Before and After: A Dated Desk Is Transformed into a Functional Kitchen Island

This is quite an ambitious DIY project but it shows what can be done given some time and vision!

Kitchen renovations are a pricy endeavor, especially when you factor in custom cabinetry. But clever DIYs can go a long way in reducing costs—and this DIY from Christina LeClaire of Gutsy Homemaker is about as clever as they come.

Christina saw this desk on Facebook Marketplace and envisioned something far greater for it. “I knew that I wanted a kitchen island to replace my dining room table,” Christina says. “I found a solid wood desk with the perfect dimensions and just knew that it would make the perfect base for a kitchen island.”

If you’re doubtful, Christina says she has friends who were, too. But a few adjustments made this desk totally unrecognizable.

After: Seafoam kitchen island with many drawers and marble countertop

A light green paint on the base of the island recalls Depression-era glass, which complements the vintage cottage-y vibes of the apothecary drawers.

After: Seafoam kitchen island with many drawers and marble countertop

Christina was able to DIY this whole project in just three weeks as part of a furniture flip challenge.
“I love everything about the after!” she says. “Everyone around me thought I was crazy when I told them I was going to turn a desk into an apothecary-style kitchen island because they couldn’t see it, but now they love it, too!”
It looks totally unrecognizable now.

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Original source: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-desk-to-kitchen-island-transformation-36837139?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Category%2FChannel%3A+main

4 thoughts on “Before and After: A Dated Desk Is Transformed into a Functional Kitchen Island

  • January 10, 2021 at 2:34 pm
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    This is wicked! Really nicely done and a great finish. I’ve wanted an island forever, but don’t have the space.

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  • January 20, 2021 at 12:58 pm
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    I love the old desk and the island, but can’t see how the two are related. If the desk actually in there somewhere (which I really question) then it has been so bastardized as to have completely disappeared. You would have been better off just building the island from scratch and leaving the poor desk alone! Keeping 5% of an item doesn’t really count as repurposing it.

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