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DIY Thrifted Kitchen Island

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

Over the last two-ish years, I've been working on renovating our kitchen. Because we aren't in a spot where we can just hire someone to rip everything out and build us a brand new kitchen from scratch, I've had to get creative and put my DIY abilities to good use.

The biggest transformation (and undertaking) I've accomplished so far is painting the oak cabinets. To be honest, it isn't something I'd ever do again — it took A LOT of time and energy to complete. However, the paint totally transformed the space, so I am happy I did it.

Another project I tackled was updating the backsplash along the main stretch of cabinets. The original tiles were still in place, and even though I love flowers, I did not love the floral pattern sprinkled throughout the backsplash. Giving them a fresh, new look was super easy, and the transformation is incredible. I'm actually going to do a separate post about my tile update, so stay tuned for that!

There were a few other things I did to update our tired, outdated kitchen, but the most recent project I completed is what I'm going to be focusing on today: a dreamy, farmhouse-inspired island.



  • Small table

  • Locking casters

  • Drill

  • Krud Kutter

  • Lint-free clothes

Even though our home is on the older side, it has a good-sized kitchen. The layout isn't terrible but the one problem I've always had with this room is its lack of counter space. And while we do have a small peninsula that offers a decent amount of empty work space, it just isn't enough, especially when you're trying to cook or bake more than one thing at a time.

At some point, we want to remove the peninsula in order to make room for a large island, but we're still a few years out from being able to make that happen. Because of this, I decided to come up with a temporary solution for my counter space problem.

I found this small antique table on Facebook Marketplace and was able to snag it for $30. It had certainly seen better days, but I knew the bones were good and that it just needed a solid cleaning to get it looking the way I wanted.

Enter the best cleaning product for tough dirt and grime: Krud Kutter. This stuff works miracles! And the best part about it is that you don't have to exhaust yourself with excessive scrubbing to see amazing results.

One round of Krud Kutter made my Marketplace find look like a completely different table. I knew it would do the trick, but looking at photos before and after the cleanup still surprised me. I couldn't believe just how much of a difference this product made.

Once the table was as clean as it was going to get, I moved on to adding my locking casters to the legs.

Tip: Because I was going for a farmhouse look, I didn't bother painting the table. But if you want to create a piece like this for your home and this look has just a bit too much dinge to it, feel free to sand, stain, and/or paint your table any way you like.

I got the casters off of Amazon. What I love about them is that they rotate 360° and can be locked into place. This makes moving the table extremely easy and gives me the freedom to change the positioning of the island whenever I want.

After screwing in all four casters, my "new" kitchen island was complete!

Oh, and another great thing about the table I chose for this project is that it has two wings, which are completely functional and can easily be propped up with sliders that are located on the underside of the island. So, if I want, I can make this piece even bigger than it already is.

I absolutely love how this island turned out. It's the perfect temporary solution to my counter space problem, and I've already noticed the difference it makes while working in the kitchen. I also adore its chippy appearance and the splash of farmhouse charm it adds to the room.

If this project inspires you to get crafty, let me know by sharing your creations with me! Leave a comment or use #katiesaracreates on social media. And don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss out on a fun FREEBIE I whipped up.

Happy crafting!

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