Trash to Kitchen Island

I was given this little piece of junk several months ago.


An all wood cabinet with a butcher block top.
It literally fell apart while putting it into my car.
I made it sturdy with corner brackets on the inside in 6 different places.
The back was just a flat panel so I glued and screwed on three 1×6’s.
I brushed the body in white wall paint and
rubbed in ebony stain to the butcher block top.
The four feet are fence post tops I purchased at Home Depot for under $4 each.
Pilot hole first then screw them in.
Sanded the “heck” out of it to make it all rustic like.
Added a bottle opener.
Placed it in my U shaped kitchen.
The 1×6 pine slats look like paneling and distress nicely.
The front doors are rather plain but it holds all my canned goods.
The knobs are left over from my previous kitchen.
Wouldn’t this distressed white look be cool on all the cabinets in my dark kitchen?
Well, since I’m renting and dreaming up a whole new plan for my next place –
this will be the only white cabinet here.
 I show you how to make a standard builder island awesome Here.
If you like building your own furniture – read here for simple instructions.
Linking to:
Funky Junk Interiors – SNS #162 Refabbed Furniture
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Sandi~A Cottage Muse

Love it ~ and the bottle opener is a great touch!


Now that's what I call a fab rehab! It's almost hard to believe it's the same piece. You rock!


What an amazing transformation. I think this would look great on your cabinets. 🙂

Lynn Fern

I love this piece. It would so fit in my style of house or on my deck with that bottle opener 🙂 Nice job!


I really like it and the bottle opener makes the whole piece feel rustic.

Blondie's Journal

This is an incredible transformation, Holly! I love it!XO,Jane


That's a pretty good trash to treasure there.Bliss


Fantastic job, I love it!!Cynthia


It turned out great! Love it!


What an incredible project, it turned our beautiful and practical.Have a wonderful weekendXXXXIdo


I love how that came out, I'm going to save this for inspiration for one of my trash finds! Yes, your entire kitchen would look lovely in distressed white. I completely get the renting problem, I too would love to update my laminate cabinets (all two of them) but am not allowed to change them either.


Yahoo to you.this is more than awesome!

Wild Oak Designs

You are so handy! What a great idea and you make it look so easy. Thanks for the great tips.Nancy

That is one incredible transformation! Now I am thinking I need to paint my trashcan bin/island that I madeover from a cabinet recently. I was happy with it until I saw yours!!! That looks really great, kudos!


It looks great. This project is sort of like bathroom cabinet my husband bought. It was new but one of those pull it out of the box and screw it together things. I thought it was so ugly. When he was off working I painted it with about three different layers and roughed it up so all the colors showed through. Then is looked more like something you might pull out of the weeds but I've had alot of compliments on it. Thanks for sharing your project.


Holly,Once again, you have proved nothing is beyond your skills! What a fantastic rescue. It looks great! I wish you were my neighbor – I'd love to come over and just watch you work your magic. Wow.


That cabinet reminds me of the rustic island you had in your last house. I can see your \”signature\” look being brought into this home already. I love what you did with that cabinet! I can't believe it's the same piece. I'm sure you will enjoy using that.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

Very cool! Now that really is a trash to treasure project!


AWESOME! Fabulous have style girl! Roxie


You certainly would never know that is the same piece. Great job!

Susan @

I love it Holly… great save! The white bottom and black top are perfect!Susan


OMGoodness Holly! That looks amazing!! You are my kind of trash to treasure girl!! Have a great weekend, Gail


Well I have to say what Jane said first WOW – unbelievable!!!Great jobHugs,Suzan


Wow! That turned out great!!! What a dramatic transformation and gotta love the extra work surface and storage space.