Homemade Kitchen Island made from Reused Mess

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Since me n’ Tiff bought and moved into our bodacious townhome last summer, we’ve changed a lot about it. A big thing we changed was the kitchen; with the help of Leon, Bil-lay, and 10, we took out a lot of old and put in a lot of used (new for us) things. I saved a lot of what we took out (nails, wood, etc.), and have reused those materials to make some new things.

For Valentines’ Day, I made Tiff a kitchen island with these saved materials. I started with not much, but with a lil’ gumption and elbow grease, the kitchen island was completed. Here is its story…

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. With this handy advice in my noggin, I drew out the plans for the island. I wanted to make it the same height as our counters, and also make sure that there was enough room for our trash can to fit in it. Before I show you my plans, please remember that they are copyrighted, so if you copy them I’ll sue your pants off.

Top secret kitchen island plans

The top of the island came from the piece of countertop that we cut out to make a hole for the sink.

Look at that potential...

I reused nails that I had taken out of old pieces of wood. Some (most) of the nails were bent, therefore I had to straighten them out to use ’em.

I used my mind to straighten the nails

I used some old wooden posts to build the top frame.

Notice the high-tech workspace

Here’s the wood I saved from the kitchen remodeling. Yayo is guarding it.

I took that giant piece o’ wood and trimmed it down so it’d be the right size. Note the clamps holding it to my flimsy card table, thus enabling me to saw the heck out of it.

A good view of the Joe Estates

I also had to use the ol’ saw to cut lots of 2x4s — two-bys, as we say in construction lingo, but I digress…


To attach the posts to the bottom platform, I used the unbent nails and some ol’ fashioned glue.

Glue n' Nails

And voila, we have half of the bottom platform. The other half will be a mirror image o’ this one.

Remember folks, this is all reused materials

The next step wasn’t too hard. Just put the above platform onto a frame made with 2x4s, nails, and love.

Platform on frame, piece o' cake

I then figured that the middle of the platform might be weak, so I engineered in a special wooden piece to exponentially increase the middle of the platform’s strength. Apparently, I took this next picture as I was running by, hence the blurriness.

Can you spot the middle wooden piece?

As you can probably tell, by this point it’s getting dark. Luckily I can expand my pupils at will. So I pressed on, and finished the other half of the bottom platform. I then connected the top frame to hold the whole thing together.

Man it got dark fast

Here’s a picture where I actually USED the flash.

Bright as day, I tell you

By now this beast of a kitchen island was almost done, but I wanted to make sure that it was muy fuerte. So I built some side supports out of our old door frame. Speaking of the old door frame, here’s part of it now.

Old door frame pieces

I used some clamps to hold the side supports in place after I glued them. While they were clamped, I used some screws to attach them securely.

Clamps in action

Phew, that was a lot of work. The next day, I primed the whole thing, and then painted it white. After that, I screwed on the wheels (they were the only non-reused thing I used to make this).

Finally, the last big step was to use construction adhesive to glue down the old counter top. After letting the adhesive dry for about a day, I presented the brand new homemade kitchen island to Tiff for Valentine’s Day. Here you can see a picture of it in all its glory, as Yayo does a quick walk-by inspection of it.

Yayo completes her final inspection

In conclusion, ’twas fun to reuse all the old wood, nails, and the old counter top, and turn them into something new and useful. I hope you enjoyed this presentation, and may you have a t-riffic day.

Posted in green living, projects, reusing on Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 10:50 AM.

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