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Thursday, November 14, 2013

From Dining Room Set to a Dining Storage Island

How to make an island from a hutch and table. 
Dining room set for sale on Craigslist. It was my birthday, so Happy Birthday to me :) 

We had a small kitchen island that functioned more for storage than anything else. It was not high enough for sitting and dining at, nor large enough. I was on an online search for ideas of  islands made of furniture makeovers. Most I found were dressers or desks. I scanned garage sales, thrift shops and Craigslist for something that would work. Some desks and dressers needed more materials and money than I wanted to put into it, and some just were not going to cut it no matter what I did with them. Then I turned to used cabinets. I found a few I could put together, but I would need a counter-top too. Forget granite; it was too expensive. Building store counter tops are not as wide as I needed, nor did I want to put two side by side. So I looked around for used tables just to use the top. I stumbled on a vintage pine dining room set for sale locally on Craigslist... hmmm... I can do something with this!

I kept in mind that I would most likely need to raise the buffet section with legs and cut down the hutch to meet the height of the buffet. As I broke down the hutch, I removed the top, and molding trim, and lighting. I gave the 2 sections a dry run put together, back to back to start organizing my dimensions to even out the height when I discovered, I really like the top of the buffet. It would be shame to cover it. So why not keep it as a shelf and the table top would be over it? Bonus! An extra shelf! So all I needed to buy were 8 short wide feet for both pieces. I had extra knobs from my kitchen cabinet renovation. I literally had a few pieces of scrap from doing this, most of the work was done, it was just a matter of assembling differently.

The project went fast, and very easy. This baby is big! We love it. It not only gives tons of storage but it sits four stools comfortably and still lots of table top area for buffet service. I turned it from along the counter top and cabinets to the other side of the kitchen, creating a room divider. Now the eat in kitchen area where our table and chairs are, feels like a cozy nook.

Dry run put together, just to see how it will go. 

Center door on buffet was non-functional. I removed it to replace it with hinges and door catch. 

Top molding trim was removed first. 

I removed the top of the hutch and then the display light and set aside.  The center door on hutch was not functioning. I removed the glass insert first before prying it off. 
It was glued and stapled. 

The back of the hutch needed to be cut down to be level with the front/face. I trimmed off about 3". Then I relocated the display lamp onto the inside of the cabinet area on the back wall. 

Then I drilled pilot holes and screwed in feet in each corner of both pieces. Then attached the hutch to the buffet,
 making it one unit.  

I trimmed to size and attached the original top from the hutch unit to cover the back of the exposed hutch to finish it off.

I removed the old hardware and put on what I had leftover from our kitchen cabinets. (Painted them from brass to black)

I added hinges on the now functional doors. I cut the original trim molding to size and attached it to trim off the glass side of the hutch to serve as a "bumper" against chairs. ( and to hide the old style of the cabinet) Finally, adding the table top over the entire unit with angled brackets underside. I placed it so that the buffet is even with it and the hang over was enough for the stools. The table top has two 12" leaf extensions, but I used one at the wall side. That extra 12" was enough to slide our wine/beverage rack in the front and the 
vegetable bin on the buffet side. 

Great storage area shelving on the original buffet side. 

Over hanging top for the sitting side

We are quite happy with it!



  1. Thank you, Pam! I'm glad this inspired you and hope you have great success with your project. I would love to see it when you are finished!

  2. Wow! You put a lot of work into this custom piece and it turned out amazing! It looks like it has been there the whole time. Beautiful job! Thanks for linking up to The Makers!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  3. Thank you, Katie! I'm enjoying everyone's posts at The Makers. Thanks for having me.

  4. I am so in awe of the transformation you created. What a lovely and functional island you now have. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  5. Thank you for hosting and sharing so many great posts! :)

  6. My aren't you talented ~ totally cool conversion of this piece of furniture!

  7. Thank you, Cathy! I love the storage and space we have now. I would encourage others considering to do this to go for it.

  8. That's gorgeous! I love how it looks:) I'd also love to have that much storage:)

    Thanks for linking up with us at Flashback Friday!

  9. Thank you, Tamara! I'm glad I joined up. :)