Kitchen Island

The wheels arrived on Wednesday and I found the legs on my doorstep on Thursday afternoon and I wasted no time getting this sucker started!

Do you recognize this?

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Maybe from here?

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It’s the old phonograph cabinet I bought at a Black Friday sale last year.  My TV has been on it since February but a free dresser (found through Facebook) turned into my new TV stand freeing this guy up to be my new kitchen island!

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I realize that these wheels look weird.  I wanted something kind of old fashioned looking and these fit the bill.  The legs are 7″ (everything from Lowe’s) and the four wheels and four legs were $32.00 with shipping.  Since I had the cabinet and stain already, that $32 was all I spent for a new kitchen island!

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I pulled out my biggest bit, went to my workshop  and started drilling holes in the bottom of each leg.

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Just kidding, that’s my craft table in my living room.  I just love that joke!

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By far the most time consuming part of this project was drilling these holes and hammering the wheels in.  There was a mark on each wheel so I hammered them in to that point so they would all be level.  I also stained them with Minwax Dark Walnut which is not a perfect match but works for me.  I hope to put beadboard across the back (it’s flimsy and has speaker holes in it) that I may paint a fun color and I may decide to do the legs too.

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While the stain was drying I tipped the cabinet over and unscrewed the original legs.  Henry helped.

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And then it was as simple as screwing the new legs in

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and flipping it back over.

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The top opens up in two sections.  One with a rim around an open hole (on the left) and one that’s just a big box.

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Originally I thought I would leave that shelf in the middle of the one section but then

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my appliances wouldn’t fit.  All these things were in my hall closet so it’ll be really nice to have them all in the kitchen now!

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I also moved my baking supplies to the top.  I have another one of those metal containers (which fit in there perfectly!) and as soon as I find it I’ll put it in the other half of that first side.

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I am already loving this!  Remember that stool I got a few weeks ago from a thrift store?  Perfect here!

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I am loving the extra space I have around that corner to the hallway and even more, I love that this is so easy to move around to where I need it.

I’m sure the stuff inside will change around over time and I’m still on the hunt for another barstool but, for now this is done!

-A

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