I am so excited to share this project with you today. I repurposed an old sideboard cabinet into a Kitchen Island.
If you follow along on my Facebook page (HERE), you would have seen that I scored a truckload of FREE furniture!
One of the pieces that were included was this small sideboard cabinet.
Here are the other pieces, just in case your curious. This one is my favorite! A vintage dresser on casters.
Also included were these two dressers.
They all need work, and I can’t wait to start on them! Now back to the repurposed sideboard cabinet.
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How We Repurposed an Old Cabinet into a Kitchen Island
While having dinner one night, an idea came to mind for this piece. I have always wanted a kitchen island. Our kitchen is rather small but has an open space that would be perfect for a small kitchen island. Once I blurted out my idea, the Hubs just laughed. He is used to me just randomly blurting out thoughts. We discussed the plan, and both agreed. This is how the repurposed sideboard cabinet was constructed into a kitchen island.
Supplies for the DIY Kitchen Island
Dixie Belle Paint: Caviar
Dismantling Sideboard Cabinet
The next day, it was time to dismantle the sideboard. First, the top was removed and saved for a later project. This was not an antique sideboard but still, it was made with solid wood.
He then removed the doors as well as the back panel. I wanted the island to be accessible from both sides.
Here is what it looked like after all the pieces were removed that we would not use.
A piece of trim was added to the bottom on the back where the back piece was removed by using a 1×4 spruce board. The edges were rounded by sanding. Trim was also added to the back.
It was attached using wood glue and nails.
Next, he constructed a new top using pre-cut panels from the Home Depot. These panels are easy to use solid wood panels.
He also constructed two shelving pieces. It took a total of 3 panels. One would be used where the drawers were missing, and the other on the bottom.
The top and shelves were sanded with a piece of 220-grit sandpaper using our DeWalt Orbital Sander. These shelving pieces already come pre-sanded and ready to use. We just like a smoother surface, so we sand lightly with our 220-grit sandpaper.
I removed the sanding dust with a piece of my tack cloth. My stain color choice was English Chestnut. My plan was to paint the cabinet black, so this color would be beautiful! It has a deep dark reddish tint. Each one was given one coat of stain. They were then laid to the side to dry while the rest of the project was completed.
The Painting Process
I sanded the sides of the sideboard cabinet with 220-grit to scuff up the surface. There were no significant scratches or imperfections that needed attention.
After sanding, I gave the entire cabinet inside and out a wipe down with my vinegar and water solution.
My color choice for the island was Dixie Belle’s Caviar, a beautiful black. I painted the entire cabinet inside and out as well as the new trim. It took only two coats to fully cover.
Once the paint completely dried, I lightly sanded the entire cabinet with 220-grit sandpaper. After removing the sanding dust, I applied one coat of Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in black to seal the piece.
I applied one coat of Minwax Wipe-On Poly to each stained wood panel.
Final Assembly of the Repurposed cabinet into Kitchen Island
The piece sat overnight, allowing the topcoat to dry as well as the wax. The next day, the Hubs added the small shelving panel by screwing it into the existing drawer frame.
The top was added by screwing from the bottom of the frame using wood screws. This is when I realized I DID NOT stain underneath! I did go back and stain.
Holes for a shelf were already on the bottom portion of the cabinet. Therefore, all we had to do was add shelf brackets.
Lastly, we laid the island on a towel to protect the paint and attached the casters to the bottom in each corner.
I found this rustic looking hangar at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. We attached it to the side of the kitchen island.
Here is the finished kitchen island. I am totally excited with the finished piece! It fits perfectly in our kitchen space. We also have a blank wall next to our dining room table that we can move it to if need be. The casters make it mobile, which is super helpful!
Here it is in our kitchen.
What would you do with the three FREE dressers I mentioned above? Let me know what you think! Would love to hear from you.
Save this project for later!
Remember, when you see an old, outdated piece: “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it will be.”