Kitchen Island Cart from Repurposed Materials

Do you ever feel the need to just purge and start fresh? That’s my life story. hahaha… I seem to be ever battling the need to destash my stash. People mean well when they give me stuff and I usually have a soft heart and take it. Then what…I store it forever and work like a mule trying to stay afloat. I’m not complaining, but have decided that this entire month is dedicated to tackling my workshop. No more furniture coming in (unless custom requested), no more anything until it is done. First up, I’m taking these louver doors and turning them into a repurposed kitchen island cart. Woot!

Old Louver Doors Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Notice the loot surrounding them. See what I mean? An awesome local friend gave these to me along with a chest of drawers (see the makeover HERE) and a dresser (thank you, Becky!). I have a thing for shutters and knew I could find some use for them. But…it’s already been over a year and they need to find a new purpose.

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I have two uses for them in my plans. The first one is a kitchen island by adding reclaimed wood and some other stash goodies. First, they meet my friend, Saw. hee hee hee. I cut them with my miter saw about a third of the way down from the top through that solid point.

Next, I grab some of my scrap lumber and start creating rails. I cut to length and then use Kreg Jig and my drill to make pocket screw holes. This thing is amazing and you can see it in action on all of my projects.

Using Kreg Jib to Create Repurposed Kitchen Island Cart | Prodigal Pieces |

After that I choose some scrap 1″ x 12″ boards to make a shelf. Since I wanted the shelf to sit snug in between the louvered doors, I used my jig saw to create notches. Then, I used my Kreg Jig again to make pocket holes.

Notching Shelving for Kitchen Island Cart | Prodigal Pieces |

Here’s what those awesome pocket holes look like when being attached.

Attaching Shelving to Kitchen Island | Prodigal Pieces |

I purchased those Kreg Right Angle Clamps for JC (my other half) for Christmas. tsk. You know I’ll be using them just as much so kinda like a gift to self. ha! And ya know, since evolution didn’t work and give me like 6 arms, these babies come in handy to hold my work while I’m putting it together. I love me some tools!

Once I got the basic structure together I add accessories for towels and such. I jumped online to see what kind of towel bars were available and up came kitchen carts like the one I was making. Mind you, I had never seen these before, but when I saw what they had on theirs, I was like, “tsk. I can make those”. At this point I’m already sinking waaaay more time into this project than need be. Why? Because it’s fun.

Those images of other carts got stuck in my head, so off I went to pull out more scrap and make a few accessories to my repurposed kitchen island cart. I used my jig saw again to cut out some pieces and then forstner bit to make places for dowel to rest (aka. towel bars)

Using Forstner Bit to Make Accessory Rack on Kitchen Island Cart by Prodigal Pieces |

All the while I am working on these pieces, JC jumped in to help me make the top. We had some leftover reclaimed wood (you can read about our source HERE) from making these custom floating kitchen shelves for Sarah at Sadie Olive.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Open Shelving for Sadie Olive by Prodigal Pieces |

Here is what I have left. I chose to use the two longer boards. Notice the tight grain as this is pine from first growth wood, circa 1800. yummy. See, it pays to have a stash. {{wink, wink}}

Reclaimed 1800's Pine for Kitchen Island Cart | Prodigal Pieces |

JC ripped them to width our table saw and then used our new favorite toy, our bench-top planer, to get them to the same thickness.

Planing Reclaimed Wood for Kitchen Island Cart | Prodigal Pieces |

When I finished up my assembly, I didn’t quite like how narrow the base was. I didn’t want it to topple with the heavy top. To remedy that, I took it off and created a wider bottom using the shelving we yanked out of our kitchen/laundry/dining room remodel.

Assembled Kitchen Cart | Prodigal Pieces |

So…more cutting and assembly, but I wanted it right. Since the weather wasn’t one where I could use my sprayer and spray shelter (faster and easier), I was so very thankful for my triangle brush that is designed for painting louvers and other hard to reach areas. It made my job so much easier.

Painting Louvers with Zibra Triangle Brush | Prodigal Pieces |

Are you ready to see it all together? Drumroll please…

Kitchen Island Cart Made from Repurposed Materials by Prodigal Pieces |

Kitchen Island Cart with Accessory Holders ~ Upcycled Fun by Prodigal Pieces |

Can you believe this entire repurposed kitchen island cart is made of items from my stash? Even the casters were ones I had set aside to make myself a project.

Towel Bars and Ample Storage Featured on this Upcycled Kitchen Island Cart by Prodigal Pieces |

And how about that top? JC was able to get a nice tight edge to butt the boards up together before using the biscuit joiner. Typically you would need to run the boards through a joiner to get them like that. He’s good. (and yes, I’m partial…tee hee) It even has some original square head nails embedded in the edge. So cool.

Reclaimed Wood Top on Kitchen Cart by Prodigal Pieces |

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Cart Top by Prodigal Pieces |

Event the contents of my kitchen island cart are from the thrift store or free. Can’t beat those deals. Since I’m offering this is my shop, I’m including that upcycled freezer basket too. You can never have enough storage.

Thrifted Farmhouse Decor for a Budget-Friendly Decorating Style | Prodigal Pieces |

And for added fun, I set up my table with a few trashure goodies too. Just some old paint cans, my bathtub tray (tutorial), and my faux cotton stems (tutorial).

