We have lived in our house since April, and since then I have been looking for a portable island or cart to go in my kitchen beside the fridge. I just couldn’t find one I liked, especially one that wasn’t a meeelion dollars, so I came up with the brilliant plan for this DIY kitchen island.
The people who lived in this house before us were filthy, and left enough of their junk here that it took 4 pick up loads to the dump to get rid of it. But this broken, dilapidated desk caught my eye, and I decided to hang onto it.
It was missing a drawer, had some gouges in the wood, and had a really bad spray paint job. At first I thought I could use it as a table for my sewing machine, but as the hamster wheel between my ears kept turning, I decided it would be the perfect piece to finish the kitchen.
I decided that sometime in April or May, and by August, the desk was still sitting in the garage, untouched. I had some great ideas about making a new top out of pallets, adding a wine rack, and attaching shelves, but my husband’s honey-do list is already long, and things like repairing the roof take precedence over my DIY projects.
So, I ended up just spray painting it and putting the side with the missing drawer up against the wall. And guess what? I love it!
I used some wood filler to camouflage the deeper gouges. I could have sanded this desk down to make the finish really smooth, but didn’t for two reasons. 1. I am lazy and didn’t want to do all that extra work. 2. I like a little distressing, so I don’t need a perfectly smooth finish. I used this spray paint, and I am in love with the color! I was trying to get as close to the color of my Kitchenaid mixer as possible (I have this one in Sea Glass), and I think we got pretty darn close.
I am an impatient spray painter, but it really is worth the time and effort to do it right the first time. It took a few coats to cover up that garish red, but light, even coats is the way to go. If you spray too heavily it will drip, and then you will cry because you have to sand those drips off and repaint. This particular spray paint was supposed to give opaque coverage, so it only took about 3 coats total, which I let dry for about 30 minutes in between.
I am considering getting a couple of wooden crates, staining them, and stacking them on top, but this is what it looks like for now. Eventually I would like to complete a gallery wall above it, but it takes me a LONG time to decide where I want to hang things.
Right now I use it as a prep table, but eventually it will be more functional storage.
Have you ever upcycled a trashed piece of furniture?