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vintage buffet repurposed into island

Posted by ccoombs1 (My Page) on
Mon, May 5, 14 at 13:53

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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RE: vintage buffet repurposed into island

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


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RE: vintage buffet repurposed into island

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.


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RE: vintage buffet repurposed into island

Very nice!


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It looks great!


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RE: vintage buffet repurposed into island

That's awesome! I love the character of the buffet piece. Nice job.


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RE: vintage buffet repurposed into island

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:)


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RE: vintage buffet repurposed into island

WHat a great idea! It is beautiful.


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RE: vintage buffet repurposed into island

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.


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RE: vintage buffet repurposed into island

Great ingenuity! You've created a nice custom piece and likely inspired a lot of folks here to do something similar.


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