I’m going to show you step by step how to make a craft table that doubles as a kitchen island out of an old cabinet.
Once upon a time I got this huge base cabinet. Recently, I was cleaning out the garage and decided it was time for me to do something with this. Not only was it taking up a LOT of room, it was resting on three of my furniture dollies.
See that humongous top? I used it on my diy portable fold-up pallet bar!
I grabbed my saws and started cutting it apart.
I used one side of the former monster to make a portable saw stand for my DEWALT Sliding Compound Miter Saw . I decided that the other part of the base cabinet wanted to be a craft table that can double as a kitchen island.
To make it a little more substantial, I built a shelf to attach to one end of the cabinet. I used 3/4” birch plywood left over from making a top for Jamie’s coffee table. This is the dry fit stage. (I loved when SewWoodsy beefed up their island this way)
I put it together with Kreg K4 pocket holes, then attached it to the cabinet using pocket holes.
I removed the one door to make all the work go a little smoother.
I thought the project would look good with bead board, but I didn’t have any and wasn’t keen on buying anything for this project. I used the oak plank flooring I got last Spring from a good friend. I used the same method on my IKEA Tarva Hack.
I used my AirStrikeStapler and Gorilla Wood Glue to make quick work of adding this faux bead board made from oak plank flooring.
It was time for some paint. This is my favorite part where all my mismatched pieces gain some cohesiveness. I used my chalky paint primer recipe mixed with semi-gloss paint and plaster of paris. The HomeRight Finish Max made it easy to get inside all the nooks and crannies. The cabinet is laid on it’s side because I always paint the underneath of my pieces.
The picture above has a lot going on. The yellow arrows above show how I use 2×2’s when I paint. I rest my pieces on 2×2’s to keep them up off the drop cloth as well as using them to hold the drop cloth down to keep the wind from blowing it up on the painted piece. The blue arrow shows you that I have painter’s tape on the drawer glide anchor piece. (I removed the glide so I could add the pocket holes indicated with the green arrow. I didn’t replace the glides until after I painted the cabinet.
see? Now it all matches and looks so much better!
After looking at the bookshelf storage unit on the end, I thought it would look better with a little piece of trim to give it a more finished look. I drew it out on a piece of paper, traced it on a scrap and cut it with my Jig Saw . I attached it to the cabinet using pocket holes.
After painting everything with the chalky paint primer, I gave it all a quick coat (with a chip brush) of Primer Red (ASCP)
Then, I needed to wax it—so I used Heirloom Traditions wax in Dark Umber applied with a wax brush.
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I buffed it with my AutoRight Polisher .
To make the farm table plank wood top, I ripped the edges of some 2×6’s to give them a straight edge instead of that slightly rounded edge they have. I left the rounded edge on the first and last board.
I drilled the pocket holes with my Kreg Jig, clamping and gluing as I worked my way from one side to the next. I used clamps to hold the joints together as well as large clamps to get a nice tight fit (front to back) while securing it with Kreg 2 1/2″ screws.
This is after the glue set up, and the first sanding with 80 grit.
I continued sanding both sides with 150, then 220 grit. I used a Minwax Dark Walnut stain, and sealed it with 3 light coats of Minwax polycrylic sanding in between with a piece of brown paper bag.
I rolled it in the garage at the end of the day, and realized it was right next to the other cabinet that became my saw stand. You can see how the addition of the shelf unit adds to the width of the piece. In this photo you may notice that I added a “toe kick” to help support the addition of the shelf.
I drilled some more pocket holes around the cabinet to get a secure connection when I attach the top to the cabinet. After attaching the counter top, I replaced the drawer glides.
Although I have this set up as a craft table, it would be perfect in the kitchen as an island. The end I have butted up against the wall, would be great for towel hooks or something similar.
I have made other wood plank counter tops, including one for my kitchen island that doubles as a craft table. I did not trim the 2×6’s and I was left with crumb catchers in the cracks. You can see in this picture that that’s not going to be a problem with this top.
This end shelf would be perfect in a kitchen to hold your KitchenAid mixer and or cookbooks. I added some metal brackets to help support the top that has an overhang to allow extra work space.
Did you notice that I also used the oak floor boards to give the faux bead board look in the back of this shelf?
I reused the original hinges, and put on some random knobs I had. I’m sure I’ll change out the knobs before it is re-homed.
Do you see it as a kitchen island or a craft station?