Weekend Project – ReStored Buffet Turned Island

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Have I told you lately, I love me my Restore?!  My Better Half and I were there this evening and were loving every minute of it.  I picked up a few more cabinet doors to use for projects like my Bathroom Rules Sign .  I also got some other nice little odds and ends that you will see at a later date.  While we were at ReStore this evening, one of the workers asked us if we came knowing what we were looking for (with a project in mind) or came to be inspired.  My Better Half assured them that it was both.  We certainly have a list of things that we are looking for to fix up this old house but most often the inspirational stuff is way more fun.

Last week at ReStore was an example of one such inspiration.  I am looking for something for my entryway.  Something to store the boatload of shoes that lines the room.  I saw this buffet that I thought might work but was not ideal for the small space.  It did cross my mind while looking at it that it would make a beautiful island between my kitchen and dining room.  We picked it up and headed home.  I immediately had My Better Half put it in the entryway where I did not like it at all!!  I gave him those please, oh please, eyes (yes, I know it’s manipulation) and asked if he would move it to the kitchen.  VOILA!! A perfect fit.

This is what it looked like when we moved it to the kitchen.  I knew it needed some serious work but I could totally see the potentional.  We removed the loose, broken veneer to find beautiful wood that we were able to stain to match the rest of the buffet perfectly.  We removed the top from the island we had in place and it fit by just sawing a little off the top of the buffet.  I made the top from our other island a couple years ago when we remodeled our kitchen and knew it would look great on the new island.

Ok, so this is what my island looked like before.  Just a boring, manufactured, too small bottomed island. 

It’s so funny, I didn’t know I “needed” a new island until I saw this one in place and now it is PERFECT.
Check out the finished product.

Don’t you just love it?  I know I do!!
How much was it?…$80 and worth every penny! 

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  1. Your island turned out great! What a fantastic idea and such a neat piece! It works perfectly as an island ~ would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday sometime :)

  2. It was a steal! It looks beautiful in your home.

  3. Great job, it’s beautiful! We’re going to be building a cabin in the near future and I have always wanted to have an island made from an old buffet. I love the lines of the one you snagged, and how perfect that the previous top fit perfectly?!! Good job!

  4. Looks Great!

  5. Wow, it’s perfect. Isn’t it amazing how old furniture renewed or redone in a different way not only ads interest to a room but so much character and history to a space!

  6. Lookin’ good!

  7. I love this! I’d like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

  8. I love the line of it! What a bargain for $80 bucks!!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! xoox, tracie

  10. Beautiful! We have a large vintage dresser we temporarily used as an island too. Now it’s a buffet in our dining room. You did a beautiful job! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity in the DIY Project Parade! 😉


  11. really beautiful!

  12. Wow, what an amazing find! Love the ReStores :-) I think it looks great there, what a nice piece for your home.

  13. Wow this is awesome! I hadn’t thought of using a dresser as an island- yours looks great. Thanks for sharing!

  14. You did such a great job on this, great find!

  15. My grandmother had a buffet just like this one. Your re-do is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Just beautiful! I love, love, love that base! Great idea!

  17. What an awesome idea!!! It turned out beautiful and I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little jealous.

    I found you on Wicked Awesome Wednesdays and thanks for sharing.

  18. I love the restore here in Des Moines. Sometimes I just wonder around until something hits me! I love how your island turned out. it looks like a custom piece of furniture!

  19. Cynthia (Simply Chic Treasures) says:

    What a beautiful old piece. You did a lovely job restoring it.

  20. What an awesome idea! LOVE it!!

  21. What a perfect match that top is to the buffet. It is so much more special now!

  22. Great idea! It looks stunning too! It kind of makes me want to rip my island apart and do something like it. I don't think my hubbs would like that though. 😉

    Nicole @ http://www.DavisDomestications.com

  23. What an improvement!

    I like that you find things on the cheap. Just like me!

  24. Great use of an antique, and no one else on the block has an island like that.


  25. Love it!!

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  28. it looks beautiful! I think you did a great job. The colors are so pretty, and I love the shape of it.

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