Tablescape Made from Thrifted Finds by Prodigal Pieces |

Most of what you see is something I’ve created. Now, that’s not to brag, but to show you that you don’t have to break the bank to get the look you’re after. And…I’m here to help!

Farmhouse Dining Table with DIY Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

Farmhouse Benches ~ One from a repurposed headboard and the other a vintage find. Fun! | Prodigal Pieces |

I hope you had fun seeing some of the junk transformed into a kitchen island cart (aka Trashure). I sure had a blast creating! Do pin and share to inspire others to give it DIY a try too.

Check out this Repurposed Kitchen Island Cart all made from Repurposed Materials by Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, I’ll have more projects coming out of my workshop because this mama’s on a mission to PURGE. See what I did with the other parts of these louvers HERE.

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  • Patty

    I love, love love your kitchen island/dining room cart, and I am totally in love with your table, did you make it?
    Your dining room is wonderful with all those windows, it is so bright. I just bet when your whole family is together at the table it is wonderful.
    You are so creative and talented, I really wish I would have learned how to do all the wood working when I had the chance, but you know how that goes, life just gets in the way haha.

    March 2, 2017 at 6:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Patty! Yes, JC helped make it when we were gifted it from Osborne Wood Products – where he worked while we were in college. What a gift, eh?

      March 2, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply
  • Susan

    Oh yeah! Nice job Larissa… your whole kitchen is gorgeous and best yet all DIY. I love the cart!

    March 2, 2017 at 6:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Susan! I had fun making something new and best part…getting my stash sorted out.

      March 2, 2017 at 6:59 am Reply
  • Mary Barber

    Oh my goodness! I thought you had taken a picture of my workshop! I even have those shutters. I, like you have been ‘gifted’ with so much stuff which I never turn down. Now I must get busy ‘re-purposing’ before I can accept any more stuff.

    March 2, 2017 at 8:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      ha! So I am not alone. 😀 Yes, I must get rid of some for my sanity’s sake.

      March 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm Reply
  • Louise

    Adding the bottom piece balanced the cart both visually and weight wise – and gives me an idea for a project sitting in my lovely 😉 garage. I have an exchange student from Germany for the school year and want him to see the garage neat and organized like it was, “once upon a time”, before he leaves. That’s a lofty goal since it’s now March!
    I’ve noticed you use the kreg jig often and checked them out on Amazon. There’s a smaller/junior version but wondered if it would be adequate? Would love to see a list of your top ten must have tools.

    March 2, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, it just needed tweaked for sure. Sounds like you better get at it! As for the jig, the smaller one can do wonders and is perfectly adequate for smaller projects. This one is versatile for so many things and even comes with screws. I’m kinda of the thinking that if I just spend a bit more I will get more longevity. I hope that makes sense. 🙂

      March 2, 2017 at 5:05 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Awesome, Larissa! I don’t know how you can sell it! It’s gorgeous ! Hey….it pays to be a softie!

    March 2, 2017 at 9:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Two words…no room. Ha! I really did try to stick it in a spot or two to make sure I really couldn’t use it, but alas…

      March 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    You cleaning out your garage = loads of fabulous DIY/Trashure goodness for us to enjoy, like this fabulous kitchen cart. Only you would take it to the next level by building your own towel bars, with cubbies no less. You’re a DIY/Repurpose Rock Star, Larissa! Pinned and sharing.

    March 2, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made me LOL, Marie! 😀 I can only hope to keep up the pace, but by golly I’m a determined anti-clutter freak. Thank you for all the love!

      March 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    I, too, have a thing for shutters and have been wondering what to do with a set of bifold doors. I am now officially inspired!

    March 2, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! That’s what it’s all about. Thank you for affirming me, Kimberly.

      March 2, 2017 at 5:21 pm Reply
  • Carol Prygo

    Larissa, I just love, love, love that cart. I wish I had room in my kitchen or dining room for it, but both rooms are too small. But, I am sure it will go to a good home very soon. You did a fabulous job. You are the most creative woman I know!

    March 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both! No room for it here…tsk. Thanks for the love, Carol!

      March 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • Linda Johnston

    As usual, ingenious! That says it all.

    March 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    The kitchen cart is so cute. You and your husband are a great team! I love the picture of you on your website holding one of your enamel cups. Very pretty!

    March 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Bonnie! We hope he can join me full-time soon. My daughter snapped that picture to help me kick off some hashtag fun on Instagram. Stop by!

      March 2, 2017 at 5:35 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    Wow, that looks awesome!! Love your kitchen!

    March 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank so much, Cheryl! We are nearly done with the kitchen and I cannot wait.

      March 4, 2017 at 5:08 am Reply
  • Paige Davis

    Lord, you make feel almost normal about my garage. Great piece!!!

    March 3, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      bwahahaha!! You are hilarious. At least that’s all reclaimed stuff in there…right?

      March 4, 2017 at 5:08 am Reply
  • Debra

    Gorgeous. You’re a genius. Love the cart and your kitchen.

    March 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t know about that, Debra, but I try to do something good. Thanks! 😀

      March 4, 2017 at 5:09 am Reply

    Very classy little cart. Can never have too many carts, well, it would be hard to get too many. And no one will walk in and say, Oh, I have that exact same cart at home!”

    October 23, 2019 at 6:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…you are so right! 😀

      October 24, 2019 at 6:50 am Reply

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