Here it is, the latest project that's eaten my time between life's usual craziness and necessary business...a "new" kitchen island made from our old (circa 1971) nightstands.
It needs a few more touches, like painting the inside and some drawer pulls turned towel bars on the outside, but we're already using the heck out of this. We had a BBQ for over 2 dozen people this last weekend (plus a couple of big family dinners for 14 the week before) and this island has turned to be a most excellent addition to our busy kitchen.
Here's our messy kitchen with that big empty space between the sink and the stove. Additional work space is always good, and I wanted a serving bar for our buffet style family dinners.
So last Thanksgiving we put our two nightstands back to back, threw a tablecloth over them and called it good. The two of them together gave me a lower work surface for hand mixing and bread kneading so I knew they would work with a bit of tweaking. The cost to build a brand new country style island chalked up to about $100 so we decided the nightstands it had to be!
The rainy, cold Oregon spring has made outdoor work uncomfortable/impossible, so we set up in the dining room. I used an old oilcloth tablecloth under the nightstands and painted them blue with a grey wash, after cleaning and sanding them thoroughly.
The Welding man cut MDF to fit the top. It passed inspection by our chocolate lab, Molly Brown. She's actually checking for food, lol! The Welding Man also cut shelving for the inside.
For the top surface I wanted something close to the color of the still serviceable linoleum floor. I had already added book pages to the side of a kitchen shelf and since I am all about book page recycling, you know what's coming next. What better way to use a way out of date Betty Crocker paper back cook book?
Here The Welding Man is spreading the Envirotex resin, a two part mix which was really affordable with a 40% off coupon at Michael's. It takes 72 hours to cure. We poured it on a Tuesday and by Saturday it was totally serviceable. The Envirotex is commonly used for bar tops and wood crafts. We used it way back when on walnut and myrtle wood burl clocks. Hello, 80s! It is water and alcohol proof and cleans up nicely and keeps it's shine.
Here's another angle. I like it. I like it alot!
Here you can see how the book pages and the linoleum are totally compatible color wise. Serendipity!
As I said, we'll add the pulls salvaged from the original drawers for towel holders and paint the inside blue. I may tone it down a bit more with a little more grey wash but right now I LOVE how this came out! The actual cost on this project was less than $20, with the money going to Envirotex and paint. We already had the nightstands, MDF, sand paper and brushes.
Making do with what we've got never looked so good. Now I've just got to get to my other "blue" project, the bargain priced buffet I got for $20. Just as soon as the weather gets nicer so I can work outside, because it's too big to put up on the dining table.
This was an easy project with minimal skills required. You would be surprised how easy projects can be once you break them down to component parts and a step by step "battle plan." Got a project you're holding off on? You can do it!
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