I’m simply in love with my kitchen renovation from last month, but it seemed like something was missing. My youngest daughter is a big fan of Fixer upper and was begging me to add a kitchen island. That’s when she gave me the idea to create this budget-friendly DIY Kitchen Island From Desk and pallet wood. Farmhouse Style of course! Thank you, Dixie Belle Paint, for sponsoring today’s post. I am a Dixie Belle Brand Ambassador, but all farmhouse opinions are my own.
DIY Kitchen Island From Desk | Farmhouse Style
I will admit, I don’t have much time or money to spend on our renovations and I still have so many more ideas I would love to implement in our home. That’s why I have to make sure that I make these DIY projects as budget-friendly and easy as possible. Like this kitchen island project.
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I had this old desk that my mother-in-law had given me years ago. This desk has been moved all around our home. I’ve used it as a work table and even sat my embroidery machine on it when I sewed. Right when I was about to get rid of it, I decided to try and repurpose it and create a kitchen island out of it. I also wanted to incorporate some pallet wood into the design, because it would match the kitchen perfectly with some of the pallet wood pieces my husband added to our cabinets.
I sat down and came up with the easiest way to convert this desk into my kitchen island. Once I knew what I wanted to do with the desk and how I wanted it to look, it was up to the hubby to make it happen. Of course, he came up with something fancier than I had thought of still staying on budget. As much as I love getting my hands dirty, he loves to build things so it was all on him. Almost immediately he began working on my farmhouse kitchen island.
This is how we transformed our desk using pallet wood into a beautiful farmhouse kitchen island! I briefly explain how we built our kitchen island, but your measurements will be different depending on the size of your desk.
Materials We Used
- Desk for repurposing
- Pallet wood (you can find these in trash areas or you can purchase it)
- 48″ x 10″ Poplar Wood (for countertop)
- 2″ nails
- Skill Saw
- Jig Saw
- Dixie Belle Savannah Mist Chalk Paint
- Dixie Belle Paint Brush
- Dixie Belle No Pain Gel Stain-Walnut
- Cloth or Rag
- Dixie Belle 2″ Chip Brush
- Safecoat Acrylacq
- Swivel Wheels
The reason we bought new wood for the countertop area of the island table is that after doing some research I found out that pallet wood is filled with lots of chemicals. I want to use my kitchen island as a place to cut food and prep meals. So, I wanted to make sure that we purchased new wood for this area and seal it with food safe Safecoat Acrylacq. This was the most expensive part of the entire project, but oh so worth it.
Building Our Kitchen Island From Desk
The first thing my husband did was create a base that our desk will sit on using pallet wood. Underneath this base he attached four wheels so that I am able to move my kitchen island anywhere I need it. This makes it so much more convenient and perfect for allowing more space in my kitchen when I need it.
He then took off the scallop design and the borders from the desk. I wanted a flat surface and something to cover all around. So, my husband used pallet wood to cover the old desk.
For the counter area, we purchased three new pieces of wood and nailed down on the desk from underneath. I wasn’t worried about the color of the wood because I was going to stain it all the same color.
Once he had the entire kitchen island built I started painting and staining. I used Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Savannah Mist to color the legs of the desk. I wanted a grey color that would match my kitchen walls, but not too light. I did two coats of paint on the legs.
*Tip: Paint the legs of your desk before you nail down your pallet wood. It was a bit difficult painting the legs without getting the paint on the wood as well.
I then used a rag to stain all of the pallet wood on my new kitchen island. I only did one coat of the stain because I loved the color is created on the wood the first time around.
*Tip: I did two different samples of stains on a piece of scrap wood to see how the stain colors would dry.
I’m so happy with how our kitchen island turned out.
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Have you repurposed a desk before?
You did a great job. I love that it has wheels too so that it offers so much flexibility. I love pallet wood reuse projects 🙂
This looks wonderful– awesome job! I think it’s great when people do projects like this, and don’t just put an old or unwanted item on the curb. Thank you for sharing the info about Safecoat Acrylacq, too. It looks like an impressive product, and I want to keep it in mind.
As for your question: No, I’ve never repurposed a desk. I have, however, repurposed a few large desk/dresser drawers.
I love using Safecoat Acrylacq for tops where I will be cooking on! It has such great coverage too! I’m hoping to repurpose a dresser I have soon! So many colors to choose from on Dixie Belle Paints website! I can’t decide, LOL!
Melissa Storms says
Oh, I love this idea. I have had an idea floating around in my head of converting an older kitchen table and a hutch into a prep and small appliance area.