vintage buffet repurposed into island

ccoombs1May 5, 2014

I needed an island in my craft studio. I found one the size I needed at Ikea, but it was $400 and only had open shelving. Well, I bought the butcher block top from them, and then started searching for a buffet or dresser that would work with it.

After a couple of weeks looking at local antique auctions, I found the perfect vintage buffet. It's strong, the drawers work great and it's solid wood....something that's rare in modern furniture. And it was only $85.

I found the legs on Ebay and the stainless hardware at Ikea. I painted the whole thing white, built the overhang part just like you'd build a tiny table with the proper leg braces and everything.

For less than $250, I have a perfect counter-top high island.

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Nice project! You scored on the butcherblock - they're discontinuing that.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 1:57PM
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they discontinued the countertop thickness butcherblocks, but not the island tops which are thinner. I was really upset when I got there and learned that bit of bad news because I had planned on using them for the rest of the countertops in that room too. I wasn't happy about that, but I think it will be fine. this top has two steel reinforcement strips on the back side.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 2:00PM
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Very nice!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 2:06PM
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It looks great!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 3:38PM
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That's awesome! I love the character of the buffet piece. Nice job.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 5:02PM
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so beautiful! great job and what a find on that buffet! i love that you had a vision and found a way to make it work:)

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 6:53PM
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WHat a great idea! It is beautiful.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 7:35PM
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thanks everyone. I love the amount of workspace this island provides. the top is 39" x 59" and it's perfect for the size of the room.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 11:50AM
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Great ingenuity! You've created a nice custom piece and likely inspired a lot of folks here to do something similar.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 12:37PM
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