breakfast bar after

Kitchen Island Makeover

We’re starting to furnish the apartment – on a very tight budget. An old inexpensive portable kitchen bar/island with bar stools is something we’ve had sitting around and the perfect size for creating a dining area in a tiny apartment.

But the old top was in bad condition. Pictures don’t show the pink stains (Kool-Aid, maybe or magic marker) and scratches…

kitchen island before

I removed the top.

removing table top

The frame was spraypainted white to freshen up an old scratched finish.

New top was made using alternating sizes of 1×3 and 1×5 pine planks cut to 40″ in length…a little bigger than the previous table top.

cutting wood planks

Boards were sanded.

sanding plank table top

I used wood glue to assemble the planks together…

Gorilla wood glue

Then clamped until the glue dried, wiping away excess wet glue.

clamping wood planks

I didn’t take pictures but I stained and used my Silhouette Cameo to make some ‘postage’ themed stencils at Ali’s request. Then sealed the top with about four coats of polyurethane and let dry.

stained stenciled table top

The bar stool tops were sanded and taped off using FrogTape while frames were spray painted a fresh new coat of white.

FrogTape

spray painting bar stools

I applied a coat of stain to the top of the barstools…

staining barstools

When that was dry, I used my Silhouette Cameo to create number stencils with a circle border. Using transfer paper, I applied the stencils to the top of the stools. (They didn’t stick to the shiny finish of the stain very well and took a little work to remove the transfer paper, but I managed to do it! I’d recommend staining after the numbers have been painted…although it will change the color of your paint unless you’re using a clear coat. Removing the vinyl also pulled off some of the finish…but that just added to the distressed character of the top of the stools.)

applying Silhouette vinyl

I painted in my stencils using acrylic craft paint and immediately removed the vinyl stencil.

painting stenciled barstools

I let the numbers dry over night and then applied several protective coats of Polycrylic, allowing it to dry between each coat (also lightly sand using a fine grit between coats).

So cute, aren’t they? Better pictures coming up in the apartment reveal. That’s where this kitchen bar set will be living. VERY SOON! Hurray!

kitchen island after

kitchen island finished

kitchen island makeover

stenciled stained plank table top

Sharing over at Beth’s this week:

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Silhouette sticker labels

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