Dream a Little Dream -OR- "Could You Please Turn This Old Desk Into a Kitchen Island?"

February 21st, 2014 in member junk     
ButterBeansAntiques Amy Nolfo & Brad Bingley, contributor
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Once a petite, vintage, leggy desk, unused but loved. A few hunting trips to the salvage yards and pickers barns. Two weeks of engineering and construction work from Brad & a bit of paint, finishing and creativity from me. In the end our client has a yumm,y new buffet built from the legs of her vintage desk and a collection of vintage, repurposed elements. Fun & function meet!
Our client loved the legs on her vintage desk... But no longer had a need for a desk. Her dream? A new kitchen island with the legs she loved from her desk as a design feature.
Another item on our clients wish list was for the island to be built from repurposed and salvaged elements. We incorporated vintage locker baskets, recycled lumber, vintage, salvaged, metal file drwers, a salvaged butcher block top, a repurosed organizer section from her desk & recycled ceiling tin.
In the beginning...
Gratuitous picture of Brad using power tools. Dont judge. At my age... Its the little things...
Incorporating multiple, unique, vintage elements and reverse engineering a weighty piece that in the end will be both sturdy & level is no easy task. The ultimate solution was to build the piece upside down in order to secure the elements within the structure. Think of it as Cirque du Soleil meets HGTV. 
Dream a little dream. Ready for pick up. Salvaged butcher block sanded & sealed. Finish painted and distressed. Building complete. Loads of storage and the perfect size for slicing & dicing or a nibble of cheese and a glass of wine. 
Last but not least... The salvaged ceiling tin started out rusty and chippy white. Our client requested a bit of bling. A little sanding and a whole lotta metallic paint later.... BLING! Framed out by Brad with salvaged moulding, its an artsy finish to a fun project!
Once a petite, vintage, leggy desk, unused but loved. A few hunting trips to the salvage yards and pickers barns. Two weeks of engineering and construction work from Brad & a bit of paint, finishing and creativity from me. In the end our client has a yumm,y new buffet built from the legs of her vintage desk and a collection of vintage, repurposed elements. Fun & function meet!

Once a petite, vintage, leggy desk, unused but loved. A few hunting trips to the salvage yards and pickers barns. Two weeks of engineering and construction work from Brad & a bit of paint, finishing and creativity from me. In the end our client has a yumm,y "new" buffet built from the legs of her vintage desk and a collection of vintage, repurposed elements. Fun & function meet!

Photo: Butterbeansantiques.com

The challenge is a common one, but each solution is unique. In fact, you yourself may have a piece or two in storage that you simply can't part with, yet you don't have a use for it. Our client had a treasured item that was no longer functional in her life. She can't use it, nor can she part with it. In this case the client loved the legs on her vintage desk, but no longer loved the desk. What she would REALLY love and what she needs is a kitchen island with the legs she loves on her desk as a featured design element. Her question to us... "Can that be done?". Our answer? "You dream it, we will build it!" Repurpose... Reuse... Recycle. Let the fun begin!


Pattern or design used: My own design - Amy Nolfo & Brad Bingley
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Comments (7)

xtine writes: What an amazing piece, you did a wonderful job. LOVE it!
Posted: 11:05 am on March 26th
chippingcharm writes: WOW!! Great piece :) Laurel Posted: 4:56 pm on February 27th
ButterBeansAntiques writes: Thank you friends!! It was a challenge but so fun to create! Oh... And Sue.... YOU'RE GROOVY!!!! :o)
Posted: 1:04 pm on February 26th
suewhitney writes: Super cool you two! Can you tell I am a product of the 70s?

Take carer,
Sue Posted: 11:08 am on February 26th
MichL writes: That is a showpiece! Love it! Posted: 3:34 pm on February 22nd
PlentyPlace writes: What a fantastic combination of pieces to achieve your end result. Way to go! Posted: 5:31 am on February 22nd
gadgetsponge writes: Hitting homeruns Ann & Brad! Love this! Posted: 5:05 am on February 22nd
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