Up cycled Kitchen Island
We had just bought our first home and money was tight, but we needed a kitchen island. I looked everywhere for one, but the ones that I liked were priced around $400.00, and the ones in our price range weren't made out of solid wood. I looked on Craig's list, but didn't find any I liked so I told my husband I wanted to build one. He questioned me when I made him go check out this old dry sink someone was selling on Craig's list. He said it was ugly, but solid wood. I told him to buy it and that was going to be our kitchen island. We paid $20.00 for it, we took off the top and painted it. We had to replace the backing with breadboard, and bought all new hardware. The counter top was going to be our next issue. Getting butcher block sized to fit was going to be just as expensive as a higher end one. I found that Ikea was having a sale on their wood countertop so we drove down to check it out, but they were sold out/discontinued (go figure) so while we rounded the corner to leave I found this big block of wood that the measurement fit the dry sink perfectly! It was actually a desktop, but after we buffed/treated it with food grade sealant, it looked exactly like a butcher block top, to the point where everyone asks us where we got it and are all shocked when they find out its a desktop! They were even more shocked when they heard the total for this project as $110.00. This was my first project, and when people found out what I was making, they all thought it was too much, but they all said it came out professionally and I have even had requests to make theirs. This project definitely opened the doors to a lot more projects.