A made another Kitchen Island. Not for me though. I just saw the cart and had to fulfill it's destiny. It needed to be a Kitchen Island. Just like when Phoebe from friends had to do that for the Christmas trees, remember?
This time I made a Kitchen Island out of an Industrial Cart and old oak table. I found the cart at the Restore. It just spoke to me.
I think it was the casters. and the rust. When I got it home my husband asked me how much I paid for it which is his way of saying it's kind of a weird thing (piece of crap)to purchase. Whatever.
First thing I did was clean it with TSP then sand off all the gunk. It had some chips already but not enough for me so I decided to slop some chemical stripper around the bottom edges to get more of a distressed chippy look. By slopped I mean I used a brush and dabbed/globbed it on so it wasn't uniform. After a couple hours I cleaned all that off with mineral spirits. I like it.
Then I needed a top. I picked up this oak table for cheap a few months ago. I bought it for the the 1 1/2 thick butcher block top. I knew I'd find a use for it eventually.
I clamped a 2x4 to the top for my Skill saw to follow to get a straight cut. Then I ripped two strips off the extra pieces with my table saw to make breadboard ends. To attach those I used glue and clamps.
I got this table around the time I did the Milk painted dresser with hand planed top. I liked how that turned out so I used my little hand planer to do the same to this tabletop. (for more on that click here) I like the texture it gives. There are holes in the top of the cart so it was easy to attach the wood top from underneath.
The cart had a board on the back side. I immediately thought it needed a sign painted on it.
This is what I came up with. It's removable. A chalkboard would be another fun idea. I kinda like it without the sign though.
I think it would make a great Kitchen Island or Cart or Bar or coffee station or whatever. I however have no room for such things so I'm going to sell it.
Hope you are having a great Summer. It has just flown by hasn't it? Have you heard all the talk of fall in blog land? I hadn't even been thinking about it until I heard a few mention it. Now I'm like bring it. I love the change of seasons. sigh.
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