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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Nightstands Turned Kitchen Island

Here's a shot of our kitchen when we first bought our mobile home several years ago.  
Well kept cabinets, lots of storage and quite roomy. 
The size of the kitchen and the master bath (both of which
 also have large skylights) clinched the deal for us.

It only took a few family potluck dinners to know we needed an island in our kitchen.
 At our first Thanksgiving here, we paired up some old, solid wood 
nightstands from a vintage 80s waterbed set.

We set them up back to back and threw a tablecloth over the whole shebang.
 They turned out to be the perfect height and heavy enough to withstand
 the traffic flow when dinner was served.

 Why buy the lumber and build an island when 
we could restyle what we already had?

We took out the drawers and bolted the nightstands back to back
and painted the whole assembly a nice shade of blue with a grey wash.
We used acrylic paint sealed with clear acrylic spray.

For the top we had a precut piece of heavy duty masonite. 
I covered it with pages of an old cookbook using Mod Podge.


The colors and tones complement the still serviceable vinyl floor.
We sealed the top with brushed on resin (two part Envirotex used for bar tops)
 and we are so excited with the great results!

Ta da!

For the final touch we used the pulls off the original drawers and
 attached them for towel holders.Then I refurbished the drawers for storage with 
red checked contact paper. They are perfect inside our 
brand new kitchen island made from our old nightstands.

This is one of our most popular projects and is a Pinterest favorite. 
It cost us nearly nothing save for the resin which I purchased
 from Michaels with a 50% coupon. I call this a win win!!

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