I added a shelf under the legs and curtain rod finials for new legs. Now to pretty it up and add some architectural interest.

Repurposed Kitchen Island - After

Repurposed Kitchen Island – After

I covered the unfinished back with plywood and used molding to make a diamond design.

Back of Repurposed Island

Back of Repurposed Island

On the front sides, I created designs with pieces cut from laser cut molding.

Laser Cut Molding on Front

Laser Cut Molding on Front

The diamonds on the drawers are a very simple project anyone can do. Start with the small flat slats that you can find with the wood dowels at a craft store. Draw the design out, make the cuts with a utility knife and glue on with a fast adhering glue. No power tools needed. The finish included waxing and glass green knobs.

Diamond design on drawer fronts

Diamond design on drawer fronts

Drawer Fronts and Green Glass Knobs

Drawer Fronts and Green Glass Knobs


Buddy made the light hanging over the island.

Light Fixture for Island

Light Fixture for Island

The canning jars tie in with the country look and I added more of the laser cut molding from the island and waxed it to match. I think he did such a great job that I didn’t even get upset with him, this time, for using my barn wood.

Kitchen Island and Light Fixture

Kitchen Island and Light Fixture