Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Old Shop Workbench to New Kitchen Island

I have been in need of a kitchen island for some time. After seeing the sticker price of a new one, we started looking for an alternative.

After months of no luck, I started browsing Pinterest. I seen a couple of ideas using a workbench.

My husband has an assorted variety of workbenches....this may work.

I shared the idea with Mike, and being the sweetheart that he is, he not only donated one of his workbenches to my cause, he made it happen .

I wish I had taken pictures of the before, but I did not.

The workbench top was replaced with  boards we had in the barn. Very thick, dirty, rough sawn oak boards. It took a couple days of sanding before they were ready to use. They were old boards as well, and not the most straight, but we made them work. The nice thing about living in an Old Farmhouse is,  less than perfect fits right in.

Total Cost for this project-

Workbench-free (even originally it was free)
Wood Boards-free
Butcher Block Oil-7.00

16.00 and a new Island.

Mike was really leery about the whole project.  You know how it is, you get an idea and you do the work and the end product is not quite what you were hoping for.

Well, I have to say this project turned out better than I expected, and I love my new Island!!
I would like to add some hooks on the island for my cast iron pans. Still looking for the right ones.

I have always wanted an Island Light as well, we threw some ideas around, but ended up buying an island light that was on Clearance. I feel like I have a new kitchen!

 I know roosters are "yesterday" with kitchen decor, but with an old farmhouse , roosters are always charming.

It is great to have a kitchen workspace at last.

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  1. This sounds like a great idea, Sandra, and it turned out beautifully.


    1. Thank you- my husband is the handyman, lucky me :)

  2. That turned out great! I would love to have that in my kitchen! I am still into roosters as well. p.s. Love, love your wood floors.

  3. Love it! That shelf underneath will be useful as well.

    1. Yes, I plan on using it for some cast iron pots.

  4. That is simply Fantastic....it is truly farmhouse and rustic and still elegant!

  5. I came over from Hibiscus House and now I'm following you. I can't wait to read more of you blog. How interesting!

  6. Beautiful and functional...how cool is that! Well done

    1. Thank you Lynne!
      I appreciate you stopping by! :)

  7. LOVE! The new island looks great. You are so right, old farmhouses are easy to decorate. :-)

    1. Thanks Sue,
      Yes, farmhouses tend to make decorating easy :)

  8. How beautiful, Sandra. I love old and repurposed things, and old rough-sawn oak boards were the perfect material. Love the roosters on the light too. :-)
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

  9. Just beautiful! Love when you can make something new out of something old!

    1. Thank you!
      This year has seemed to be all about using what we have to make something new :)


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