Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

Early 1900s Sideboard Turned Kitchen Island

on August 17, 2015

Happy National Thrift Store Day! Heading out later to see if there’s anything good left. For now, here’s this.

If you read my last post, you may have gotten the hint that we are in the middle of a complete kitchen transformation, DIY-style. One of the things we knew we wanted was to replace our oak island with something old. Found this quarter-sawn tiger oak sideboard from the early 1900s.


Man, was it in pretty rough shape. You can see a lot of the tiger oak veneer is peeling and there’s a big chunk taken out of the top.



But look at those claw feet! Gorgeous!


Here’s a picture of our kitchen taken a few years ago but this is pretty much what it’s been looking like.

kitchen before

You can see the island here and the oak cabinets. As for the yellow paint, I did this a few years ago. Not sure what possessed me as I am not a fan of yellow. Suffice it to say, I was reading about feng shui and got caught up in the whole (what I deem as ridiculous now-sorry if I offend) notion that colour affects what happens in your life and in your home. I am so anti-new age anything now. If you’re wondering what happened to the old island, we posted an ad and had several responses to this free giveaway. It went to a good new home!

We had a plan to find something old and paint it but when we saw this piece and Mr. Restyle sanded it and removed the veneer that absolutely had to be removed, we both felt bad about the idea of painting it. So what did we do? We stained it. And then we both hated it. Back to our original idea. I’ve done this before where I’ve had doubts. Don’t do this. Go with your gut!

We painted it with ASCP in Old Ochre but stained the top with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. Mr. Restyle used a router saw to fix the top piece where a good chunk was missing. So clever! You can barely tell now. Sealed the whole thing with the satin top coat also from General Finishes.

New knobs were added still in keeping with the original look.

keyhole drawer

I love our new island and I am sure it will serve us well for years to come. Here’s another look at the before and after.




4 responses to “Early 1900s Sideboard Turned Kitchen Island

  1. […] Replaced the kitchen island with the refinished early 1900s sideboard. I wrote about this piece here. […]


  2. Derbil J says:

    I think you did a very nice job, but I think something less beautiful could have been covered in paint.


    • Restyle4Life says:

      Thank you. I do agree with you. I don’t typically like painting over old wood. The only thing that makes me feel better about it is that I did try the stain first. It wasn’t horrible, but I knew it just wouldn’t go with what we have planned in the kitchen. Knowing that the previous owner just absolutely had to get rid of the piece and the fact that the veneer was badly damaged makes me feel better about my decision. 🙂


  3. Rude Record says:

    You have done an awesome job of rejuvenating this piece. Thank you for sharing the joy. We have an island bench that is an old piece of furniture too. But do you know we have no idea what it was ever intended for LOL. It has these pieces of wood that rotate out of it so maybe it was a desk. Whatever, it serves a very practical purpose.


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