DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar
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Bookshelf Kitchen Island

This post is the epitome of why I love do-it-yourself projects. Repurposing old into new, being able to use my creativity, and saving a ton of money in the process is what it’s all about! My taste in home décor changes from time to time, a lot or a little, so I am always looking at ways to flip a piece I already have and try to make it fit a new style. I tend to let unused pieces sit in our basement for long periods of time, but before I get rid of them I play around with a few ideas. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. That’s just the name of the game! I always figure, what’s the harm in making a last ditch effort!?

This bookcase hadn’t seen the light of day in years. It was a good sturdy piece that I bought at Target so so long ago during my everything espresso days. I had a few ideas for it, but didn’t have the perfect spot for it. Then I had one of those ah-ha moments and hauled it upstairs to our kitchen, and bingo! The perfect fit for a little Bookshelf Kitchen Island! And our kitchen sure needed it!

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island

 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Old bookshelf
  • Primer
  • Yardstick
  • Screw Driver
  • 1/4in Plywood
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Liquid Nails
  • Clamps
  • Caulk
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush or Paint Sprayer
  • Wood Slab
  • Wood Stain

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • I started by wiping down the bookshelf with a damp rag to remove dust, then used some spray primer to prime the piece so the paint would stick better.

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

  • I didn’t know before I primed it what my exact end look would be, but I ended up removing the back paneling of the bookshelf to create an open shelf look.

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

  • I had several different options in mind to give the sides of the bookshelf some added character, and ended up going with a shiplap look.  I used 1/4in thick plywood that I measured to the size I wanted and cut with a saw, then sanded the edges smooth.

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

  • Next, I used liquid nails and clamps to attach the shiplap to the sides and inside.

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

  • After the plywood was glued on, I caulked the edges to give it a smooth, clean finish.

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

  • Next up, it was time to paint! HomeRight was so kind as to provide me with a Finish Max Paint Sprayer and large Spray Shelter, that I pretty much am in love with! This paint sprayer is a total game changer, and the shelter worked so well to keep the wind from messing up my sprayed paint. Both will come in handy for future projects and really cut down on paint time!

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

  • For the top, I just cut a slab of wood, stained it with my favorite wood stain, and attached it with Liquid Nails.

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

Volia! Bookshelf turned kitchen island! There are so so many other ways you can add your own personal touch to something like this. So be sure and raid your Goodwill piles for pieces you can give a makeover to and recycle back into your home!

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

DIY Bookshelf Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar

 

***HUGE thanks to HomeRight for providing their Finish Max Paint Sprayer and Spray Shelter for this post!!!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Lisa January 24, 2017 at 7:40 am

    That is awesome before and after Ashley!

  • Reply Sarah January 24, 2017 at 7:44 am

    This is AMAZING!!! Well done.

  • Reply Patty January 24, 2017 at 9:02 am

    GREAT idea! As always, love the staging you do and yes, I was sooooo scoping out your fun kitchen, too!

  • Reply Leigh January 24, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Love your creativity!

  • Reply Linda January 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Absolutely stunning!! Love it. This is the perfect idea for my very small kitchen and I will be pinning this to copy. Thanks so much for sharing this idea.

  • Reply Cindy January 24, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    This is adorable and the shipload adds so much character

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  • Reply Joanna January 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this! I was surfing around yesterday and stumbled on your blog-a new favorite! This is the cutest thing ever-great great job!

  • Reply Cheryl January 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

    This is so clever. I miss having an island. This would be perfect for our kitchen. We need something narrow and this fits the bill.

  • Reply Lisa Bonanno (@cottagestyle) January 28, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Love this, Ashley! You’re so creative! I want to try this with an old bookshelf that I have on hand. Thanks for the inspiration! xoxo

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