Steps // How to Make a Freestanding Kitchen Island with an Old Table
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Start with a Salvaged Table

 
Step One // How to Make a Freestanding Kitchen Island with an Old Table

Start with a Salvaged Table

table found at a garage sale to be repurposed as a kitchen island
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“My husband found this piece of furniture at a garage sale and brought it home for me. It had a towel rack already—I think it might have been used as a bar—so I realized it would make a perfect kitchen island.”

 
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Strip the Finish Off

 
Step Two // How to Make a Freestanding Kitchen Island with an Old Table

Strip the Finish Off

garage sale table with the finish stripped from the table surface
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Angela used a deglosser to strip the shine from the table base and prep it for paint, then sanded the top down to bare wood so she could refinish it.

 
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Remove the Towel Bar

 
Step Three // How to Make a Freestanding Kitchen Island with an Old Table

Remove the Towel Bar

garage sale table with towel bar removed and holes filled with wood putty
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She removed a dated wood towel bar, filled the holes with wood putty, then gave the base three coats of leftover cabinet paint.

 
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Whitewash the Table

 
Step Four // How to Make a Freestanding Kitchen Island with an Old Table

Whitewash the Table

whitewashing the surface of a salvaged table being repurposed as a kitchen island
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After staining the work surface dark brown, Angela whitewashed it with paint she diluted with water, using a rag to work it into the wood grain for more character. Then she added two coats of polyurethane to protect it. A sleek new towel bar and drawer pulls readied the piece for its new purpose.

 
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Finishing Touches

 
Step Five // How to Make a Freestanding Kitchen Island with an Old Table

Finishing Touches

finished DIY freestanding kitchen island made by Angela Jimenez
Courtesy of simplybeautifulbyangela.com

Modern silver pulls, plus an oversize one for a towel, made the island feel cohesive with the rest of the kitchen. Find the full step-by-step at simplybeautifulbyangela.com


This project was originally featured in DIY on a Dime in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of This Old House magazine. See all of our favorite blogger projects from this issue here.

 
 

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